• Shopware interface for Magento users

    If you’re reading this article you’re likely former Magento user and now finding the world of Shopware. The aim of the article is to tell about the most significant differences in the interface and common paradigm.

    So, let’s start with interface:

    Magento has separate grids for each sales entities. That’s we have the individual menu item and the individual table for Orders, Invoices, Shipment and Credit Memos. While all these items are available in Shopware when you’re directly opening order details.

    All information relating to order is in the one place. And it’s, by the way, also present in Magento.

    Terms and Condition

    Terms and Conditions in Shopware is not an individual menu. You can configure it in Shopping Experience on your own.

    Then designate it for a specific Sales Channel in Settings ->Basic Information

    Taxes Settings

    In Magento tax settings menu you can find in Stores.

    We don’t have an individual menu in Shopware for this, but we can configure tax rates and its names globally, in Settings->Shop->Taxes

    Also using submenu edit you can determine in which region/country one Tax rate or another will be available.

    As you can see, by analogy with Orders, the location is different, but everything is quite convenient.

    Catalog

    The menu where you can find all regarding products in Shopware calls (surprise surprise)) also Catalogues. However the principles of construction of these products in Magento and Shopware are different. In Magento attributes that will be available in the product depend on selected Attribute Set and set in it. In contrast to this Shopware hasn’t  such attributes grouping and products dividing into types. Thus, you won’t have to choose Attribute Set and type for a product formation. After clicking on Add Products, you can enter product information immefiately.

    Properties are some similarities of attributes in Shopware. However it is not 100 percent equivalent, because Properties are used as opportunity of the product filtering on the front in the catalog and also variation development. You can create Custom Field in Settings > System > Custom Fields for adding to the product some kind of text attribute.

    As mentioned above, you won’t find in Shopware different types of the products (such as Configurable, Grouped, etc…). However, there’s similar functionality that allows to create the analogue of Configurable of the product. A key difference between Variants is not an independent product and they may exist only as a part of parental product.

    Also you won’t find the analogue of Custom Options. You should install the module of Custom Products. 

    Customers

    The clients menu in Magento and Shopware are very similar. Only difference that’s worth noting is that to see is the client subscribed to Newsletters – you should open additional menu Marketing->Newsletters Recipients.

    Cart & Catalog Price Rules

    Cart & Catalog Price Rules in Magento are devided into two separate types. You can find almost similar functionality in Shopware in the menu Marketing->Promotions. In this menu you can create different discounts by limiting its using to coupons and different conditions constructed in Rule Builder. It must be said just a few words about Rule Builder in Shopware. In our view, it turned out more successful than in Magento and really provides very flexible setting.

    Newsletter

    Shopware decidede not to include an individual module for Newsletters to the functional and shifted this realization for plugin manufacturers. In Plugin Store you can find good plugin that will correspond to your wishes. Surely then, the individual menu for Newsletters is not available.

    CMS Pages / CMS Plugins

    functional and shifted this realization for plugin manufacturers. In Plugin Store you can find good plugin that will correspond to your wishes. Surely then, the individual menu for Newsletters is not available. 

    In this menu you can create Landing Pages that are analogues of CMS Page in Magento. Of course, WYSIWYG redactor will help you in it.

    Conclusion

    As you see, despite the interface of Magento and Shopware are really very different the interface of Shopware is well conceived and instinctively clear. Practically all our clients which moved from Magento to Shopware didn’t even feel any discomfort almost in a week. If you need help in Shopware development our team is always glad to help you.