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Key Highlights of Magento Community 1.8

Oct 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM / by Becca McCarthy

magento lengthMagento has recently updated its Community Edition. Magento Community 1.8 boasts major enhancements and updates to functions including tax calculations, security, functional and performance improvements, and a patch for the United States Postal Service (USPS). These updates allow Magento to continue to deliver an exceptional product to their growing customer base. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key highlights of Magento Community 1.8.

Version 1.8 includes improvements to tax calculation accuracy and formulas and eliminates potential rounding errors. The update also offers additional assistance with configuration.  Magento made roughly 350 functional improvements in order to enhance the product quality in significant areas, specifically to the web store, shopping cart, admin order creation, import and export functionality, web API components, and payment methods.

In terms of performance improvements, users will enjoy an enhanced shopping experience, as pages will load faster in the checkout process. Cache adapters for single server systems have been optimized which will minimize the number of cached pages that must be refreshed when product updates are made. In addition, the administrative panel was also improved and will be of use to users with large products/orders.  The USPS patch enables users to continue using USPS and addresses the name changes the Priority and Express shipping options in API underwent in July.  Magento Community users will also enjoy enhanced security in 1.8 that arouse out of a number of enhancements.

The released version of 1.8 contains updates that were made to the alpha version. The requirement to have globally unique category and product URL keys, which allows users greater flexibility in URL structures. Magento Community 1.8 delivers a wonderful product that is certainly worth the upgrade.

Topics: Blog, Magento

Becca McCarthy

Written by Becca McCarthy

Becca has a passion for brands and analytics. She brings expertise from working with Fortune 1000 brands and helping them sell directly to consumers online. An avid online shopper, Becca is thrilled to be a part of Logicbroker and help clients provide a better shopping experience for their consumers. As the Director of Marketing at Logicbroker, Becca focuses on building out the Logicbroker brand, strategic partnerships, and bringing customer success stories to light while keeping a pulse on industry trends and best practices. Becca holds a BA in Communications and English from the University of Connecticut. Outside of work, Becca enjoys cooking, Jeopardy!, and spending time at home with her husband and their two dogs, Zulu and Luna.