While the General Availability release of Magento 2 has been out for a little over 2 years, there were more than a few reasons to consider sticking to Magento 1.x at the time. Stability issues, less developers familiar with the new version, a lack of available extensions (compared to the abundance at one's disposal for 1.x), as well as maintaining an existing 1.x installation were all valid concerns in determining which version was right for your eCommerce store. Now that the latest major version has had time to grow and mature, there is little ground not to consider choosing Magento 2 over its predecessor, even for maintainers of an existing 1.x installation. This blog post will touch on a few of the many benefits of Magento 2, and why it's an excellent eCommerce solution.
Arguably the biggest advantage of Magento 2 is its compatibility with PHP 7. While previous versions of Magento utilize PHP 5 or legacy versions of PHP, 7 sees a vast evolution in many areas of the programming language. PHP 7 has addressed numerous previous security bugs and issues with legacy versions of the language, ensuring all vulnerabilities are kept to the utmost minimum. Additionally, as PHP 7 is the latest version of the language, it is well maintained, guaranteeing the best support the language can offer for the foreseeable future.
Largely owing to the usage of PHP 7, one of Magento 2's greatest selling points is its significant increase in performance and load times. Users expect pages to load in fractions of a second, and eCommerce sites are no exception. As there have been numerous case studies showing the direct correlation to page load times and conversion rates, site performance is one of the most important factors for any eCommerce business.
Magento 2 ships with native compatibility with Less, a popular CSS preprocessor. Less offers many features that are prohibitively difficult, if not impossible to accomplish with vanilla CSS. For projects with an emphasis on scalable, modular and intricate style codebases, the built-in support for a preprocessor such as Less is a much-welcomed addition.
Redesigned & Responsive Admin Panel
The Magento 2 Admin Panel has had a significant redesign, clearer and less cluttered than its predecessor. Additionally, the design has now been made responsive, able to be displayed on any mobile device. This makes it far easier to handle any administrative management on the go, no longer having to be at a desktop computer to make some minor changes or manage orders.
Rigorously tested extensions
While the relatively smaller supply of extensions available for Magento 2 is sometimes seen as a drawback, this should be seen more as a byproduct of quality over quantity. Magento 2 extensions available in the marketplace undergo increased scrutiny and testing before they can be made available to the public.
As we've seen in this post, Magento 2 offers many significant advancements over its previous versions. Some of these improvements, such as performance, security and reliability are no doubt core concerns when determining the architecture supporting any online business. Considering the features and reliability provided by the latest version of the platform, Magento 2 should be a first-in-line candidate for any online business and eCommerce shop.
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