2017 is done and dusted with. It has been a year that Magento closed on a positive note by introducing Magento commerce 2.2.2 that brought some great improvements to increase its efficiency and accelerate growth.
Magento has officially given intimidations through different channels of deprecating version 1 officially on November 18th, 2018. They have claimed to completely stop support for version 1
Not just that, their goals for 2018 cement the belief that this deadline will not be extended any further.
With this blog post, we will try to review what it plans to bring to the table in 2018
The most recent Magento update Version 2.2, brought a host of improvements. The most essential of them being:
Magento added a whole bunch of reporting tools under different categories to its already amazing reporting panel.
2) Instant Purchase:
An instant purchase button is introduced, that allows store owners to skip the checkout steps altogether and jump to purchase confirmation.
3) Dotmailer Bundling:
Now Magento by default supports Dotmailer – one of the most reliable and effective marketing automation platform. This lets merchants set up automated campaigns right from the Magento admin interface.
Upcoming updates from Magento in 2018
With the beginning of 2018, Magento shared its roadmap for upcoming updates and by the looks of it, they are very promising.
Focused on enhancing performance, scalability, security and user experience of Magento powered stores, it is speculated that Magento will start deploying Version 2.3 near the end of first quarter of 2018.
Magento acquired Bluefoot a while back, and if speculations are to be believed – the drag and drop builder module is all set to be introduced in Magento’s admin panel in mid-2018 along with Magento 2.3
While drag and drop builders are not unique anymore, it was definitely a feature that was missed by Magento users in the presence of competitors like Shopify and BigCommerce.
With a native drag and drop builder onboard, Magento is all set to become one of the most effective and fun to work with CMS for E-commerce websites.
Magento Progressive Web App Studio:
Progressive web apps are one of the most hyped up development practices for 2018. Google itself has termed it as the future of web application development as PWA’s are fast, reliable, engaging, can grow conversion rates and increase user engagement.
Magento understands the same and in its initial phase is rolling out its own Progressive Web App studio for its developer’s community.
In version 2.3, this suite will allow expert magento developers to learn about progressive web app development practices and convert their existing Magento web stores into PWA’s.
Another major feature that is making its way to the Magento community is native support for Klarna payment gateway. What’s unique about Klarna is how it allows users to pay for their order on the same day or after few days of it being delivered.
Users don’t have to create a Klarna account and can check out as guests. Trusted by more than 45 million Klarna users, this update is sure to increase conversion rates for Magento powered E-commerce websites.
4) GraphQL 1.0 API
In their plans of facilitating Progressive web app development for future Magento powered websites, Magento is aiming to enhance the development experience on Magento as well. By using the GraphQL API for interacting with Magento’s data, this sounds like a step in the right direction.
While GraphQL cannot be considered as a replacement for standard JSON/REST API used so far, it certainly follows the structure that is suited to Magento.
How well developers react to it once it is available- Only time can tell.
5) Support for MSI (Multi-Source Inventory)
Last, but not the least, Magento CE will receive an update to its Inventory Management in the form of MSI (Multi-Source Inventory). This will allow merchants to manage Inventory warehouses at different locations and reflect the status of their stocks in different warehouses accurately – all that without the need of setting up any external extension.
With MSI, Magento will facilitate:
- Improved check out performance
- Drop shipping support.
- Reports for low stocks.
- Ability to Import and export stock data.
Although there is no official confirmation about when this update will be pushed, we can all assume that Magento will push this update before the end of 2018. This update sounds like an enhancement to all the major features introduced through version updates 2.2 and 2.3
Advanced Reporting feature:
Magento plans to revisit its reporting tools again that they have currently improved. With plans to facilitate progressive web app development natively, Magento will need to provide much more robust reporting mechanisms that meet the needs of analyzing the data generated through Magento powered PWA’s.
While 2.3 is introducing PWA web app studio, with version 2.4, Magento will take it even further beyond to provide native custom magento development services. At this point, virtually all the websites created in Magento will be Progressive web apps.
These will not only generate tremendous new opportunities in the field of User experience and customer experience enhancements but can also increase the time and effort that goes into developing white labeled UI-UX in Magento.
3) Advanced extension management for merchants:
While there aren’t any greater details shared on this, we suspect that this will allow merchants to manage the installed extensions in a better way, such that a store that is using a lot of extensions will not have an affect on its performance.
Merchants who are already utilizing Magento 2.2 are really enjoying the latest features that are offered in version 2.2 and with the roadmap that Magento has laid down, expectations have become even higher from Magento in 2018(especially when Shopify is slowly and seemingly gaining on Magento’s market share of consumers.)
By promising to bring in Progressive web app creation and greater control of merchants on user experience, inventory management, and reporting, Magento seems to be taking all the steps in the right direction.