2016 has been filled with great moments and exciting projects. Even though it has been a busy end of year at Ubertheme, we want to share the recap of what we have been doing for the past few months and what is brewing behind the scenes.
Check out our top Magento 2 and Magento 1 projects and highlights below:
Top 5 Magento 2 Extension Updates
Ubertheme 2016 Recap: Top 5 Magento 2 Extension Updates
[M2] UB Data Migration Pro 3.0.4
This maintenance release fixes for specific special database migration cases and compatibility testing with the latest Magento 2.1.3. Our team worked hard on a complete overhaul -- version 3 release in October and all releases since. We are really excited about bringing this big release to you in 2016 and happy to see the Pro version has made it easy for many developers to migrate database from Magento 1 to Magento 2 with ease, like here and here.
Finally, here comes our brand new Magento 2 extension -- UB Instance Layered Navigation (beta).
Here’s a fact to keep in mind: Shoppers are impatient. If they don’t quickly find products they’re looking for, you’ll risk losing them for good. Hence, it is of vital importance for your Magento store to enable your visitors to jump directly to whatever they are interested in. And this is why you need this latest addition to our family:
Introducing, the UB Instant Layered Navigation -- your one stop shop layered navigation for your Magento shop.
This extension is created from the ground up for Magento 2. After a careful polishing and added tweets, the UB Instant Layered Navigation offers a vast improvement over the default Magento layered navigation. It provides a richer UX for your store with a number of interactive elements for faster and more dynamic product searching. Because who says multiple-categories filter, attribute filter, visual price slider, visual color switch and other filtering options need be a complicated?
And since there is no limit to how quick instant can get, our layered navigation provides a smoother navigation of your Magento store. Now instant have never been this instant!
Let’s look into the new ways UB Instant Layered Navigation offers the best user experience: Continue reading
Dec 20, 2016 Update: UB Bookshop (1.0.1 Beta) is now available for download here. Fully compatible with Magento 2.1.2.
Are you opening a local bookstore? How to overcome the big impact from the behemoth like Amazon? Probably the best answer is to get your online bookstore up and running where you can server customers both on and offline, with the help of Magento platform.
As many users have been using our Magento 1-based Bookshop theme successfully, we decided to make this theme available for Magento 2 too -- named UB Bookshop. Actually, this is a completely new theme dedicated for Magento 2.
UB Bookshop presents flexible block layout that helps you bring your Magento-based bookstore online with ease. It’s armed with Magento 2 extensions like UB Mega Menu, UB Content Slider, UB Quick View. You can quickly show off a wide range of product categories that you will need to launch a bookstore of your own, like books, ebooks & magazine, music, movies, toys and game etc.
UB Bookshop for Magento 2
ASK UBERTHEME ANYTHING ABOUT MAGENTO CE DATA MIGRATION:
Are you facing a challenge when deciding to migrate from older Magento versions to the latest version of Magento 2? Simply submit a question in the comment section below and we will try to give you the best answers to help you avoid the many pitfalls found in Magento data migration.
The latest and most advanced e-commerce platform for Magento 2.0 has essentially been completely revamped compared to its 1.X release in Nov 2015. Consequently, moving to this new platform will be beneficial for most brands, retailers, and merchants. And as you might have guessed, data migration is a key component of the overall Magento 2.0 migration process.
If you are planning to migrate to Magento 2, it is almost a no-brainer that you should be using a migration tool to ease the migration process.
So, before you start, it’s crucial to learn what are all the important aspects you need to consider for this data migration? And what are the best practices to keep in mind?
You can find some hints via the infographic below — Magento 2 Data Migration Tool Box. Even though it previews the whole data migration process by providing an overview about UB Data Migration Pro tool, you can briefly learn about stages of the migration process; what is migrated and in what order. You can also learn how to delta migrate in the post-migration steps.
Dec 14, 2016 Update: UB Mago stable update. Fully compatible with the latest UB Mega Menu 1.0.4
Oct 27, 2016 Update: UB Mago is now fully compatible with the latest Magento 2.1.2
I am glad to announce that the 3rd responsive Magento 2 Theme at Ubertheme -- UB Mago (beta) is on air today. It is well-suited for any fashion store, with the minimalistic yet clean and bright look and feel.
UB Mago preview
Designed specifically for classy fashion store, UB Mago follows the simplicity design trend, with clean block layouts and the two major color schemes -- Black & White. It surely gives your fashion stores the high-class look it deserves.
