Being a realist, one can say that Magento 2 did not come out with any revolutionary functions although the big hype around the first release and controversial pre-release discussions prepared us that it should be many. (more…)
Renewal is an integral part of progress. Reiterating this words, yesterday, on June, 27 Magento released Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source 2.2.5. What enhancements were done, how many bugs were fixed and why it is so important to upgrade your webstore to the latest version? Let’s dive into this questions together.
The previous version of the platform was released in April. It took two months to receive over 150 community contributions and improve the system.
What benefits the new version will give to merchants:
- Core code enhancements. Merchants can now run the catalog search full text indexer and category product indexer in parallel mode by store view. Such refactoring of the catalog full text indexer has improved indexing performance up to 15%. Moreover, improving the behavior of swatch product attributes has enhanced search result page performance up to 31%.
- Community contributions. Users can now create an account from the Order Confirmation page. It will definitely help to transform webstore visitors into customers. Сoupon codes that exclude bundle products now will be applied correctly. One more highlight of community contributions deals with simple products sorting. Now Magento takes into account catalog promo price rules, which are configured by the webstore owner.
- Magento Shipping. Merchants now can select carriers to use for returns and send a return label along with forward fulfillment. It also becomes easier to process a large volume of shipments in batches. And customers now have an ability to designate a drop point rather than a residence for delivery by carrier.
The 2.2.5 release also includes security enhancements and it is the main reason to upgrade. The vulnerabilities, such as code execution, cross-site scripting, and cross-site request forgery issues, can potentially be exploited to access customer information or take over administrator sessions. The release addresses this critical security issues. Upgrading to the latest version as soon as possible will help you to protect yourselves and your customers.
With Magento 2.2.5, the company starts a quarterly release cycle for minor releases. Quarterly releases are supposed to contain bug fixes, security enhancements, introduction of new bundled extensions, and community code contributions. At the same time, quarterly patch releases do not introduce backward-incompatible changes, architectural changes, or changes to underlying major components.
We mentioned only major changes and improvements. A great work was done to enhance the software and make it easier to manage and configure the webstore. All new features will be available only to those who update platform. Although the procedure of upgrade is not so easy and simple, it still has to be done. You can do it yourself following the instruction or hire certified developers that will care for your webstore renewal.