Magento 2.3: The Future Is Coming

Magento 2.3

On the last day of the Imagine conference, Magento has announced that May 2nd is the release date of a minor update Magento 2.2.3. This version includes enhancements in payments, tax calculating methods and shipping. To find out more details, go to Exciting News from Magento Imagine 2018. Further, we’re sharing what we know about Magento 2.3.

At the MageConf in December 2017, Magento presented a near-term roadmap, in which the release of Magento 2.3 is planned for the middle of 2018. Unfortunately, the exact date of the release is still unknown. However, at Imagine, the lead Magento architect Olga Kopylova has introduced the features and improvements of the upcoming version 2.3. Let’s have a close look at them!


PWA (Progressive Web App) is a website that has features of a native app but doesn’t need to be installed. PWA was developed by Google in 2015 in order to overcome the web’s slow speed and loose conventions on mobile (for more details go to Progressive Web App - a New Trend in Ecommerce). Nevertheless, PWA is still quite a raw and unknown technology. 

Magento noticed that it’s time to refresh the ecommerce performance. Having received excitement from Google, they decided to create a PWA Studio — a suite of tools, standards, and top-quality ingredients for building and sharing Progressive Web Apps on Magento 2 or anywhere. It sounds like a nice but rather challenging task to complete. 

Challenges of M2 Storefront Themes

Moreover, the main point here is to develop tools and standards for interoperability and extension, not merely to design a theme. Thus, Magneto is working on creating a PWA platform for everyone and for the future. As for now, there are already impressive results. 

Experiences of Magento PWA Studio

Developers focus on creating a simple service-oriented structure making performance the cornerstone of their work. Thus, Magento PWA Studio introduces a query API language GraphQL to speed up PWA performance capabilities. Soon, we’ll all be able to appreciate the results of their work in Magento 2.3

Page Builder

At the end of 2016, Magento acquired the technology behind the popular Bluefoot CMS and Page module. Following Magento style and best practices, the developers have enhanced the technology, and in the version 2.3, a native Magento Page Builder is to be introduced. 

Nowadays, content plays an uttermost role in the ecommerce competition as it singles out your brand and helps create relationships with customers on the level of feelings. The upcoming Magento Page Builder enables a non-techy merchant to seamlessly create and launch a content-rich commerce experience. 

Features Summary

Page Builder can be used for content, product and catalog pages, blocks and dynamic blocks. However, its features will be available only in Magento Commerce 2.3 or as a paid extension. Moreover, Page Builder is going to be available 6-8 weeks after the release of Magento 2.3. For the time being, you can join Page Builder Early Access Program

Multi-Source Inventory

Multi-Source Inventory (MSI) is an exemplar community project, in which over 65 individuals took part. Here, we have to explain that the term “sources” in Magento stands for locations. Therefore, MSI provides a merchant with a stock management in several locations (sources). It means merchants can divide the inventory among a number of sources by using the native MSI instead of third-party extensions. 

Base Concept

You can get a clear understanding of a base concept from a table above. As for the MSI features, besides managing items stored in multiple locations, MSI improves a checkout performance, lets import and export stock data, supports dropshipping and sends low stock reports. 

Community Contributions

MSI is one of many community contributions available in Magento 2.3. The community brought improvements to import and export, cache management ACL, asynchronous and bulk web API, and to the security system by introducing Google reCAPTCHA and two-factor authentication to the version 2.3. It means that each of us can make the difference!

One more community contribution deals with Elasticsearch. From now on, Elasticsearch is available in Magento Open Source, and it’s likely to become a default search engine in the future. 

PHP 7.2 Support

As PHP 7.0 is approaching its end of life and lacks some latest features, Magento decided to drop its support in Magento 2.3. Thus, it’s going to support PHP 7.2. However, the release of 2.3 will still support PHP 7.1, and later, with one of the patches, a full support for PHP 7.2 will come to Magento 2.3.

This change can bring some problems if you decide to upgrade from Magento 2.1 (which doesn’t support PHP 7.1) to 2.3. To avoid them, you have to switch the PHP version in the middle of the upgrading process. If you aren’t sure you can manage to do it by yourself, our Team of Skillful Magento Developers will be happy to help you!

Those are the features and improvements that will be available in the new Magento 2.3. We’re looking forward to finally get teeth into exploiting them for your business growth.

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