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Here comes Magento 2: key improvements of the leading online business solution

October 7, 2015

A long-awaited new version of Magento ecommerce platform is almost here. Magento, which has been downloaded over 4 million times over the past five years, announced its 2.0 edition to be available by the end of 2015, having released Magento 2 Merchant Beta in the middle of July. In this article you can find a review of the most significant changes Magento 2 users will benefit from.

Enhanced performance and scalability is one of the key goals Magento developers aim to reach. Full page caching is considered to be one of the most groundbreaking improvements. It would result in minimization of the server load by up to 25% reduction of the loading time comparing to previous versions. This means being able to handle more traffic without added hosting costs.

Another change finally brought upon request of Magento users is jQuery, which will be used on Magento 2 instead of prototypes. Using the most popular Javascript library not only simplifies scripting, but significantly decreases the amount of Javascript conflicts.

Simplified process of upgrading core software and Magento 2 extensions

Thanks to new tools, such as independent script installer and automatic compatibility pre-upgrade checkups, time and effort needed for Magento 1.X installation and upgrade is greatly reduced in 2.0 version. Moreover, system requirements and components dependencies are now built right into the code of extensions, which notably speeds up the installation process.

Substantial changes were made in Admin panel menu, which from now on is conveniently grouped by function. As you can see below, Main menu has been simplified and restructured to speed up your work and ease new users in.

magento 2 main menu

Exploring Magento 2 advanced toolbar will reveal numerous usability improvements. For instance, new Products menu section makes adding new product or editing the existing one as simple as it gets.

magento 2 product menu

Default Blank theme decreases costs and efforts spent on front-end. Combined with Magento UI Library with its useful set of mixins, developing theme and customizing each user interface element has never been easier.

magento 2 UI library

The database improvement has most certainly been anticipated by the majority of Magento users. Magento 2 offers an additional database for order management. This simplifies checkout process and secures a dedicated resource for customers. Enhanced database also allows multiple admin users to manage products and orders and prevents data conflicts.

Speaking of improved checkout process – this might be the change your customers will be able to notice and appreciate the most. Magento 2 completely reinvents the checkout from the point of view of a regular buyer, eliminating annoying obligation to create an account before making a purchase. Other small but notable changes include automatic determination of the credit card type and establishing shipping address solely by entering ZIP code.

What is also important for those who are planning to upgrade their platform from the old versions is that all data and customer records are easily imported to Magento 2. Need help in setting Magento for your business? More Magento 2 articles are coming up soon. Meanwhile, as we are expecting the official release of 2.0 version, get to know custom solutions for Magento that we offer for your business.

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