Magento Imagine 2018 in Las Vegas was the conference where Magento had announced the plans to release the upcoming version as Magento 2.3.0. November 28, 2018, marked the release of this yet more powerful version loaded with exciting and empowering features.
Magento has observed quite a remarkable rise in its growth and success in the year 2018. Pushing the growth graph to touch new highs, Magento’s newest version introduces an array of tools and enhancements.
Magento 2.3.0 is a manner of Magento extending thanks its community, merchants, and developers and wish them thrilling opportunities in 2019.
With a wealth of improvements in core features, Magento Open Source 2.3.0 has over 30 fixes to the core Magento code.
Even Core bundled extensions like Amazon Pay, Dotmailer, Klarna, Vertex, and Magento Shipping have been loaded with enhancements that offer merchants unmatched abilities than ever before.
As the name suggests, when you have multiple sources of selling, storing and delivering your products, MSI is there for your help. It aims to improve the operational efficiency for the merchants by managing inventory within the Magento Admin panel across multiple physical locations.
MSI allows merchants to assign products and quantities, track inventories and streamline the operations of their various fulfillment source like warehouses, stores, distribution centers, and even the third party drop shippers. Adding an extra advantage to better and easier inventory management, MSI allows you to integrate with third-party inventory systems.
Don’t feel left cut loose if you have a single inventory source, as MSI has got something for you too. Magento 2.3.0’s MSI equips you with an inventory reservation system. This system tracks deductions from the saleable stock whenever your customer adds them to their carts. Accurate count on the quantity left adds to backend efficiency and the high performing checkouts improve conversion rates.
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PWA stands for Progressive Web Applications. With the aggressive rise in the trends in mobile shopping, smartphone penetration will reach 90% in 2019. It is a massive opportunity for you to boost the conversion rates for your E-commerce business.
PWA equips you with an ability to deliver an exceptional and superior mobile experience. This leads to increased engagement and improved conversion rate. The best part is that with Magento 2.3 has come up with a new suite of tools which is named as PWA Studio.
With this tool, Magento has tried to help developers to build PWA stores easily and quickly for you. PWA studio let your users relish an app-like mobile commerce experience which is rather faster, integrated and works even without a network.
It has a number of other benefits like Improved SEO, a better average of page performance leading to drive more traffic and higher conversion rates. With making development and ownership of PWAs quicker, easier and affordable, Magento PWA Studio has considerably focussed on the interests of developers and merchants.
This amazing tool has another bundle of joy for you ( the developers and the merchants of Magento). As a part of an open source initiative, you will have regular updates, new features, theme enhancements, and quality improvements that too independent of Magento releases.
For more on any information on PWA Studio, you can visit pwastudio.io.
Yes you hear it right. Magento 2.3 has introduced a tool called Page Builder which will be helping you create customized pages and manage the site content without a HTML and CSS.
Catering to the highly requested functionality, Magento has initiated this as a part of its core. What better could the Magento community have given to its developers and merchants than a tool that creates pages simply by drag and drop interface.
Equipped with a powerful set of functionalities like creating a new page, enriching products, and categories and launch content updates as a breeze without any coding expertise. Page Builder is completely integrated with Magento media gallery and even the widgets to help you use your creativity by incorporating the functionalities into your pages.
Not only does Magento have your back in the functionality but your Page Builder can also do wonders in creating dynamic content blocks. Another important feature under its coat is that of scheduling your content to go live while keeping the content staging and preview in context.
Though it is a part of Magento Commerce, yet there is an option to purchase for the Magento Open source merchants.
GraphQL is query language for using APIs. It opens up the data retrieval possibilities for PWAs, which allows you to get precise information more efficiently with lesser API requests. GraphQL helps developers to create specific query easily and get quicker and more predictable results even when the network is slow.
Declarative DB Schema
Magento 2.3 has implemented altering schema of the database using declarative DB Schema. It simplifies your upgrade and installation process by converting the XML file into SQL queries and run them.
The most significant advantage of Declarative DB Schema is the rollback support which allows you to switch to the earlier version of a module or functionality.
Asynchronous API Requests
As the name suggests, Asynchronous API requests help Magento to process a huge number of API requests without having to wait for all the previous operations to complete. Enabling better control over the execution of API calls and allowing faster performance Magento 2.3 seems to be loaded with everything that its users have been looking for.
Elasticsearch has been made available to Magento Open Source users. Now it is a scalable, enterprise-level search engine built on Apache Lucene empowering you to integrate powerful search engine capabilities to your online store. This search feature includes faceted search as well as the filter to search by attributes.
Google reCAPTCHA and Two Factor Authentication
Magento has always given due importance to security to save its users from malicious attackers and hackers. Taking another step up to fight the vulnerabilities, Magento 2.3 introduces Two Factor Authentication which has become a common practice for every web app.
Even Google reCAPTCHA (s free service from Google) was integrated into Magento 2.3 so that you can protect your website login, registrations, contact pages etc. from any possible attacks ensuring security and preventing fake logins.
Adding yet another and very competitive feature, Magento 2.3 has included the support for new fulfillment options. Allowing Click & Collect feature, Magento enables you to let your customers collect their shipments from designated locations. Dispatch details page has been enhanced including activation notices, and even multi-package shipments tracking being displayed.
The above listed are some of the most important features, improvements, and enhancements that Magento has initiated in its latest version Magento 2.3.0.
Congratulating Magento Core Team, Magento Community engineers and contributors for a very well deserved initiative in form of their latest version. Saluting the spirit of Magento to grow and along with its developers and merchants. End of 2018 has led to a yet more powerful beginning for Magento 2. in 2019. For more information, you can visit release notes.
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