Our partners from IT Delight have recently held a discussion on migrating from Luma, the default theme delivered with Magento, to Hyvä, an up-and-coming custom theme for Magento. In this article, we summarize the main points of the discussion and explore the implications of migrating to Hyvä for businesses and developers alike.
The moderator, Volodymyr Korniienko, CBDO at IT Delight, E-commerce business growth expert, leads the discussion with Manuel García Solipa, Tech Lead at Ebolution, and Alexander Galdin, Magento 2 Frontend Developer at IT Delight.
Further down the line, we will leave parts of the video that reveal the topics in their entirety with an accompanying commentary explaining the essence of the video excerpt.
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What is Luma
Luma is the default theme that comes with Magento and it's important to understand the technologies it's based on: RequireJS, Less CSS precompiler, and UI components. It is also mentioned that that the PWA technology is different but also included in the platform.
At the end of the day, Luma is simply a combination of all the technologies delivered by Magento, which they believe should have been the frontend of the platform on the early days.
What is Hyvä, its main advantages, and disadvantages
To our readers, Hyvä is a new front-end solution for Magento 2 that offers an alternative to the default Luma theme and it takes the e-commerce world by storm. At Amasty, we're continuously adding Hyvä compatibility to our most popular extensions to provide our customers with the best e-commerce experience possible.
Let’s return to our muttons. Hyvä is a step ahead for the Magento ecosystem and here are three main advantages of Hyvä by Alex:
- It was easy for him to transfer from Luma to Hyvä because it works on the same logic and structure.
- Hyvä uses modern tools for development, such as Tailwind CSS and Alpine.js, which are constantly improving, and offer better performance.
- With Hyvä, developers can focus more on the development result, rather than the development process, as it provides an easier way to provide customizations.
Hyvä is a popular option for front-end development, but as Manuel and Alex discussed, there are both benefits and considerations to keep in mind.
Disadvantages of Hyvä
How Hyvä changed the work process of speakers
According to the discussion, Hyvä has brought about significant changes in the work process of both Alex and Manuel. They are happy with the modern technologies that Hyvä provides, as it has helped improve their personal performance as developers.
The easier customization process has also been highlighted as a significant benefit, as it saves them time and allows them to deliver results faster to their clients. Despite being an opinionated framework, both Alex and Manuel see Hyvä's use of Tailwind CSS as a positive aspect.
Reduced complexity of working with front-end
Manuel further added that Hyvä has reduced complexity on the Magento front end, which has made their daily work much easier. He prefers working with Tailwind CSS and Alpine JS, as they provide a lot of information, examples, and answers to common problems, instead of dealing with a very complex structure of fewer files.
The effect of Hyvä on website speed
In today's digital landscape, website performance is a crucial factor, and experts highlight its significance in a conversation. They emphasize the impact of website complexity on its speed, with Manuel mentioning how Hyvä simplifies websites, leading to better optimization approaches and a better understanding of the front-end.
Compared to using a custom theme, Luma may achieve good metrics, but it is much more complicated. The Hyvä theme, however, can achieve almost perfect scores in Google Core Web Vitals metrics, so customers can install this theme to attain excellent website performance as it provides a great starting point.
Downsides of other frameworks
Overall, it's essential to consider website performance when designing a website, and utilizing the right theme and approach can lead to excellent results.
Practical cases from the experience of the participants
In the world of e-commerce development, Hyvä has become a buzzword lately. Manuel shares his experience working with Hyvä on various projects, ranging from small to large and complex.
Case by Manuel
Manuel's team started with simple projects, such as implementing a product view page for an online startup, before moving on to more complex projects. One of their biggest challenges was migrating a customized store with a complex front-end while maintaining the same UX/UI. However, they were able to successfully replicate the same UX while improving the performance and stability of the system.
Currently, Manuel and his team are working on a mix of small projects, adapting Hyvä themes to their validated UI, while also working on projects where the default UI is sufficient.
Case by Alex
Alex shares his experience working on around 10 projects over the past two years:
For smaller projects, there were cases where there wasn't even a design, and the client didn't know exactly what they wanted on the home page. In such cases, Alex and his team would send the client a link to the Tailwind components library, and the client would scroll through the components and select the ones they liked. Alex would then copy the HTML and paste it into their code as a skeleton for the widgets on the home page.
How Hyvä affects businesses
Hyvä is a popular e-commerce platform that is rapidly gaining popularity in the development community. According to Manuel and Alex, investing in Hyvä can have a positive impact on businesses.
By reducing complexity in the development process, your development team can focus on adding new features that customers actually need and that add value to the platform. By doing this, businesses can minimize the time-to-live, thereby reducing financial expenses.
Furthermore, as the Hyvä community continues to grow, businesses can benefit from the expertise and support of this community. This can provide a competitive advantage to online businesses as they can leverage the knowledge and experience of other Hyvä developers to improve their platform.
The speakers from IT Delight shared their experiences of how Hyvä has positively impacted their work process and website speed, as well as practical cases of using Hyvä in their projects. They also offered valuable insights and tips on how to migrate from Luma to Hyvä, such as using the fallback system of Hyvä to gradually migrate parts of the site.
In summary, Hyvä is a promising solution for front-end development for Magento, and developers should not be afraid to explore alternative ways of front-end development. With its modern tools and technologies, Hyvä can offer a more efficient and productive way to develop e-commerce websites.