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.
Here at CreativeMinds we think it’s important that eCommerce owners and web developers stay up to date with the latest news and what’s coming next for Magento.
With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the developments you can expect to see from Magento in 2020 and beyond.
End of Life for Magento 1
Let’s start with perhaps the biggest and most important piece of news for Magento users in 2020. As of June 30th 2020, Magento 1 reaches end of life and is longer be supported.
Why You Need to Make the Switch
It’s important that you make the switch over to Magento 2 for a number of different reasons, with the top two being the security and performance of your website.
First and foremost, by not making the switch you’re leaving yourself and your customers in a vulnerable position. The lack of support and updates means that the Magento 1 software will become obsolete, leaving it open to bugs and potential threats from hackers.
By updating now, you minimise the risk of your website being compromised in the future. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
- Improved Performance
While Magento 1 was one of the best eCommerce building tools when it was first created, like every piece of software it became outdated. Magento 2 offers increased performance and scalability, better customization options, and a more user-friendly experience all round.
Important Steps to Take
It’s estimated that thousands of stores are yet to make the switch to Magento 2.
If you’re unsure which version of Magento your website runs on, you can easily check this by logging into the Magento Admin. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and the number will be shown in the centre of the footer.
If you are still running on Magento 1, now is the time to make the switch as it can take around 3 months to fully migrate to Magento 2. Check out this guide from Magento on what to do next.
While it is possible to make the migration yourself, if you’re unfamiliar with web development it may be a good idea to enlist the help of a professional.
Building on Magento 2
Obviously, with Magento 1 reaching end of life in June, Magento’s sole focus in the future will be continually upgrading Magento 2.
Developments in 2020 So Far
2020 has already seen the release of Magento Open Source 2.3.5 and Magento Commerce 2.3.5. This release, back in April, contained significant improvements with more than 180 functional fixes and 25 security enhancements. You can read the full patch notes for Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce, but here’s a brief summary of the highlights:
– Removal of Third-Party Payment Methods. Magento Open Source no longer supports third-party payment methods including Authorize.Net, eWay, CyberSource, and Worldpay. Instead, merchants must migrate to the official methods available through Magento Marketplace.
– Infrastructure Improvements. Magento are continually upgrading the infrastructure of the software, and 2.3.5 saw ‘enhancements to core quality, which improve the quality of the Framework and these modules: Catalog, Sales, PayPal, Elasticsearch, Import, CMS, and B2B.’
– Substantial Security Enhancements. Magento Commerce saw significant enhancements to security, including fixes to the core code.
What’s Next in 2020
There’s no concrete information on what’s coming in the next Magento updates. So far, all we know is that updates are slated for release in July and October, though like always these dates are subject to change.
Predictions for the Future
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 already this year, 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 Magento’s latest update shows, 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.
– AI Implementation. The idea of artificial intelligence has been bandied around for years, but now AI is really making headway in all areas of technology. Magento is sure to pick up on this, implementing AI techniques to improve their service over the coming years.
Whatever comes next, with the current boom in eCommerce, Magento is almost guaranteed to see continued success over the remainder of 2020 and into the New Year.
What do you think is coming next for Magento? Are there any updates and improvements that you’re desperate to see?