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Magento 2.0 which is an open source CMS tool for managing content for ecommerce websites has been in the new since 2010, when it was announced to be released in 2011. But in 2011, Magento was acquired by eBay and the reorganization process took its toll on the release and deadlines were pushed further. The rumours and anxiety kept filling the air with users getting desperate to try out Magento 2.0. It was finally in December 2014 that Magento 2.0 developer beta version saw the light of the day.
Let us take an insider’s look into what the Magento 2.0 has in store for users.
- The use of modern technology has been the approach towards the development of Magento 2.0. The new version will make use of HTML5, jQuery, CSS 3, PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5, thus making it is more suited to modern coding.
- Magento 2.0 is more mobile friendly and totally responsive.
- Introduction of drag & drops functionality has reduced the need of XML codes.
- Modifications in file structure will make customization of themes easier.
- Main functions like design changes and editing of theme have been shifted to the database.
- The module directory has been modified to allow users to complete logical operations easily. Since Magento is an ecommerce CMS, special attention has been given to payment modules up gradation.
- The default skin of Magento has been done away with and developers can now edit and customize themes with ease.
- Integration of different web based applications has been insured with use of REST (Representational State Transfer) as API and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) as Wireless Service Integration (WSI).
- ZEND 2.0 Framework will be used by Magento 2.0 for database access layer, Translations and caching functions.
- Magento 2.0’s XML will check and validate the code for any errors or bugs; and as to whether the set standards of rules have been followed or not. So time for debugging will be saved.
- Varnish and Redis support has been included and so has full page caching.
- Indexers have been improved to deliver faster query performance and faster updates.
- Core improvements in the admin site have been made to accommodate more admin users and to reduce data conflicts.
- Modular search interface and layered navigation have been introduced for better to improve search.
If the statements of Elena Leonova, Product manager of Magento hold true, Magento 2.0 will offer simplified installation and upgrades. Magento 2.0 has also incorporated a standalone installer which will ensure quick installation.
To summarize the topic, after going through its features, it can be ascertained that the all new Magento 2.0 will provide better scalability, Stability, Efficiency and Functionality and provide a better platform for publishing ecommerce websites.
Anna Brown is a famous Web designer working with Xperts Infosoft, New Delhi, India. She is an expert in designing Magento websites.