Magento 2.4.2 release from Adobe – Everything you need to know

Julia Shanus
April, 15
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Here, at Skynix, we follow the news, share them with our readers and customers. Now it is time to tell about Magento 2.4.2 release all the e-commerce world is discussing.

On the 27th of March 2021, a new updated Magento 2.4.2 has arrived. Abobe team has fixed about 280 bugs existing in Magento 2.4.1 release. The main focuses are on security and vulnerabilities prevention, improving performance, and providing enhanced merchant tools to maintain their businesses.

Here are the core enhancements you need to pay attention to:

-Cart and checkout
Customers no longer face lost cart content issues while switching from one store to another in a different domain. Moreover, now clients can select multiple shipping methods with Multiple Addresses. Magento team has fixed the bug with the displayed cart’s item subtotal and the “emptied shopping cart” bug when users reset their passwords.

-Payment methods
Magento 2.4.2 includes a fixed duplicated orders issue when the customer tried to proceed with PayPal Express. Another major update is that guest users can place PayPal orders. Earlier, there was a bug with the order being processed successfully on PayPal, and at the same time, the order creation in Magento did not happen.
The PayPal module and Klarna dependency are gone now.

-Security enhancements
Adobe team was seriously concerned about potential vulnerabilities resulting in even a slight chance for the attacker to exploit access to customer’s information or take over admin sessions. A decent work happened here, and as a result, about 35 improvements are present in the release helping to prevent any code execution and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.

-Platform enhancements
Elasticsearch 7.9.x, Varnish 6.4, and Redis 6.x are now supported. Moreover, Magento 2.4.2 is now compatible with Composer 2.x. It is serious, as you have to keep it in mind since Composer 1.x will reach no longer supported status soon.

-Adobe Stock Integration
In the release, the new Version 2.1.1 of Adobe Stock Integration is present.

And even much more. You may review the complete list of Magento Open Source 2.4.2 Release Notes from Adobe here https://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.4/release-notes/open-source-2-4-2.html

Trying to keep ourselves helpful,
Skynix Team

Skynix celebrates International Women’s Day!

Julia Shanus
March, 05
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Skynix celebrates an annual March 8 observance – International Women’s Day!

Due to the official holiday, our office will be closed on the 8th of March, however, we will get back to you first thing tuesday’s morning on the 9th of March.

Thank you for choosing us, reaching us, and being with us. We are grateful for a partnership with all of you and look forward to developing more e-commerce solutions for your businesses soon.

Celebrate with us now and see ya on Tuesday.

Sincerely yours,
Skynix Team

How to pass Magento 2 certification?

Julia Shanus
February, 03
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We live in a fastgrowing world and business changes rapidly; business owners do not want to compromise commerce experience by using a one fit solution. And here comes Magento 2one of the worldsleading and the most featureset eCommerce platform. Developers with Magento 2 experience have become key players in the eCommerce market.

To help you to come up with the decisionwhether should I pass the Magento 2 certification or not”  and answer a question what it takes, we have prepared a short interview with one of our Magento 2 certifieddevelopers, here at Skynix.

Julia: Hello all. My name is Julia, I am a Business Development Manager at Skynix, and today I am here to point you in the right direction on how to pass Magento 2 certification. A few questions will behighlighted you might be interested in. The best answers we will get are from my colleague, a person with 5+ years of professional experience with Magento, a backend/fullstack Magento 2 certified developerMaryna. And the first question is How was your acquaintance with Magento and how have you decided to proceed with the certification?

Maryna: Hello, happy to share my experience, and hope it will be helpful. Regarding my acquaintance with Magento, it was a complete coincidence. I worked as a backend PHP developer at my previous joband we got a project based on Magento. Take it or leave it they say, so I took the risk and started learning a new eCommerce platform. After 1,5 years of experience with Magento Skynix supported me with thedecision to pass a certification. I have been preparing for about 23 weeks and successfully passed it.

J: What is the procedure? Are there some specifics in it? How did you manage to prepare for the certification? I have heard there are preparation courses from Magento (Adobe now). Have you attended any ofit?

M: Well, there are only 2 options though: to take Magento Training or get prepared by yourself. Magento provides a list of points like a plan to follow in preparation, all information/documentation is opensource. There are 2 ways to pass an exam: you can do it online or in the training center (you may check it on the Magento site by selecting your city or by writing to Magento support).

There are a few moments you should be aware of:
no materials/devices besides a PC(no papers, books, phones, watches);
you will be monitored all the time with video and audio(2 cameras are not builtin so you can arrange it freely, one for your hands, one will be monitored you in general);
you will not talk to anyone during the test;
fixed time, no pause/breaks in between.

J: And how do you feel about Magento 2 certification: is it worth it?

M: Magento 2 certification gives you a decent advantage over other developers. It will help easily rest assured customers to work with you specifically.

J: What advice will you give to developers who are going through the certification now? Is there anything else you would like to add?

M: Do not be afraid, be prepared, have a mentor, share your experience with other developers. For example, my colleague Olha was preparing for Magento certification at the same time I was, so we werediscussing a lot of possible issues, were looking for solutions together. We are team players here, it is one of Skynix’s advantages.

