This year, nicer weather and heavy discounting fueled by competition with Amazon Prime Day have impacted UK online retail sales, leading to the best sales year since November 2014. New results from the IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index reveal that in July, online sales saw a growth of 19 per cent year-over-year in July, with clothing, home and garden delivering strong performance. Smartphone sales peaked as well, reaching 46 per cent.
Magento release 2.1 Enterprise Edition, this has unlocked some great new features for the already fantastic platform.
The version launch is aimed at improving user experience and catalogue/content management. For those businesses already running Magento 2 as their ecommerce platform, the new features are warmly welcomed as all vendors are constantly looking to increase online sales and improve online productivity. We are sure these exciting new Magento 2.1 platform features will assist with this:
- Content Staging and Preview. Now you can easily stage, preview, and schedule a wide range of new content, including updates to products, categories, and promotions.
- Conversion Rate Boosts. Enterprise Edition 2.1 features PayPal enhancements that streamline your checkout experience, and boost sales. PayPal In-context Checkout increases conversion rates by enabling shoppers to pay with PayPal without ever leaving your site. Securely storing credit card information through PayPal Saved Credit Cards means fewer security headaches, and more frequent purchases
- Scale For Growth. Enterprise Edition 2.1 comes fully loaded with Elasticsearch, cutting edge site search technology that turns shoppers into buyers. This search engine supports 33 languages out-of-the-box and lets you set ‘stop words’, search synonyms, and attribute weighting to deliver highly relevant search results.
- Improved Management Experience. Advances to the Magento Admin empower you to work more efficiently. An all-new Admin search feature enables you to quickly find customer and order information.
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Last November, Magento released its 2.0 e-commerce platform. When Magento 2.0 was released it announced that a quarter-by-quarter roadmap would follow, beginning in 2016 and providing new features along the way.
The first batch of improvements are due at the end of this quarter and Magento will likely release further details closer to the date.
With an aim to improve the overall quality of extensions available for use on its open source software, Magento has now announced the launch of Magento Marketplace. Marketplace is the new replacement for Magento Connect and will continue to allow merchants to purchase third-party products and services.
Magento hosting just became a whole lot easier for the non tech-savvy users.
Until now, store owners using the Magento e-commerce platform have had to provide their own hosting solution, whether it involved buying their own physical servers or using a web-hosting company.
With members of the ITS Web team passing their Magento exams, you would expect there to be some pressure on other members about to sit theirs. Luckily for ITS, Ryan works well under pressure and scored a huge 91% on his Front End Developer exam.
In February, we announced that one of our web developers, Martin had gained his Magento certification and that more developers in the team, were in the process of gaining theirs.
Today, we are proud to announce that Andrew Mcleod has now passed his Magento exams earning the Certified Developer Plus certification.
Message from Magento
Updated versions of this release are now available. The updates add support for PHP 5.3 and address issues with upload file permissions, merging carts, and SOAP APIs experienced with the original release. They DO NOT address any new security issues.
This month we want to congratulate one of our web developers on expanding his knowledge and skills. Hats off to Martin Peasley, who earned the Magento Certified Developer Plus certification.
Seven years have passed since the Magento 1.0 release. Over this period of time the market leading e-commerce platform has been a strong companion for many online retailers and will continue to be a key player in the coming years.