Get ready for your peak season with Adobe Commerce 2.4.3
August 10, 2021
We know that many businesses are gearing up for the rush of holiday shopping, often the peak of their sales year. When preparing to optimize your peak season commerce strategy – whether that is the upcoming holiday season, or another time throughout the year – time is valuable and often in short supply. To help our customers capitalize on this critical time of year, we’ll be sharing a series of posts on best practices for peak season preparedness, starting with The Usual Suspects: Five Configuration Fixes to Maximize Your Peak Sales.
We’re also excited to announce several product updates that will position customers for success during peak season and beyond. Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source versions 2.4.3, along with several exciting Q3 enhancements, are now generally available. In addition to core upgrades that will help ensure high performance and security leading into the holidays, Adobe is introducing wishlist upgrades and a preconfigured UI toolkit for PWA Studio, upgrade compatibility tool expansion, and a new application performance monitoring dashboard that customers can start using immediately.
ADOBE COMMERCE 2.4.3
This release features a number of platform quality fixes including, decreased indexing time for Product Price and Catalog Rules. Merchants can now exclude a website from a customer group or shared catalog, which reduces the number of records for indexing and improves indexing times. The release also includes expansion of the GraphQL API to cover gift registries and more B2B functionality. A new PayPal Pay Later payment option for our native PayPal integration helps boost sales by allowing shoppers to pay for an order in bi-weekly installments instead of paying the full amount at time of purchase.
This release resolves several security issues and introduces enhancements like expansion of ReCAPTCHA security to the web-API to protect against spam and misuse, the addition of built-in web-API rate limiting to protect against DDOS attacks, and a new Composer plug in to prevent Dependency Confusion.
OTHER Q3 PRODUCT UPDATES
Progressive Web Applications
PWA Studio 11 is here with exciting enhancements to the shopper’s wishlist! Shoppers can now easily save and track items by adding products to their wishlist directly from category pages and the cart page. Purchasing from a wishlist is now simplified as well with the ability to add to cart directly from a wishlist. These improvements greatly encourage conversion on our customers’ sites.
We are also introducing the PWA Studio user interface (UI) kit for Adobe Commerce, built in Adobe XD. The kit is optimized with pre-configured assets, symbols, and templates for creating intuitive, mobile-first site experiences. Access the kit, as well as its documentation and tutorials.
Also, as part of our ongoing partnership, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) has released a new headless extension that allows AEM content fragments to be leveraged across your PWA Studio storefront. This extension enables you to manage your content with AEM's powerful tools while also enriching your PWA storefront with additional content-led elements. For example, products with detailed information pages can be transformed by including complimentary marketing and merchandizing content, like tutorial videos and customer images, that help contextualize the product's highlights, uses, features and benefits.
Upgrade Compatibility Tool
We’re increasing the scope of the upgrade compatibility tool, originally released in January as an Alpha, to improve its usability and workflow. It now enables merchants to detect and validate core file modifications, export the report in a .json file, validate Vendor Bundled Extensions (VBEs) like Vertex and dotdigital, and view error codes to help identify and resolve issues.
We’ve also published a new Upgrade best practices guide to help our customers and partners better navigate the upgrade process.
Observation for Adobe Commerce
Observation for Adobe Commerce is a monitoring tool available to cloud customers. The tool visually presents application log data in combination with data from the New Relic observability platform on a single pane of glass with an easy-to-understand dashboard. It gathers your Commerce data to identify important signals against a common timeline that can be expanded or contracted, allowing you to visualize your log data to help with performance management and issue resolution. Instead of tracking disparate data, you can spend your time correlating events and errors to gain deep insights into the causes of performance bottlenecks.
We strongly recommend utilizing these valuable enhancements to boost your peak holiday performance and plan a full upgrade to version 2.4.3 in your yearly resource and cost planning. Core updates provide valuable platform and security enhancements that keep your ecommerce sites optimized and secure.