At Magento Imagine today, Magento has announced the latest release of Magento Community Edition, 1.9.
This release, which is scheduled to be available for download shortly, includes major improvements and represents a great leap forward in eCommerce technology. The biggest news is that the default theme in Magento has been replaced with a fully responsive theme, reducing the time and expense required to make a Magento site responsive.
Magento Community 1.9 also includes the PHP 5.4 patch to make sure that your Magento site will run well under PHP 5.4, and our testing shows that this patch also allows Magento to operate under PHP 5.5, which brings some great performance gains to PHP-based websites.
PayPal integration has been overhauled in Magento Community 1.9, with an eye on boosting conversions by streamlining the PayPal Express Checkout process and adding support for Bill Me Later.
Finally, Magento 1.9 contains a large number of security enhancements, including closing potential cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, improving file system security and addressing a potential session fixation vulnerability during checkout.
Magento has also announced that there will be additional updates to the Magento 1 branch this year, including features, quality improvements and security enhancements, meaning that current Magento users and those building a new site for launch this year should continue to use Magento 1.
These updates to Magento Community mean that after upgrading, your site will be more secure, more reliable and should experience higher conversion rates thanks to the improvements to the payment options. Because of this, we recommend all Magento Community users upgrade as soon as possible. Contact your developer, or reach out to us and see how we can help you upgrade to this great new release of Magento Community Edition quickly and easily!