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Review: Magento 2 Requirements, Release Date, Roadmap, Features, Download, Installation, Demo, Data migration tool

magento 2 overview

Few days ago I shared with you the Magento 2 Release Date 2015. It helps you keep track of upcoming magento 2.0 Merchant GA release date. Today, I am really excited to share with you magento 2 review that you need to know before magento 2.0 Merchant GA: magento 2 Release Date, magento 2 Roadmap, magento 2 requirements, magento 2 features, magento 2 download, magento 2 installation, magento 2 demo, magento 2 data migration tool for Magento 1.x to Magento 2.

I. Magento 2 Requirements

1 Magento System requirement:

  • Operating systems: Linux distributions such as RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, and so on
  • Composer: latest stable version
  • Apache 2.2 or 2.4
  • PHP 5.5.x or 5.6.x

2. Required PHP extensions:

  • mbstring
  • mcrypt
  • mhash
  • simplexml
  • curl
  • gd2, ImageMagick 6.3.7 (or later) or both
  • soap
  • intl
  • MySQL 5.6.x
  • Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) or an SMTP server

3. Optional but recommended:

2.0 or later (development environments only; can have an adverse effect on performance)
PHPUnit (as a command-line tool) 4.1 or later

To know more about System requirements, please go to: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/system-requirements.html

II. Magento 2 Demo

magento 2 demo

>> Magenro 2 Demo Store Backend

Magento 2 Demo Store Backend comes with a completely new interface. It looks more neat, clean, and more user friendly. The menu items are arranged and grouped into different sections. Magento 2 offers customer section to show all customer and online customer. This changes are aimed at improve the usability and make magento is more easy to use.

>> Magento 2 Demo Store Frontend
Magento 2 comes with new default theme under the name “Luma”. That has more attractive interface compared to it’s predecessor. Now, it is represented in gray colors and a lot of space on the home page.

Store Demo Admin Demo

username: admin
password: admin123

III. Magento 2 Features

1. Compatible more Popular Platforms

Magento 2.0 will use PHP 5.3 and Zend Framwork for managing performances of cache engine, database access layer and translations. At the same time, it supports MSSQL and Oracle that is great for Windows Platform Server.

2. jQuery Library

Jquery is the most popular lightweight to use JavaScript Library. In Magento 2.0, jQuery library is the default JavaScript library.

3. Performance Enhancement

Previously, speed and performance always is a problem Magento has to confront. But everything has changed in Magento 2.0. In this latest version, speed will be 20% faster than the old versions.

4. Component Oriented Architecture

Such module as customer, catalog, checkout, sales, CMS and others will exist as components. If you don’t need to them, you can always disable it and replace with your own; especially, you don’t have to hack the existing code base for that.

5. Directories Structure

There are significant changes in the structure of directory. New directory called “pub” is introduced.

6. Automated Testing

Magento 2.0 allows developer to setup automated test easily.

7. Better security

This latest Magento version supports some steps to deal with serve validation.

8. Jquery Javascript Framework

Magento 2.0 supports only one Javascript framework – Jquery.

magento 2 features

Learn more: http://www.venustheme.com/15-amazing-key-updates-exciting-features-of-magento-2/

IV. Download magento 2,  Magento 2 installation, Install Magento 2 Sample Data

You can download Magento on GitHub
Also find here a comprehensive description of the installation magento 2 and install magento 2 sample data here: http://www.venustheme.com/how-to-install-magento-2-clear-detail-oriented-guide-to-set-up-magento-2-0-easily/
In case you prefer to follow tutorial step by step via video, you can watch our tutorial video here:

Video Tutorials

V. Data migration tool for Magento 1.x to Magento 2

Magento 2.0 Merchant GA is coming and you must be interested in how to migrate an existing installation to the new release, right?
Luckily, magento released a tool to to help migrate data from magento 1.x to magento 2. Data could be migrated such as key product, customer, and order data, store configurations, promotions and more

Magento 2 migration consists of four components: data, extensions, themes, customizations. If you are considering how much time and effort this process takes, there are no affirmative answer for that. But it will depend on how the site was built and its level of customization. It is estimated that Magento 2 migration is around 20% bigger than a Magento 1.x upgrade on average.

Magento offer a details user guide for migration: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/migration/bk-migration-guide.html

VI. Magento 2 Release Date/ Roadmap

I believed that all of us are interested in Magento 2 Release Date. Magento 2.0 Merchant GA release date is coming. Hence, I will show you the Magento 2 Release Roadmap.
There is a great news that Magento 2 is still on track. So let’s wait for which magento 2 bring after Merchant GA  is released at the end of the year

magento 2-release-date

VII. Magento 2 Tutorials

All Magento 2 related documents are from magento.com and the corresponding page on GitHub. magento.com is the main source with changelogs, videos, blogs, etc.,

Source: magento.com

Magento 2 Tutorials & Magento 2 Extensions

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1 Comment

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    Iren November 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the video “How to install Magento 2”, It is very useful for me!) I started to look for any information related to Magento 2, there are a lot of interesting information in the Internet, including your article!)) But surely it is better to install it and see by myself!

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