New features coming to eCommerce platforms in 2022 - Spectre Creative

Staying stagnant is not possible when it comes to eCommerce. We have summarised some of the top features to look forward to from our eCommerce parters this year.

Shopify is a fantastic platform to build your online business with and it’s about to get even better in 2022. With so many exciting changes happening to push Shopify stores to the next level, we have selected a few that we are excited to share with you.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a new React-based web development framework to build custom storefronts powered by Shopify. This is Shopify taking its first true steps into headless commerce. Rival platforms BigCommerce and Magento already offer this ability so it will be extremely exciting to see this method being implemented within the Shopify community.

The launch of Oxygen

This is important for the Hydrogen release! Oxygen is the platform that will host Hydrogen storefronts. This will provide Shopify Stores with a fantastic, Shopify supported location for their headless storefronts. This will make development and deployment of these types of stores simpler and faster for both store owners and customers.

A Unified Admin

Shopify will be migrating the merchant store admin from the myshopify storefront domain to admin.shopify.com. This change will improve the page load speed across the admin, reduce the number of times that store owners have to reauthenticate, and will improve the experience of working across multiple stores.

App Store Improvements

Using the Shopify App store is great but sometimes it is not the easiest to find the right app for the job. ​​Shopify is adding more app education and storytelling, a stronger visual point of view, and additional surfaces for apps to get discovered. Making it easier to find and choose the best apps for your store.

Looking forward to the year ahead there are some significant changes coming to BigCommerce. Here are some features for 2022 that is worth keeping your eye on.

Multi-storefront functionality

Multi-storefront functionality (MSF) is expected to be the most transformational update coming to BigCommerce in 2022.  MSF enables selling across multiple brands, customer segments, and geographies from a single account. 

Google BigQuery

BigQuery is an AI-powered leveraging analytical data warehouse that helps you manage and analyse your data with built-in features like machine learning, geospatial analysis, and business intelligence.  If you are familiar with SQL querying within something like Power BI then you’ll be comfortable with BigQuery’s serverless architecture that lets you use SQL queries to answer your businesses biggest questions with zero requirements for server infrastructure or management.  BigQuery’s scalable, distributed analysis engine lets you query terabytes in seconds and petabytes in minutes with is a lot of data!

Google x BigCommerce Integration

With the new Google integration, BigCommerce Merchants of all sizes will easily be able to list their products for Free on Google, Create Campaigns and review performance metrics directly in the BigCommerce Store.  This also means BigCommerce merchants can now integrate with Google’s shopping features across Search, Shopping, Image Search and YouTube.

New Payment Gateway Pinwheel

Pinwheel is a newly supported payment gateway that specialises in serving Merchants operating in high-risk categories. Pinwheel offers a seamless checkout experience for shoppers and improved conversion rates for merchants located in the US, Canada, UK, European Economic Area (EEA), Ireland, Australia, and Japan.

Expanding to more locations world wide

BigCommerce will expand geographically throughout 2022. They plan to continue their international expansion, launching in Germany, Spain, the Nordics, Benelux – Belguim, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Latin America including Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. 

The powerhouse that is Megento has some incredible changes that will provide merchants with some impressive new features.

Reduce in maintenance cost for Merchants

As announced on September 16th 2021, Magento will be taking big steps towards simplifying the release process and decreasing the total cost of ownership for Merchants in 2022. Adobe Commerce 2.4.4 was released on March 8, 2022 and is powered by PHP 8.1, and includes several key framework upgrades. 

Separating Vendor Bundled Extensions 

Historically, Magento has included 3rd-party extensions in the platform code as part of our Vendor Bundled Extension (VBE) program. With the 2.4.4. 

Magento will be decoupling the majority of these VBEs from the core. These offerings will continue to be supported as optional Marketplace extensions that will be published by the partners ahead of the 2.4.4. release. This change will give Merchants faster access to the latest capabilities and updates from each of these vendor technologies. 

 Support for PHP 8.1

Magento is introducing support for PHP 8.1, four months after its general availability, allowing merchants to upgrade to the latest version of PHP. Each PHP release adds performance and feature improvements that drive the PHP ecosystem forward.  

New Search & Analytics Suite

In 2.4.4, Magento will be adding support for a new search & analytics suite, OpenSearch in addition to Elastic Search, which Magento will continue to support. 

Adobe Commerce hosted in the cloud will not be supporting ElasticSearch 7.11 or later and will move to OpenSearch as their default Search engine. Adobe Commerce merchants hosted on-premise have the option to use either ElasticSearch or OpenSearch as both will be supported by Adobe Commerce application. These changes are important to ensure that there are no security vulnerabilities due to the outdated libraries. 

Using outdated libraries in the eCommerce application may impact your PCI compliance and Adobe recommends Merchants keep their store up-to-date by adopting a new Adobe Commerce patch as soon as it is released.

Technical Upgrades

Along with the support of the latest PHP version, Magento is also upgrading several third-party dependencies to their latest version. Upgrading these third-party dependencies helps keep the Adobe Commerce core secure, adds new features, and improves the performance of the platform. 

The dependencies can be categorised into System, composer, built-in JS libraries, JS NPM & API integrations. The future upgrade in these categories is listed below.

System Dependencies 

Upgrade to a new version of:  

  • Elastic Search 
  • Redis 
  • Varnish 
  • MariaDB 
  • MySQL 

Support of a new search & analytics suite OpenSearch derived from Apache 2.0 licensed Elasticsearch 7.10.2 & Kibana 7.10.2

Composer Dependencies 

Upgrade of phpunit/phpunit & laminas/laminas-code  

Removal of laminas/laminas-crypt, laminas/laminas-filter, laminas/laminas-i18n & paragonie/sodium_compat libraries 

Built-in JS libraries 

Upgrade of jQuery, TinyMCE, knockout and underscore library. 

Removal of Modernizr, es6-collections, FormData.js & MutationObserver.js library 

JS NPM Dependencies 

“grunt-autoprefixer” has been removed 

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