Magento 2 New Features
There are lots of Magento 2 Features improved in latest Version, we have focused our review on what we perceive to be the changes that we think will have the biggest impact on our clients and indeed us as an agency. You can access the full list of new Magento 2 features here
1. User-friendly Application
The most beautiful change is that Magento 2 has improved a brand new admin panel. And, it looks like it! Now consisting of a discreet design, with simplified navigation of tools and a little less orange, it seems like a completely different system.
Although at first for experienced Magento 1 users it may take a little getting used to, it is easier for new team members to learn. Admin can customise the panel so important business information can be quickly accessed. This means each panel can be personalised to each user helping improve the productivity of managing products, orders and customer data.
Admin Security Improvement
One Person can Logged in at a time in admin user account. Good or bad, we will let you decide. If another user tries to log in the same admin account, other users will be logged out. It may be a little annoying but this is a helpful security measure. When working on a website, you will know if someone else is trying to access your account through your username and password. For companies prone to being hacked, this is a great way to up the ante on your security.
Our Suggestion to E-commerce industries
“For organizations where it’s necessary for lots of users to access an account, we advise you to create a unique username and password for each administrator. This way everyone who is required, can work in the backend of the store without being logged out by their colleagues every few minutes”.
2. It’s All In The Touch
There are reason behind new interface is to help reduce the time spent managing an online store. With drag-and-drop layout editing, online stores can be beautified in a matter of minutes.
Retailers On The Move – Literally!
It doesn’t stop there. The backend administrative dashboard is responsive and has touch-friendly navigation. That means users can also access their store via a tablet. The menu and links have been designed spread out to allow each button to be clicked on with ease.
For retailers who need to manage orders whilst moving around their office or warehouse, they can be on-the-go and do exactly that. With users having the ability to access their site on portable devices, it means updating the products and monitoring orders can be done at their fingertips. That’s great for the customer whose expectations for up-to-date, high-quality, in-depth product data.
3. Product Section improvement
To maintain high customer expectations, let’s take a look at the new product section. A client’s core interest is in the product he or she came for. As a result, to match their needs and wants, changes were put in place
What Are The New Features?
- Product variations can now be managed through wizard or manually or by adding and removing attributes
- New options for user notifications
- Users can add product data by mass actions
You now get an expanded set of options for the configuration of each feature. In most cases, it can help to save admin time when editing an online store. Instead of having to individually create simple products to associate to a parent configurable, creating your configurable products has been transformed into a streamlined experience.
4. Streamlined Approach to Common Admin Task
Streamlining many of the common admin tasks has helped to speed up and simplify workflow.
Product and Attribute Configuration
Users can create configurable products all from within the new product page, without having to first make the simple products individually. What’s more, attribute creation has also been integrated into this step to help make workflow more efficient when creating products.
Catalog > Add product >
Customisable Data Grids
Magento 2 has increased the customisation options for the ‘Sales – Order grid’ page and the ‘Products – Catalog’ grid page. Each small improvement is catered to save time and make working in the admin easier and more personal.
Users are now open to more customisation through the updated use of Filters, Views and Columns. These can be found from the left menu.
Go to Catalog or to Sales > Orders
The Magento 2 Filters are great for organising your results on the page, to look at a specific subset of products or orders. This data can be analysed and monitored to keep track of customer behaviour on your store.
To save admin’s time, M2 has incorporated a new ‘Save View As’ feature to the ‘Views’ tab. This means users can save certain Filters and Column settings when looking at specific orders, products and their subsets.
“”Title the view something descriptive to help with finding the right viewing option when you log in again.”
When you log in again, you can go right back to that specific setup without wasting time configuring it manually each time you visit your grid.
Under “Default View” – click “Save View As” and give the view a title.
The Columns new drop-down lets you check exactly which columns you’d like to show, with more column options than in Magento1. On the grid view, you can also drag and drop selected columns to rearrange the order of them.
Go to Columns – Click and hold the title area of your column – Drag to reorder it on the page.
Add Product Dropdown
Like Magento 1, on the Product Catalog grid page, there is an “Add Product” button, although Magento 2 now includes a drop-down of options. Users can select the specific product type right from the grid page, and it will take them directly to the product creation page.
How is it Different to Magento 1?
In Magento 1, adding a product took you to a separate page to choose product type and the attribute set. Instead, these steps have been simplified so you can choose the specific product type, without navigating to a new page. Having chosen the required type and attributes, you are taken directly to the product creation page.
The new product drop-down menu includes:
- Simple Product
- Configurable Product
- Grouped Product
- Virtual Product
- Bundle Product
- Downloadable Product
Once a product is created and is live on the site, it becomes available for web visitors to purchase. Which takes us to our next improvement: the checkout.
5. Improved Checkout
On the front-end, the greatest difference you will notice is the flow of checkout – on the native Luma theme. A user experiences less complicated checkout processes thanks to Magento removing certain steps. For example, the system now fills out your credit card type, saving you time having to do so. Also, customer confusion on the “Order Success” page has been resolved. Wait, you didn’t realise there was a problem? Where have you been?!
Having made a purchase, customers were then encouraged to create an account with the store. However, many customers expected to see their order information in their account even though they created it after making a purchase. When they couldn’t, many users were uncertain whether their order worked – wouldn’t we all be!