Magento 2.4 Update: What’s New at Our Disposal?

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In the history of Magento's development, there has always been a clear division into small updates that carry minor fixes and corrections, and huge updates that bring whole branches of new functionality and radically improved workflows and set the further vector of development of the entire platform. Released on July 28, Magento 2.4 is a major update filled to the brim with sophisticated functionality and will significantly simplify business and overall workflows.

It is very easy to get lost in a huge list of innovations. In this article, we will analyze in detail and structure all the major changes and innovations that this update brought us. Without further ado, let’s begin. 

Overall Platform Changes

In the Magento 2.4 update, the entire core of the platform has undergone significant changes. One of the main changes is that now Magento has completely abandoned the standard MySQL search engine. Let's discuss this change in more detail.

  • Farewell to MySQL. Starting with Magento 2.4, support for the standard MySQL search engine stops. Now another search engine called ElasticSearch will be used instead. Now, when buying a Magento 2.4 license, businessmen must first install ElasticSearch in order to use Magento 2.4 normally. This greatly improves the convenience and speed of searching thanks to the smart search technology. MySQL was much inferior in this regard, so abandoning this tool is quite a reasonable move.
  • Migrating to PHP 7.4. This is a standard step that has been taken to ensure safety and improve performance. This is why Magento now supports PHP 7.4. It is important to keep in mind that now all extensions used in Magento 2.4 must support PHP 7.4 in order to work correctly after the update.
  • PHPUnit framework update. Another innovation that concerns Magento service providers. For the correct work, you should update the PHPUnit framework to the ninth version.

Infrastructure Changes

The main change in the infrastructure is that now all third-party payment modules will disappear from Magento 2.4. The reason for this was the already mentioned transition to PHP 7.4.

However, this is great news for store owners. Magento 2.4 has become more resource-efficient and has opened up the opportunity for merchants to choose and connect payment systems that convenient for them freely. For example, from now on, European businessmen are not constrained in certain payment systems that were previously in Magento and could not be available in the European region or were not supported.

Improved Performance

Improving performance is one of the top priorities for Magento developers. The developers have worked on optimization, and now such processes as checkout and reordering are 50% and 30% faster, respectively. Also, work was carried out with high loads, and now pages are loaded 43% faster during rush hour.

Complete Overhaul of the Media Library

A visual update that immediately catches the eye. The Internal Media Library has been completely redesigned and added support for Adobe Stock. This is a great feature that allows customers to view images directly from Adobe Stock. And all these changes are packaged in a beautiful and streamlined interface that will significantly speed up your work with images.

Magento 2.4 New media gallery

Various Magento B2B Edition Improvements

One of the most important branches of Magento development is Magento B2B Edition. Version 2.4 also did not deprive this edition and brought with it several significant improvements. Let's also take a closer look at them.

  • Additional options in the order confirmation. With these innovations, the sales department of the company can attach different rules and regulations. You can limit the number of goods for orders and link these limits to different client companies. We also added and simplified the order confirmation panel, which significantly speeds up the processing of incoming orders, and the currency conversion tool will make it much easier to enter the foreign market.

Magento 2.4 Approval workflows

  • Shopping assistance. This innovation was previously a community development, and since version 2.4 this functionality has become an official part of Magento 2. This feature allows customers to request help directly from the seller while making purchases and give him access to the storefront that the customer is currently seeing. In essence, the seller requests access to the buyer's showcase, and after the order is placed, the rights are automatically taken away from the seller. Quite a useful function if the buyer needs additional help in placing an order or clarifying any inaccuracies.

Magento 2.4 Seller-assisted shopping feature

Wrapping Up

As you can see, the update is quite extensive and affects quite significant parts of Magento due to the reworking of the platform core, the abandonment of MySQL, and the upgrade to a new version of PHP. All this is needed to ensure smooth operation and a high level of safety.

It is also worth noting that update 2.4 is not final, and within a year, add-ons, fixes, and new functionality will be added to it in the form of additional updates.

And that's all for now. We hope you find this quick overview of the update interesting. If you have any questions related to Magento 2, do not hesitate and write to us and our Team of Magento 2 Developers, and they will answer all your questions.

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