The minor update from Shopware 5.0 to Shopware 5.1 is as easy as any other update and works the same way. Please note, however, that many changes have been made. Therefore the update should be tested before on a test system. In addition, a backup should be created in order to be able to import it in case of problems.
The system requirements have not changed to Shopware 5.1. However, Shopware 5.1 will be the latest version to support PHP 5.4. PHP 5.5+ will be required for the next minor releases.
However, we strongly recommend using the AutoUpdate Wizard to perform the update, as it also offers a system check. An update to Shopware 5.1 is offered from version 4.3.5/4.3.6 in the Shopware backend.
here are several ways to update to the new Shopware version. In our release article two ways are described, how you can carry out the update manually. This update can be done from Shopware version 4.2.x on.
The installed plugins must be available in a SW5-compatible version. Never update with incompatible SW5 plugins. If incompatible SW5 plugins are installed (no matter if they are deactivated or not), these plugins must be completely uninstalled before the update. Otherwise the backend or the plugin manager will not be available after the update to SW5. In this case a backup has to be restored and the update has to be repeated. Check the plugins for SW5 compatibility in advance for security in our store.
In November 2015 the next major version PHP 7 will be released and Shopware 5.1 brings the necessary compatibility changes. We therefore recommend to update to the final version of PHP 7 as soon as the used software components (Shopware plugins, IonCube loader, 3rd party libraries) are also compatible with PHP 7, as a significant increase in performance compared to PHP 5 can be recorded. We strongly recommend that you validate this on a test system before updating.
In Shopware 5.1, variants are now reloaded on the article detail page without a complete page reload. This leads to a much better usability of your shop, especially on tablets and smartphones. If there should be problems with plugins you use, you can disable this function comfortably via the theme settings. By default, this feature is enabled.
Please check after the update whether variant articles function correctly and can be put into the shopping cart. If you encounter problems here, this indicates that the template has been completely overwritten at this point or has been extended incorrectly. In this case you should deactivate the function as described above in the theme settings.
Shopware 5.1 includes a new media service which allows you to use large amounts of files and images in your shop. For this the pictures are distributed in further subfolders in Shopware. If you are using nginx as your web server, you will need to update your nginx configuration to prevent problems with media. An updated configuration can be found here.
Since the old import/export module is completely removed with Shopware 5.2, it is recommended to use the new import/export module as an advanced feature. Here you can find the link to the store.
Shopware 5.1 prepares an ElasticSearch integration with which Shopware scales also with very large article quantities still very well. For smaller quantities < 50.000 it is not recommended to use ElasticSearch. Support is given only with an Enterprise version.
With Shopware 5.1 a lot of basic settings can be translated. In addition, the snippets for payment and order status can now also be translated. In addition, categories can now be duplicated. The translation window also selects the first possible language to translate directly.
Usability changes Article module