Magento 2.0 New Features

November 15, 2016 Rabab Malek

Magento currently controls 29% of the market share for ecommerce platforms. With the release of Magento 2.0, this percentage is expected to increase. Magento 2.0 is not just a new update, it is a new system on many levels.

Below are some of the new key features:

Performance Improvement

Full page caching is built into the platform which means faster website speed.  The product, category and CMS pages will be treated as static HTML pages, thus fulfilling the motive to reduce the number of disk reads.

Varnish is now integrated with Magento 2.0 to reduce server load and enhance page load speed.

Indexers became more efficient to speed up the query performance. Indexing is the way Magento transforms merchant data like prices, users, stores, etc. by creating index tables and keeping them updated to speed queries and enhance the performance of online stores.

UX Enhancements

The Magento 2.0 backend UI provides responsiveness and user-friendly navigation.

The Magento 2.0 admin panel is designed with very effective features that could be helpful for non-technical store owners also. Some features which were available through third party extensions are now built in such as inline editing, editing attribute sets of products, importing custom options and importing bulk products.

New File Structure

There are two major changes in the Magento 2.0 file structure. First, all files have been placed under App folder. Second, each module folder now has its View folder where all template, CSS, js/less and image files reside. This is a great change for module developers as it facilitates customization efforts without changing core functionality.

Enhanced Checkout

The checkout process has been simplified into two steps along with shortening several important steps.

Integration with payment gateways like Braintree,, WorldPay and Cyber Source have been facilitated.

jQuery Library

In Magento 2.0, jQuery is the default JavaScript library replacing prototype. Supporting one JavaScript framework means less conflicts compared to Magento 1.x.

CSS Preprocessing

Magento 2 doesn't use Bootstrap but uses its own LESS and CSS in the theme core. LESS preprocessor & CSS URL resolver help enhance performance, speed up page load, and make the system search engine friendly.

Reduced Upgrade Efforts and Costs

Upgrading to Magento 2.0 will be easier which will lower upgrade costs and efforts. To upgrade to Magento 2.0, the export/import functionality can be used to export a product catalog, customer and inventory data then import to the new platform. Magento 2.0 includes information on versioning policies. To install Magento 2.0, a new standalone installer can now be used in a faster way which will automatically check prerequisites prior to installation.

Documentation and Testing Resources

All necessary documentation can be found in official Magento docs, it also consists of tests which supports continuous integration and testing practices.

Simplified Development

In Magento 2.0, the frontend is decoupled from the backend store logic, making changes easier and safer when updating cosmetic portions of any store.

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About the Author

Rabab Malek

Rabab is a native Arabic speaker from Cairo, Egypt. She has over 12 years’ experience in software and websites architecture and implementation using open source programming tools including PHP, MySQL as well as jQuery, JSON and Ajax. She has served with various companies including Pyramid Technologies, Link-Dot-Net and InTouch Communications as a Programmer, Systems Engineer – Developer and Lead Web Developer. She earned her B.Sc. Degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Cairo University. She completed a SSDP Diploma from the Information Technology Institute (IDSC), The Cabinet and is a certified Cloud Business Associate and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP, MCAD and MCSD.NET).

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