The 10 most frequently asked questions about Shopware 6

29.05.2020
by Meike Müller
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The modular store system Shopware has been on the market since 2004 and has been constantly evolving since its release. Thanks to constant optimization, the store software has become one of the most popular on the German market. In May of last year, the Schöppingen-based company released the first version of the new Shopware 6 store system, which has raised a number of questions among Shopware users. Here we look at the ten most common ones and try to answer them. Do you also need help creating your online store with Shopware or do you have general questions about e-commerce? We are happy to support you and your company from the construction to the subsequent support and monitoring of your online store.
What you can expect
  1. What is Shopware 6?
  2. What makes Shopware 6 special?
  3. What's new?
  4. What technologies is Shopware 6 based on?
  5. What is the difference between Shopware 5 and Shopware 6?
  6. What happens to Shopware 5?
  7. As a Shopware 5 customer, do I have to purchase a Shopware 6 license?
  8. Can I update Shopware 5 to Shopware 6?
  9. Where can I view the development status of Shopware 6?
  10. Is it worth switching to Shopware 6?

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1. WHAT IS SHOPWARE 6?

Shopware 6 was designed to give its users more flexibility. The store software gives retailers the freedom to adapt effectively to the rapidly changing world of e-commerce and offer their customers the best possible shopping experience. The main focus of Shopware 6 is on the user. The new version is easy to learn, flexible to adapt and therefore highly user-oriented. This guarantees easy handling for your company.

2. WHAT MAKES SHOPWARE 6 DIFFERENT?

As already mentioned, Shopware 6 focuses on the needs and requirements of the user. Various modules such as administration, frontend and integrations such as ERP, CMS or PIM can be connected via API and thus adapt to the different company concepts. company concept. The online store system is therefore suitable for companies of all sizes and can be adapted flexibly and across all channels depending on changes in the market.

3. WHAT'S NEW?

The most important new features can be divided into five categories. The Shopware 6 version has improved in the area of configuration in particular thanks to a clear backend with intuitive operation. In product management, you can now integrate all sales channels, simplify product management with properties and variants and create dynamic product groups. The Marketing & Design area shines with centralized media management and offers discounts, promotions and experience worlds in the community package. Technologies such as Bootstrap 4, PHP framework Symfony, Vue.js and template engines such as Twig are integrated into Technology & Storefront. The internationalization & payment area has also been revised in Shopware 6 and now offers tax rates per country, different currencies and an integrated Paypal module.

4. WHAT TECHNOLOGIES IS SHOPWARE 6 BASED ON?

Thanks to its flexible architecture, getting started with the software is much easier than before. Shopware has oriented itself to technological standards, so less Shopware-specific expertise is required. Higher scalability and testability are also a plus point for developers. The new version of the store software is optimally geared towards internationalization.

5. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHOPWARE 5 AND SHOPWARE 6?

Shopware 6 is not simply a further development of Shopware 5, but has been redesigned from the ground up. The new technological basis serves as a foundation for rapidly changing e-commerce. We have also prepared a detailed functional comparison between Shopware 5 and Shopware 6 for you - just take a look.

6. WHAT HAPPENS WITH SHOPWARE 5?

Shopware 5 users can breathe a sigh of relief. Since the release of Shopware 6, the company has offered five years of long-term support and security updates. Regular, functional releases for Shopware 5 will also continue to be published. Nevertheless, the company notes that these measures are intended to pave the way for a user-oriented switch to Shopware 6.

7. DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A SHOPWARE 6 LICENSE AS A SHOPWARE 5 CUSTOMER?

Shopware is also trying to accommodate its customers in this area. Owners of a current Shopware 5 domain have the option of linking a Shopware 6 staging domain to their existing domain at no extra charge. "This domain can be operated in parallel and later migrated directly so that the live store can be converted to Shopware 6. An active maintenance contract is also inherited."

8. CAN I UPDATE SHOPWARE 5 TO SHOPWARE 6?

Due to the completely revised, new technological core of Shopware 6, a simple update from Shopware 5 to 6 is not possible. You are welcome to make use of our support for the migration from Shopware 5 to the Shopware 6 version.

9. WHERE CAN I VIEW THE DEVELOPMENT STATUS OF SHOPWARE 6 ?

As before, Shopware pursues a transparent company policy and gives users an insight into the development and status of the software. The Shopware roadmap provides live information on where the software stands, what is currently being worked on and what is planned for the future.

10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST - IS IT WORTH SWITCHING TO SHOPWARE 6?

Shopware 6 version is currently still at the beginning of the road, but there is a high development potential for the future. A complete change is therefore only advisable once the version has been on the market for longer and various optimizations have been made. Since the predecessor Shopware 5 will continue to be developed until July 2021, according to the manufacturer, a smooth transition is certainly possible. As a certified EXWE Shopware agency, we are your strong partner for all open questions relating to online store development and e-commerce - just get in touch with us!

Source: Shopware AG

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Hello, my name is Meike. I take care of the EXWE back office and am responsible for our social media channels. All of our articles are meant to make your life easier and help you make decisions. Nevertheless, it can happen that something remains unclear, so: If you have questions about this article you can easily reach me at +49 231 93149827.

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