Hello folks, and welcome to our first edition of This Month in Solidus!
As you may guess from the name, this is a monthly blog post we'll be publishing with news from the entire Solidus ecosystem. The goal is to keep you in the loop about what's happening and make sure you take advantage of all the latest opportunities Solidus and its community provide you.
Without further ado, here's what happened in the Solidus world in April 2020!
You have probably noticed we have started rolling out a complete revamp of our website. It's important to note this isn't just a cosmetic change: we are completely restructuring our communication and tone of voice to highlight Solidus' benefits and make the framework more accessible to non-technical audiences:
The new website is seeing a tremendous response among the community, and we're really thankful for all the feedback and enthusiasm that you have shown so far! We still have much more to show you, so be on the lookup for new pages! 👀
A big thank you to Davide Di Stefano, Michela Frecchiami and everyone else at Nebulab who's helped with the new design and copy, and to everyone in the Solidus community who's helped us with reviews and adjustments.
Finally, we've been working on a demo site, where you can preview the admin side of Solidus without having to spin up your own server. You're also able to take a guided tour of some of our favorite features of the platform. It's still very much a work in progress, but we invite you to take a look and let us know what you think. Shoutout to Sean Denny from Nebulab for leading this!
We shipped some exciting improvements that had been anticipated in the Q1 roadmap update:
This month, core also saw a huge amount of issue/PR triaging and finalization work. We resumed work on some old issues and PRs that had been forgotten, and made sure that those that are open are still relevant. Thanks a lot to Jared Norman from Super Good Software, Edwin Cruz from MagmaLabs and all the other contributors who helped us with the spring cleaning!
It's been an exciting month in the world of Solidus extensions, with a ton of progress done on our roadmap goals:
solidus_importeris expected this week! You will be able to import users, products and orders, along with all related data such as taxons, variants, images, option types and so on. Our next focus will be the ability to export data as well. Thanks to Mattia Roccoberton and Flavio Auciello from Nebulab!
solidus_contentnow integrates with Contentful, Prismic, static sources such as YAML and JSON and, of course, the old and beloved solidusstaticcontent extension. We are now working on the admin UI to make it easier to create content types and entries without any development work. Thanks to Elia Schito and Andrea Vassallo from Nebulab!
solidus_segmentextension, which uses Solidus' brand new event bus to send order events and other analytics information to Segment. From Segment, it's easy to forward the data to your tools of choice — no development work required. Thanks to Alessio Rocco from Nebulab!
solidus_starter_frontendis almost ready for some action! With semantic structure, a fresh design and more sensible defaults, the new storefront sets the foundation for modern frontend support in Solidus. We are finalizing the checkout flow and still need to polish some rough edges, but we expect to have exciting news soon! Thanks to Dino Hamzić and Paolo Tatone from Nebulab for leading this initiative!
solidus_graphql_apiteam is also working on finalizing the checkout flow. Once that's out of the way, we'll focus our efforts on documenting all types and mutations properly, and making sure that hte documentation is easily accessible, just like for the REST API. Thanks to Christian Rimondi, Rainer Dema, Alessio Rocco and Samuel Martini from Nebulab for the hard work!
solidus_affirm_v2has been refactored and upgraded to use the new Transaction API from Affirm to be able to use lease-to-own (LTO) providers partnered with Affirm. This partnership is in selective beta at Affirm right now, when publicly available this extension will be able to connect with those partners out-of-the-box. Thanks to Peter Berkenbosch, whose work is sponsored by our Open Collective fund!
solidus_kitsis a complete rewrite of the beloved
solidus_product_assemblyand allows you to create product bundles/kits to simplify the shopping experience and increase AOV. We have completed the admin UI and are now in the final stages of testing. Thanks to the team at Deseret Book for open-sourcing this work!
Be on the lookout for initial releases of some of these extensions in May!
This year, we're proud to announce that SolidusConf 2020 will be a completely digital experience. In fact, we're focusing on making this year's conference the most interactive and engaging SolidusConf yet!
Dates and details are coming soon - stay tuned on the Solidus Slack, this blog and our mailing list (in the footer) for more information!