On the evening of the second of May 2017, the Stuttgart OXID eShop Usergroup met for its third meeting. This time, Verdure GmbH invited us to a barbecue over the roofs of Stuttgart's basin. Unfortunately, the weather threw a spanner in the works and we had to resort to the ever-popular pizza service. A colourful mix of OXID eShop developers, SEOs and agency owners came to the meeting. Marco Steinhäuser, Community Manager of OXID eSales, took the long train ride from Leipzig to Stuttgart and guided us through the evening.
In addition to topics such as the current three-stage rollout of OXID eShop version 6, which is currently starting for OXID eShop partner agencies, questions about SEO plugins and the use of GRUNT as TaskRunner in connection with the current OXID eShop template "Flow" were addressed.
It was noticeable that some people actually use GRUNT to optimise recurring tasks before or during the deployment of OXID eShop, but the exact areas of application are chosen very differently. Whether for the minification of scripts or also for the reduction of HTTP requests through the systematic merging of files, up to the complete optimisation of generated shop images, almost every application was represented.
Another important point of the evening was a look into the OpenSource future of OXID eShop. Marco Steinhäuser announced that partner agencies are to be better integrated into the further development process of OXID eShop via a direct insight into current developments of OXID eSales. A planned access for partner agencies to the GIT repository of the OXID eShop Enterprise Edition, allows potential problems or bugs to be identified already during the development process of OXID eShop - a really important step of OXID eSales to become much more transparent.
All in all, the third Usergroup meeting in Stuttgart was an enriching experience and we look forward to many more meetings.