Magento 2 is out! (w/ Demo)

magento 2 logo

On November 17th, 2015 Magento took off the reins & released Magento 2.0 into the wild — and we’re excited more than ever for what this means for the future of ecommerce!

While we’re not yet recommending that clients upgrade until the initial kinks are worked out (1.8x & 1.9x are stable & will be supported for a couple more years), we wanted to give you guys an opportunity to take a look around the new backend. WARNING: It may or may not be addicting. 🙂

Frontend Demo:

Backend Demo:

Backend Login:
username: wexdemo
password: demouser1

If you haven’t gotten a chance yet to read through our quick overview of what’s new in Magento 2.0, take a moment to familiarize yourself a bit first.

Note: This demo is running the default “Luma” theme. The only thing we did aside from tweaking a few of the products is enabling GZIP compression. Otherwise, this is a stock install & is what you should be expecting from a fresh install in terms of content, features, and performance. (We also hid a few backend features for this demo account: because internet.)

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Magento 2 Is Coming (like an 18-wheeler with its brakes cut)

Back on July 15, 2015 Magento 2 hit a large milestone in its quest to release into the wild the much anticipated General Availability (GA) release in Q4 2015.

Magento 2 was originally announced in 2010 (yes, you read that right) & was scheduled to be released in Q4 of 2011, but they decided last minute to scrap their plans of building on top of the v1.x codebase & instead decided it needed a major overhaul to support future growth. So here we are, a few years later, and the biggest ecommerce platform is set to release its much anticipated version 2.0!

What’s New?

  • Performance Improvements — For Example: Fullpage cache is now baked into Community Edition (can I get an amen?)
  • Improved Scalability
  • Upgrades will be much easier (leading to less costs for you!)
  • Leverages HTML 5 (finally) and an improved CSS Preprocessor
  • Customization process is streamlined
  • Front-end portion of the software is decoupled from the backend store logic (making updates much easier to test and reducing much of the risk incurred in earlier versions when updating storefront designs)
  • And of course, visual updates for the backend! (See below)

New Admin Login Page:

magento 2 login page

New Dashboard:

magento 2 dasboard

Simplified Navigation:

(The backend menus have now been moved to the left hand side, simplified, and visual cues added)
improved magento navigation

Cleaner Product Edit Page

(including easy enable/disable product in top right hand corner, drag & drop images, and the most used settings at the top w/ the advanced setting collapsed so you’re not overwhelmed)
magento 2 product edit

In Conclusion

It’s pretty hawt! We feel like a kid in a candy store and we can’t wait for the official release! That is all 🙂

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Magento Releases SUPEE-6788 Security Patch

Recently Magento released a major security patch (SUPEE-6788) which closes up holes that could lead to remote code execution, information leaks and cross-site scripting. However, this particular patch has been affecting many, many extensions. This is not a complete list, but if you have installed anything above & beyond the default Magento install, please check out this crowd-sourced Google Doc & then do your research (contact the extension developer directly if you can) about whether your extension may be affected — and take action accordingly before installing the patch.

Note: once you apply the patch, compatibility mode is turned on by default (meaning you’re not protected until this is switched). To enable the security patch once installed, you’ll need to go to system > configuration > advanced > admin …and change “Admin routing compatibility mode for extensions” to “disable”.

Another Note: make sure you have the previous patches applied.

This is how we’d proceed with applying the patch:

  1. Research all your extensions/custom code
  2. Backup both live & dev sites
  3. Apply SUPPE-6788 patch (download here) on dev site & turn off compatibility mode. Dump Magento cache. Test all appropriate functions. Apply extension updates. If everything bodes well, continue on to next step.
  4. Apply SUPEE-6788 patch on production site & turn off compatibility mode
  5. Apply extension updates (if appropriate)
  6. Dump Magento cache
  7. Test everything from CMS pages, to transaction emails

This is a very simple overview — as always, if you have any questions, let us know!

Ebay Sells Magento

On November 2, Magento CEO Mark Lavelle announced, that their parent company Ebay has sold Magento (along with eBay Enterprise) to a consortium of buyers led by Permira Funds & formed a new independent company called Magento Commerce.

Back in 2010, eBay invested in Magento (then an in-house product of Varien), and was quickly spun off into a stand-alone venture. One year later (June 2011), eBay purchased the remaining stake of Magento. While under the eBay umbrella, Magento’s revenue grew five-fold, they made large investments in the core platform, and added mobile and omnichannel products. Magento, more focused than ever, began looking for partners/buyers in early 2015 to be able to take them to the next level. And it looks like they’ve found a solid backing! Permira Funds has funded big brands like Hugo Boss, Teamviewer, and Pharmaq. It’ll be exciting to see what Magento does now that they’re fully focused, backed, and have gained “big time player” enterprise experience underneath the ecommerce behemoth eBay.

Read more about this exciting change here.