Hi and welcome to another Teapot Creative Prestashop Video. You may already know that a new major release of Prestashop is imminent. Prestashop 1.6 is to be launched early 2014 and to mark that we have a sneak preview of the Prestashop 1.6 Alpha version.
The video shows a quick overview of Prestashop’s new admin panel and a brief look at the new default front office template. Obviously due to the fact that this is a Prestashop Beta version some aspect may change in the official launch and others maybe removed.
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I hope that this gives you a much awaited peak at the new features of Prestashop 1.6… Enjoy.
Hi, welcome to our preview of PrestaShop 1.6, which we’ve had installed for a couple of days now and we’ve heard on the grape vine should be released within the first quarter of 2014.
Okay, so, first of all, you see the log in screen is slightly different, but the function is still the same. Add your user name and your password and log in. Straight away, you’ll see that the back office is completely changed–a new graphical look, a new layout and some fantastic statistics, which you can view at the click of a button.
[SEE VIDEO] So straight away, the main graph here, you can see your sales by day, your orders, your cart value, which is really important to see, the average cart value and the conversion rate and your net profit, which is great.
You can view this by year, by month, or by previous month, previous year. But as well as that, which is a really great feature, which I think has been added within 1.6 is to be able to compare your figures with the previous day, month, or year.
[SEE VIDEO] So simply by clicking the “Compare” button, the calendar highlights the previous month and then if you apply that, the graph then gives you two graph lines, and your sales this month, and your sales the previous month.
Over line that, you can then see where you’re improving on a month-by-month basis and then you can also see here whether you’re up or down and looking at this we’re 0.17% down on orders against the previous month, but our cart value is actually up 11%. So these are really good statistics to be able to view your performance of the store on a monthly or weekly or even daily basis.
So those statistics and being able to drill down into your shop’s performances is absolutely key, as well as that you’ve got some live statistics here; online visitors, active shopping carts. So basically this is saying within the last 30 minutes, we’ve had four carts created so people have added something to the cart.
They’ve not proceeded to check out and finish the order, but they are there, so this is something which would maybe give you the option to act now and maybe contact these people with an offer if they’ve added their details, if they’ve added their email details or maybe save it for the next day. But it gives you an idea also if something’s not quite working in the store. If this becomes a really high figure during the day, something’s happening, something’s going wrong. It’s may be worth looking at the checkout process.
“Online visitors,” fairly self-explanatory. It tells you within the last 30 minutes, we’ve had 42 visits, and another good indication of highest of what’s performing and how are people finding you. And then an overview with your orders, exchanges, refunds, abandoned carts, and your products out of stock.
[SEE VIDEO] You can change all these details here, the parameters, so you can say, “Okay, the last 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or 45 minutes visitors online and the same with the abandoned carts,” so that’s been the last 24 hours at the moment. Also, the same is reflected in the front panel.
Another option which I’ve seen is new is the option to link with your Google Analytics account. I’ve not looked too closely at this now, but as far as I can see, actually it links in with Google Analytics details, so giving you your visitor traffic and your traffic sources.
I’ll have a look at this in a little bit more detail and maybe do another video on how to use this feature and how to install your Google Analytics with your PrestaShop to get some sort of visual idea of what’s happening on the store regarding visits.
So really the Dashboard I think is one of the major changes, but definitely for the best I’ll give you some really good statistics and graphs on your store’s performance.
Now the rest of the store isn’t too big a change. [SEE VIDEO] You’ve got your same alert mechanism here for orders and emails and customers and your login/logout options are still here. And you can change your store preferences as well.
Our “Quick Access” is still here so instant access to those options and you can still add new quick access links for PrestaShop within that panel. Search is still there as well and on the left-hand side, everything is fairly similar except you can close or collapse this menu to give you more view of your dashboard or the particular screen you’re looking at, at the time.
[SEE VIDEO] I’m going to open it up just so we can see what we’re looking at and the order’s not changed and similarly within the sub-sections of each menu, these are being kept the same. So the learning curve for this isn’t great, but as you can see within the product section layout, it’s fairly similar.
You are offered more statistics again “Items in Stock”, “Average Gross Margin”. All of these quick look statistics are great for prompting you to take action on any under-performing parts of the store or under-performing products or just to tell you that basically something needs to be done or you have done something and maybe you need to change it again.
