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Overview of Magento 2: The Next Big Ecommerce Development App

September 21, 2015

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The long-awaited Magento 2 is about to be released in coming months. With a steady stage building design and further upgrades to both execution and adaptability in the works, Magento 2 is coming with lots of expectations.

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It is critical to note that Magento 2 is in dynamic advancement. During the Magento 2 Developer Release Candidate webinar, it was revealed that there would be no major building changes to the core programming, which is a welcome news for expansion designers. Moreover, as execution and versatility are at the center of strategy of the Magento 2 Development group, some of what is talked about in this overview is prone to change.

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Magento 2 Performance Structure

Magento’s new version is coming out with lots of improvements. The performance of the new version of Magento is expected to be better than the previous iterations. However, there is still a long way to go before the final release. Some of the significant improvements coming in Magento 2 are:

  • Static resource pre-handling and distributed through the static perspective record organization instrument
  • Coordinated page reserve
  • Redis cache support
  • Enhanced indexing utilizing MySQL triggers and stored procedures.

File Caching and Application Modes in Magento 2

When a program makes a request for a static resource in Magento 2, it is initially handled by the application. This happens because Magento 2 needs to find the advantage on the file system utilizing its fallback component. Else, it may need to pre-process the file. A case would be to produce CSS or minimize the use of JavaScript. As a matter of course, once a benefit is found and handled, it is distributed to the bar/static catalog to be utilized by any future requests, unless the file is modified or deleted.

Deployment Configuration

Magento 2 no more uses the local.xml configuration file. Rather, it utilizes alluding as a deployment configuration. It is referred to as a configuration file because it’s created for the installation process and contains data that is needed to bootstrap a particular of Magento 2.

The deployment configuration file contains a decisive exhibit of arrangement qualities. This cluster is stacked into the memory of Magento 2 and is not converged with other configuration files, as in Magento 1. The majority of the database and store framework setup settings are the same as in Magento 1, except for the change in the exhibit sentence structure from XML to PHP.

Indexing Improvements

Indexing is used by Magento 2 to convert information with complex connections (similar to items, classifications or clients) into a shape that can be rapidly and economically recovered on solicitation. As in Magento 1, there are various implicit indexers classifications, such as, level information, item level information, item value, class items, and item classes.

Indexing operations in Magento 1 were conceivably troublesome to the front end client experience, especially for stores with substantial inventories or complex value rules. Magento 2 proceeds with the indexer upgrades it began in the Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13 with the presentation of emerged perspectives.

In database technology, a perspective is just a virtual table that comes out because of a result of the query. Materialized view is the precalculated result of a query that is stored for future use, typically in a table. Materialized views are utilized when the query on which the view is based on is fast or slow. This sounds like a perfect solution for enhancing Magento 2’s indexer performance. Unfortunately, MySQL does not support materialized views. It does, however, use a very similar approach using triggers and stored data. This is the reason Magento 2 database users now require super privileges.

As in Magento 1, there were two methods of issuing reindexing operations, after every recovery or after the timetable utilize a cron job. These methods are configurable on per indexer basis in Magento 2 administrator interface. Magento 2 does not have the functionality in the administrator interface for manually setting off a reindex as this functionality was overlooked by design. Instead, manual reindexing must be done utilizing the command line tool provided in Magento 2. Along with this, full reindexes can’t be performed in the on schedule reindex mode. This decreases the danger of having a possibly expensive operation interfering with user experience.

UI Improvements in Magento 2

Things do look a lot different in Magento 2, but these changes are for the best.

User-friendly Backend

The backend UI is more easy-to-use and user-friendly. As it is evident from the picture below, users can see insights of every store view from the Dashboard, utilizing the Scope Filter.

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“Store View” screen

User-friendly Menu System

The menu framework is gathered in two administration capacities: eCommerce and System. All menus are included for your online store, for example, Product, Marketing, Content, Report, etc. These menus are displayed in flat menu style that is more organized and user-friendly.

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Product Page Interface

Product management has also been simplified. Now, adding products has become easier. The Magento 2 UI comes with many preset product templates. Through this, one can create stores of any size or scope. You can easily serve both simple and downloadable products from the same store without making any changes to the present setup.

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“Catalog” screen

The “New Product” screen has been redesigned in a way that it covers all aspects of product selling when it comes to online shopping. It is nice to see that important factors, like Tax Class, SEO, Cross-sells, have been included.

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“New Product” screen

Frontend Improvements

Utilizing Blank Theme as a starting point is a big frontend improvement in Magento 2. It helps in facilitating frontend engineers by giving them a stripped down version of the theme. This gives engineers more leverage to include more specific features and customizations as per the project’s needs.

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Themes Screen

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Magento 2 “Blank” Theme

Is Magento 2 Ready?

Although, Magento 2 is far from being released. It has already been at the center of attention in the ecommerce industry. Magento 2 does not only have a new visual layout editor, but it also has changed core methods, database structures, and functionality. Along with these changes, there are lots of improvements in the deployment configuration and the indexing process of Magento 2. It is also nice to see that Performance and Caching factors have become a part of Magento 2 software. With all these improvements and changed dynamics of Magento 2, it is sure to be a clutter breaker. Upon its release, Magento 2 will undoubtedly become the most preferred ecommerce development software in the world.

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