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Shopware makes its ecommerce software open source

Update On :06 July 2016

Shopware makes its ecommerce software open source

German online retail platform Shopware makes its ecommerce software 100 percent open source by eliminating the encryption software ionCube and releasing version 5.2 of its ecommerce software. Aside from the switch to open source, Shopware also added numerous new features, which it says are the result of more than 70,000 members from its community submitting proposals for improvement.

CEO Stefan Hamann said that for several years, they have encouraged an open dialogue with the community in order to more directly connect with their wishes for an ecommerce platform. Shopware has tried to bridge the gap between the retail store and the online shop. In the press release it talks about creating emotional shopping environments and provide more engaging online experiences.

This software brings a major benefit to retailers who are interested in altering any of Shopware modules to meet their specific shop requirements. With the release of Shopware 4, the German ecommerce software provider introduced Shopping Worlds which allows the user to create virtual showcases that can be extended via plugins. Now, this module has been further optimized for all mobile devices and is no longer associated with a particular category, which should increase the flexibility of the software module.

The German company also integrated its ERP system Pickware in the backend of the Professional and Professional Plus editions and the address management has been significantly expanded in the frontend. It also revised its plugin system and made extensions more deeply integrated in the core. Hamann added that this makes the readability of the plugin more simple and clear, thereby making it even more comfortable for plugin developers to maintain their work. With version 5.2 it’s also possible to create any number of subshops, completely free of charge.

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