A few interesting developments are making upgrades possible before the holiday season hits. At the end of August, a major update was released for Magento, ending a prolonged pre-release period.
Adobe Commerce 2.4.3, along with security-only patches 2.4.2-p1 and 2.3.7-p2, are now available to their entire commerce community and can be applied from GitHub or by using Composer. This update includes robust security and feature updates that are a must-have for the upcoming shopping season.
Adobe is introducing the following within this update:
- Wishlist upgrades
- A preconfigured XD-UI toolkit for PWA Studio
- An upgrade compatibility tool expansion
- A headless extension that allows AEM content fragments across PWA
- A new application performance monitoring dashboard, Observation for Adobe Commerce
Adobe did some serious platform work to improve UX, implementing:
Decreased indexing time (Product Price and Catalog Rules)
Merchants can now easily create exclusions that take websites out of a customer group or shared catalog. This effectively minimizes the number of records for indexing, directly impacting and shortening indexing times.
GraphQL API expansion
The expansion of the GraphQL API allows you to cover gift registries and delivers enhanced B2B functionality.
PayPal Pay Later
The native PayPal integration now provides a PayPal Pay Later option, letting your customers opt to pay for their purchases in easy bi-weekly installments. This can increase sales by spreading purchase costs over time.
Several known security issues were resolved with this new release.
- ReCAPTCHA security was expanded to the web-API to prevent misuse or spam
- Built-in web-API rate-limiting was added to deliver protection against DDOS attacks
- A new Composer plug-in was developed to prevent Dependency Confusion.
Adobe also announced two new OMS offerings that will soon be available to all Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source customers. Adobe’s partnerships allow integration with IBM (IBM Sterling® Order Management) and Fluent Commerce to provide for seamless flow of information between Adobe Commerce and the OMS solutions.
Integration with these robust, feature-rich platforms allows merchants to:
- Save the time they would normally spend developing and testing a custom integration
- Easily keep track of inventory, order status and shipping information
- Develop a global footprint regardless of location
- Access an OMS solution, no matter what size or type of business
In case you missed it, the mid-quarter release available to Adobe Commerce customers introduced Live Search powered by Adobe Sensei, designed to help merchants create higher-converting site search experiences.
Live Search leverages commerce data using the power of Adobe Sensei AI to return highly relevant search and simplify back-end management, delivering rich search experiences and streamlining admin functions. Key features include:
Adobe Sensei can automatically pick and order the best facets/filters intelligently, delivering easy-to-refine results for each new search query.
It is now easy to create a set of rules to help align search results with business goals. To boost products, bury products, and even hide products for improved marketing.
Merchants can define related search terms for relevant shopper results, navigating to more narrow categories or to a broader range of similar products.
Instead of taxonomy-driven search only, Live Search can power category browse and expose helpful filters for more efficient, faster shopper experiences.
Now is the best time to take advantage of this release so you can explore the new functionality fully before peak sales season, improving your security and enhancing user experiences. Apply the Adobe Commerce 2.4.3 update today.