The latest Magento 2 version is the proof of an ever-learning, ever active Magento community that cannot be stopped no matter the shifted working system, pandemic, or any 2020 disaster!

Check the overview of the latest version of Magento 2 here:

Highlights of Magento 2.4.1 release:

  • Support for SameSite attributes for cookies.
  • Included the CAPTCHA protection for payment and order related API endpoints.
  • CAPTCHA on Place Order frontend page
  • 150 fixes to core code
  • More than 15 security enhancements
  • Improvements in GraphQL, infrastructure, performance, PWA Studio, and much more!

Magento Security-only Patch 2.4.0.1

  • Option to install a time-sensitive security fix without applying hundreds of functional fixes.
  • The security-only patch 2.4.0.1 (Composer package 2.4.0-p1) to fix the vulnerabilities identified in the previous quarterly release, Magento 2.4.0.
  • Includes the hotfixes applied to Magento 2.4.0

Substantial Security Enhancements

  • Includes 15+ security fixes to close remote code execution (RCE) and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities
  • Includes CAPTCHA protection to:
    • Place Order storefront page and REST and GraphQL endpoints
    • Payment-related REST and GraphQL endpoints.
  • Support for SameSite cookie attribute in order to support the Google Chrome enforcement of the new cookie classification system
  • The enhanced Magento Scanning Tool allows the merchants to get real-time insights into the security status of their site through proactive detection of malware and reduction of false positives.

Infrastructure Improvements

  • Allow the store users to clear the contents of their shopping cart in a single action
  • Improved quality of the Framework
  • Improvements in:
    • Customer Account
    • Catalog
    • CMS
    • OMS
    • Import/Export
    • Promotions and Targeting
    • Cart and Checkout
    • Staging and Preview

Performance Enhancements

  • Reduced the size of network transfer between Redis and Magento.
  • Hence, a decrease in network cache size and execution time for many scenarios
  • A decrease of 20% in consumer queue CPU consVenia mini-cart experience motion that resulted in increased control over consumers and saves server resources.
  • Improved execution time for “bin/Magento” commands

New Media Gallery

Allows the merchants to perform the following in the media gallery which is now enabled by default in the admin panel:

  • Bulk image delete
  • Identify the duplicate and unused images on the storefront, hence optimizing the media storage
  • Filter images by the storefront area
  • View metadata from the images, edit it, and search for images by metadata

GraphQL

  • Allow customers and guests to write product reviews. Customers can also retrieve their product review history
  • Allow customers and guests to add a gift message to their order.
  • Allow customers to view details about their order histories, including invoices, shipping, and refunds.
  • Allow customers to add these product types to the cart:
    • Simple
    • Configurable
    • Bundled
    • Grouped
    • Virtual
    • Gift Card
    • Downloadable
  • Allow logged in customers to store the payment details

PWA Studio v8.0.0

  • Updates to the Venia style guide
  • Enhanced Venia mini-cart experience

and much more

Apart from these, the Magento 2.4.1 release includes the Adobe Stock Integration v2.1.0., Magento Functional Testing Framework 3.1.0, and fixed issues in the Magento 2.4.1 core code

The Magento Commerce 2.4.1 release includes

According to Magento, the latest version is capable to prepare your store for the upcoming holiday season as it offers:

  • Improved PageBuilder that supports full-screen mode for easier editing of content and consistent experience editing content across the admin.
  • Sitewide analysis tool dashboard integration
  • Improved B2B Shipping methods
  • Improved shopping cart
  • Introduces new admin features

Magento 2.4.1 Release Notes:

Now that you know what the latest version has to offer, you surely cannot afford to miss these exciting features. Upgrade to the latest Magento 2 version as soon as it releases!

But it requires expertise to risk the upgrade process on your own. The easy way out is Meetanshi’s Magento 2 Upgrade Service that helps upgrade your store to the latest version of Magento.

Offering a secure upgraded shopping platform to the customers is a must in order to stand in the competition. And that is what the Magento 2.4.1 version is all about!

Apart from this, also have a look at the Magento 2.3.6 version released along with Magento 2.4.1.

Do let me know what you think about the upcoming version in the Comments section below.

Get acquainted with this Magento 2 version until the release of Magento 2.4.2 in January 2021!

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B2B commerce is undergoing incredible change due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a sector that very much relies on in-person interactions to seal the deal, business models are now shifting to prioritize digital engagement.

Indeed, one key finding from a study by McKinsey was that B2B companies now see digital interactions as two to three times more important to their customers than traditional sales interactions.

This swift move to digital requires additional shifts in strategy — no doubt. And that was the topic of conversation during a recent panel discussion where industry experts pointed to the significant transformation happening in B2B commerce and outlined strategies for success. The panel, which was sponsored by Adobe, left attendees with the following four key takeaways.

