For the last couple of years the hottest discussions in Magento world were naturally held about the release of Magento 2. Firstly we were simply trying to guess what Magento 2 will be like with all new features and design. And after its release people were trying to figure out how to install Magento 2, how stabilize it and what are the results of performance testing of Magento vs Magento 2.
So let’s start our own research which may lead to unexpected discoveries. What is Magento 2? Magento 2 is the last version of the most popular open source eCommerce platform in the world. It empowers B2B and B2C businesses providing omnichannel shopping experiences, better performance and scalability, unmatched flexibility, new features and innovation opportunities for developers.
The major improvements announced in [Magento 2 Release Candidate] are:
** User-friendly Approach ** Streamlined checkout ** Trendy Technologies ** Performance Enhancement ** New shopper experience features ** Framework Improvements ** Quality extensions for Magento 2 ** Quarterly platform updates
It’s worth mentioning that Admin interface of Magento 1.x may seem quite confusing for non-tech users administration. It was a real challenge to cope with UX of the admin interface if you don’t have internal Magento developers under your wing. However, the prayers of the ‘ordinary mortals’ have been heard and Improved Magento 2 Backend Admin UX interface includes:
** UI enhancements providing responsive and touch friendly navigation. Let the good times roll for merchants who works with CMS via iPads or tablets ** Product creation workflow has been simplified and now you can create configurable products without preliminary manual simple product creation. Due to the improved product data import capabilities and new step-by-step product creation tool, the product creation process is now 4 times faster ** Product attribute set has been modified
** The ability to generate associated simple items, bulk upload images and pricing while creating the configurable product have been added to a new version ** New data grids (with essential new columns added) optimized the editing process, so now you don’t have to constantly open and save the elements in grids.
** Breadcrumbs option in filtering allows you to specify numerous filtering criteria.
** Highly improved Admin menu.
Modern technology stack:
** PHP 7 ** Varnish (full page caching enable faster performance out-of-the-box) ** Redis ** Modern JS Stack ** RabbitMQ ** Solr ** PHPUnit ** Composer (for managing dependencies)
These trendy technologies and modern coding patterns allow developers to setup automated test easily and speed up the development process.
However, it may be really difficult to estimate the actual performance of Magento 2. While Magento 2 is declared to be a much faster platform in comparison with the first version, different performance tests show less optimistic results. MageCore’s [performance benchmark] results show that Magento 2 performed slower for the same load test scenario and data sets than the latest Magento 1.x. On the other hand, [Performance test] of Amasty shows that Magento 2 doesn’t cache search results and Magento 2 production mode is much faster than developer mode.
Besides, Magento team has gotten other results proving that Magento 2 really has better performance.
Magento 2.0 + PHP7 + Varnish 4 handles 2.1 M more catalog views and processes up to 135K more orders per hour. Magento 2.0 catalog pages are 47-56% aster than Magento 1.9. Magento 2.0 guest checkout is 38% faster. However, the competition between Magento 1.9 vs Magento 2 +Varnish can not be considered fair as it’s not really a test between the “out of the box” Magento 1.9 and Magento 2. Magento 2.0 can empower your web store but it needs additional investing in your hardware and software.
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