PrestaShop has always been a go-to platform for e-commerce businesses, and its latest version, PrestaShop 8.0, is no exception.
This major update brings many new features and improvements that make it a compelling choice for new and existing online stores. Let’s dive into what makes PrestaShop 8.0 a game-changer in the e-commerce industry.
Enhanced Security Measures
One of the most notable additions in PrestaShop 8.0 is the revamped security page. It introduces two significant features:
- Password Policy Configuration: Administrators can now choose from five levels of password complexity, allowing them to strike the right balance between security and user convenience.
- Session Management: This feature enables administrators to view the history of user sessions and remotely disconnect them if necessary. This is particularly useful for maintaining the integrity of the system and reducing database clutter.
User-Friendly Password Indicators
When users are setting up their passwords, they now receive real-time, color-coded cues indicating the strength of their chosen passwords. This feature is in line with the shop’s password policy and helps users create more secure passwords.
Image Format Improvements
PrestaShop 8.0 now supports the WebP image format, which offers better compression than traditional JPEG and PNG formats. This results in faster page loading times, enhancing the user experience. Additionally, SVG files can now be used for shop logos, providing more flexibility in design.
Product Page Overhaul
The back office product page has been significantly improved, featuring a more organized layout and enhanced bulk edition capabilities. However, it’s worth noting that this new product page is still in the experimental phase and doesn’t yet support all the features of the standard product page.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has also received attention in this update. Merchants can now include additional descriptions for categories and set up “410 – Gone” status codes for discontinued products, improving their visibility and search engine rankings. Moreover, live character counters have been added to some text fields in SEO, traffic, and CMS sections to help merchants adhere to recommended content length limits.
Multistore and DKIM
PrestaShop 8.0 has updated many back-office pages for multistore compatibility. It also introduces DKIM signatures for emails, reducing the likelihood of your shop’s emails being marked as spam.
Developers have not been left out. PrestaShop 8.0 is compatible with PHP 8.1 and has been upgraded to Symfony 4.4 LTS. It also introduces media versioning and allows partial updates on ObjectModel entities. These features make it easier for developers to maintain and extend the platform.
Open Source Neutrality
The project is moving towards company neutrality, meaning the Addons Marketplace is no longer bundled with the project but can be installed separately. This makes PrestaShop 8.0 free from all company products and services.
PrestaShop 8.0 is a major update that brings a host of new features and improvements, making it an excellent choice for e-commerce businesses looking to start or upgrade their online stores. This version has something for everyone, from enhanced security measures to SEO optimizations and developer-friendly updates.
For more details, you can visit the official PrestaShop 8.0 release page.
So, are you ready to take your e-commerce business to the next level with PrestaShop 8.0?
Note: This blog post is based on the official PrestaShop 8.0 release page information.