1. MAKE THE BUYING EXPERIENCE EASIER

Buyers are looking for safe ways to buy — this much is obvious. B2B companies should be evaluating their eCommerce sites to ensure they are creating superior experiences for their buyers. They want convenient, quick-click ways to gather information, such as accurate inventory status.

Shannon Hane, senior product marketing manager at Adobe and one of the panelists, shared an example.

“I have a chemical manufacturer who is using real-time inventory reporting on their site to make their customers feel very confident that they have the product in stock,” she said.

Fulfillment now requires new delivery options. Consider adding delivery automation, such as curbside pickup, buy online/pick up in-store (BOPIS), touchless, and contact-free services.

“We have one customer who put in place geofencing so that they are automatically notified when that customer is coming into the parking lot so that they can be ready to go, and it is a smooth, fast service,” she said. “So there are folks that are really innovating around the touchless piece.”

If you haven’t already, assess your site experience and add contact-free order fulfillment.

2. COMMERCE IS MORE THAN JUST THE PURCHASE

Make product information pages and site search work for you. Now is the time to be examining and revamping your product experience pages. Some buyers may not be able to order through a website because they are restricted — for example, certain healthcare buyers — but they are certainly using your site to research products and you want to impress them.

And don’t overlook site search.

“I wish more B2B companies would put site search at the focal point of everything that they are doing in 2020 because it is such a massive area,” explained panelist Justin Racine, senior commerce consultant at Perficient. “Site search is huge because if you ask yourself how many users am I losing on my website or in my commerce platform because my site search is crappy, can you answer that question? If you can’t, then that’s something you should take a look at.”

Many B2B companies are putting an emphasis on optimizing the search. Another panelist, Mike Powers, director of eCommerce and digital marketing at Alaska Rubber Group, provided a great example.

“Within six months of going live … looking at the site search data, that actually allowed us to determine that our taxonomy needed to change,” he said.

So even something as simple as changes to taxonomy can build a better experience.

3. PRIORITIZATION ELIMINATES PARALYSIS

You may know that you need to do a better job but are unsure how to prioritize and move forward. Well, this panel offered plenty of advice, much of it around organization and technology. First, you need to get your leadership aligned with your vision and build digital commerce expertise in your organization. For example, you may need to find an external partner to help build the eCommerce plan and also hire an evangelist who rallies the internal teams.

Second, it’s time to assess your technology. But this evaluation should be done continuously, not just one time. A recommended best practice is to conduct customer input sessions: What do your customers think are important features that should be part of your platform? Get your sales team involved and part of this process, too. If you can get just a couple of salespeople embracing the platform changes, this will bring the entire sales team along and be a huge win for the internal team and your customers.

4. PAY ATTENTION TO BEST PRACTICES AND EMERGING TRENDS

The experts had numerous tips to share, some tried-and-true, and many emerging. Pay attention to best practices and emerging trends to help you create differentiation for your business. Here are a few notable ones:

• Product previews: Product configurators and selection tools can help buyers get to purchase decisions quickly and confidently. Be sure to use customer ratings and reviews. B2B buyers want to know what their peer groups have to say. Videos and even augmented reality can be proxies for in-person product demos.

• New business models: COVID-19 has upset traditional business models. You may be facing a whole new set of customers and new users. Be open to creating new models to capture this demand, which can include pivoting from B2B to direct-to-consumer (D2C) and adding marketplaces like Amazon.

ServiceNow is the time to double-down on service. An online chat will be critical. Also, ensure you have touchpoints in place to help remind customers to order replacement products or parts. Email marketing can be a big help here.

These are just a few of the insights from the panel discussion on what the fastest-growing B2B companies are doing to innovate. Panelists also shared a few of their personal best practices — use customers as beta testers and learn how they want to use your platform; experience your site as if you are your customers and remove any friction; and build a strong internal team to scale successfully. Above all, you need a superior digital shopping experience to drive growth and build long-lasting customer relationships.

The fact is there’s a reason some B2B companies have been able to stay resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and why some have not. There are real, concrete differences between the two groups. Discover the digital commerce secrets that are accelerating growth and setting B2B organizations up for success in a post-COVID world.

The recent Magento development was released on 28th Apr 2020. Since Magento is a preferred eCommerce platform, it continuously upgrades its ability to adapt to increased performance and higher demands.

The latest version Magento 2.3.5 provides major platform developments, notable security upgrades, and performance enhancements.

The release involves more than 180 functional fixes, 25 security upgrades, and more than 46 GitHub issues.

Let us have a look at the highlights as mentioned earlier.

Important Security Upgrades

This release offers the below security upgrades:

More than 25 security upgrades that help close remote code execution (RCE) and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Although no confirmed attaches related to the above issues have occurred, however, some weaknesses can be exploited to access customer information. As these issues require access to Admin, it is suggested to protect the Admin as well as IP whitelisting, the use of a unique location rather than /admin, two-factor authentication, use of a VPN, and good password hygiene.

