Great new features of Magento 1.7

At Morgan Creare we have long been awaiting the launch of the latest Magento Community Edition release, Magento 1.7.

The Magento team promised useful feature upgrades as well as a round of updates and of course reliability and performance improvements on the previous 1.6 version.

Here are three new features to watch out for:

EU Cookie Restriction

Magento have provided an in-built Cookie notification feature to ensure users keep inline with the recent EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive. When this handy little feature is activated a message appears at the top of the screen informing users that about the companies cookie policy and asks for the user to either accept or decline the cookie.

To access this go into System > Configuration > Web > Session Cookie Management > Cookie Restriction Mode

Change this to yes and the cookie message will appear.


There is now an CAPTCHA option that can be enabled in order to stop automated software from tying to access not only the admin area but the customer login area too.

To enable CAPTCHA for admin access navigate to System > Configuration > Advanced > Admin > CAPTCHA

Change the drop down box for ‘Enable CAPTCHA in Admin’ to yes.

To enable CAPTCHA for the front end navigate to System > Configuration > Customers > Customer Configuration > CAPTCHA

Change the drop down box for ‘Enable CAPTCHA on Frontend’ to yes.

Scheduled Backup

There is now a really simple and effective way of ensuring that your Magento store is backed up. With this new function there is no excuse not to make regular backups.

You can select the frequency of your backups, this can be set to daily, weekly or monthly intervals. You now also have the option to put the store into maintenance mode whilst the backup is taking place, ensuring that your potential customers are aware of why your store is temporarily unavailable.

To access this feature go to System > Configuration > Advanced > System > Scheduled Backup Settings

There are many more features that we are coming across on a daily basis, we will share these with you sometime in the near future.

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2 Responses to “Great new features of Magento 1.7”

  1. Kuldeep Says:
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:18 am


    I have used the Scheduled Backup in magneto 1.7, I have also set the Frequency in Daily bases but, I can’t see the backup file in var/backup folder.

    so, can you please tell me why is it not working? or may I make miss something.

  2. Nish Says:
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Try creating the backup file in the var/backup folder and set the permission to 777, hope this help thanks.

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