*** Latest Update: March 28, 2019
Magento 2.3.1 was released on March 26th, 2019 alongside Magento 2.2.8 and 2.1.17, as well as Magento Open Source 126.96.36.199 and Magento Commerce 188.8.131.52. The notes below have been updated with the latest information.
By Magento Imagine 2018, the roadmap for Magento 2.3.x was pretty well defined, and including a majority of the features that we reported about in the lead up to the release of Magento 2.3.0, which became available to the public in November of 2018.
It’s now February 2019, and at Magento Live in Australia a release date of March 2019 was announced for Magento 2.3.1. This marks the first major incremental update to Magento version 2.3.x, and promises to include a mix of features that weren’t quite ready when 2.3.0 launched, as well as some general improvements and additions to the platform.
Magento 2.3.1 drops in late March, incorporating significant community contributions and bringing to market new merchant and developer experience advancements. @jasonwoosley_mg #MLAU pic.twitter.com/m9YzJbctak
— Magento (@magento) February 12, 2019
Magento 2.3.1 includes:
– The new PageBuilder feature set (in beta). This is especially important because the old BlueFoot CMS is not compatible with the Magento 2.3 PWA frontend.
– Enhancements to the Magento Commerce B2B feature set related to the import and export of data, the ability to handle up to 3000 addresses per B2B customer account, GraphQL API support of B2B data, and more.
– Improvements to Magento Shipping to better support international orders including the use of DHL Express, FedEx and UPS global services. Overall, Magento Shipping is intended to provide advanced features like store pickup functionality and shipment cancellations.
– Updates to existing bundled extensions from Amazon Pay, DotDigital, Klarna, and Vertex which come natively with Magento.
– Improvements to the Progressive Web Apps (PWA) Studio and the Venia/B2B themes
– Support for the Amazon Sales Channel through the Magento Sales & Advertising Channels system
– The Authorize.net MD5 to SHA-512 Magento patch that all other supported versions of Magento will require in order to continue using Authorize.net without an extension.
– PayPal Express Checkout has an updated checkout flow, for a quicker checkout experience. It also includes additional payment options such as PayPal Credit and Venmo.
– Admins placing orders will now experience an improved process. There had previously been delays when editing billing and shipping addresses that have been addressed.
– In general, Magento can now handle 3000+ [billing and shipping] addresses for a customer, greatly enhancing previous capabilities.
– Magento has been automatically resizing and compressing product images, leaving them at a maximum size of 1920 x 1200. Magento admins will now be able to set their own requirements for these maximums, including compression quality.
– Magento addressed 30 security vulnerabilities and issues with this release. This includes issues related to cross-site scripting, arbitrary code execution, sensitive data disclosure vulnerabilities, and more. Luckily, according to Magento, there are no reports of any of these issues having been exploited in the wild.
– Checkout information now remains even if the shopper updates the shopping cart. This addressed a friction point where a customer updating their shopping cart would need to re-enter their checkout information.
These are major highlights, but there are many more bug fixes and incremental improvements included with Magento 2.3.1.
If you haven’t launched your M2 site just yet, be sure to read up on the hosting differences between Magento 1 and Magento 2, and take advantage of the free M2 Cloudflare extension from JetRails! Also, be sure to use the complimentary Magento speed test and Magento security audit to ensure that your site is secure and ready to perform!