Greetings to those who keep an eye on X-Cart 4 Classic development! We’re happy to introduce the new branch of X-Cart, it’s 4.7.x. We took decision to start with Beta, as it contains a number of serious changes. Please expect the stable version in a month or so.
New “Light Responsive” skin and improved Checkout WorkflowWe’ve added a new modern skin into all packages of X-Cart Classic. Your store will look elegant. Of course, it’s responsive, thus – mobile ready. Neither too fancy, nor overloaded – simplicity is in trend! We’ve also removed the “continue” button under the column with personal info of the customer on checkout page – it should make the checkout procedure smoother and more user-friendly, hence improve the conversion rate.
In-context Checkout by PayPalPayPal has announced the launch of a new feature recently, it is aimed at simplifying the checkout flow for your customers. Evolved from the well-known “Express Checkout”, the “In-context Checkout” decreases the number of clicks to 2 (or 3, if the buyer is not logged in to his PayPal account). A user will NOT be taken to a PayPal site to complete the transaction — it all happens right on your website. Moreover, right on the page the customer was viewing, as it opens a minibrowser above that very page. In case of a successful transaction, the order confirmation is shown to the customer, otherwise he is redirected to a regular checkout page to try again. See below how it looks. The video is shot in the store based on X-Cart 5, so the layout is a bit different, but it gives you a very good idea of how quick and easy such a checkout is:
Custom order statusesThe new module is available within packages “GoldPlus” and “Platinum”, and its title is self-explanatory: the module enables the admin to create “custom order statuses”. To add a new one, go to “Settings” – >”Order statuses”.
Major revision of AOMAdvanced Order Management is a very important feature. Customers tend to order the wrong items or change their mind and call with the request to change this or that in the order placed. The functionality is very and very complex and even complicated, so the faults and bugs were inevitable. But the moment of the profound revision finally came.
- Payment method surcharge is now editable too
- The shipping method name can be modified now too.
- Module re-factoring related to profile fields, taxes, discounts and other features was done.
- The second address line (Address Line 2) could not be removed. It was fixed.
- Discounts and taxes calculation was incorrect in particular circumstances – now rewritten too.
- Email validation on the edit customer information page was added
- And more, see detailed changelog here or inside the distribution package.
The release of a new branch is a good reason to upgrade Smarty from v. 2 to v.3, 3.1.21 to be exact. This version is more flexible, convenient and secure. It should also be a bit faster. Finally, you were asking for it, weren’t you? 😉