The edit buttons have changed in your drop-down menu rather than the edit icons. And entering the product, the edit order is the same and so this takes you through the adding a product process smoothly and with no changes there.
The view is I think less fussy [SEE VIDEO] if we go through a couple of the sections, not too much of a change. Combinations, again, different edit buttons, slightly clearer I think, a little bit more pleasing on the eye. Images; it looks like it’s the same as before here.
Your icons have changed in the top right, so for previewing and deleting products and saving products, those are slightly different. You do have an option at the bottom of this page as well to save and stay, which I think is good. You’ve got a great big long list of products. It’s always good to have that—an option at the bottom of the page.
Going to the “Orders” slightly different than previous 1.5—excuse the slow internet, we’ll get there. Or will we? Here we go. [SEE VIDEO] Again, statistics at the top of the page; same list for products; quick option, a quick view statistics on the order placed as well and new products in the cart and obviously a total of the value. We’ve got a map here where your customers have come from. Again, address is here, edit buttons are the same.
Nothing too different here, just a slightly different layout, but the options are all the same. And then here you’ve got your previous and next to cycle through your orders. And we’ve only got John Doe on here at the moment, so those buttons aren’t lit up.
[SEE VIDEO] Invoices are exactly the same. Credit slips, order messages; same again. So really looking through all of the main menus and sub-categories. Nothing too much has changed.
I’ve not found anything drastically different. Although, if you’re not running the latest version of 1.5, the shipping has changed and the way you set up a carrier is actually a lot, lot easier and a little bit more intuitive, whereas before, you’d have to go from page to page.
[SEE VIDEO] The new system actually cycles through adding a new carrier from start to finish, so you’ve got the different steps 1, 2, 3, 4 steps. So you start with naming your carrier and then you cost things, size and weight options, and then the summary. And then it finishes it by giving you a summary of exactly what that carrier does, how much it costs, what zone it delivers to, what it’s called, all on one screen.
So then when you actually assess your carrier and look at the way that carrier works within the store, you can make the changes straight away and just go back through the steps to change the options.
I think it’s a lot easier and maybe we’ll do another video on that just to show you how to add carriers and shipping and zones and also looking at it, unfortunately through the localization and being biased towards the UK. At the moment, there is no UK states pack on here.
So if you’re searching via country and you’re looking for the United Kingdom, and we don’t call them states, counties. There are no county packs in there for the UK at the moment. We can for PrestaShop install those for you. If you could drop us an email, we could install the UK county packs so we can install those for you.
So when your customers are placing an order rather than choosing not putting a county in, that will give the customer an option to choose their correct county when filling in their addresses, but if you need that done, give us a call.
Modules; I’v really not had a look through all the modules to see if there anything different, but if I do come across anything, we will post another video. [SEE VIDEO] Preferences and Advanced Parameters are the same, although there is no the ‘one-click’ upgrade. At the moment it’s not working 1.6.01. We’ve got 1.6.02 to install. Maybe they’ve fixed it in that release.
One of the major differences, which I left at the end regarding the back office, is its now fully responsive. [SEE VIDEO] Just to give you an idea of what we’re talking about when we say ‘responsive’, I’m just going to close the page down and so if you’re looking at the back office on a different device rather than your laptop or a desktop PC, as the device screen changes, so does the back office view.
So if this is what you’ll be looking at the back office, if you’re looking on a mobile say so it all responds to the size of the screen. So if you’re on the train on your iPad or on your iPhone, you can view the office in a more comprehensive way and you’re not having to expand the screen to click buttons and everything is a lot easier to navigate on all devices. [SEE VIDEO] And similarly with the front office, there’s a default responsive theme for PrestaShop now available.
This hasn’t been finished, but again, as you scroll down through each device, the theme does respond to the device you’re using as you can see. It’s not fixed as of yet, but we do have some responsive themes ourselves ready to go if you do need that option in designing your store.
I won’t go into the front office in great detail, but basically that’s where we are with 1.6 at the moment. We will have another look at it at a later date to maybe pull out some other features and benefits with the new 1.6 system, but I hope this has given you an overview of what to expect and if you would like us to look at anything else, please post on the comments, share this on Facebook and Twitter and we look forward to posting our next video on PrestaShop.