Earlier this month, Magento released a new version of Enterprise (1.14.1), meaning that 1.9.1 wasn’t too far behind and today, it has been released!
So, what’s new in the latest version of Magento?
Starting with 1.9, Magento supported PHP 5.4., CE 1.9.1 now works with PHP 5.5 – and also supports MySQL 5.6. This means that you can upgrade to the latest stable releases to enjoy increased site speed and scalability – reducing memory usage and providing enchanced debugging tools.
The new swatch capabilities allow you to make products more appealing by offering speedier access to attributes such as fabrics or colours in a swatch format rather than drop down. This is something Branded3 has customised within Magento in the past – Illamasqua’s Lipstick range – and it’s great that it’s now included straight out of the box.
Support for Google Universal Analytics
Providing merchants with deeper customer insights and access to ongoing feature updates – Magento now supports Google Universal Analytics straight out of the box.
Responsive Design Improvements
Default email templates are now fully responsive and various other areas are now included in the RWD theme, including: gift registries, downloadable products, multiple wish lists, add-to-cart by SKU, and private sales.
Magento 1.9.1 also includes a multitude of bug fixes and updates – some key highlights:
- Improved indexing.
- Magento connect now defaults to HTTPS rather than FTP.
- Changing an admin password now requires you to put in your existing password.
- Gift cards are no longer issued if the payment method fails.
- Magento correctly calculates the Daylight Savings Time offset.
- The CMS handles HTML5 tags properly.
- Links in the sitemap have the proper search engine optimized (SEO) URLs.
- Extension developers can now create an extension with a dash character in the name. Merchants can install those extensions without issues.
You can check out the full list here: http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/ce19-later-release-notes#ce19-1910-highlights.