On September 21, 2018, Magento released the beta version of Magento 2.3.0 with the promise of delivering more “engaging and innovative shopping experiences” than its previous versions. From the official Magento 2.3.0 beta release note, we can see there are numerous bug fixes and new functionalities, but the most outstanding ones that we have waited for long are PWA studio, Multi-source inventory, Page Builder, Magento Payments and Magento Sales & Ad Channels. Let’s discover now!
Magento 2 Progressive Web App (PWA) Studio
One of the most impressive things on Magento 2.3.0 is the presence of PWA Studio. This is a powerful combination of tools to facilitate the process of developing, deploying and maintaining the latest technology – Progressive Web Application.
As you might know, there has been a significant increase in the number of customers using their smartphones or tablets for online shopping. However, the conversion rates from those accesses are lower than from the traditional method of shopping on desktops or laptops. The reason for this contradiction is that most of the e-commerce stores cannot provide a good shopping experience on mobile browsers.
Fortunately, now we have PWA to deal with that. By delivering the amazing app-like experience for the purchasers, PWA can make a huge improvement in mobile performance and help to boost the conversion rates and customer satisfaction as a result.
Moreover, PWA comes packed with a lot of useful features such as push notification, fast page load, offline mode, add to homescreen, and so on. Find more about PWA’s specialties here.
Apart from it, in order to use the tools provided by the Magento PWA Studio, you need to have knowledge about service worker, GraphQL, application shell, component data binding, CSS modules, client state, reducers, and actions, loading and offline states, container extensibility, root components and routing, critical path, and performance patterns.
Magento 2 Multi-source Inventory (MSI)
The second big functionality of Magento 2.3.0 is MSI, which gives the store owners an ability to effectively manage their physical inventory regardless of the different locations (sources) – directly from the website admin panel. To be more specific:
- Merchants can assign their products to various sources, and then, track inventory at every location as well as check quantity by source.
- Those sources can be grouped into stocks so as to create inventory pools defined for several sites.
- There is an API for source operations, allowing the managers to customize inventory actions or automatically carry out similar actions on the third-party order management system.
- The admin can set priority rules for all locations and control the inventory sources in an automated way.
- Eventually, MSI contributes to enhancing the conversion rates by saving inventory reservations for high-performing checkouts.
Magento 2 Page Builder
It is true to say that most of Magento store owners don’t have a technical background so it’s hard for them when producing new content on the website without the help of developers.
That’s why Magento has added the Page Builder function on Magento 2.3.0. Thanks to the associated drag-and-drop editing tools and the intuitive interface, the merchants now can be able to prepare their content at ease and review it carefully before publishing.
In addition, the Page Builder allows the admin to create complicated content and leverage APIs to render content across multiple third-party platforms.
Magento 2 Payments
Payment and Checkout is the most fundamental process of a Magento e-commerce store. Owing to Magento Payments, the stores can raise their conversion rates and streamline the payment operations by:
- Integrating Braintree, PayPal, and Signifyd fraud protection technologies to streamline the payments and risk management process.
- Providing an array of payment methods, both local and regional ones.
- Automatically synchronizing payments and order details on Magento backend
- Making the processed volumes, payment balance transparent, and making a report on transaction details.
- Magento 2 Sales & Advertising Channels
It’s worth noting that Magento Payments will be available in the first quarter of 2019.
Building customer trust is key to the success of Magento stores. Hence, Magento offers Two-factor Authentication (2FA) and Google ReCaptcha, which will help to minimize the threats of stolen admin passwords and attacks by bots.
The Two-factor authentication allows the admin to apply varied authentication methods besides using just a username and password.
At the same time, Google ReCaptcha will restraint the number of bot invasions, for example, fake registration and hacked passwords.
Should We Upgrade to Magento 2.3.0?
Yes, why not. But now you had better wait for the official release of Magento 2.3.0 rather than use its unstable beta version. Until that, there will be a lot of bugs and issues reported by Magento community so let’s wait.