Oro 3.0 Beta is available !

Oro just announced a new version numbering, with a transition to version 3.0 for their versions under development. This change includes OroPlatform, OroCRM and OroCommerce which will not have any version 2.

Next Version 3.0 will come in 3 steps :

  • A Beta version that has already been published this days
  • A Release Candidate version which will be released in 2 months
  • A stable LTS version which will be released next summer

Symfony update

Oro takes advantage of this new major version of its 3.0 products branch to update the framework on which the 3 softwares are built on. Symfony framework will be updated to the version 3.4 LTS. This update will insure you long term maintenance from the framework editor, for application security by the end of 2020. A guarantee of stability for your shops and CRM.

This new version of the framework will also help you gain some more performances, for more fluid sites and therefore being uprated by search engines. It also contains functional improvements such as Symfony Flex, which will probably in a few months replace the third party bundles automatic loading method specific to OroPlatform.

OroPlatform, OroCRM and OroCommerce 3.0 LTS

Next summer, Oro will update all its products in version 3.0 with performance, security and long term maintenance improvements. Transition of all products directly in a common version 3.0 numbering will ease upgrades. Therefore, during a version upgrade, the version to be used for all Oro bundles will be the same, there will be no compatibility version mapping to take into account.

Those LTS versions (Long Term Support) are expected respectively for next May and July.

Oro 3.0 Beta and 3.0 RC

Versions 3.0 Beta and 3.0 RC (Release Candidate) are not intended to be maintained over the long term, nor to be corrected.

To know more about Oro products, feel free to contact us.

Oro Commerce 1.6 LTS arrived

Oro announced the release of OroCommerce 1.6 LTS (Long Term Support).

In this version, Oro team updated the application with a lot of new features and improvements. One of the main innovations is the new order form via matrix for configurable products. Oro also extended expedition methods with the implementation of FedEx, one of the most popular delivery service providers of the world. Some other improvements includes price attributes of API and a faster loading of WebStore pages.

Here are all the improvements made to OroCommerce 1.6 :

Order forms with matrix for configurable products

Order form with improved matrix allows buyers to order easily products with several configurable attributes (for exemple, unformes available in various colors and sizes). Thanks to this new order form interface with matrix, all variants are displayed simustaneously in one screen, wich simplified order process. OroCommerce sellers can choose between an order form with matrix or its variant in a pop-up.

Variations of configurable products selected at checkout

To streamline and accelerate the buying process and improve client experience, Oro added a new functionnality to the form with matrix. It’s now possible to add a product without specifying quantities or product variations. This option allows clients to choose instantly products they are interested in and to give desired identifiers at the checkout. Those products are displayed on the payment page as changeable empty matrix.

Visibility of configurable product variants

With the new available settings for configurable product variants, sellers can now hide all single variants for configurable product on the front. It will help them to keep their product catalog cleaner and without clones of single product variants that can be displayed on several pages of the catalog. Using this option, you only manage simple variants without affecting the way “regular” products are displayed on your webstore.

Integration of the FedEx delivery mode

Oro extended existing delivery methods in adding a support for FedEx. Buyers can be informed about delivery estimates for this services at the checkout. Integration allowed all regular delivery services of FedEx. Every client can see several services depending on shipment size, weight and delivery adress.

Import and export of attributes data

Product price data, as basic price, cost, MSRP (suggested retail price) or MAP (minimum advertised price), can now be exported from the page “Price Attribute” in the administration. All exported CSV files have a unique SKU combinaison, price attribute, unit and currencie. Files to import will give those data.

Outline of research system

Oro improved system outline research fonction. New functionnalities are :

  • Research includes now configuration of text fields (as e-mail signatures) for a larger cover.
  • Because of the Fuse.js based blurring research configuration, results can easily be found even if a research combination is misspelled or partially provided.
  • Research interface has been improved to assure a better user experience.

Notifications by email

It’s now possible to configure notification rules and to send notifications by e-mail using e-mail addresses specified in entity fields called e-mails.

For example, you can configure automated emails “Thank you for your interest” and answer to someone asking to be contacted (using the e-mail given in the form).

Other improvements

  • OroCommerce interface is now optimized for iPhone X.
  • `schema.org` meta tags for products and product informations  are now available on all catalog pages, wich allowed search engine to better handle the catalog content.
  • The product editing page in the administration panel loads asynchronously to assure a faster loadind of pages.
  • Home page and product lists are now available in the “blank” theme to improve front customization.
  • Order’s API includes now promotions and discounts.
  • Event organizers are now displayed in the event calendar.
  • To reinforce e-mails security without jeopardizing e-mails functionnalities and performances, e-mail headers and bodies contain only secure tags.
  • To improve performances security, Websocket server subscription now requires a “token” based authorization.
  • Every export of the grid now includes the ID column.
  • We migrated to PHP 7.1 and can not stand PHP 7.0 anymore.

To know more about OroCommerce, feel free to contact us.

Source : https://oroinc.com/orocommerce/blog/new-release-orocommerce-1.6-lts-arrived

Kiboko becomes OroCommerce partner

We are proud to announce Kiboko partnership with OroCommerce. After being amoung the first providers to use, instal and develop solutions based on OroCommerce, we naturally became Silver solution partner OroCommerce.

You can read it on OroCommerce website

OroCommerce, The B2B solution

OroCommerce is a solution that can facilitate B2B e-commerce. Kiboko is involved in the nascent developers community for this solution. We can assist you in setting up a B2B e-commerce platform.

In January 2017, Oro released its first version for OroCommerce open-source solution. Specifically adapted to B2B activities, this tool has all the features dedicated to inter-company trading, in a modern and adapted interface. OroCommerce improves multicanal client experience management, and allows firms to develop their competitive advantages. If your customers are mostly wholesalers and distributors, this solution is likely adapted to your needs.

You can find our partnership page on Oro website, and if you want to have more information about it, don’t hesitate to contact us.