Additional security upgrades include:

  • Implementation of Content Security Policies (CSP)
  • Removal of session_id from URLs

Platform upgrades

The below platform upgrades help enhance website security and performance:

  • Support for Elasticsearch 7.x
  • Deprecation of the core integration of the Signifyd fraud protection code
  • Deprecation of core integration of third-party payment methods
  • Migration of dependencies on Zend Framework to the Laminas Project
  • Upgrade of Symfony Components

Performance boosts

  • Improvements to customer data section invalidation logic
  • Multiple optimizations to Redis performance

Infrastructure improvements

This Magento development offers enhancements to core quality that improves the quality of Framework and these modules: PayPal, Sales, Elasticsearch, Catalog, CMS, and Import.

  • The PayPal Pro payment method now works as expected in the Chrome 80 browser.
  • A PHPStan code analysis check has been integrated into Magento static builds.

Inventory Management

Inventory Management upgrades for this release include:

  • New extension point for SourceDataProvider and StockDataProvider
  • Ability to view allocated inventory sources from the Orders list

GraphQL

With this release, you can now use products and category list queries to retrieve information about products and categories that have been added to a staged campaign.

PWA Studio

PWA Studio 6.0.0 contains both new features and improvements to existing features:

  • Launch of the PWA extensibility framework.
  • Caching and data fetching improvements.
  • Shopping cart components

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  • Integration of Engagement cloud and Magento B2B
  • Improved importer performance

Google Shopping Ads Channel

The Google Shopping ads Channel bundled extension has reached end-of-life with this release (2.3.5 and 2.3.4-p1). It is no longer supported. Alternative extensions are available on the Magento Marketplace.

Fixed Issues

The below-mentioned issues have been fixed in the release:

  • Enhanced Adobe stock integration
  • Bundle product prices are now calculated accurately on product pages.
  • Cache – Frontend cookies are now set as expected when you enable Use Secure URLs on Storefront and Secure Base URL is set to https.
  • Cart and Checkout – Cart Price Rules that are based on payment methods are now applied during the checkout workflow.
  • Catalog – Filtering on the Admin product grid website column now works as expected
  • Cleanup and simple code refactoring – Corrected misalignment of the View Details label for configurable products in the order summary of the checkout workflow.
  • Configurable Products – Added validation logic to the Create new value input field of the configurable product creation workflow
  • Cron – bin/Magento corn: run -v no longer fails when the database name exceeds 64 characters but instead creates a shorter name.
  • Custom Customer attribute – Magento now displays custom customer address attribute values as expected in the address section of the checkout workflow.
  • EAV – The Update Attribute action now correctly updates the timestamp of a product’s updated_at column from catalog_product_entity when you update the product from the Admin edit product page.
  • Email – Email templates can now be previewed from the Admin when JavaScript magnification is enabled.
  • Frameworks – Dependencies on Zend Framework have been migrated to the Laminas project to reflect the transitioning of the Zend Framework to the Linux Foundation’s Laminas Project.
  • Javascript Framework – Added a check to confirm that a file belongs to the current base URL before setting the .min.js suffix.
  • Import/Export – Magento now successfully imports customer data using the Customer and Addresses (single file)) option when cron is enabled, and the Customer Grid Indexer is set to Update By Schedule.
  • Index – The partial indexer no longer incorrectly removes stock data when updating at least 1000 products.
  • Newsletter – The preview template feature now works as expected.
  • Reviews – Magento now disables the Submit Review button after the user clicks the button once.
  • Sales – Order queries have been refactored to reduce the size of the dataset returned, and the frequency of the questions.
  • Search – Filtering results no longer include out-of-stock options when you filter configurable products in a category.
  • Shipping – Magento now prints shipping labels as a .pdf file as expected when you select Print Shipping Label from the Action drop-down list from an order in the order archive list.
  • Sitemap – The partial sitemaps that are listed in the sitemap index now have the correct URL
  • Store – Customer sessions now persist as expected when a customer logs in to one store, adds products to the shopping cart, and then switches to a new store in a multi-store deployment.
  • Swagger – Magento no longer displays an informative console error when you try to navigate to the Swagger index page.
  • Swatches – Merchants can now successfully add color swatch attributes to products using the Visual Swatch option.
  • Tax – Magento now performs VAT calculations correctly in all stores in a multi-store deployment.
  • Testing – A PHPStan code analysis check has been integrated into Magento static builds
  • Theme – Product names are no longer translated if their text matches a global key.
  • Translation and locales – Special price range settings (from/to dates) now work correctly for administrator accounts using a Dutch locale.
  • UI – Radio buttons for shipping methods are now enabled as expected in the checkout workflow.
  • WYSIWYG – The WYSIWYG editor now works as expected on Internet Explorer 11.x.

The latest Magento development has been released at a critical juncture. eCommerce requirements are towering because of pandemic lockdown all over the world, and more businesses are now shifting on it. Most of them are doing it not as a choice but as the only way to operate amidst bizarre lockdowns.