By using the neutral background color, UB Mago works well against diverse color palettes from your products’ images. This simple design aspect is one of the most prominent ways to highlight your products and more important, influences how you can get your customers engaged in the products.
Thanks to our new Magento 2 extensions, UB Mago’s packed with the following feature sets: Continue reading
*** Feb 8, 2017 Note: We did work with Radford on the staging Winetasting.com server during the data migration process. At present this domain has been changed to a new one (confidential).
Today we have a good chance to interview Radford Castro -- Lead Developer at Winetasting.com. He’s responsible for the day-to-day duties that are related to the web aspect of the business and working on migrating from an older platform to Magento 2.x.
Back to May 2016, Radford approached our team at Ubertheme for the custom data migration inquiry. And until July, after Winetasting.com got things ready for the data migration project, Radford and our team moved forward with migrating 382,047 customer entities from Magento 1 to Magento 2.
Even though the project narrows down to migrating customer entity only, this case study gives you an idea of why Winetasting.com decided to start with Magento 2 and how they got the data migration ready to take advantage of this new platform.
Thanks to Radford for sitting down with us to share about your Winetasting.com data migration project.
Sept 13, 2016 Update: We had chance to interview Radford Castro — Lead Developer at Winetasting.com about the custom data migration project that I referred to below. Here is the details of the interview.
Our team had a chance to work on a custom migration project two weeks ago that a client needed our help to port only Customer data (382,047 records) to Magento 2.
This is an interesting Magento 2 migration task indeed.
Customer data is always of great importance to any Magento store and it’s a must-have item to be migrated. Let’s take this chance to have a closer look into significant perspectives related to migrating Customer data in Magento.
Insider Information: Migrate Customers Data to Magento 2
You might have a few questions in mind before migration:
- Does it require your customers to change their password after migration?
- What are the changes in the (Magento 1) Customer’s table structure, compared to Magento 2?
- For a Magento store with big customer data, how to flexibly migrate such data portion?
As you can see, when coming to particular Magento’s database migration, beside Customer, it involves in different components -- Websites, stores, store views; Attribute sets, attribute groups, attributes; Categories; Products; Sales data; Product reviews, Rating data; Other data like tax rules etc. If you wish to have a quick overview into these data portions, this infographic will help -- Key changes in Magento 1 vs Magento 2 database structure.
For now, let’s dive in the Customer data in Magento 2. Continue reading
Starting from the early 2015 when our development team was working on the first instance of UB Data Migration tool, we had chance to dive in and explore Magento 2, especially the differences between Magento 1 and Magento 2 database. And we see there are a significant number of changes in the database structure that are worth highlighting.
It took us pretty much of time to update the changes in accordance with Magento 2 development process. However it’s beneficial to our internal product development indeed. And we think this would also be good to anyone new to Magento 2 who wants to become familiar with the key changes in Magento 2. So we end up with the idea to create an infographic that puts those findings together.
The infographic is formatted to give a quick overview of key changes in Magento 2 database structures, compared to Magento 1. Please note the comparison is for quick reference rather than detailing every aspect of the database. Continue reading
We’re excited to launch our new Magento 2 extension today -- UB Quick View.
The Quick View extension is extremely valuable for Magento stores, it brings a convenient experience to the shoppers: for any item they pay attention to, only one click is needed to reach the item info. There will be no more page reloading, shoppers can preview product detail directly from the category page via a pop-up window with Ajax Add-to-Cart button appears in no time.
UB Quick View is powered by Ajax technology and built in extensive options for configuration. The popup window displays brief product details, a lot like the product page with typical key elements:
- Product Image
- The product title
- Product Description
- Price and Ajax-add-to-cart button
- Customer reviews
- Link to navigate to Product page
See the following screenshots to get an idea of what UB Quick View offers: Continue reading
Today, we’re excited to unveil the Crafts -- our first premium theme for Magento 2. Crafts has been one of the most wanted Responsive Magento 1 theme in our portfolio. It comes with the beauty of simplicity, from typography, grid-based layout and structure.
If you keep an eye on our product development, you might notice our first Crafts theme for Magento 2 was initiated since Dec 2014. As can be seen on our Github, this Crafts version based on Magento alpha 1.0.7, yet we hardly find chance to keep ongoing updates to this free version because there have been huge changes in Magento 2 since then and our internal plan as well.
After gearing up initial built-in extensions for Magento 2 (UB Mega menu, UB Content Slider and UB Quick View), it’s possible for us to kick off the development of Crafts theme again. Continue reading