Why You Should Upgrade to Magento 2.3

Magento has announced that as of January 2020, Magento 2.2 will no longer be supported. This means new versions will no longer be released for any Magento 2.2 instance, whether it’s security updates or bug fixes. With this news, you should be looking to upgrade to Magento 2.3 in the near future. In this post, I will explain the major differences between 2.2 and 2.3, and why you should be upgrading. There are many minor bug fixes and security updates that have happened in the changelogs for 2.3, but I will be mainly focused on the major changes: new functionality and major security improvements.

Magento Open Source

Magento Open Source 2.3 comes with quite a few new features, such as Multi Source Inventory, PWI, declarative schema, GraphQL, and many others. In this section we will go in-depth for each one.

Multi-Source Inventory

Multi Source Inventory (MSI) allows merchants to have multiple different warehouses, brick and mortar stores, or distribution centers, and ship from each one depending on which location has the product ordered in stock and even which warehouse is closest to the shipping address on the order. This can help decrease not only shipping times, but also shipping costs.

PWA Studio

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) Studio allows for developers to create a much more intuitive mobile application and can increase performance on mobile devices immensely. In 2018, over 52% of all web traffic came from mobile devices, so having a performative, intuitive, and attractive mobile website is vital in today’s day and age.

GraphQL

This is more of a developer’s tool, however it’s incredibly useful. This allows much quicker and easier manipulation of databases. When used correctly, it can send and receive database information much more efficiently than the standard MySQL system that Magento 2.2 uses 

Declarative Schema

This is another developer tool but is also really helpful for Magento when releasing new security patches. Declarative schema allows developers to declare how they want the database to be structured without having to maintain an upgrade or install script in the module. This means that Magento can make database schema changes in patches, which wasn’t previously possible. 

Magento Commerce

Magento Commerce has all of the Magento Open Source changes, along with a few extras. In this section we will go over a few of the improvements that aren’t included in the Magento Open Source Version.

Page Builder

One of the most impressive improvements in Magento 2.3 thus far is the page builder. This has vastly improved the CMS content development and makes it extremely easy for merchants to set up their static content without the need of a developer.

CMS Improvements

In situations where you use the WYSIWYG editor but the page builder isn’t available, the WYSIWYG editor has also had some great improvements. If you’ve used the Magento 2.2 WYSIWYG editor, you have probably noticed a plethora of icons, many of which are hard to understand. In 2.3 they streamlined the WYSIWYG editor to look much more simplistic and easier to understand.

 

There’s a multitude of reasons to upgrade to Magento 2.3. Due to a SQL injection vulnerability found in 2.3.0, we highly recommend skipping 2.3.0 and upgrading straight to 2.3.1. If you are already on 2.3.0 and haven’t applied the patch to fix the vulnerability or upgraded to 2.3.1, upgrade immediately. For those of you currently on 2.2, due to Magento dropping support of 2.2 as of January 2020, it’s best to upgrade soon. We can help you upgrade to 2.3.1 as well! Just contact us here so we can get started. 

Have you heard about our new webinar happening on June 20th? We are going to be discussing about B2B commerce and using Magento 2.3 It will begin at 9:00 AM

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WHAT WE LEARNED AT IRCE 2017- E-MAIL MARKETING BEST PRACTICES

Some tips and tricks…2 of 3

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post where we talked about Social Media best practices that we learned at IRCE.  There was so much good information that we decided to create a series of blog posts to share all that we learned, with you!

Do you recognize the monkey in the pink banner in this picture?

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If you have dealt with e-mail marketing campaign tools before, you will recognize this as the MailChimp monkey!  They are a prime example of not only a great partner for your marketing campaigns, but also of great marketing.  They displayed this banner as you walked into McCormick Place for this year’s IRCE and everyone knew it was the MailChimp monkey – loved it!  So how do you get to this level of brand recognition?  Here are some tips we think will help get you on your way:

E-MAIL MARKETING BEST PRACTICES:

This week we are focusing on marketing best practices. Together with last week’s tips on social media you can increase your exposure and reach out to your customer base via all channels. Whether you are a large or small company, we feel these tips will help you streamline your e-mail marketing efforts:

  1. Email Policy: Make sure you clearly communicate your policy regarding email addresses. Many customers will not give their email address if they think there is a chance that you will sell it. If this is not your policy, make sure they know their address is safe with you.
  2. Only send a few relevant emails: Sending too many emails will convince your customers to opt out. Sending irrelevant emails will quickly lessen the open rate. Define a maximum number of emails for each customer per month and make sure that the content adds value to their experience as your customer
  3. Create customer segments: Segment your customers by products purchased or viewed, profile information, demographics, etc. Segmentation will allow you to target email campaigns to ensure content, promotions, or new product launches reach the right customers and increase your open rate. Higher open rate usually translates into higher sales.
  4. Tie all emails to a trackable campaign: Campaigns will help you analyze each email blast and determine its ROI, click through rates, why it worked, why it didn’t and what can you do to improve the next email.
  5. Be professional: Send professional emails that represent your brand. Enough said. Don’t undermine your business.
  6. Engaging subject line: Don’t write the subject line as an after-thought. It has to be of interest to the recipients so it convinces them to open it. Also, don’t do a “bait-and-switch” and deceive them with a title that doesn’t match the content. Credibility is the key here.
  7. Design your email templates accordingly: Keep in mind mobile responsiveness and the ability to read the email without distorting the format in a smaller window such as the email preview window. Use HTML colors and text instead of an image.
  8. The goal is to funnel traffic to your website: offer many different links within the email, for different reasons. For example, links to articles, demos, new products, etc., that will drive traffic to good content on your site.
  9. Avoid the “click black hole”: If the user clicks, make sure you send them to a place that makes it easy to convert the click into a sale. Don’t send them to the home page. The page they land on needs to be an extension of the message in the email and contain the relevant information they clicked on in the first place.
  10. Tie it all together:  Try to recap your social media posts, blogs, and newletters in an email for the week. Link back to the content from the email, but only if it will provide value to the customer.

Using Magento for your e-commerce store? Did you know that your Magento Store supports MailChimp Campaigns?  Ask us and we can help you get it installed and configured for you!

We hope that you found these tips useful. If you have more tips of your own or would like to comment on any of ours, feel free to comment below. Stay tuned for next Thursday when our blog series continues with part 3 of 3: Mobile Commerce Best Practices we learned at IRCE.

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