Here at CreativeMinds we think it’s important that eCommerce owners and web developers stay up to date with the latest news. So, today we’re giving you a roundup of Magento in 2020. We’ll be looking at the features that Adobe dropped in 2020 as well as predicting what users can expect from Magento in the rest of 2021.
Magento is a leader when it comes to eCommerce builders, and the company is always finding new ways to improve its service for users. Since its acquisition by Adobe in 2018, the team at Magento have really stepped up when it comes to releasing quality and security updates on a regular basis.
Magento Changes and Developments
End of Life for Magento 1
Let’s start with the biggest and most important piece of news for Magento users in 2020. On June 30th 2020, Magento 1 reached end of life and is longer be supported.
What does this mean for users?
The EOL for Magento 1 means it is imperative for users to make the switch to Magento 2. We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, it’s essential that you do this. It’s important for a number of reasons, with the two biggest being:
- Security: By not making the switch you’re leaving yourself and your customers in a vulnerable to bugs and hackers.
- Performance: Magento 2 offers increased performance and scalability, better customization options, and a more user-friendly experience.
If you need help migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2, our expert developers can give you the support you need.
Magento Commerce 2.4
Back in July 2020, Adobe unveiled Magento Commerce 2.4 which included a whole host of new features and updates. These included:
- Streamlined B2B purchasing.
- Seller Assisted Shopping to help you deliver excellent customer support.
- In-Store Pickup, bringing back value physical stores.
- A new Media Gallery.
- General platform upgrades to improve performance and security.
It marked a significant update for Magento, and you can read up about each feature in more detail on the official Magento site.
In November, Magento introduced an exciting new aspect to Magento: artificial intelligence. It comes in the form of Adobe’s Sensei AI.
Sensei uses its artificial intelligence capabilities to improve recommendations and search functions for eCommerce stores. The first of the two tools, known as visual similarity recommendations for product recommendations, is currently implemented for Magento stores. The second is a live search function improved with AI.
Jason Woolsey, Vice President of Commerce Product and Platform for Adobe’s Experience Business, goes into more detail about the AI upgrades in an Adobe blog post.
AI features are a big step forward for Magento, and it’s exciting to see where the developers will take them in the future. Watch this space!
Security improvements have been at the forefront of Magento developer’s minds over 2020, and a helpful new tool came in the form of Magento Security Scan. It was created in partnership with Sansac and it’s designed to combat malware and digital skimming.
As Magento states, the Security Scan tool helps merchants identify:
The Security Scan tool is a part of Adobe’s strategy to help merchants enhance security for their storefronts. The strategy got into full swing in 2020.
What’s Next for Magento
With 2021 in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to the future.
Like every year, there are four releases planned for 2021 – one in each quarter.
While there’s no official statement on what’s coming next for the platform, there’s no harm in speculating. Based on what we’ve seen over the last couple of years, here’s what might come next for Magento:
– Focus on Mobile. This could come in the form of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), making the experience more user friendly for those who shop on mobile devices.
– Losing Its Head. Headless commerce is being talked about more and more, so the possibility for more platforms like Magento implementing a headless approach is looking more likely.
– Further Security Improvements. There’s no such thing as being too safe. As some of 2020 Magento’s updates show, the company is committed to maintaining security. It’s more than likely that more security enhancements will be coming our way in the near future.