Magento Commerce officially released a new version of the open source Magento eCommerce digital platform on November 17th, 2015, and simply dubbed it “Magento 2.0.” Magento 2 promises to take B2C and B2B retailers to new eCommerce heights with engaging, responsive customer experiences. By the time Magento 2 was officially released, Vaimo was already ahead of the game and became a Magento 2 Trained Solution Partner. We covered the areas in which Magento 2 excels in a previous blog post, but now the brand-new platform is out and available to the public. Vaimo is now a Magento 2 Trained Solution Partner as well as the only Magento Gold Solution Partner in South Africa and Scandinavia. Vaimo is also a top Magento Gold Solution Partner in the United Kingdom.
According to Magento, to be a Magento 2 Trained Solution Partner, the requirements are:
"Magento 2 Solution Partners have completed and passed a set of Magento 2.0 development exercises; have two (2) employees who have completed the Fundamentals of Magento 2 Development on-demand course; and have one (1) employee who has completed the Core Principals for Theming in Magento 2 on-demand course."
Let's review what Magento Commerce has to say about Magento 2.0.
Open Source Architecture
Magento 2 boasts features that support utmost flexibility such as a modular code base that allows effortless customisation and faster time-to-market. Knowing that integrations are a crucial aspect of online shops, Magento 2 was created with improved APIs that allow retailers to easily link and perform at scale with any third party solution. Magento 2 also makes developing site variations easy with all-new theming possibilities. Magento Commerce also produced a plethora of turnkey extensions that allow for quick and economical updates to an online shop.
Engaging Customer Experience
Magento 2 enables retailers to craft the responsive and customised omnichannel shopping experience they need with ease. The new responsive design reference themes provide a quick way to build sites that can handle sales in all capacities. The integrated video feature provides the option to showcase products in an engaging manner. Magento 2's new checkout is simpler to personalise and betters conversion rates by reducing the required steps and information needed from customers. It's also possible to provide a handy one-step account creation to quickly save customer profiles. Read more here.
Improved Agility and Efficiency for Businesses
Magento 2 was made for retailers who want to grow their eCommerce business and it allows them to operate their businesses with productivity. The brand new Admin panel design supplies a clean and intuitive interface that makes everyday tasks more efficient. The improved interface is also touch-friendly to allow for quick updates on the fly. Magento 2 contains upgraded business tools to allow for regular optimisations to promote growth. The Admin panel lets retailers easily customise and save views to allow for quick access to crucial data. Magento 2 saves retailers time by supporting faster product set-up, with a step-by-step product creation tool and quicker product import functionalities. Read more here.
Enterprise-Grade Efficiency and Scalability
Magento claims that their new platform boasts a 50% faster page load time by a pre-integrated Apache Varnish to cache page content for quicker functioning and optimises images and code to allow for the souped-up load time. Magento Enterprise Edition 2.0 features enterprise-grade scalability and improved availability with autonomous master databases for key subsystems along with several sub databases. Read more here.
Magento 2 features solid integrations with Braintree, PayPal, and Authrize.net payment portals. Magento Enterprise Edition 2.0 also offers the possibility to easily integrate with WorldPay andCyberSource. The security is improved and it's easy to align with PCI compliance across all payment methods.
Effortless Support and Upgrades
Magento 2 offers easier and more affordable maintenance and secures the site by making upgrades effortless. Retailers can now simply upgrade their website on a quarterly basis through upgrade releases from Magento Commerce. This lets retailers focus on more critical aspects of their business, while Magento 2 makes the rest fairly simple.