Everything you need to know about Magento 2.2.6 release

Magento has recently released their latest version, 2.2.6, and we thought we’d share our views on it. According to their release notes

“This release includes 25 critical enhancements to product security, over 150 core code fixes and enhancements, and over 350 community-submitted pull requests.”

But what does that mean for me?

Well, being a techie or not, we can be certain of one thing. This is undoubtedly one of their biggest releases in the series. The key words to note here are,

Security

“Sec-UR-rity - You are at the center!”

Whether you own an existing E-commerce website, or planning to start an E-commerce venture, or you are an E-commerce developer. One thing I’m sure all of you will agree on is that security is pretty damn important.

With 25+ patches aimed specifically at fixing critical XSS, CSRF, and RCE vulnerabilities, Magento 2.2.6 is sure to give the hackers a tough time!

Comparing with other players in the same domain, we can be certain of one thing, Magento overpowers its competitors in the security department. But with great power comes great responsibility. With every new security release, hackers gain more knowledge about where the system was lagging (and was fixed in the next version). So, if you don’t keep your website updated at all times, you might be the next target. But before you start running for your panic room, consider this. Magento is not only secure, to begin with, but also keeps on releasing new security patches regularly, which doesn’t require a PhD in rocket science to install either. A composer-friendly-architecture ensures that updating the Magento system is as hassle-free as possible.

Code Fixes

“Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable.”

In addition to the 25+ security fixes, a lot of code fixes and cleanups also occurred in this release ensuring your system runs smooth as a door knob. Some of the highlights are,

Enhancements

“If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0.”

It’s a known fact that Magento, being open source, has a pretty good community and equally potent contributors. Magento officially, as well as unofficially organises various contribution events, during which, we, the Magento developers, try to fix certain known issues with the system, as a way of giving back to the community.

This release features over 350 community-submitted enhancements, ranging from catalog improvements to cart and checkout optimizations.

To view the complete Release Notes, you could refer the below link - Magento Commerce 2.2.6 Release Notes

So is it worth upgrading?

It is officially announced that support for Magento 1.x will be ending by June 2020. This means bug fixes, security patches and performance upgrades will not be delivered for any of the Magento 1.x versions. In simple words, if your website runs on 1.x after June 2020, it can be a potential target for hackers. Plenty of essential features that are missing in 1.x versions are made available in Magento 2.x versions, in addition to that, Magento will also continue to roll out new features. Considering the features and advancements of Magento 2.x, it is a wise decision to migrate to Magento 2.x.

Taking into account the focus and updates given by Magento targeting 2.x versions, it seems like Magento 2.x is here to stay. Magento 2.2.6 is one of the biggest updates so far, and it is highly recommended for business below 2.2.6 to update to this latest version.

However, make sure the migration process is left in the hands of experts to ensure safe, complete and quick transmission.