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Magento 2.0- Everything you Wanted to Know

Magento 2.0- Everything you Wanted to Know
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While multiple versions of Magento e-commerce platform have received several applauds from the Magento fans, Magento 2 is perhaps the version that has been one of the favorite topics of discussion among Magento developers. This recently released version of the very popular e-commerce platform is what I’ll be discussing in this post. So, continue reading to know vital details about Magento 2.0.

Magento 2.0- Facts about its release

Well, after a very long wait, eBay has announced the release of Magento 2.0 in November this year. Talking about the history of this Magento release, its Developer Beta version was released in 2015, then came the Developer Release Candidate which was followed by the Merchant Beta version which saw a July 2015 release.

Magento 2.0- Features

  1. Use of modern web technologies

Unlike the previous version of Magento, the version 2.0 will be using contemporary programming languages like PHP 5.4, PHP 5.5., HTML5, CSS and {less}. Additionally, this latest Magento release will be supporting all modern coding standards.

  1. External Integration

Magento 2 will have a much more simplified integration with external systems. This will be made possible via the improved APIs available by default. You’ll be able to use these APIs for return every type of data that’s related to a business object, for eg: a product order, customer etc.

  1. Speedy Installations

As compared to previous Magento versions, Magento 2 will feature a standalone installer that would be supporting faster installations of Magento instances via checking of pre-requisites to initiate the installation process.

  1. An improved Directory Structure

In contrast to the directory structure of Magento 1, the version 2 will have the skin folder removed from its root directory. Moreover, you’ll find just 5 directories within the root level of Magento 2. There is a new directory named “pub” and you can see that JS, ERROR and SKIN folders have been moved from root to this new ‘pub’ directory. That means, you’ll now be able to place your code outside the webserver document root.

  1. Fully compatible with all popular platforms

While Magento 2 will be using the Zend and PHP 5.3 for monitoring the performance of database access layer, cache engine and translations, it would be fully compatible with Oracle and MSSQL.

  1. Will act as a testing-friendly platform

With Magento 2, you’ll be able to perform a wide range of tests(viz: Unit Tests, Performance Tests, Legacy and Migration Tests, JavaScript Unit Tests and many more) on your website. In addition to this, you can take full advantage of a brand new testing framework which will allow you to automate the process of functional testing.

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Magento 2.0- Key Updates

  1. An improved customization process

Magento 2 will include a Visual Design Editor that would make it convenient to use the ‘drop and drag’ interface for making the desired changes to the Magento layout. Whether it’s about tweaking the blocks or the containers, Visual design editor will make the job simple and hassle-free.

  1. An improved overall performance and scalability

Talking about Magento 2’s scalability, it has now been equipped with features like Varnish Cache and an all-new Magento performance toolkit. Additionally, there are new indexers which play a vital role in speeding up Magento 2’s performance. While the tool-kit allows you to verify and optimize system performance, Varnish Cache enables you to reduce the server load, thereby improving website’s load speed.

  1. Less expenditure on performing upgrades

With Magento 2.0, the process of upgrading the core Magento software and extensions would be a lot more cost-effective and would involve fewer efforts. As a Magento developer, you can use the information available on versioning policies for upgrading to a latest release. Plus, you’ll also be served with all the required details about the compatibility of software and extension upgrades.

  1. An enhanced engagement with the Magento community

Yet another noteworthy upgrade for Magento 2 is that it entails better engagement with the Magento Community. That means, you can grab the opportunity of participating at special events and webinars where Magento 2 is being discussed more openly.

Wrapping it all up

Here’s hoping the details mentioned in the above post would have prompted you to explore a lot more about this irresistible Magento release. So, get going and download Magento 2 Beta version to get an overview on how running your site on this Magento version would enable you to reach the targeted customers quickly.

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Author Bio:-

Tyler holt is a blogger cum developer. He loves writing articles describing the importance of Magento ecommerce services. Magento Developer that has been remarkable in delivering high-quality Magento websites and e-stores.

  • monikamehta

    Thank you for all this info. It is very useful for my new start as a magento developer.

    • Best of luck for your Magento Development career 🙂

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