Useful Features in Magento 2

February 21, 2017 by Ethan Harmon

Business Environment eCommerce Technology Design and User Experience Magento 2
Magento 2

Magento 2 is a controversial platform at the moment, to say the least. There are nice improvements in the platform, but several bugs still exist. And, while it has its share of issues, it does have silver linings that make it worth utilizing. We at Razoyo have shifted our focus to building M2 sites, and we train our clients on how to properly navigate and use the platform. Whether you come to us for a Magento 2 build or just need a little help maintaining your site, here are a few useful features you should become familiar with on your M2 store:

Product Filters

M1 uses several filters for sorting and search in the back-end. It’s relatively easy to filter by product type, SKU, visibility, etc. M2 takes this concept and pushes it to another level. In Magento 2, all attributes - whether native or created - can become a product filter. It allows admin users to literally search down to the last detail to find a product, if necessary. Yes, not every search will require something this in-depth, but it does prove its usefulness rather quickly. Trust us, it will save you time as you filter and search your catalog.

Manual Product Creation

While M1 allows for manual product creation, M2 does it with less effort, making the process much simpler. It also allows for the immediate creation of configurable and grouped products (all simples must be created first in M1). This is particularly useful if users are unfamiliar with the import/export process in Magento. Attribute sets can also be changed on the simple product level, if needed. Ultimately, it’s just a better, smoother process than the previous Magento versions.

Attribute Creation

The attribute creation feature functions similarly to the M1 setup, but the M2 version is a little more straightforward. For example, when setting the attribute as a dropdown, a table immediately pops up underneath the option, allowing users to input all values related to the attribute. It’s just a bit smoother than older versions.

Magento 2 Navigation

This might not necessarily qualify as a “feature,” but it does make finding and using said features much easier. The back-end navigation is very fluid, and luckily, it loses the plethora of dropdowns seen in any M1 site. No longer do admins need to surf through a myriad of menus (which can/does confuse clients). Instead, M2 has a user-friendly and condensed nav.

Wrapping Up…

It will take some time to become a Magento 2 master. However, understanding these features will give you a leg up when it comes to understanding and using the platform. If you need need some insight into M2, have any questions on the various features, or just need some training on how to fully utilize the admin panel, contact Razoyo today for training.

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