Magento is rolling out updates frequently and the latest from the frequently innovating eCommerce platform is its Magento 2.3.1 update for Open Source and Magento Commerce editions.
The latest Magento version holds interesting updates, new features, security enhancements, and fixes. Here are the highlights from the official release notes.
In order creation workflow, delays while editing, billing and shipping information have been eliminated.
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Elastic search and SSA (Source Selection Algorithm) are the two major updates in inventory. Sellers can experience more accurate product search results with quantities. SSA helps in choosing the nearest warehouse to cut down shipping cost. Magento multi-source inventory transfer has been optimized for speed.
A new plugin to automate the process of updating dependencies in composer.json during a Magento 2.x upgrade.
Improvements in GraphQL includes additions to cart actions like creating, populating cart setting shipping and customer address.
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30+ security enhancements to avoid data disclosure vulnerabilities and cross-site scripting, code execution, and data vulnerabilities. All the issues fixed in magento latest version 2.3.1 have been made available in 2.2.8, 2.1.17, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168 versions.
The UI components of customer address have been optimized for better performance.
The admin order creation option is fast enough to handle user accounts having more than 3,000 addresses without delays.
A grid layout design to show the additional addresses each customer has.
The information entered by a user while checking out will be retained by the cart if they discontinue during checkout and continue shopping.
A new Authorize.Net extension replaces ‘Authorize.Net Direct Post’ module and Accept.js library will be used for payments.
Magento 2.3.1 supports Elasticsearch 6.x, Redis 5.0 compatible with PHP 7.2.x and certified on PHP 7.2.11. The PayPal Express Checkout update achieves faster checkout performance.
Information provided by customers during checkout will not be lost if users update the cart.
Magento Functional Test Framework (MFTF) upgraded to 2.3.13.
Amazon Pay now provides multi-currency support for EU and U.K. sellers.
‘Cancel Shipment’, a new provision to cancel a shipment, if not dispatched through a new feature, has been introduced.
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Batch processing, the feature that processes a large number of shipments in a fraction of time, now gets Error messaging and Field validation.
UI changes have been provided while showing the list of locations available at the checkout. Opening and closing hours of each location can also be included.
CAPTCHA is now available in the login pop-up window.
Special price of a product can be displayed on the storefront, product listings, and product detail page as well.
The error in ‘Clear shopping cart’ option is now fixed. Previously, the page refreshes but the contents won’t get cleared.
Shoppers can configure products even after adding it to their shopping cart.
The mini cart indicates if a product added in the cart is disabled in the backend by a seller.
Magento now clearly informs that a payment done through Authorize.Net has failed with an error message.
These are the major updates worth mentioning here. There are minor updates and the full list is available in the Magento 2.3.1 official release notes.
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