Craft CMS 2.6 and Craft Commerce 1.1 are here, bringing about eager-loading support, along with several other refinements.
CraftCommerce was only released for the first time back in December 2015, so this marks the first semi-major update for Craft’s eCommerce solution. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
Eager-loading & a New Charting Library
Craft say they’ve added eager-loading support for elements, which has the potential to drastically reduce the number of SQL queries required to render pages with nested element queries.
Eager-loading, according to Google’s adopted definition, is, “the process whereby a query for one type of entity also loads related entities as part of the query.”
Users will now find that the following things are eager-loadable:
- Relations via Entries, Assets, Users, Tags, Categories, and Commerce Products fields
- Matrix blocks
- Commerce product variants
- Image transform indexes
Plus, third party element types can implement their own eager-loading support via the new getEagerLoadingMap() method, and third party field types can also add eager-loading support by implementing the new IEagerLoadingFieldType interface.
Craft CMS has also gained a new charting library. We’re using it to draw a big Revenue chart at the top of Commerce’s Orders page, as well as a new “Revenue” Dashboard widget. Craft Pro sites can also start keeping track of new user signups with the new “New Users” widget.
A Colorful New Look
Craft also went to the trouble of re-designing their home page.
I’ve always maintained the importance of a strong home page and website for a CMS vendor. I begin all of my CMS reviews by checing out the main website,before I even think about moving on to the product.
It helps you get a feel of the vendor, what they see as important, and their level of attention to detail. Plus, it’s a chance to be convinced that the CMS you’re about to use is going to sweep you off your digital feet. And everybody likes that feeling.
Craft’s homepage does a fien job of looking modern, and also gets the job done in terms of telling visitors what Craft CMS is all about. It’s bold, informative and colorful. I like it.
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