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Beta release OXID eShop 4.9 (CE) available for testing

We have just released the beta version of OXID eShop 4.9 and would like to invite all members of the OXID Community to test this release. The final release of version 4.9 will be shipped at the end of September. Please note that not all features available in the final release can yet be found in the beta release.

 

The following features are available in the beta version of OXID eShop 4.9:

  • Email validation for all top level domains.
  • Configurable carrier tracking.
  • Optimization of security features such as enhanced password encryption and Captcha.
  • Enhanced SEO options.
  • Update of the database structure.

 

We hope you enjoy testing this beta version and are very much looking forward to hearing your feedback and would like to say a big THANKS to all those contributing on GitHub. Don’t hesitate to share any comments via our mailing list, our bug tracker or on GitHub. Many thanks in advance.

Please do not use the beta version as production system. Updating from this beta release to future versions will not be feasible.

> Download OXID eShop CE 4.9 beta

OXID eShop: Update Cycles and Maintenance Releases

In a couple of weeks we will release OXID eShop version 4.6.0. Thanks to our proven Open Source development and beta testing process this release will be in time and built to highest quality standards.

However, starting with the release of version 4.6.0 we will introduce some slight changes in the update cycles. This will make the update process easier and clearer for everybody. We will also expand our maintenance activities for previous versions of OXID eShop.

Terminology

There will be three different kinds of releases:

  • Major releases: Upgrades OXID eShop to a new version number, e.g. 4.0 or 5.0
  • Minor releases: Updates the current major release, e.g. 4.6 or 5.1
  • Patch: Indicates the stage of development for current minor release, e.g. 4.6.1 or 4.5.8

Maintenance

As with previous version of OXID eShop you will continue to get a monthly patch that fixes known bugs for the current minor release. Extending our maintenance activities, from now on we will also supply patches for the previous version (X.X-1). But patches for previous versions will be released only when needed and not a regular basis. They will not contain any new or additional features.

As usual, you will have two possibilities to update: You can either download the full release or you can generate a cumulative package. Just pick your current version and you will get one package that will automatically do a complete update to the newest version of OXID eShop for you.

Keep your system up to date

Every release will be compatible with PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3.

For optimal functionality of OXID eShop and its extensions we recommend regular updates and always using the latest versions. We also recommend working with a test and staging system at all times.

Update cycles

The next major release will be 5.0, coming this summer. About a quarter of a year later we will supply you with the first minor release 5.1.

For the upcoming major releases we aim to get them out around the beginning of each year. The first minor release will follow early in the year, so our customers have enough time to update their shops and go into the Christmas trade with a smoothly running OXID eShop.

OXID eShop minor release 4.1.4-21266 out now

The major points of what has been changed in the latest release 4.1.4-21266 of OXID eShop Community Edition:

  • We further improved the SEO concept of the shop by enabling support for language identifiers in URLs. This means that OXID eShop will show identifiers such as /en/, /de/, /ro/ as a part of the URL depending on the custom languages defined within the system’s configuration settings.
  • Due to an issue with the frame loading order in the admin, many admin templates had to be changed.
  • We modified and added some core methods. For example, the oxOrder class was adopted as well as oxSeoEncoder – mostly due to the above named rework of the SEO concept.

Please find more details in the release notes along with the update patch and the full package in our download area. Have fun updating your system!

IPC Mainz

Finally having time after my visit to Mainz where I visited the International PHP Conference. The IPC has grown now to 5 days full of interesting sessions, workshops and discussions. It is getting bigger every year. If you are professionally interested in PHP, do visit this conference!

My session about “Extending an enterprise PHP shop solution” was received well. Want to know more? See Rolands blog post. In short, I liked the reaction of the session’s attendants. They really liked that we went open source 🙂 .

What I appreciate in these kind of conferences is that you get to know a lot of people who are professionally working with PHP. Not only the ones doing sessions but also other visitors. The times between sessions (and evenings) are equal important as the sessions themselves. Invaluable contacts can be made here.

My personal interest this time was to hear other people experiences with making and maintaining large scale websites (large as in _way_ over 100 servers). As we have also a SaaS product which is growing quiet fast, it’s my responsibility to prepare for the larger user base we soon will have. It’s not just adding hardware, you know 🙂 .

Hope to see you one day on IPC09 or another conference!

Erik Kort

Head of Technical Development

OXID goes commercial Open Source!

 As I promised a few days before, besides the launch of OXID eShop 4 there will be another little surprise… OXID eShop now is also available Open Source!

Without restrictions, without compromise. We have chosen the dual licensing model. That means, the code base of OXID eShop Community Edition is exactly the same as that of OXID eShop Professional Edition. From today every customer, developer or partner has the freedom of choice to realize their eCommerce projects either with the Community Edition (GPL v3) that is available as free download or the Professional Edition (commercial license) bundled with an attractive support subscription with guarantied response times.

For us here at OXID as you can imagine it’s a big and exciting step, that we intensively planned over the last months. You may ask yourself why we did this step and why we did it now?

First of all we strongly believe that the commercial Open Source approach meantime is the better way to build and to sell enterprise software. We want to give every merchant the chance to use our technology , to earn money and to establish oneself successfully in the eCommerce market.

Of course, we also want and need to earn money. But in our opinion, it makes much more sense to grow our business by broadening our focus in product development and quality by bringing in our community. Instead of investing in aggressive marketing, we will invest in community building to expand our business.

If you really need us, when your business grows you can count on us. Be it professional support offerings, our eCommerce intelligence platform OXID eFire or our proprietary licensed products eShop Professional and Enterprise Edition. And finally we did this step, because due to our improved development process and our completely refactored product in generation 4 we now are able to provide you with updates and patches in that quality and speed that you’d expect.

We want to invite you to build an “architecture of participation” together with us: Realizing eCommerce projects based on OXID eShop, developing modules and themes, translating interfaces or improving documentation together with us. We will give our best to establish a sustainable, trustful partnership with you.

On our website you already find a community forum, lots of documentation and tutorials that makes your life easier. A place where developers and partners can exchange and distribute modules and themes as well as a translation-tool for the interface will follow soon. But that’s just the beginning. We look forward to hear from you and to discuss with you how we can move forward and make a difference in the eCommerce world together.

Roland Fesenmayr
CEO OXID eSales AG