Magento 2.0 – new era, new experience

11:47 | 21/12/15

After five years from first being announced, Magento 2.0 has finally been released. It’s now the successor to the most used platform (over 200000 companies use Magento), and there are a lot of advantages to using this new platform.

Just some of the advantages include the fact that it comes with a new default theme and a whole new admin user interface, an improved level of flexibility, improved performance rate and code quality. ­

Below is the sample data straight from Magento 2.0, as you can see the structure has been improved quite a lot.


Here’s a sneaky preview of the admin area dashboard, and as you can see, there has been a total re-designed. The functionality is the same plus many extra features, it’s just the user interface which has had a redesign.


Juicy Media now also offers Magento 2.0 compatible hosting, so if you would like to know more please get in touch with us here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


What’s the difference between Magento and Magento 2?

  • Magento is integrated with the Zend Framework, whilst Magento 2 is using the Zend Framework but it is starting to become its own framework.
  • Magento has a large and complex directory structure, but Magento 2 has a more compact and concise directory structure.
  • Magento has no coding standards, whilst Magento 2 has PCR Compliance, Best Practices for PHP & JavaScript, and also Zend Framework coding standards.
  • For front end developing, Magento uses SASS (powered by Ruby), and Magento 2 now has the ability to use LESS (powered by JavaScript) as well.
  • Magento has full page caching with Redis software, whilst Magento 2 has full page caching with Varnish software.
  • Magento has a slower back end GUI, whilst Magento 2 has a much faster GUI.
  • Magento has a slow non-mobile GUI, but Magento 2 is more touch screen friendly, and screen optimised for tablet and mobile.
  • Magento doesn’t have a lot of customization options on the backend, but with Magento 2 it has a lot more customization which includes flexible data grids, drag and drop reordering, custom views and configurable columns for greater control.
  • Magento customers can checkout as guests or register making purchasing a lot more complex, but with Magento 2 it has the assumed guest checkout with email recognition for ease of purchase.

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