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Magento 2: What retailers can expect

The long-awaited next edition of Magento is about to hit the eCommerce world. When announced back in 2014, Magento 2 promised improved performance and scalability, streamlined customisations, easier installations, higher quality code and simplified integrations.

Magento 2 is currently in Merchant Beta, a phase where Magento has 15 merchants worldwide implementing the new Magento 2 platform. The Magento team recently held a webinar to take us through some of the new features that we’ve already seen using the Magento 2 Developer Beta, as well as some of the improvements we can expect to see in the next few months before the Magento 2 General Availability (GA) scheduled for November this year.

There was a lot of great information covered, and probably too much to present in just one post. However I’ve captured some of the highlights below:

1. New UX for Magento Admin

  • Touch-friendly, no hover states, screen optimised for tablet / mobile
  • Flexible data grids, drag and drop reordering, custom views and configurable columns for greater control

2. Checkout improvements

  • Assumed guest checkout – removing common barrier to conversion
  • Automatic recognition based on email of registered users for faster checkout
  • Shipping rates appear once required information has been added for increased transparency
  • Billing address is only required when payment is required

3. Product import/export improvements

  • 100k records in 25 minutes (VM, 8cpu, 24gb ram). Merchants can add products much faster

4. Product attribute swatches

  • In addition to image swatches, colour and text swatches are available

5. Easier module installs and Magento upgrades

  • Additional checks for store stability on install of modules & upgrades

6. Performance & scalability improvements

  • Server side: Varnish 4 support, compatibility with HHVM, layout performance
  • Client side: static content caching in browser, reduced JS code, effective image compression

7. Scalability (Enterprise) – steps made to increase scalability

  • Standalone DB for OMS & checkout
  • Compatibility with MySQL cluster
  • Catalogue DB separation admin & other
  • Complete separation of sub-systems

8. Vast improvements to performance improved

  • Catalog End-to-End Performance over 50% reduction on first view
  • Operations with Cart (End-to-End) over 50% reduction on average

9. Magento 2 scalability: Catalogue

  • Without Varnish,  200k pageviews/hour
  • With Varnish, 10m pageviews/hour
  • 1.5m simple products
  • 5k categories
  • 150k configurable

10. Magento 2 scalability: Checkout

  • Magento CE 50k order per hour
  • Magento EE 90k orders per hour
  • 300+ concurrent users on order

11. Magento 2 scalability: Backend

  • Concurrent users 300 order management (Enterprise)
  • Concurrent users 50+ product management with deferred product update
  • Concurrent users 25+ product management with immediate product update (Enterprise)

12. New Magento Connect

  • Easier to upload, sell and track for developers
  • Improved search and quality
  • Automated scans for plagiarism, code safety, vulnerabilities and coding standards

13. Module availability

  • The current top 200+ free and paid modules will be available on the New Connect for Magento 2 by GA

14. Extendable migration tool to allow for simpler migration from M1 to M2

  • Compatible with Enterprise Edition 1.11 – 1.14 and Community Edition 1.7 – 1.9

15. M2 certifications for M2

  • Will be available in late 2016

This is only a few highlights from the webinar, but thankfully Magento has released a full video recording of the webinar. I would encourage everyone to spend an hour watching the webinar to get a full view of the updates with the new Magento 2 platform.

As well as technical tutorials for Magento developers and guidance for eCommerce managers in the run-up to Magento 2, we’ll be holding a series of regional workshops for both business and technical teams. To find out more and secure your invite, sign up here.

We’re also preparing a series of technical and business-focused tutorials to help you get to grips with Magento 2. Sign up to be notified when the guides are live.

About the author:

Paal Soberg is an experienced Project Manager and eCommerce Professional with over 7 years experience in the digital industry. He has diverse sector experience within retail, technology, financial and automotive industries, specialising in digital web and eCommerce projects. Paal is a certified Prince2 Practitioner, Certified ScrumMaster and Magento Certified Solution Specialist. You can find Paal on Twitter and blogging at ThinkCommerce.


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