MageNews - December Edition: 2020 overview and 2021 forecast
2020 is nearly complete. The holiday season is now well underway. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. End of year holidays remain in front of us. Even though we have a few more weeks left, this year will clearly be remembered as one unlike any. In reality, this year felt more like a decade than it did a year. For good reason. New norms were instantly forced on all of us. Impacted by a global pandemic and rapid economic change, ongoing uncertainty and instant pivots in market consumption trends, user behaviors, and general working norms — in 2020 we all experienced much and it changed how we now live our personal and professional lives.
Atwix MageNews — November 2020
To state the obvious, we have experienced dramatic and rapid change in our industry for eCommerce retailers and the 2020 year-end holiday shopping season will be very different from any other previous year — in terms of traffic, delivery, security. To keep pace with our customers, we must stay informed, adapt, and bring our best quality solutions… quickly. And we will!
Atwix MageNews — October 2020
Welcome to the 21st edition of MageNews. 🎃
Being the new editor of Atwix’s monthly news digest — MageNews — is a great honor and responsibility. My hope is to build on the practical value my predecessor delivered. Our goal remains the same — to monitor and surface key drivers and highlights taking place in our incredible Magento ecosystem. We look to provide MageNews in an easy to read format. Ultimately, we want to further community knowledge and engagement by helping inform developers, merchants, and partners across the Magento world.
– Alex Lunkov
Atwix MageNews – September 2020
Welcome to 20th edition of MageNews. 🎉
It’s been quite a while since we decided to create this digest. MageNews has gone from a simple idea to a full project with a commitment to deliver the most important and exciting Magento news each month.
Our goal is to make this wrap-up useful for every tier in Magento community, both technical and non-technical people, our merchants, partners and a lots of friends from Magento community. A lot of you have already got used to it, hopefully, love it and are happy to be notified about a brand new post every month.
For me, it’s been a tradition now to end my month with reviewing the latest news, defining information and briefly describing what happened. Of course, the best part is the joy from being able to help others to learn more. 🙌
With my recent decision to take a sabbatical and step away from my daily responsibilities we have decided that MageNews must go on! Alex Lunkov, our Business Analyst, will be preparing MageNews for you as of October.
As for me, I’m going to start a new journey and switch focus to other things. No matter what – Magento will always have a special place in my heart.
Onward and upward, everyone. 🚀
Zooming into the 2020 eCommerce holiday season
Ho Ho Ho! Anyone else waking up in the middle of the night right now? Any visions of Santa and his elves wearing their Christmas themed masks working diligently but socially distanced? Is it just me!? Too soon, you say!
Time-to-value with Magento Commerce
In today’s world, having an online eCommerce presence is needed to not only attract new customers but to support current customers. This was the reality for large scale B2C and B2B merchants, but is now true for most local and smaller sellers as well. Recent events have accelerated and normalized this business mandate. This rapid transition is not about scale or introducing new sizzle — it’s about developing an online presence that strengthens a business’s ability to survive in 2020 and beyond.
Employers are planning return to work but not a return to the past
Whether you work in retail or an office setting, the past few months have been a whirlwind of change. None more so than how we work and interact with other people. For those fortunate enough to avoid health concerns and job uncertainty, you would think planning the return to work would be straight forward. Not so.
Overview of Magento Commerce and Open Source 2.3.5 release
General availability for Magento 2.3.5 was on April 28. This release introduced new security and performance improvements. As any patch release, it’s recommended to update to the latest version of Magento application at your earliest convenience to apply not only functional enhancements but what is most important all the recent security fixes. To help you plan and budget software updates, let’s first clarify types of Magento code releases.
Magento performance testing - ins and outs
One compelling reason to shop online is there are no lines. Another reason to shop online is the ability to search virtual aisles – however one wants and whenever one wants. When you combine those two shopping benefits, be it B2C or B2B, and then force multiply by anticipated sales transactions, merchants can become consumed with thoughts how best to ready themselves.
COVID-19, E-Commerce and the Black Swan
Empty city streets, padlocks set firmly over metal bars. Covered windows at shops and cafes that were until very recently buzzing with patrons just a couple of weeks ago. Now they’re all deserted. No, this is not a zombie apocalypse movie scene…it is a dark moment in time but it is also our new reality…at least for the next couple of weeks if not months.