This ain’t another blog that discusses just the features but a comprehensive one after hours of extensive testing and use.
Magento Open Source 2.2.4 was announced in Imagine 2018 and made available to the public a week later. We thought of writing a blog right next day after the launch, however, that would be one among many, written by other websites and agencies, which have pretty neatly covered the new features. Hence, this blog sheds some light on how do the features help e-Commerce store runners and users and a lot more on what’s changed from Magento 2.2.3.
What’s new in Magento 2.2.4?
Yet again, it’s a purposeful release from the Magento. The theme behind this year’s release is to Increase the Conversion Rate and Decrease the Cart Abandonment. These have been the long-daunting problem for most of the e-commerce businesses, and Magento themselves has taken up the motive to address the elephant in the room.
The majority of the release falls into three buckets:
- New payment-related extensions
- Critical platform enhancements
- Functional bug fixes
New payment-related extensions
Every time you reach an e-commerce cart, one unwelcoming thing that would stop you from making the payment is that a popup asking you to register or login. That’s really gross! Why do you have to register to make a payment? Not anymore. Thanks to all-new payment methods – Amazon Pay and Klarna Payments – one account for every e-commerce store. These options could help reduce the typical hindrances for a customer during an online purchase.
Amazon Pay is integrated into the core platform out of the box. It facilitates users to complete the checkout process using the Amazon wallet balance and this comes handy to people who use Amazon’s services regularly. Thanks to Alexa, Fire TV, Amazon Prime, Kindle, and Audible, many customers are like to use any of the services.
Also, Magento allows logging in through Amazon account making it easy for the eCommerce business to retrieve every personal information like delivery address, billing address, etc. Furthermore, it provides credibility and trust over customers card information.
Configuring Amazon Pay in Magento Backend
You can configure Amazon Pay payment option in Configuration → Sales → Payment Methods.
For eCommerce businesses, especial SMBs, operating globally, tax calculations are always hectic and it’s been cumbersome every time to figure out the correct calculations. Thanks to Vertex SMB TaxCentral extension, now store owners can provide instant and accurate sales tax calculation for cart quotes and orders. Vertex is a comprehensive solution for accurate locale-specific sales tax calculation, exceptions management, returns management, and tax reports.
Key features of Vertex SMB TaxCentral Magento extension
- locale-specific sales tax calculation.
- Ensure the accuracy of the tax calculation by Instant address verification or area code.
Configuring Vertex in Magento Backend
You can configure Vertex tax settings in Configuration → Sales → Tax.
Klarna is sort of new to Magento, however, it was founded in 2005 and headquartered in Stockholm. As of now, Klarna has 70,000 online merchants active in 14 global markets, serving up to 60 million users accounting for 650K transactions per day.
Two facts that are making customers choose Klarna are exceptional customer service and a variety of payment options.
Klarna supports three payment options:
- Pay Now – Customers can pay in full using Direct Bank Transfer/Direct Debit. It Accepts all major cards and payments.
- Pay Later – Customers can buy now and pay later. Klarna allows Customers to pay for goods 14 or 30 days after delivery.
- Slice It – Customers can spread the cost of their purchases over time at a low-interest rate. Klarna’s credit application process takes less than thirty seconds to complete.
Configuring Klarna in Magento Backend
You can configure Klarna payment option in Configuration → Sales → Payment Methods.
Critical Platform Enhancements
In addition to the three payment-related extensions, a few enhancements have been announced that will indeed add value to the Magento store developers.
Now, Dotmailer allows merchants to :
- Design their own transactional email template
- Set transactional email at the Store level
- Access New Abandoned Cart report table
- Use advanced methods for syncing subscriber’s sales data
- Validate the deletion of cron job CSV files
With this release, it’s now possible to duplicate a bundle product without stripping the original bundle product off its options.
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Functional Bug Fixes
Below are few of the addressed bug fixes that we have found after three weeks; however, should you want to know more about the fixes, head for the official release notes. You can find the Magento Open Source 2.2.4 release notes here and the Magento Commerce 2.2.4 release notes here.
- Magento no longer displays unused product attributes with a value of N/A or NO on the storefront.
- Fixed the “unexpected double slashes” issue in getUrl() method.
- You can save emojis in custom product options.
- Third-party category images now have size and type properties.
Cart and checkout
- Magento no longer combines the Custom Checkout and Shipping steps when Magento loads the checkout page.
- The XML_PATH_CUSTOMER_MUST_BE_LOGGED constant has been deprecated.
- The top destinations configuration field is now configurable on a store level.
- The scrollbar on the Admin store switcher is now scrollable on machines running OSX.
- Order confirmation emails from the Admin in multi-store environments are no longer default to the primary store, but instead, are sent from the store that the customer use.
- A customer can now successfully log out of a session and then immediately log back in (need not to wait until logout success page).
- Product images and image labels from CSV files can now be imported.
- Supports importing file names with round brackets.
- The layout update XML field can be used to include custom CSS in CMS pages.
- The multi-shipping checkout flow supports the CyberSource payment method.
- Payment integration error messages are open for customization for Third party developers.
- Improved product image loading by adding an additional cache of getImageSize().
- Separate cache storage for each cache type.
- Improved accuracy of The Products in Cart report.
That’s a gist and we’ve got more down the pipeline. Lot more engaging content is in the works and do come back in a week or two to know more about how these improvements in Magento 2.2.4 can help you grow your online presence.