Prestashop is undoubtedly one of the most reliable eCommerce solutions introduced for small to medium businesses so far. This open source software is rich with lot of advanced features and custom options. The Prestashop 1.6 version is a dependable platform to run a medium business successfully without much hassles. The major update to the software was introduced with Prestashop 1.7 that overcomes any limitations with the older version and adding in more advanced features. This novel version with a few notable changes in the general configuration has enhanced the overall performance. The version is now released in 7 languages and you can expect more on the go.
Everyone looking to have Prestashop 1.7 for their new store would be excited to know about the important changes that are brought in. Here you can have a glance at the highlighted features of the Prestashop upgrade.
- Enhanced product configuration:
With the new version, the products can be added to your website catalogue in a much better way. In addition to an engaging interface, user can benefit from automatic management, various shortcuts and quick actions. Users can now quickly create a product, digital products or pack of products within a limited time and organize its features and values. The product navigation is improved with quick creation of categories & subcategories.
- Refurbished modules page:
The modules can be managed better and a lot easier with the renovated modules page. A tab facility is freshly launched which allows easy viewing of installed modules and options to alter them or even discover novel modules.
- Improved back office navigation:
The back office is revived with improved UI/UX and one can now effortlessly browse the website. The main menu is now categorized into 3 different sections which come under Sell, Improve and Configure. The availability of these new tabs let easy navigation between the 3 sections and the modules can be managed better.
- Novel themes:
The designers need to spend only half of the usual time to create attractive themes with Prestashop 1.7. Just a basic awareness of CSS and HTML is all what needed for the designer to work with these themes easily. The visually light “Classic” theme gives a fresh appearance to your store. In addition, the enhanced product sheet and improvised checkout process makes selling a lot easier.
- Parent/Child Interface:
A template can now be altered without unsettling the source file using the novel Parent/Child themes. The new version also provides a Starter theme which is free of any kind of mark-ups or custom style. This in fact allows execution of a new design in less time.
- Introduction of Symfony:
The selected areas of the software can benefit from the introduction of Symphony. The design team can utilize the options of this robust framework to give emphasis to eCommerce specifics in addition to enhancing the Prestashop functionalities. The actions such as managing of orders, handling a cart, calculation of costs and taxes as well as generation of invoices all can be done with good efficiency.
- Other features and options:
With Prestashop 1.7, the merchants can now sell customization goods. For this, the store has option to allow specific consumers to upload files related to it. Similarly, a minimal purchase quantity can be set for particular products. You can enable SSL on your store with just a click and configure the shipping methods. The taxes can be configured based on the specific locations. There is a facility to promote certain products by suggesting them to the customers. With the goal of improving customer engagement and minimizing abandonment cart rate, timely communication is assured through sending emails. In the checkout phase, the customers have options to authenticate their orders.
The Prestashop platform has a lot to offer to assure your business growth. To have a tough competition with your contenders, you can easily connect your store to social networks and get more traffic by running the SEO or by displaying your stores on a Google map. You can also advertise in your store through customers’ emails. You can build good reliability with your selling deals by letting customers to know about the evolution of their orders. Last but not the least; you can get the global exposure to your store by going international by just choosing the country from the list and a few more simple steps.
The major upgrade of the software to Prestashop 1.7 with impressive changes to the overall user experience has already created a wave in the industry. Just after a few months of this release, there comes another improvisation to the version with Prestashop 1.7.1. The key enhancements of this update are the introduction of a new ‘upgrade all modules’ button and optimized back-office navigation for mobiles.
The goal of the new ‘upgrade all modules’ button was making the transition to the new upgrade easily and less time consuming. When updates come for multiple modules, users can now update it altogether with a single-click. The back-office browsing experience has taken to a new level with enhanced responsiveness. It is optimized for mobiles and so users can browse it with ease from any of the mobile gadgets. Moreover, the shortcut keys are also revamped with an eye to make them more spontaneous.