Conception & Implementation
Conception & Implementation
The new store version is now available in a ready-to-spin format and many teething problems have already been overcome. Not all planned functions are available yet, but if you look at the roadmap, many basic functions and a few extensions are already in there.
The seamless integration of Google Analytics is of course very interesting. This allows you to see your statistics from Google Analytics directly in the store backend. An extra registration form for merchants is also already integrated to build a B2B store, or to offer the store B2C and B2B mixed. There is already another customer group for dealers, which you can control separately.
Shipment tracking is also already integrated. If you store the tracking number in the backend, your customer can track his shipment at any time.
Shopware is always with an ear to the customer. Thus, many functions have come from the community and already existing ones have been improved according to customer feedback (or merchant feedback). Shopware sets new standards and uses the latest technologies to make the store easier to use and better performing.
Especially the performance increase is clearly noticeable in the latest Shopware version. Shopware 6.5 in particular has 5 times faster order performance, 4.5 times faster median response time, and 3 times faster request processing. In addition, the administration has become a whole 200 percent more performant. Other useful updates and new features include:
Shopware has taken a consistent API-first approach to the development of Shopware 6, resulting in a whole range of additional benefits for online retailers. API stands for “Application Programming Interface” and represents an interface for programming applications. Compared to older versions, all functions of the new administration can also be controlled via the API.
In addition, this innovation enables a much easier connection of third-party systems (merchandise management systems, additional sales channels, product information management, etc.) to Shopware. Changes or restructuring within Shopware 6 can thus be carried out without a great deal of time. In total, Shopware has added three APIs to version 6:
Shopware 5 and Shopware 6 are completely different in structure. Therefore, the plugins and themes from Shopware 5 can not be used in Shopware 6, but must be completely reprogrammed. The systems differ fundamentally and are not compatible with each other.
Also, many plugins are already available and many more are coming in the near future. coolbax plans to release import plugins for online marketplaces like real, eBay, Amazon, Hood etc.
The Mollie plugin is also already available and lets you easily bring out payments via the codeenterprise wants Facebook (conversion) pixel and the remarketing pixel.
More plugins will follow, so far Shopware 6 is still quite new. We are happy to help you with the selection and support you in finding suitable plugins and possibly also better versions from other manufacturers.
You have questions about Shopware 6?
So that you can design your store completely individually, there are also already some themes available that you can use and customize. Look for the small 6 in the upper right corner of the theme.
This indicates that the theme was created specifically for Shopware 6. You cannot use themes from Shopware 5 to Shopware 6 due to system differences. So, if you have been using a particular theme so far, the manufacturer must provide a new version.
In principle, it is possible to perform this migration automatically or via a special tool. However, due to the system differences, manual post-processing, or at least checking, is still required. The sales channels need to be examined. Shopware 6 already creates two channels. Therefore, during migration it may happen that articles and categories are assigned incorrectly and therefore do not appear in the store (frontend).
Shipping costs and payment methods must also be checked. Have all the service provider settings been applied correctly? Are special control settings necessary? The document templates have also been changed to a new system and cannot be transferred automatically. Therefore, it is mandatory to adjust them manually.
If you would like to have a Shopware 6 store, we will be happy to create it for you and migrate your data. What is important here is a proper consultation to determine whether the functions already available are mature and also fit your needs.
If you want to migrate a Shopware 5 store, we need to check together if your previously used themes and plugins fit, if features are already available or maybe even improved. We should also take this opportunity to check your hosting to see if it is still suitable for the store at all.
As you can see, there are many points to consider. It is therefore important not to make a snap decision, but to approach the matter in a well-planned manner.
We are happy to support you in planning and implementation, so that your Shopware 6 store will also be successful. We have already successfully equipped many online retailers with a Shopware 5 store and we have also had good experiences with Shopware 6. After the migration or deployment, we will gladly continue to look after your store, because an online store is always a living history that wants to be well looked after. There are always changes in the law, adaptations to search engines and maybe you simply don’t like the design after some time.
As a Shopware partner, we are happy to sit down with you and make your store future-proof. Why not arrange a free initial consultation right now?