This week was a busy one as we continued pushing updates to the community site. A few of the highlights include:
We've implemented Google Custom Business Search and developed functionality to view results by module (Forum, Knowledge Base, Wiki, Blog, Features). You can take advantage of all of Google's search operators (AND, OR, +, -, "", etc.) to find exactly what you are looking for ... and for the best part, spelling correction is supported.
Bug (Issue) Tracking System
A new issue tracking system is now live. Search, view, and report new issues as you encounter them. The system is integrated in real time with our internal software so our development teams can have immediate access.
International Magento Blogs
We've expanded our international blog lineup and now feature: German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Ukranian blogs. Stay tuned for further announcements next week of additional international blogs.
The Magento forum continues to thrive with over 3,700 message thus far. The participation by the community has been truly inspiring. This week we completed the implementation of the new layout and added the much requested functionality of 'latest posts', and 'unanswered posts'. More updates to the forum will follow in the week ahead.
As always, if you any ideas, we'd love to hear them!
Enjoy the Weekend!
We are proud to announce the addition of Spanish, Russian and Polish blogs to the Magento site. The blogs will feature translations of the posts in the English blog, as well as unique content geared to their respective audiences.
If you are interested in taking part in Magento's global localization effort, please contact us.
Polish Blog - pl.magentocommerce.com (RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Magento-PL)
Russian Blog - ru.magentocommerce.com (RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Magento-RU)
Spanish Blog - es.magentocommerce.com (RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Magento-ES)
Magento was recently covered by Mashable. With more than 5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the world's largest blog focused exclusively on social networks. The article asks the question, "Is Magento the Zimbra of eCommerce?" (Zimbra is a professional open source company recently acquired by Yahoo) - check it out and let us know what you think.
Magento's first international blog is launched today at www.magentocommerce.com/de (subscribe to the RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Magento-DE). The German community has been especially active with close to 400 forum posts in the past two weeks.
We will continue to expand Magento's content to the international community over the next few weeks. We are actively seeking contributors, so if you are interested in taking part, please contact us.
In this minor release 0.6.12510 we have rewritten the installation wizard, and fixed some minor bugs reported by the community. There are still known issues and bugs that we are working on and expect to resolve them in future versions. There are now two types of packages available - full and light. The full package includes the sample product catalog (including images), and the light version is data free.
-- RELEASE NOTES - MAGENTO 0.6.12510 --
Rewritten most of the installation wizard:
- Installation wizard clear config cache
- The packaged database install included '*' for zipcode in tax rates instead of NULL
- Added skip URL validation in the installation wizard
- After installation the configured values for hosts are saved into core_config_data
- Disabled checking for completed installation in controllers of install module
- Fixed required php extensions checking
- Added curl as required extension
- Changed default mysql setup driver from pdo_mysql to mysqli
- Removed outdated sql install and upgrade files
- Fixed ://:/install bug
- License text overflow in Safari
- Disabling Continue button if Agree checkbox is not checked
- Fixed bug with encryption key being accessible after installation
- Fixed bug with replace attribute source model
- Discount amount was not displaying in order review
- Spelling mistake fixed in catalog/search/grid: synonim -> synonym
- Product description was not displaying on the product page.
- After deleting all tier prices while creating a product the system still complained about tier price missing.
- Changed "Buy N for $" to "Buy N for $ each"
- Now checking if any review selected before showing details
- Nested subcategory were not showing in layered navigation
- Added translation tags in templates where they were missing
- Added empty values to configuration dropdowns
- Added attribute_set_id and type_id in configurable product associated grid
- Introduction of getRowUrl method in customer details grids
- Added Event.stop in accordion js after opening a section
- In case it's not possible to switch off magic quotes from php.ini or .htaccess, added a function that does it in runtime.
We've been contacted by many members of the community over the past few weeks asking a simple question - "What can we do to help?". Given Magento's "age" and the status of the project development, this question is not as simple as it may seem. So we got our team together to discuss the question and came up with some ideas:
- Testing and QA: We love getting bug reports!... OK - not really, but it does help. We all want Magento to be a high quality product so let us know if anything looks out of place.
