Magento 1.6 New Features

In this blog post we will see what are the new features introduced by magento in the latest stable version 1.6.1

In case your thinking of upgrading magento to version 1.6.1 you can see what all new features you will get.
In this blog post we will see 3 major features introduced

  • Minimum Advertised Price
  • Persistent Shopping Cart
  • Added two-step password reset flow

There are many other bug fixes done by magento, you can view these here.

Minimum Advertised Price

This feature is useful if your product manufacture has established a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price or ‘MSRP’, and you want to sell the product at a price lower than MSRP. What this feature basically does is hide’s the product price display in your catalog and only shows this during product purchase. To setup this feature you need to first configure settings at System -> Configuration -> Sales -> Minimum Advertised Price. Here is a screenshot of the page

Minimum Advertised Price System Configuration

Minimum Advertised Price System Configuration

Here is an explanation of the settings

  • Enable MAP: This is used to turn on/off the MAP feature.
  • Apply MAP (Default Value): If this option is selected as Yes, this means all product price will get hidden. If you select No here, then you need to individually select which product to apply the MAP on.
  • Display Actual Price: Here you can select at which step you want to show the customer the product price. In Cart means customer can see product price when products have been added to cart. Before Order Confirmation means product prices are shown at last step of checkout. On Gesture means product prices are shown in catalog pages but only when user clicks on link which shows price in a popup.
  • Default Popup Text Message: To configure the display text
  • Default “What’s This” Text Message: To configure the display text

Next set of configuration can be done in the product edit page. It is available in the Price tab. Here is a screenshot

Minimum Advertised Price Product Admin

Minimum Advertised Price Product Admin

Here is the explanation of the settings

  • Apply MAP: Here you can select Yes/No or use the default configuration.
  • Display Actual Price: This setting is same as the Global setting to display actual price, except you can make setting for each product here.
  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: This is the value of the MSRP field, here you can mention the price offered by the manufacturer.

Here are some screenshot of how the MAP feature looks in frontend

MAP Product Page

MAP Product Page

MAP Category Page

MAP Category Page

MAP Product Page with Gesture

MAP Product Page with Gesture

MAP Category Page with Gesture

MAP Category Page with Gesture

MAP Product Page Gesture

MAP Product Page Gesture

Persistent Shopping Cart

This feature basically adds a Remember Me option to the login and registration page. You can enable this feature from System -> Configuration -> Persistent Shopping Cart –> General Options. If you turn on the persistent option here you get a screenshot like below

Persistent Shopping Cart

Persistent Shopping Cart

Here is the explanation of the settings

  • Persistence Lifetime (seconds): Here you can set for long to remember a users login
  • Enable “Remember Me”: To show remember me checkout on login and registration pages
  • “Remember Me” Default Value: Weather remember me should be checked or unchecked by default
  • Clear Persistence on Log Out: To clear cookie values when user logs out
  • Persist Shopping Cart: Weather to remember shopping cart items of a user

Here are certain screenshot’s of the module

Checkout Page Remember Me

Checkout Page Remember Me

Login Page Remember Me

Login Page Remember Me

Registration Page Remember Me

Registration Page Remember Me

Added two-step password reset flow

In this feature what magento has implemented is that, when a user click on the forgot password field with his email address, he gets a forgot password link in his email address from where he can get the new password. In older magento implementations, clicking on forgot password would directly change the password of the user, so anybody could change password of any user. But now due to the 2 step process only correct users can change their password.

  • Thank you 😀

  • Prasennaraj G

    thanks so many useful tips…..

  • Thank you for the overview. I wished they would add such useful simple improvements like newsletter check box in checkout or captcha for signup.

  • pradeep

    Hi,

    We are new in magento. we want to know how to set configurable product out of stock if its associate products have gone out of stock.

    Thanks in Advance