PrestaShop 1.6 Beta Version – One Step Closer

By - February 3, 2014

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The revolution is coming, and the release of this beta version marks one step closer to PrestaShop 1.6. From the beginning of this project, the PrestaShop team has worked hand in hand with merchants and developers to build and improve upon this version.

The evolution of PrestaShop 1.6 shows the entire Ecommerce world how much we can accomplish when we work together thanks to the beauty of Open-Source, the collaborative ease of Github and the widespread global support from our expert developer community.

With the release of the 1.6 Beta version, we want everyone to try it out. From merchants, designers, freelancers and web-agencies, go ahead and test this Beta version, we need your feedback.

Ways to Send Your Feedback

The best way to provide your feedback is to comment on our dedicated Forum for PrestaShop 1.6. Our product team is active on the Forum, ready to answer any questions or concerns. Also, If you find a bug in this version while upgrading or testing, join our bug tracking team at The Forge. You can report and document the problem while working directly with our team to investigate solve the issue.

Please be sure to include as much information as possible, including any screenshots, error reports and instructions to replicate the issue. You can also offer detailed suggestions for how we can improve our code for future releases.

Here’s what you can do to help

  • Use your Development site and test the upgrade [Repeat: Development site, do NOT upgrade your live store]. If you don’t have a test server for your development site, learn how here. When you test the upgrade, let us know what works well and if you encounter any issues.

  • Check the compatibility of your modules and themes. Remember that PrestaShop v1.6 is fully Bootstrapped so in order to take advantage of this technology, your modules and themes should also be Bootstrapped. Community developers should be updating their modules for compatibility with v1.6. If you encounter problems, contact the developers of your modules and themes.

  • Asses the performance of of your store. Is it loading faster or slower? Which functions seem to lag and which ones are moving even faster? Any issue with your hosting service or configuration? We want to know.

  • Provide us feedback on newly redesigned look and feel of PrestaShop. As a online business owner, how is your experience navigating the back office and managing your store? As a customer, how do you feel about the new default template and checkout experience? Are their any UI/UX issues that we can fine tune to make it better?

How else can you contribute?

Alongside the Forum and the Forge, there are even more ways to get in on the action and show your love.

  • Join the PrestaShop User Club – By joining the User Club, you will be contacted occasionally by the Product Team at PrestaShop. They will ask quick questions and provide brief surveys about your PrestaShop preferences. They will use your feedback, ideas and habits to base their decisions about the  future direction of the software.

  • Help improve the translation of PrestaShop in your language by joining the brand new Official PrestaShop Translation Project. We are already translated into 60 languages but they are always open for improvement. If you see a translation error, that’s where to go to fix it.

PrestaShop 1.6 Beta Version: By The Numbers

141:        Authors who contributed code on PrestaShop’s Github

5,709:    Github commits

26,655:   Total File Changes

815:        Commits per month

609,544: Members on the PrestaShop Forum

3,724:     Cups of Coffee

1:            Tomato Juice (things got messy, long story)

Join the movement

Don’t forget to get trained! We are now booking both Merchant Training and Developer Training for v1.6. You’ll be up to speed with all the latest technologies that PrestaShop 1.6 has to offer to grow your business including Bootstrap 3.0, Web 2.0, FontAwesome and Compass/Sass for CSS. Reserve your spot now and be ahead of the pack.

Thank you to everyone who’s helped build and improve the best Ecommerce solution on the market today. With your continued support, there’s no telling how far we can go with the revolutionary PrestaShop v1.6. We are looking forward for your input.

What are you waiting for? Download the 1.6 Beta version and follow this guide to submit your feedback and join the movement. Let us know what you think on Twitter with the hashtag #PS16

Feel free to comment below and happy testing.

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