- Translations: We are currently working with community members to test the translation process (German, French and Polish are in the works). We will soon open this up to the rest of the world, so keep an eye out for the announcement if you can help.
- Community Support: The community forum is incredibly active (2700+ messages so far). Take part, help each other out, and develop relationships with fellow Magento community members.
- Documentation / Wiki: Have an idea for a cool article? An interesting how-to, step by step tutorial? Head on over to the Wiki, create an article and share the knowledge.
- Spread the Word! - Let your colleagues, clients, friends, partners and the rest of the world know about Magento - I am sure they'll appreciate it. If you have a site or blog, we've prepared a few chicklets/badges you can use to link to MagentoCommerce.com from your site.
Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments.
We’ve had a great week since releasing the Magento Preview to the world roughly 10 days ago. The response has been overwhelming and the feedback has been great. The numbers speak for themselves, with over 7,000 downloads and 1100+ registered users posting 2500+ messages in this period. The excitement and passion for the product is truly remarkable. We’d like to thank the wonderful community for accepting Magento so warmly.
We’ll post periodic updates on the blog (such as this), so subscribe to the RSS feed to stay in the loop.
- A light installation of Magento will be available through the SVN in the next couple of days.
- The translation process will be finalized this week and instructions on how to get started will be posted.
- Paypal implementation is expected to be finalized (Express Checkout and Paypal Direct).
- The team is currently reviewing the project roadmap and planning future development cycles and releases. Information about future releases will be posted in the coming weeks.
- 9 new screencasts are now online, including: Landing Pages, Product Comparisons, Related Products, Configurable Products, Search, Tags, Tier Pricing, Upsells, and Grouped Products. If you’d like us to produce a screencast on a topic that we have not covered before, please let us know .
- International forums are up and running. The German forum has been especially active with over 200 posts.
- Content on the Wiki has been expanding. We recommend you check out the Designing for Magento article if you wish to learn about Magento’s template structure. We also started compiling a comprehensive list of International eCommerce Regulations. If you are an international eCommerce merchant, please feel free to contribute.
The community site will continue to expand in the next few weeks with a number of large scale projects scheduled. As always, if you have any ideas or would like to suggest a feature, please let us know .
Finally, we’d like to give you a breakdown of the events that took place the night before Magento’s launch, as written by Udi Shamay (a senior project manager here at Varien).
You had to be there. I mean here, at Varien, hours before Magento went from late night conversations and scribbled ideas to our own software application. The task of meeting the deadline wasn’t easy as we promised to strike by the end of August and somewhere in the world the clock was moving fast towards September 1st . So here’s a recap of the most important day and night in Varien’s history:
August 30th 7:00: Arrive at work prepared for a very long day
August 30th 10:00: Team meeting and final tasks handed out. Coffee cup #1
August 30th 13:00: QA team finalizes testing and we’re ready to package the product.
August 30th 15:00: Installation Wizard ready for testing. Coffee cup #2 and 3 just for quenching the thirst.
August 30th 17:00: We’re all still here. People making calls to loved ones ’don’t wait up’.
August 30th 20:00: Installer issues. Need to repackage the product.
August 30th 23:00: Still all here. Waiting for the installer to be completed. Coffee cup #4 is consumed.
August 31st 2:00: Announcement by core dev team that this is it. Turns out to be a False Alarm. Coffee cups 5 & 6 are drank simultaneously.
August 31st 4:00: INTERNET DOWN. This is not a drill. Troops prepare to relocate HQ.
August 31st 4:30: The internet Gods take mercy and internet is back up.
August 31st 6:00: Final testing. Community is restless. Number of Speculative Comments on blog are overwhelming. Out of Coffee - switching to Tea.
August 31st 7:00: Finally ready for launch. Files are being uploaded to the server as the team watches.
August 31st 8:00: Flip the Switch. Magento is live. Team stays to witness first reactions from the community.
August 31st 11:00: No big issues reported. 28 hrs later we call it a day.
Moshe hard at work ~ 3:40 AM
The team passes time as another build is pushed ~ 4:45 AM
Udi pouring the champagne (a few days later)
Los Angeles Team celebrates