Back in July, we got a taster of Shopware 6 thanks to Shopware early access. This brief glimpse behind the veil revealed some exciting new features, such as the integrated Paypal module, the rule builder and the plugin manager. It all looked very promising aside for one thing. The release date of December 2019, or as many are saying, “sometime in 2020”.So, rather than (im)patiently twiddling our thumbs and waiting. We decided to play detective and find out everything we could about the upcoming release of Shopware 6.1.
Shopware 6 is getting a complete overhaul
One of the key improvements of Shopware 6 is that it isn’t just another iteration of previous versions. Shopware has redesigned the platform from scratch. This means we can look forward to modern features such as cloud integration. Better interactions between the backend and front end. Not to mention true responsive design across all devices. Another key aspect of the redesign is an upgrade of the codebase using modern technologies such as Vue.JS and PHP Symfony. As well as a complete redevelopment of the database structure. This will present a challenge for site migrations, for which you can almost certainly expect a clever solution for transferring your data. However, porting over third-party plugins and templates is likely to be much trickier.To many, these dramatic changes may trigger alarm bells. Improve areas that are lacking but don’t fix what’s not broken, right? Well, from what we’ve seen so far, the administration interface has been given a complete overhaul. Those faithful dropdowns and popup windows are now a thing of the past. But what you gain in return is a fully responsive interface with menus that draw inspiration from modern platforms such as Magento 2 and WordPress. Sometimes change is good! Especially when it means that you can administer your site from a mobile phone without developing acute carpal tunnel syndrome in the process.
A Shopware backend designed for a modern needs
As you’ve probably gathered, we’re big fans of a responsive backend. But what truly gets us excited is the promise of new backend features that make managing your site even easier. This includes artificial intelligence that can present admin recommendations and menus than can be customised to suit your unique needs. Another exciting development is the newly reimagined API, which is at the heart of Shopwares “Headless Commerce” solution. Essentially, this means that the API can be used to control all functions of Shopware 6. This paves the way for Shopware 6 integrations in voice assistants, wearable devices, mobile apps and more. This flexibility is the stuff of dreams for third party developers and could lead to some exciting additions to the platform.
The Shopware frontend reimagined
If we can believe the screenshots, then you can expect significant improvements to the Shopware 6 frontend. This is thanks to those modern technologies that we mentioned earlier, such as Symfony, which powers the brand new template system known as Twig. From what we can discern so far, this new system boasts greater customisation and modularity. There are also other vital additions to look forward to, such as those much-needed SEO friendly URLs! You can also expect discounts and campaign management improvements. Product reviews and product export feeds. All of which edge Shopware 6 closer to becoming a Progressive Web App (PWA). Which to the uninitiated, means the features of both a conventional website and a native app.
Brand new features
In addition to the backend and frontend improvements, you can also expect to see overhauls in other areas too. There are also several brand new features to look forward to. Here is a list of what we’ve discovered so far.
The Rule Builder
As you might have guessed, Rule Builder allows you to create your own rules, such as setting sale pricing based on your own unique set of parameters. This flexibility enables you to sell your products exactly how you want without being hindered by previous limitations.
API powered sales channels
Having the freedom to sell anywhere, such as social media, is nothing new. But with the new API, you can create custom connections to third-party marketplaces. This opens the door to selling products in different languages and currencies with ease – all setup directly from your Shopware backend.
If you’ve ever attempted to expand your Shopware store into international markets, you’re probably well aware of the complexities involved. Shopware 6 aims to do away with these barriers so you can focus on what you do best – selling. These internationalisation features include:
Country-specific sales channels
Configurable tax calculators.
Better shopping experiences
If you are a fan of Shopping Worlds in Shopware 5, then you’ll love Shopping Experiences in Shopware 6. This update takes the “emotional shopping” concept to the next level with a much-improved content design system. Enabling you to design content that adds elegance to your products and brand.
The Shopware 6 roundup
We’re pretty excited about Shopware 6. The new responsive backend system reminds us of the popular Shopify admin area. And the frontend improvements – at least from what we can see in the screenshots – look very promising. Pair all of that with a powerful API and the future of Shopware is looking bright.It’s also worth mentioning that Shopware is aiming to provide regular update cycles every 6-8 weeks after the release of Shopware 6.1 in December. So whatever Shopware 6 looks like at launch, there will be plenty of opportunities for all of us to influence its continued evolution.