Magento 2.3, Magento’s first major release for over a year was released on November 28th, bringing with it numerous functional fixes and exciting enhancements.
So what’s different and what can we expect from this new release?
We take a look at some of the things you can look forward to.
Updated tech stack
Like with Magento’s previous major release 2.2, updates have been made to Magento’s tech stack including upgraded PHP support, to maintain PCI compliance, along with upgrades to Redis, MySQL, Elasticsearch and compatibility with PHP 7.2.x.
Elasticsearch is now provided in Magento Open Source after previously being provided in Magento Commerce only. Elasticsearch is now the default search engine in Magento, with MySQL being deprecated, making search results much faster.
Magento Open Source includes new and expanded features for Inventory Management including different configurations for merchants whose inventory originates from a single source and from multiple sources, stocks for tracking available aggregated quantities through assigned sources, concurrent checkout protection and shipment matching algorithms.
Substantial security enhancements
As with any release, there are many security fixes included to help secure the core Magento code. As well as these security fixes Magento 2.3 now also includes Google reCAPTCHA and Two-Factor Authentication out of the box to add additional layers of security to your Magento store.
What else is there?
Well for Magento developers theres a handful of useful new tools that have come out in 2.3 including PWA Studio and GraphQL API that will allow for custom frontend development with progressive web applications. Also included in this release are core bundled extension enhancements for the likes of Amazon Payments, dotmailer and Klarna, as well as a bunch of bug fixes to improve Magento which have largely been submitted by the Magento community.
What else should I know?
Like with any new release, especially a major one, you should always test it fully locally, and ideally on a staging environment, before deploying to production. Magento has also released other Magento 2 versions, 2.2.7 and 2.1.16, that include the security fixes if you don’t want to jump straight up to 2.3 but do want to keep your store secure.