Artificial intelligence is just one of our focus topics. We are taking the first step in this direction with a new, free-of-charge feature in version 5.5. The aim is to draw the right conclusions and derive knowledge from large amounts of data.
We are providing new intelligent statistics that enrich aspects of existing information and draw retailers' attention to relationships of interest, including sales forecasts based on historical and seasonal data and the identification of potential new target groups in the customer structure. These new statistics can be layered with anonymised industry data in order to derive new findings from the comparison. The goal is to develop new ideas with which you can continuously optimise your own online shop and therefore increase your success.
Shopware is a platform that fully embraces open source thinking – we believe that collaboration leads to better quality and more innovation. That’s why we decided to unencrypt our plugins with the release of Shopware 5.2. With version 5.5, we are going one step further by parting ways with IonCube for all third-party extensions. Now you have the complete freedom to realise your online business potential.
With this release we have introduced features that support your international expansion and make it easier to manage cross-border commerce.
Shopware 5.5 expedites the handling of different tax rates.
We have also made major adjustments to the translatability of Shopware. Forms no longer need to be copied if they are to be used for other countries or languages. Shop pages can now also be translated directly from one central point. This eliminates the need to create and map shop page groups. The greatest simplification is likely the translatability of the categories. The fact that entire categories can now easily be stored in multiple languages makes it unnecessary to duplicate individual categories or entire family trees for sub/language shops.
Last but not least, retailers can now optimise the language playout and help Google better understand language variants by setting the hreflang tag in the page source code.
Version 5.5 comes equipped with new features that augment existing functionalities of the Shopware ERP – powered by Pickware. From new shipping options to POS capabilities, the community can look forward to extensions that even further optimise working with the fully integrated ERP.
The integration of Elasticsearch now offers a performance boost in the backend for all major entities, including products, orders and customers. The shopping cart was reworked and now shows a clear performance boost in load tests, even with extremely high order quantities. Caching is now possible for time-controlled content, as the cache can be automatically invalidated at the interval you define. In addition, improvements have been made to cache warm-up, allowing for a prioritised and faster warm-up, as well as the caching of several URLs. A number of technologies were also updated. We installed version 3.4 of the framework Symfony along with jQuery updates. In addition, compatibility with Elasticsearch 6 is now available.
Your customers can now request individual offers when placing an order by clicking a “Request offer” button in the shopping cart. This opens a new window where they can propose a new price and leave a comment.
While it was already possible to create and maintain user accounts and contacts, version 2.0 was restructured to introduce hierarchies. Now the complete corporate or organisational structure can be mapped using a tree structure.
We integrated a so-called cache multiplexer into the Enterprise Edition, making it easily possible to use multiple application servers in a cluster setup. From one central point – the Shopware backend – all servers/caches can be controlled simultaneously.
Redis is a key value storage where you can save various types of data, including number ranges, product listings or even translations. Outsourcing regularly frequented areas to Redis offers yet another increase in performance.
From now on it will be much easier for Shopware Enterprise customers to design a more flexible price allocation. This is done on the basis of customers, customer groups and customer streams and can also be determined on a time-dependent basis.
Another new feature is the definition of gross prices – such as "€89.90, regardless of VAT and currency" – and the possibility that graduated prices can be set everywhere. Additionally, you can easily maintain and configure the complete price handling via API.
Head over to the download area, where the free version of our open source solution – the Shopware Community Edition – is available for download. You can install Shopware in your own hosting environment, a virtual system image or locally on your PC, Mac or Linux computer.
Want to take Shopware for a spin? You can easily test Shopware in our public live demo or request your own personal demo.
Here you can set up your own online shop in a cloud environment with just a few clicks. Test Shopware, free of charge, for an hour in the cloud with Bitnami, where you have the most popular cloud services, including Google, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Amazon Web Services, CenturyLink or 1&1, available to choose from.