Magento 2.0 Is Finally Here!
Magento is by far our favourite CMS when it comes to e-commerce. Sure, there’s a lot to be said for the simplicity of woocommerce, or shopify, but when you need enterprise quality e-commerce – Magento is the way to go. While you may hear complaints of how slow it is from customers, or how complicated it is from a developer new to the platform – if properly configured it can be quick, safe, secure and as flexible as you’ll ever need.
Now Magento have upped their game even further! Introducing Magento 2.0!
Available in both community edition (most our customer’s go for this) or enterprise edition, the team have improved every angle. The code base is now much more modular, enabling us to cut down on the resources needed to run it – previous versions have always been heavy. The new lighting quick APIs allow us to integrate the site with 3rd party systems with ease and I’d imagine the new developer experience will encourage lots of new extensions.
The Magento site (magento.com)tells us that they’ve made responsive design easier through reference themes – we wouldn’t use them, but hey, they might suit some. They also promise native video integration for products.
We love the new checkout module, it’s much more flexible and negates the google one-page extension that so many use. The new back-end seems much more user-intuitive and faster too, although only time will tell how long that lasts! One the whole the entire back-end seems much faster and more refined.
Although I’ve only tested this with a very simple site, they have indeed increased the front-end speed too. They claim over 50% faster and while I agree that may be the case when it comes to a stock Magento set-up, I would hope that most developers optimise it anyway. Nevertheless, I did see a noticable speed increase from the improvements, including the Apache Varnish service.
As you’d expect from Magento, they’ve further enhanced security – we love you guys!
The only negative you’ll hear from us is that being new, there’s a distinct lack of extensions on Magento connect, but I’m sure that won’t be for long. Other than that – it’s a big step in the right direction and with promised quarterly updates, expect good things!
If you’re considering Magento as an e-commerce platform, why not give us a shout and we’ll talk you through your options?