Top 8 Features of Magento 2

These were some of its basic features. Let’s discuss the top 8 features now:

  • New File Structure in Magento 2
  • New Layout Elements
  • CSS Preprocessing
  • Magento UI Library
  • Under the hood
  • Improved performance and scalability
  • No more prototypes
  • Reducing upgrade efforts and costs

1. New File Structure in Magento 2

There are major changes in the Magento 2 file structure. Everything is placed under the app structure. Every module has its own directory in which you can easily access all the templates, layouts, js, CSS/fewer files of a specific module. This is definitely a big help for the module developers as they can have more opportunities for custom without changing its core site.

There are four types of directories in Magento 2:

  • Primary directories- These directories cannot be changed that include base directory, code directory, lib directory.
  • System directories- That includes DI directory, generation directory, etc. directory. To change its location, you need to run the EntryPoint class.
  • Application directories- The directories include app directory, design directory, temporary directory, cache directory, log directory, session directory.
  • Public directories- Include pub directory, media directory, upload directory, static directory, pub view cache directory.

To change the location of public and application directories, use the same technique applied to change the location of the system directory. Both these directories can be configured via config.XML file.

2. New Layout Elements

In Magento 1.x, core/text is used to serve as a structured book. Magento 2 now introduces a new concept of container wrappers. The containers contain blocks and render all the children. Organizing blocks will now be more intuitive by just moving the blocks and easily define the sections in an easier way.

3. CSS Preprocessing

Magento 2 no longer uses BootStrap. Instead, it uses own less and CSS in theme core. It has the publisher to find and publish CSS together with overview static files filed under the pub and directory. The publisher also supports preprocessing of files that have to be published using some preprocessors.

CSS preprocessor consists two independent preprocessors:

  • LESS preprocessor: LESS PHP adapter, LESS preprocessor enables the use of LESS in Magento.
  • CSS URL resolver: Resolves to links found in CSS source files using the publisher and then replacing them with the correct ones.

Key advantages include:

  • LESS helps users to custom theme faster and easier.
  • LESS preprocessor and CSS URL helps enhance performance, speed up the page load, and make the system friendly with a search engine.

4. Magento UI Library

It’s a flexible modular Magento library that employs a set of mixins for base elements and also helps to ease theme development and its customization. Its key features include:

  • Customizable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Focused on web standards
  • Built on LESS preprocessor
  • Responsive
  • Accessible

Magento Library helps its users to customize every element mentioned below:

  • Actions toolbar
  • Buttons
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Dropdowns
  • Forms
  • Icons
  • Layout
  • Loaders
  • Messages
  • Navigation
  • Popups
  • Ratings
  • Tables
  • Tabs
  • Accordions
  • Typography
  • List of theme variables

5. Under the hood

Magento 2 include:

  • HTML 5
  • CSS3
  • RequireJS
  • PSR Compliance
  • Full page caching
  • Varnish support in its core

6. Improved performance and scalability

There is some improvement needed in performance and scalability in Magento 2 that include:

Performance improvements

  • Indexers improving- Magento system transforms merchant data, such as catalog, data, prices, users through indexing by creating the index tables and by keeping them updated to boost the query speed and the performance of your store. New indexes include all the functionality as in the previous versions of Magento 2. They come with more updates and is improved to speed up the performance of the query.
  • A performance toolkit of Magento- One can create a test environment and code changes to verify and optimize the system performance by using a new set of test scripts.
  • Varnish-To help to reduce the server load and to speed up the page load, Magento 2 is integrated with the Varnish Cache – leading HTTP accelerator technology – that is responsible for caching common requests.

Scalability improvements

  • Caching in full page – All content of a page is cached, which increasingly performance and significantly reduces the server load.
  • Multiple admin users- Multiple admin users can create and edit products with Magento 2without the fear of data conflicts.

7. No more prototypes

The prototype used as the main library javascript of Magento because jQuery was not stable enough. jQuery has now replaced prototype, as the demand for Magento type increased. Magento 2 only supports one Javascript framework, ie., RequireJS, which means there will be less Javascript conflict in Magento 2 compared to Magento 1.

8. Reducing upgrade efforts and costs

Upgrading and installing extensions in Magento 2 is seamless. Also, extensions in Magento 2 are lightweight compared to Magento 1.

  • Upgrading to newer versions- Magento 2 includes updated information on policies and upgrade compatibility.
  • Installing Magento- Installing new Magento has become easier and faster with the new Magento 2’s new installer. It will first check for prerequisites before starting the process of installation. System integrators can easily script the installations and upgrade to create the deployments.
  • Upgrading and installing the extensions- Installing or updating will affect your site. Magento 2 allows the developers to provide the detailed information on compatible versions of their codes which include a dependency on components, versions, and requirements of the system.
  • Upgrading to Magento 2- One can use export and import functionality to export the customer records, inventory data, customer data, and other records then import them in Magento 2.