Magento 2 update and test site
Update: 18th November 2015, Magento 2 has now been officially released
Our team have gone through extensive Magento 2.0 training. We’ve put our hardware and software though a rigorous testing programme over the last few months. We’ve spent more than 200 hours of internal sysops and devops time ensuring Magento 2 will really fly and have had new test servers just for Magento 2.0 for over 6 months.
We will of course continue to offer the fastest Magento 2 hosting and are the only UK hosting company dedicated to Magento with free Magento support for all customers, shared or dedicated.
There’s no confirmed launch date, but we think it will be sometime during the end of 2015.
Our Magento 2 Demo Site is here
Key New Features for Magento 2.0:
- Full Page Caching for Community + Enterprise: Magento 2.0 has full page caching built-in to both the community and enterprise versions. Even better, Magento 2.0 has the ability to do proactive caching in production mode. This means your site will run faster, if set up properly and on the correct hardware.
- Better checkout flow. Another new feature is the streamlined checkout process for Magento 2.0. It should avoid the confusing step of “Checkout as a Guest or Login to Your Account or Create New Account” options.
- Database Improvements. You can have a separate MySQL DB for order management and checkout. You can have the front end of your site’s content, products and categories served out of one MySQL DB, when a customer orders, the checkout page can use a secondary, standalone MySQL DB. This allows you to scale out your site, and have a dedicated resource for actual customers trying to check out on your site and make a purchase. This is also better for users with a large amount of admin users updating stock, epos connections and sites running multichannel solutions like M2E Pro.
- General Speed Improvements. Our tests have shown a like for like increase in page load of up to 50% vs Magento 1.9x and 70% increase in add to cart speed.
- Magento 2.0 will use the Zend Framework 2 for performance issues including a cache engine, translations and the database access layer.
The new standard template
The new admin Dashboard