It’s been a while since we’ve shared any updates concerning PrestaShop 1.6. To make up for it, here is the latest information to help you transition to PrestaShop 1.7.
When does maintenance for the 1.6 version end?
Initially, maintenance for the 1.6 version was planned to expire in October 2018. For various reasons, we have decided to extend this maintenance period until 30 June 2019.
First and foremost, the community is at the heart of our projects: we consider all feedback and suggestions for improvement in order to help PrestaShop grow together. We heard you. Based on your input, we have decided to extend maintenance for the 1.6 version.
This maintenance work will consist mainly of fixing critical bugs or security vulnerabilities. Tweaks to improve service or reports on minor bugs will thus no longer be processed.
With new features reserved for the 1.7 open-source project, the 1.6 stores can add new features through the Addons Marketplace.
We understand that many of you in our community are anxiously waiting for certain features included in 1.6 to be added to 1.7 before making the switch. We are currently focusing our efforts on making such changes in the upcoming 1.7.5 and 1.7.6 versions.
This extension enables our users to focus on their year-end sales activity and to prepare to make their transition under the best possible conditions.
Finally, we are counting on the PrestaShop community to help us develop the open-source project.
Why should you launch your e-commerce project on, or transfer your shop to, PrestaShop 1.7?
The 1.7 version of PrestaShop introduces functional and technical changes with a strong focus on the user experience.
This new user-centric version primarily features a more efficient Front Office and includes new child themes that provide more flexibility in terms of long-term theme customization. It also offers improvements with regard to creating product pages and order tunnels. Furthermore, the Back Office has been optimized for mobile devices.
The version includes major technical advancements that go beyond performance improvements, including directly integrated automated tests, and of course, code migration to the Symfony framework, opening up new opportunities for developers and integration specialists.
With more than 50,000 stores already active on PrestaShop 1.7, we are actively working with the community to offer you even greater performance and even more comprehensive features. Feel free to use our Feedback tool to tell us about your priorities so that we can better tailor the product to meet your needs.
To recap, maintenance for PrestaShop 1.6 will end 30 June 2019. Start preparing today for your store’s transition to PrestaShop 1.7.