After many years of development, Magento 2.0 has been officially released! Since then, the e-commerce market is dying to upgrade or make a switch to this new platform. There is no doubt about that because it is known to empower brands, retailers, and businesses across B2C and B2B industries to swiftly and cost-effectively provide engaging omnichannel shopping experience. Another great features are enhanced performance and scalability, new features that will boost conversion rates, and business agility and productivity improvements. Magento 2.0 is much more enhanced that the list of new features just go and on. In this article, you will learn what else this new platform will offer and more reasons for you to upgrade!
Full Page Caching
Full page caching is present in both Magento 2.0 Community and Enterprise platform. It takes a database-driven website (where every single page might have 100 or more database calls to build a single page) and renders beforehand all of the pages into simple HTML. This can take page load times down 1-2 seconds, from a normal speed of ecommerce sites of 5-8 seconds. Faster page load time means lesser load on a server.
In this new platform, database failure will no longer be a concern. Web-servers can be scaled out and contents can be placed on CDN (content delivery networks), and use load balancing and failover to handle these matters. Magento 2.0 also have a standalone database for order management and checkout. You can now have the front end of your site’s content, products and categories served in one MySQL database if you want! What’s more? This database can handle a ton of traffic! It is also compatible with MySQL clusters, and the catalog database separation.
In a paper released by Nexcess, it explained Magento 2.0’s website performance and scalability optimizations. Series of tests were compared from Magento 2.0 and Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14.2. In the end, Magento 2.0 outperformed Magento 1. With its performance enhancements, tight integration with varnish, and support for PHP 7, delivers higher throughput and faster server response times across the board for both small and huge merchant deployments.
Improved Checkout Process
A simplified checkout process has been a long-time promise of past versions in Magento. Some are alright but it is inevitable to encounter errors in this stage (because of the shipping or payment process options). In Magento 2.0, the checkout process have been redesigned in an effective way so that customers won’t take much time in filling up the form. Before, guest customers would not be able to “save” their information as a customer account. Now, they can do this in just a single click. Guest customers will then have their own accounts and see if their order has been shipped.
Secured Payment Gateways
This is really important in an e-commerce platform. Payment gateways should be secured because it involves the money or credit card of the customers. Magento 2.0 comes with tight out-of-the box integrations with Braintree, PayPal, and Authorize.net payment gateways. Magento Enterprise Edition 2.0 also integrates with CyberSource and WorldPay. Every single version offers improved security and the ability to pursue the easiest level of PCI compliance, depending on the chosen payment method.