Magento 2: A Quick Glance

Date 09 Oct 2017
Posted in Web Development

Magento is an e-commerce platform that is one of the most popular e-tail open-source, scalable and flexible platforms available in the world. Created by Varien Inc., this fast-growing e-commerce solution is known to be extremely user-friendly because of a number of functionalities – one can search and sort products in different ways; the platform can easily integrate with multiple third party sites (crucial when running an e-commerce operation); it gives you a number of secure payment and check-out options; it can support multiple languages and tax structures; lastly it even has SEO built into the platform. Of course one can go on about the advantages of Magento, but what our e-commerce development team at GR Imagine is most excited about is Magento 2.

Magento 2 is better and faster. If you need to learn Magento 2, may be you could start on Magento 1 and gradually move to 2. Knowing Magento 1 is important to get your basics right and that most of the sites are still operational on Magento 1. However, by 2018 all sites will need to be upgraded to Magento 2, as Varien Inc. will stop supporting the older version by then.

What do you need to know for Magento 2?

For Backend developers, it would be good to have thorough knowledge of “PHP” and a basic understanding of XML, MySQL and Javascript. For developers who work the front-end HTML, CSS, LESS, RWD, Javascript and Knockout JS are the web-developmental frameworks that one should be familiar with.

What technologies do you require for Magento 2?

When it comes to Operating Systems, RedHat Enterprise Linus to Ubunto to Debian and further will be required. Apache 2.2. or 2.4 would meet the web-server requirements. Also at this point one should remember to enable the mod_rewritemodule , so that the server can allow URL rewriting. My SQL 5.6 or MySQL 5.7 databases are also prerequisites to installing Magento 2. Additionally, for HTTPS an appropriate security certificate will be required.

How to install Magento 2?

There are videos and step-by-step guides that have been uploaded by the Magento 2 community are easy and extremely helpful. They break down each step and even anticipate any errors that may occur. A quick Google search for “Installing Magento 2” will give you a variety of options to choose from.  Here are some of our favourites:

What new features to expect?

Stores:  Now you can build multivendor market places like Amazon with Magento 2. This is due to a completely compatible and customisable script that works with third-party extensions. Each seller even gets an exclusive profile page to put more information about themselves and the products they offer. And through exclusive dashboards one can even monitor store statistics in real-time.

Products:There are 6 types of products in Magento2 which serve a particular function and ease the buying process for the consumer and the seller. Simple Product is an individual product with it’s own SKU. A configurable product includes many simple products with variations regarding size, colour. A virtual product is a service, subscription etc. It is intangible and doesn’t need shipping. A grouped product is a set of simple or virtual products. However, even though they are grouped you can choose which amongst the group you want to buy. This is not the case in a bundle product, where a consumer has no choice but to buy all the products in the bundle. Lastly, there is a downloadable product which may include an ebook, video or software.

Categories:Content Management System for Magento 2 makes it a lot easier to create new categories. For any shop owner, creating the right kind of categories means better navigation for the customer, easier flow of simultaneous information and better sales. And as most know, one of the best new features of Magento 2 is its support for multiple stores. When it comes to figuring out the root categories, the kind of stores you host matter. So if you have one online store, one root category is needed. If you have a multiple number of stores selling the same product, still one root category can suffice. However, if different stores carry different products, then a root category has to be created for each store. Once the root categories are created, you can create sub-categories and further organise your products.

Magento 2 is an answer to all the issues that Magento 1 had. It’s faster, takes up less space and has met the latent needs of the seller and consumer. If you want to set up an e-store for your business, feel free to get in touch with the GR Imagine Magento web development team. Bring your consumers even closer to your inventory!

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