We've all heard and seen by now that there are a lot of new and exciting features and layouts in Magento 2. It can be a lot to take in at first. While some of the most notable improvements for Magento 2 are faster site speed and enhanced frontend checkout, there are also changes that will affect you as the Admin user as you oversee your store’s operations. Below we will highlight some of new changes you will see in the Administration area of your Magento installation.

New Admin Theme and Navigation Layout

With the new layout and theme for the backend, it has never been easier to navigate and perform your daily operations. The new layout is better organized than in Magento 1.

Each menu item has been reorganized based on how it relates to other menu items. For example, under the Content menu you will find Pages, Blocks, and Widgets, while newsletter email templates, transactional email templates, and promotions are grouped under the menu titled Marketing. The reorganization of all Admin menus simplifies the user experience making it more intuitive and user-friendly.

Product Management Improvements

On top of the navigation improvements, Magento 2 has improved the process of adding and editing products making it more streamlined and easier for merchants to perform these changes.

Editing a Product

Instead of an entire list of attribute groups on the left side as seen in Magento 1, we now have a more streamlined approach in Magento 2. All the basic attributes have been grouped into a few manageable tabs, while other attributes such as up-sells, cross-sells and advanced pricing options have been moved to a drop down list called ‘Advanced Settings’.

Assigning categories

While editing a product, assigning categories is so much easier in Magento 2. It now features predictive search, where you can simply start typing the name of the category and a list will show up of categories that it thinks you want. Each category is then comma separated but can be still viewed by the expandable list of categories just as you would expect in Magento 1.

Product Media Improvements

There are also major improvements in how you add media to your products. You can now use a simple drag and drop uploader to add images and video to your products (that’s right, video has been added to native Magento 2!). And on top of that, you can then drag to reorganize the position of each media file.

Creating configurations

In Magento 1, users had to create simple products one by one, and then create a main configurable product to associate them together. Magento 2 simplifies that process by creating the main product first, and then going through a setup wizard for all the configurations. This makes the process of creating individual stock products so much easier saving both time and effort.

Changes for Product, Sales, CMS grids

New filters for viewing the list of products

Magento 2 changed the layout for filters when viewing a grid. For example, when viewing the list of products, you can click on the filter icon and see a dropdown of all the filters you can use. This provides a nice clean look when browsing through the several lists in the Magento Admin.

Choose what columns appear

Magento finally provided a way to natively change what columns show up in the grid of items. You can change them by clicking the columns icon and then checkbox the columns you want to see. Then you can move the columns around and reorganize them by dragging the header. (See 'Moving columns Around' Below!)

This also works for the Sales Grid. With Magento 2 you can reorganize the grid and order invoices by what is most relevant to you.

Quick edit pages, blocks, and widgets by selecting them in the grid

You can edit the title and other small areas directly on the grid without opening up the item for editing. This only works for your CMS items such as pages, blocks, and widgets so that you don’t have to load the item to make minor edits. By simply clicking on one of the rows in the grid, you can quickly edit the information in any column for that row. This comes in handy for quickly enabling or disabling a page, or simply renaming the title or URL.

Moving columns around in the view grid

Not only can you select what columns appear in the product grid, you can also reorder them using drag and drop. To do so, click and drag on the column header.

Setting a custom amount of how many items load in the grid per page

In Magento 2, not only do you have the ability to select how many items load in your product grid, you can also set a custom number. So if you have 208 products, you can list them all on one page by setting that custom field.

Summary

There have been so many amazing changes in Magento 2 that we can’t list all of them in one blog. Stay tuned for more features and changes that we think will be useful for Admin users to know about.