If you run an online shopping business, you have been looking for this answer for a long time! As your Magento developer would have advised you, the popular online shopping platform Magento has 2 versions which are available today – Magento 1 & the latest version Magento 2. Many businesses have had mixed feelings about upgrading to Magento 2. Here are some of the exciting features of Magento 2 that you should consider for your online business.
1. Magento 2 officially supports latest PHP Versions (starting from PHP 5.5 & including PHP 7)
It means that new security fixes and improvements that directly affect web store’s speed. If you use the latest version of PHP, the online store can become considerably faster to use.
2. Big improvements for Magento 2 Backend Admin UX interface
a) It provides responsive and touch friendly navigation, so it works well via IPAD or Tablet.
b) The process of adding a new product to the online shop has been simplified and you are able to create a configurable product without creating simple product firstly. (Product variations are easily generated as a part of 1 process)
3. Magento 2 provides integrations with popular payment gateway
They include Paypal, Braintree, Authorize.net, WorldPay & CybeSource
4. Magento 2 provides CSS Preprocessing
a) Although boostrap is not used for Magento 2, but it has LESS and CSS in the system.
b) Using LESS helps users to custom theme faster and easier. LESS preprocessor & CSS URL resolver help enhance performance, speed up page load, and make the system more friendly with the search engine.
5. Full page caching
Full page caching catches a database-driven site and pre-renders the pages into basic HTML. This reduces the load time from 5 – 8 seconds to just about 1 – 2 seconds. The faster the page load time, the lesser the load on the server. This means that websites can now handle much more visitors and traffic, without having to shell out the big bucks for additional hosting infrastructure. The faster page load time also makes the user experience easy, thereby resulting in higher conversion rates. And since conversion rates are a key signal used by Google to rank sites, your website is bound to rank higher.
6. Improved Performance
a) Improve indexers: Indexing is the way Magento system transforms merchant data, such as catalog data, prices, users, stores, etc. by creating index tables and keeping them updated to boost the query speed and improve the performance of your online store. The new default indexers in Magento 2 include all of the functionality as in the previous enterprise versions. The difference is that they come with more efficient updates and have been improved to speed up the query performance.
b) Magento performance toolkit: To verify and optimize system performance, one can create test environments and test code changes by using Magento 2’s new set of performance test scripts.
c) Varnish: To help reducing server load and speed up the page load, Magento 2 is integrated with Varnish Cache — the leading HTTP accelerator technology — responsible for caching common requests.
However keep in mind, a Magento 1 theme cannot simply be moved to Magento 2 and has to be built from scratch. And also, not many themes or extensions are available yet for Magento 2.
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