One month ago at the Shopware Partner Day, news about the Shopware 6.4 release created quite a stir. Since then, we have been eagerly waiting for it and indeed, after an in-depth review, we can fairly say that this is the biggest update our mighty Shopware has seen so far. Shopware 6.4 comes with various new features for improved usability, along with many novelties for a more user-friendly CMS, making it better in every aspect.
An improved menu
The new Shopware 6.4 comes with an improved menu. The “hover” and “active” states have received a redesigned colour palette, which makes it easier to navigate. A third menu level has been added, and users can now open as many submenus simultaneously as they wish.
The new Wish List
No matter if they’re on the product detail page, in the listing, or in the shopping cart, both logged-in and first-time customers now have the possibility to place their favorite items on a wish list and save them for later purchase.
Price adjustments depending on various currencies
Price rounding is common for certain currencies. That is why Shopware 6.4 now offers flexible solutions to adjust the desired price rounding setting for each currency. Price rounding can be applied for each shopping cart position, or only for the final sum.
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Improved search options
The Search function has seen a massive overhaul and can now be adjusted in very specific ways to ensure that customers find the products they want to purchase. Merchants can define how specific content is to be handled by the search function, with better-ranked elements being placed higher in the search results. Moreover, users can now assign different search criteria for their products, with the “AND” Search function delivering results that contain all the terms, and the “OR” function delivering items containing either of the search terms.
“Starting from” prices for product variables
An important feature to keep customers engaged, the “starting from” option is now available with Shopware 6.4. If chosen, the lowest-priced option will show on the products listing page. If your desired displayed item is not the cheapest option, the price will be displayed with the label „Other variants from XY €“ in order to show the most attractive price.
A quicker checkout process
We all know that a quick and efficient checkout process has a positive impact on conversion rates. Shopware 6.4 managed to reduce the necessary actions by one step with all the available payment options now being visible. At the same time, the admin settings have been improved and merchants can now add payment methods and use the availability rule to determine when certain payment methods should be available.
A clever way to configure product details
The product-building page is one of its most advanced features, but it can be a little overwhelming. That’s why, for optimal flexibility, Shopware has re-designed the product detail page for improved clarity. Users can now decide which product details they would like to configure in the administration; they can apply the product mask accordingly or use the simplified mode.
With version 6.4, installing plugins and extensions for self-hosted versions is done seamlessly with a new menu setting Extensions > My extensions. In addition, under Extensions > Store users will find a direct integration of the extensions store where they can browse, purchase, or rent any extensions directly in the admin module.
Another important change is that with the latest update, grids can now be saved on the database for each user individually. Personal settings won’t be stored locally anymore and users won’t have to change the settings when switching to a different device.
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An updated CMS
The Content Management System has also been consistently improved. With the latest update and the new layout for product pages, merchants can create listing and landing pages individually, and they can effortlessly utilize elements of their product detail page on other store pages – a huge time saver. There is also a richer text editor which allows users to integrate variables that act as a placeholder.
Shopware 6.4 also comes with an updated Site Builder. Merchants can now create landing pages outside of the category structure. Further, they can directly build points of entry for Sales Channels in a category.
To support teams work more fluently when handling large projects with many departments having different workflows involved, Shopware 6.4 features a very powerful tool – The Shopware Publisher, a CMS extension for the Enterprise Edition. When a new layout is created, the publishing flow can assign an “Open for feedback” status, so everybody involved in the project can get notified and submit their feedback. Permissions can be added too, and all changes can be followed in the Activity feed.
An improved Elasticsearch
Being based on Elesticsearch, Shopware’s Enterprise Search now benefits from an optimised indexing process which allows for a smooth data transmission to Elasticsearch.
The new Form Builder
To fully configure contact forms and easily integrate and arrange fields within the form with drag & drop, Shopware 6.4 features a powerful Form Builder as part of the CMS extensions for the Shopware Professional Edition.
Merchants can now connect their online store to marketplaces like Amazon and eBay seamlessly and the transmission of data and processes is designed to be as easy as possible. This extension is available in three different price categories for all Shopware self-hosted versions.
Updates to future-proof technologies
With the new Shopware 6.4, the minimum supported PHP version is now 7.4. and the PHP extension Sodium is a requirement from 6.4 and must be installed if not already present.
A novelty is a fact that plugins cannot be installed via Composer 1 anymore. Instead, Shopware 6.4 comes with the update to Composer 2. At the same time, Shopware is changing from Symfony 4.3 to Symfony 5, so users will have to make sure that the plugins are ready for this.
At OAK3, we have been developing B2C and B2B eCommerce platforms for more than 10 years. Our certified developers have great expertise working with Shopware, so if you want to know more about this complex eCommerce solution, please contact us or drop us an email at email@example.com. We’re here to help!