We know how important making the switch from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is, especially as Magento 1 is no longer supported. Though with Magento 2, it is also important to update and make sure you are using the latest version of the platform. Using the latest version will ensure security and function issues are resolved. Customers are more likely to be satisfied with their data being in safe hands. You are more likely to enjoy the improved features and abilities the newest version brings.
The magento 2.4 update introduces 98 new features, 68 bugs fixed, 50 security changes, 2FA security, 7 test cycles, external beta program, 12 extensions, and 12 packages. The release of Magento 2.4 in July brought with it support for PHP 7.4, MySQL 8.0, and Elasticsearch 7.6.x. With PHP 7.4 support, 7.1 and 7.2 are deprecated. PHP 7.2 has just reached its end of life on November 30th, 2020, according to php.net, making it quite recently out of date. Elasticsearch has replaced the MySQL catalog search engine as the default. Elasticsearch is better than MySQL when it comes to search capabilities and catalog optimization. It is required to have Elasticsearch to install and use Magento 2.4.
Notable New Features:
Magento’s two-factor authentication security feature sends the user a code for added protection while accessing the Magento Admin UI. Multiple authenticators are supported from the following providers, Google Authenticator, Authy, U2F Keys, and Duo Security. Admins will be able to set a 2FA for their own use. A confirmation email will be sent afterwards to confirm the users identity. This feature greatly decreases the chance of unauthorized users from accessing valuable data.
This feature allows the seller to view the storefront through the customer’s eye view. This makes for better customer service experience and removes the difficulty of trying to understand what someone else is viewing without seeing it for yourself. It gives the sales representative the ability to help the customer at any stage of the buying process. Sales representatives can log in as a customer without needing their personal information such as passwords.
In-store pickup can encourage customers to buy more once they are in the store to pick up an item. This feature allows customers to see which store locations are available along with store hours for pickup. The store can then notify customers when their orders are available for grabs. It can be utilized for curbside pickup as well, which has increased in popularity since the pandemic.
Purchase Approval Workflows
B2B companies have better control over their orders with the addition of this feature. All companies will have different sets of requirements and policies. Now buying companies can use a form to customize the approval process. The approval rules can be defined by number of SKUs, order value, and shipping costs. Approvers are notified when they are needed and can approve, decline, or comment on orders efficiently. Each part of the buying process sends notifications to buyers for complete transparency.