New Features in Magento Community Edition (CE) 1.9 and Magento Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.14

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Magento Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.14.0.0 has the following new features:

Technology Updates

EE 1.14 and CE 1.9 include the following technology updates:

  • PHP 5.4, which provides better performance and more efficient memory usage. For more information, see the PHP changelog
  • The Zend Framework has been upgraded to version 1.12.3
  • Magento EE only. Magento EE 1.14 supports Apache Solr versions up to 3.6.2

Responsive Web Design

The default theme in Magento EE 1.14 and CE 1.9 uses Responsive Web Design principles. Your new products are built on modern technologies and incorporate best practices for mobile sites and experiences. Benefits include:

  • You can get a tablet and smart phone friendly responsive site in about half the time as before, speeding time to market and freeing up resources for other projects.
  • Your responsive site makes you better able to participate in the fast growing mobile commerce space, and gives you the ability to more easily adapted to new opportunities and less expensive to maintain. A responsive site also offers potential search engine optimization (SEO) benefits from using Google's preferred approach to mobile-optimizing sites.

The new responsive theme uses the following modern technologies:

  • Sass/Compass: a CSS pre-compiler that provides organizable, reusable CSS.
  • jQuery: jQuery is used for all custom JavaScript in the responsive theme. jQuery operates in noConflict() mode so it doesn't conflict with Magento's existing JavaScript library.
  • Additional JavaScript libraries discussed in more detail in the CE 1.9 and EE 1.14 Responsive Theme Developer's Guide.

The new responsive theme code is contained in the following directories (relative to your Magento installation directory):

  • app/design/frontend/rwd
  • skin/frontend/rwd

With a cleaner, more modern code base, and supporting documentation, it has never been easier for developers to extend a default Magento theme with their own customizations.

For more information about developing custom themes based on the new responsive theme, see the CE 1.9 and EE 1.14 Responsive Theme Developer's Guide.

Note: Responsive design was not implemented for the following:

  • Multiple address checkout
  • Popular search terms page
  • Popular search terms cloud
  • Site map
  • My Account—Billing Agreements
  • My Account—Recurring Profiles
  • The gift registry
  • Multiple wishlists
  • Place order by SKU
  • E-mail templates
  • Tags
  • Gift registry
  • Polls
  • Captcha

Following is how the responsive theme looks on a tablet device:

Following is the same page when viewed on a smartphone:

Cross-Border Trade

Cross-border trade (also referred to as price consistency) was added to support European Union (EU) merchants who want to maintain consistent prices for customers whose tax rates are different than the store tax rate.

Merchants operating across regions and geographies can show their customers a single price. Pricing is clean and uncluttered regardless of tax structures and rates that vary from country to country.

Note: To use this feature, you should be an EU merchant and you must configure prices to display including tax. (Configure this in the Admin Panel at System > Configuration > SALES > Tax > Calculation Settings, Catalog Prices set to Including Tax.)

To enable cross-border trade:

  1. Log in to the Magento Admin Panel as an administrator.
  2. Click System > Configuration > SALES > Tax.
  3. In the right pane, expand Calculation Settings.
    The new option displays as follows:
  4. From the list, click Yes to use consistent pricing or click No to vary the price by tax rate (the default behavior of earlier Magento CE and EE versions).

Important: Clicking Yes means your profit margin changes by tax rate. In other words, your profit is determined by the formula (Revenue - CustomerVAT - CostOfGoodsSold).

Checkout Improvements

Magento EE 1.14 and CE 1.9 add the following improvements to the checkout process:

  • You can change the quantity of items in your mini shopping cart or remove items without refreshing the page because we use Ajax to make those updates.
  • Bill Me Later is now a payment option in checkout. Customers get six months to pay—you get paid up front. You are not charged when customers choose Bill Me Later, and only pay your normal PayPal transaction fee.
    We estimate having Bill Me Later results in 18% more sales, about one-third of which results from the six months same-as-cash payment option. (Bill Me Later is a PayPal service.)
  • Retry with alternative financial instrument in PayPal upon credit card processor failure.
  • Improve the PayPal Express checkout experience by eliminating the following steps in the checkout process:
    • The order review page can be enabled or disabled. (The order review page displays after the customer logs in to PayPal.)
    • Eliminate the necessity of clicking Update Order before Place Order.
  • You can use a widget in the mini shopping cart.

See one of the following sections for more information:

Using the Order Review Page Improvement

The order review page displays after the customer logs in to PayPal. A Continue button displays to redirect the customer to the Magento store to complete their order.

See the following sections:

What the Order Review Improvement Looks Like

If you disable the order review page, the customer can pay for the order on the PayPal site.

The following figure shows the default behavior with the order review page enabled. Notice the Continue button at the top and bottom of the page.

The following figure shows the same page if the order review page is disabled. Notice that instead of a Continue button, there is a Pay Now button.

Enabling or Disabling the Order Review Page

To enable or disable the order review page:

  1. Log in to the Admin Panel as an administrator.
  2. Click System > Configuration > SALES > Payment Methods.
  3. In the right pane, click Configure for any PayPal payment method that includes Express Checkout.
  4. In the right pane, click Advanced Settings. (You might need to scroll down the page to locate it.)
    A sample follows:
  5. Locate the following setting.
  6. From the list, click Yes to skip the order review step or click No to require order review before checkout.

Using Bill Me Later in Checkout

You can enable customers to pay with Bill Me Later—a PayPal service, which helps improve conversion rates.

See the following sections:

Seeing What Bill Me Later Looks Like

Following are some examples of what the Bill Me Later option looks like.

Enabling Bill Me Later

  1. Log in to the Admin Panel as an administrator.
  2. Click System > Configuration > SALES > Payment Methods.
  3. In the right pane, click Configure for any PayPal payment method that includes Express Checkout.
  4. In the right pane, scroll to locate the Express Checkout section. The option to display Bill Me Later displays similar to the following:
  5. In the right pane, from the Enable this solution? list, click Yes.
  6. From the Enable Bill Me Later list, click Yes to display a Bill Me Later payment option or click No to disallow Bill Me Later.

Using a Widget in the Mini Shopping Cart

You can now add widgets to the mini shopping cart as follows:

  1. Log in to the Magento Admin Panel as an administrator.
  2. Click CMS > Widgets.
  3. Click Add a New Widget Instance.
  4. From the Type list, click CMS Static Block.
  5. From the Design Package/Theme list, click any Responsive Web Design (RWD) theme.
    The following figure shows an example.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. In the Widget Instance Title field, enter a unique name for the widget.
  8. Optionally enter a value in the Sort Order field.
  9. Click Add Layout Update.
  10. From the Display On list, click All Pages.
  11. From the Block Reference list, click Mini-cart promotion block.
    The following figure shows an example.
  12. Make other selections as needed.
  13. Click Save to save your changes.

Note: The Mini-cart promotion block option is available only for RWD themes. If you don't see it in the list, make sure you selected an RWD theme.

Solr Search Engine Changes Magento EE only

Magento EE 1.14 now supports Solr versions up to 3.6.2 natively (that is, without a patch). For more information about using Solr with Magento EE, see How to Use the Solr Search Engine With Magento Enterprise Edition.

Important: If you're upgrading to EE 1.14 from an earlier version, you must perform additional tasks discussed in the section on upgrading Solr in the Upgrading to and Verifying Magento Community Edition 1.8 and Enterprise Edition 1.13 - Part 2. Failure to perform these tasks might mean products don't display on your web store.

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