Magento Javascript / CSS Merging

Extendware’s Magento Minify JS / CSS 1.2.8 was released today and it includes some very important compatibility features. In previous versions of Magento Minify JS / CSS the order of javascript / CSS was not guaranteed to be the same as before the extension is installed. Now, the order that these files are loaded is guaranteed to be the same as before when selecting the “Never”, “Automatic” and “Always” merging modes. “Automatic (aggressive)”, the previous behavior, can still be used and it will merge more files. The order of loaded files only affects some Magento stores, so try the different merge modes and see which one is best for your store.

In addition, this release solved an issue where the merging of pre-minified files and normal files were causing issues with some browsers. Now pre-minified files are not combined with normal files and this solves the browser issues.

Magento AJAX Cart & Magento Quick View Dialog Centering

Extendware’s Magento Ajax Cart and Magento Quick View have been updated with new features and a bug fix.

Dialog Centering

Both extensions now have the capability to vertically center the popup dialog. The old behavior of the dialog being at the top of the screen may be achieved by setting the “max top” configuration option to 0. May also set this to other values to better position the dialogs from the top according to your needs.

Transition Effects

This configuration option was available in previous versions of Quick View, but it was not being applied properly. Now both extensions fully support enabling / disabling transition effects.

Magento Full Page Cache – Cache Sharing

A new version of the best-in-class Magento Page Cache has been released today. This is our 32nd version of the Full Page Cache and it includes two important new features.

Information Sharing – In previous versions of the page cache the primary and secondary cache were essentially in their own walled garden. The consequence of this meant that unless you had a very busy site the secondary cache was not very useful because it would never be warmed (90%+ of requests are served by the faster primary cache). Now, the primary and secondary cache share information, so as items are added to the primary cache they will also be usable to the secondary cache if applicable. The end result of this is a much higher cache rate for the secondary cache.

Footer Widget – The footer widget is an informational feature for power users that want to see which cache level is being used to serve a request. In previous versions you could use an HTTP header viewer to view this information, but many store owners found this to be complicated. The footer widget is a good alternative to using an HTTP header viewer. It will add a black bar at the very bottom of your site that tells such information as cache level, time to live, and the cache key.