Recently, Magento platform has released 5 versions namely Magento 2.1.16, Magento 126.96.36.199, Magento Open Source 188.8.131.52, and most noticeably, Magento 2.2.7, and Magento 2.3.0.
The rollouts of the two latest remarkable versions (Magento 2.2.7 and 2.3.0) seem to draw much attention from Magento users as well as give a good reason why choosing Magento platform is an ideal choice. With bugs are maximally fixed, and useful updates are added in, the two versions promise to enhance user experience to a new higher level.
Magento 2.3.0 – How impactful this version can be?
Here are some of noteworthy features and updates this version includes:
Progressive Web App (PWA) Studio
Magento has good reasons for adding this tool to its new version, Magento 2.3.0. Without the doubt, PWA is widely recognized as one of the hottest new technologies, especially from this year. It incorporates amazing features like push notification, offline mode, enhanced searchability with search engines, incredibly fast load, and much more. All of these can significantly improve the merchant experience when building and managing their Magento stores.
Multi-Source Inventory (MSI)
What is best about MSI is it makes the store operation easier than ever for merchants. From the admin panel, merchants can monitor the inventory of multiple locations seamlessly by:
- Integrating with third-party inventory management systems
- Setting different quantities for specific products in the fulfillment sources such as warehouse, store, delivery carrier, etc.
- Keeping track of the inventory of different sources
- Determining the prioritized inventory sources
All of these offerings may lead some of you to the thought that MSI will not bring any benefit to merchants who have only one inventory source. But one thing that makes you reconsider is the reservation store system. This system will showcase the changes of hot added-to-cart items, thereby helping to boost conversions for your store.
With the robust Page Builder of Magento 2.3.0, users can get away from technical hassles. From creating new pages to adding pages’ content, all can be done at ease on the Magento site.
Page Builder incorporates a grid which allows users to design a page’s look by adding and arranging the elements like heading, content texts, buttons, tabs, etc. Besides, users can upload images into the page from the gallery to create a more visually appealing look or add some widgets like new arrivals, flash sales, etc. Before publishing what you have created, you can click on “preview” to see how “the creation” will look, and make changes if necessary.
In addition to three above-mentioned key features, Magento 2.3.0 also includes vital updates for GraphQL, Magento Shipping, Bulk Web APIs, Declarative Scheme, provides support for PHP 7.2 and makes a lot of enhancements in the indexing performance as well as security.
Click here to read Magento 2.3.0 Release Notes.
Magento 2.2.7 Release – new enhancements are encompassed
Magento 2.2.7 is released 1 day earlier than Magento 2.3.0. However, since Magento 2.3.0 has made quite a splash, many people may not take notice of Magento 2.2.7. Anyway, it is still a worth-considering version for Magento to upgrade for a variety of reasons.
Specifically, Magento 2.2.7 has made up to 150 improvements in the product security, more than 150 core code fixes and addressed remarkably 350 requests submitted by users. For more detailed notes about this release, you can check out here
Magento 2.3.0 versus Magento 2.2.7. What to opt for?
It’s hard to tell which one is the better choice as both two versions are right from at their releases and both have various amazing features. Perhaps, it is just time passing by that can give us an exact answer.
However, as things stand now, we believe that Magento 2.2.7 can be a smarter option at the moment because in Magento 2, there seem to be lots of bugs not yet handled and the number of developers choosing to upgrade to this version is quite small.
If you choose to upgrade to Magento 2.3.0, it is fine, but it is recommended that you should wait for some months (or maybe several months) until Magento 2.3.0 gets stable.