Many users who choose Prestаshоp as their shop management system try to use most recent and updated version of Prestashop. Updating within the same version (for example from 1.5.5 to 1.5.6) allows to fix many errors, adds new interesting features and improves speed and stability of the system. But updating versions (e.g. from 1.5.x to 1.6.x) is quite a challenge for any user. For shops with default settings there is a standard module available – One Click Update. But for modified and heavily customized shops it is not a simple task to update their systems.
That is why in order to help shop owners learn about new upcoming features and help users make decision about updating their systems, Prestаshоp Team tries to be transparent about new versions and they usually make new updates available on github.
I downloaded the latest updates from this repository and installed them to our server. Although the theme for bootstrap is not fully ready yet, however, it is already possible to make a general impression about the main changes.
So, you are welcome to examine and evaluate new features:
Prestashop 1.6 Frontend Demo
Prestashop 1.6 Admin Panel Demo (firstname.lastname@example.org / guest123)
It can become a good motivation to move to a new version which has a new theme developed with bootstrap and a set of new modules, such as Quick View included by default.
An interesting fact is that this module does not use any hooks. No hooks at all! So, you may ask how it places its content into a category page? It is very simple: in spite of numerous requests by users to place a hook on a category page which then could be used in the template product-list.tpl, Prestаshоp team moved settings of this module into the class Front Controller. It may look like a good idea, but the thing is that now third-party developers cannot do the same without using overwrites, therefore from the technical point of view it is not a good solution. Although this is a good sign that the system is being supplied with such popular modules.
Another new feature, which is so popular with users, is Add To Cart Popup. Now it is a default feature.
Switching display mode for the directory List\Grid is now available in the standard theme as well. For this functionality is responsible the js-function display(view).