Magento 2.0 V/s Magento 1.0
The end of year 2015 saw the release of magento 2.0 with a lot of hopes pined on all new interface and codebase. BRIDGE Global development team has eagerly lapped into it and has come up with some good points on the impact. The team has also come up with some very useful magento 2.0 extensions as well.
To start with, the major change in framework sees the new version built on Zend framework 2.0.
Some quick reviews are as below:
• User-friendly Approach
• Streamlined checkout
• Trendy Technologies
• Performance Enhancement
• New shopper experience features
• Framework Improvements
• Quality extensions for Magento 2
• Quarterly platform updates
Improved Admin UX interface
• The best enhancement has been the move towards a mobile friendly responsive admin interface. It gets all the easier for merchants to manage their store on the go.
• Product creation workflow and Product attribute set have been modified to make it easier.
• New data grids optimized the editing process, so now you don’t have to constantly open and save the elements in grids.
Modern technology stack:
• PHP 7
• Varnish Cache(faster performance out-of-the-box)
• Modern JS Stack
A lively order summary -The order summary has brightened up with the display of product images.
Streamlined checkout – The old style accordion checkout process has given way to a new 2 step approach which is divided into customer and billing sections. The billing section is no longer mandatory unless specified by the selected payment method. Intelligent guest checkout where registered customers are recognised via the email field and offered the option to log in to complete the transaction.
Payment Methods – Magento 2.0 has roped in popular payment gateways (PayPal, Braintree, Authorize.net, WorldPay (Enterprise Edition), CyberSource (Enterprise Edition)) that weren’t previously supported.
• Framework Improvements –A major code refactoring can be seen which gets rid of all the mess in the system – Major Data Grid enhancement – Modules can now be enabled/disabled for Magento application – Compatibility with HHVM and PHP 7
• Quality extensions for Magento 2 – Magento Connect will be reorganized into the Magento Marketplace with the quality of extensions monitored specifically by the Magento team. Strict code quality as well as functionality duplication control of new Magento 2.0 Marketplace, aims to bring in high quality extensions.
• Extension portability -Most Magento extensions from big extension providers can be transferred to Magento 2 without losing their respective functionalities. But not all of them. This process can be quite a hassle as you constantly search for trustworthy providers and qualified modules.
• Quarterly platform updates - Magento 2 will release new features for both Community and Enterprise Editions every three months.
• Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is only partially possible. Data migration tool helps transfer existing Magento 1.x store data to Magento 2.0 database but custom themes and custom-developed extensions cannot be transferred to Magento 2.
• Moreover, Magento 2 was built with a number of advanced technologies which makes it more complex. It requires more expertise to set up this platform. The hosting for Magento 2 demands a professional services for administration, thus merchants must invest more money.
• Magento 1 will be officially supported for the next 3 years from the Magento 2 launch (Dec 2015), so you may take your time to migrate your Magento store to Magento 2.
• With all the pros and cons mentioned here, it is absolutely certain that Magento 2.0 is the next big step towards a much competitive online E-commerce.