What’s new in Magento 2

December 2015 saw the release of Magento 2 for store owners and merchants. As experienced Magento consultants, Richard Carter Consultancy share our insight and thoughts on what’s new in Magento 2.

Magento was started in 2007, and has become one of the leading ecommerce platforms in the world. Whilst it may have a steep learning curve (which is where our Magento training courses are useful!), Magento has proven itself a great, feature-rich, stable ecommerce platform for many leading names around the world.

What to expect in Magento 2

Magento 2: new design

At a glance, here is what you can expect from Magento 2:

  • New administration interface design which is mobile and touch friendly
  • Drag and drop, customisable product grids: add new columns, and reorder them easily: something that was achievable in Magento 1, but not easily done by an administrator
  • New reporting tools for sales and orders
  • A focus on performance, with the Full Page Cache (previously only in Magento Enterprise) now
  • A new responsive base Magento theme, Luma (see screenshot above)
  • A rolling roadmap of new features every quarter
  • Improved checkout: Magento 2’s checkout process has seen some small improvements which should have a large impact on conversion rates, including guest checkout being the default, and automatic customer account detection by email address
  • An improved Magento Connect marketplace for extensions, with heavier vetting by the Magento team to prevent poor quality and scammy extensions being available

And whilst the administrative panel has changed in the new Magento version, there’s nothing particularly new feature-wise in the new Magento version (yet – don’t forget those quarterly features), this is a great new platform for ecommerce businesses.

Updating to Magento 2

If you’re a store owner or merchant already on Magento and are considering whether or not you should upgrade to Magento 2 yet, our advice is: not yet (January 2016)! Whilst Magento 2’s core functionality for Magento Enterprise and Magento Community is now ready and in use on a very small number of live stores, additional features such as shipping and payment integrations may not yet be ready for your store.

There is a migration path for your customer, order and product catalogue data from Magento 1 to Magento 2 (we’re currently experimenting to see how reliable this tool is!), but themes and modules will not be portable to the new version of Magento.

So, there you have it: a guide to what’s new in Magento 2. If you’d like to work with us on your next Magento 2 project, please do get in touch.