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What will the upcoming Magento 2.0 upgrades offer?

Posted By: Jason

Magento’s 2.0 upgrade is nearing release and there’s plenty to be excited about within the developer community for users of arguably the most trusted open-source e-commerce management system.

There’s plenty of conjecture and discussion regarding the new features that could revolutionise Magento development and on-site user experience, so here is the low-down on some of our favourite new features that are set to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Unrivalled customisation

As web developers, we are all too aware of the competitive marketplace that is the internet. The value of customisation should therefore never be underestimated. Magento 2.0 will feature radically new flexibility to give Magento developers a critical edge over the competition.

With templates easier than ever to modify, improved layout file inheritance and the restructure of modules into individual directories, it’s all geared towards delivering tighter encapsulation and a unique user experience.

External integrations

The show-stopper from Magento’s 2.0 upgrade is undoubtedly the simplification of external integrations. Developers can gain automatic access to a PHP API from both a REST and SOAP endpoint. In addition, users wishing to give a new system access to a new API should note it’s easier than ever to create a basic API module and assign it a small XML file.

Automated testing

With Magento 2.0, gone are the days of manual testing throughout a development sprint. Magento’s 2.0 provides developers and merchants with the capability to enter an automated test suite, which immediately offers feedback on JavaScript, static code analysis and integrity, overall performance and much more.

Accelerated developmental times

Put simply, Magento’s newest release will make it easier and quicker than ever to experiment with innovative ideas. There’s never been a better time to develop or customise a new site and this is sure to give merchants themselves a much-vaunted edge in their respective markets - they will be able to provide their customers with fantastic online experiences on totally unique platforms.

If you have a development project in mind but you're unsure how to bring those ideas to life on screen, don't hesitate to pick up the phone for an initial discussion with Lexel's experienced team. We have years of experience crafting successful sites and applications using the Magento platform. We've been super-lucky to work with some world-leading clients so you can rest assured that we'll have your back, from concept to launch!