PrestaShop has launched PrestaShop 1.7, the latest software version. It was developed with the help of user feedback from the last few years. Today, over 250,000 online stores use PrestaShop to sell their products. What do these sellers need to know?
1. My store is running on an older version (1.4, 1.5, or 1.6). Do I have to upgrade to version 1.7 immediately? There is no obligation. Your current store will continue to function as it always has, so don't feel rushed. You have enough on your plate preparing for holiday shopping and Winter and Christmas sales. If you would like to move up to version 1.7, keep in mind that it is a major version of PrestaShop, so updating will require you proceed with caution, and perhaps even ask for assistance. That is because the template system has been rewritten, so your theme will either have to be changed or entirely rewritten. Additionally, your modules will need to be carefully examined and likely adapted, at least in terms of design. In fact, consider updating to version 1.7 to be a big project that could take several days to prepare, even before you start migrating your data.
2. Has version 1.6 been suspended? Of course not! The recent update 126.96.36.199 is proof of that. We will continue to maintain PrestaShop version 1.6 in the long run. To be more specific, it will continue to be supported by our teams for two years after the release of 1.7. In other words, until October 2018. Expect other minor updates to version 1.6 in the coming months. They will fix the bugs reported by the community—and you are more than welcome to help us squash some more with your comments!
3. How can I upgrade my store to 1.7? Developers are updating the one-click upgrade module to work with the transition to version 1.7. Take note that this module will only deal with your store's data. The theme and modules will be those used by default, and your theme from version 1.5/1.6 will be deactivated, as will all of your third-party modules. Be sure to consider that before updating! We strongly recommend you get in touch with our partner agencies and developers to make sure that your move to version 1.7 goes off without a hitch.
4. What if I have questions about 1.7? Where can I get help? - The community forum, for help from other members - Forge, PrestaShop's bug tracker, if you have any bugs to report - PrestaShop Technical Support, for any additional help - Find out more with FAQ on PrestaShop 1.7 in Build.prestashop.com