J: Thank you very much Maryna! That is, I believe, a very valuable piece of advice.

To sum up

Being a Magento 2 certified developer means that you are recognized as an expert and you are a trustworthy person to build a partnership with. Do not be scared, set and achieve new goals, and become a part of Magento certified developers family!

Hiring agency VS freelancer

Julia Shanus
January, 06
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Running a business means having different challenges to take care of. And staff hiring is one of the most crucial. People come first, the process next, and when together combined – some great products/services appear.

At some point, while resolving staffing challenges as a product owner you face a challenge “to hire a professional agency or certified freelancer”. Times can be different, reasons can be different, however, when it comes to options there are only 2 options to select from. To point you in the right direction, we have highlighted some hints that can be useful.

Hiring a Freelancer advantages:
– Affordability/Lower Budget
Freelancers usually set up their own rates which probably are cost-effective, and in general, they do not bother to include in a rate such expenses as office rent, vacations, or sick-leaves. However, once they understand what they actually miss, the rates generally start to increase drastically.
-Job-Specific Skills
Sometimes quite specific services/talents are required. Freelancers offer niche skill-set they are highly-qualified in.
-Fast-growing
If you need a few more experts for a project, you can outsource some of your development efforts and hire a freelancer or a few ones even. You will manage him/them directly and will be involved in the whole process.

Advantages of Hiring an Agency:
-Availability
Individuals usually have flexible schedules and often you and your freelancer are located in different time zones. It can be a problem if an urgent issue appears. If you hire an agency, a manager will be in charge of schedules, budgets, resources, and update you on a regular basis. A lot of companies offer 24/7 support, so everything will be taken care of.
-Reliability
Only an agency can be hired if the project is important for the business and you won’t be held in the trap. For example, one of our past customers had chosen an individual, which cost only $40 cheaper. The freelancer has taken accesses and destroyed the resource https://www.mysway.com/.
-Consultation
You may know some specifics of the website development, however, when it comes to questions like the tech stack to be used and what licenses to be bought often you will need a consultation and expertise. With a team of professionals, you can be sure they point you in the right direction. They are aware of all aspects of the work and advise what solution is the best fit for your ongoing project.

You may emphasize agencies or freelancers, however, think big and choose wisely.

And just in case you are looking for an agency to partner with – here we are. Drop us a line to get your project estimated, scoped, budgeted, and delivered. Let’s develop something great together!

Skynix Team wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Julia Shanus
December, 24
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Dear Partners,

It goes without saying that this year has been very challenging. Everyone of us have faced a new reality and have to adapt ways of life and work.

We want to recognise and say a special THANK YOU for being with us and we look forward to another successful year together.

Lets enjoy a special time together and be safe.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!

Our office will be closed on 25th of December and 1st of January. However, we assure you that all your emails will be answered as soon as we return to the office.

Sincerely yours,
Skynix Team

Launching your first eCommerce Progressive Web Application coded with Magento 2 PWA Studio

Julia Shanus
September, 07
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A new generation in eCommerce is being talked about by a lot of people. It is about redefining, facilitating user experience and us being forward-looking. It is about Progressive Web Application (PWA) coded with Magento 2 PWA Studio.

First things first. What is PWA?

A truly new concept of web applications has arrived when Google introduced Progressive Web Application in 2015. A fast and reliable, safe, and stable app-like webpage is similar to native desktop/mobile apps. It is supported by all browsers and has an ability to install an application directly from the browser, prompt to push notifications, and interact without an internet connection.

They say “All you need is love”, we say “All you need is Magento 2 PWA Studio”.

Magento PWA Studio is an open-source powerful set of tools(PWA-builderpack, Venia Storefront, Peregrine) and libraries(Webpack, React, Redux, GraphQL) that helps to develop/maintain your storefronts as Progressive Web Application on the top of Magento 2.

Magento PWA Studio:
-Works offline
With the browser-caching technique, some of the web pages are available for users offline or with a low internet connection with no reloads. Please, be advised that the increase in speed enhancement is possible only after the first store visit.
-Is cross-platform compatible
A web code can be run in any mobile browsers and any platforms. Moreover, there is no such industry that has a user-base as huge as mobile does. Would you like to go big? Additionally, there is no need to update PWA from the app store as they are updated in real-time just like a website.
-Ranks your website in search result pages
PWA improves critical modules of your web app that affect the ranking. Offline use, fast loading pages, and good interaction make users experience smoother and increase the average spent time and that affects Google’s indexation.
-No updates installation
You may update your PWA and no permission from the users is required. You can implement changes in real-time and users observe them without any additional install updates.
-Engages to push notifications
It is important to keep your customers updated. With PWA, you may push notifications offers.
-Saves your money
The use of a web stack for development makes it cost-beneficial.  No additional expenses for mobile apps development. A future for your business has arrived with Magento 2 PWA Studio.

If you can not wait for your first eCommerce Progressive Web Application to be launched, contact us now and we will be happy to discuss your project further.