Meet X-Cart 4.7.3: Alibaba Integration in beta, MailChimp Advanced in X-Cart Gold, jQuery update, Facebook API update and more
Greetings to the users of X-Cart 4 Classic! We’re happy to roll out a new version: 4.7.3! This is a planned release with a new integration aboard, as well as a number of minor improvements and fixes.
Alibaba Wholesale: beta testing started
We’re excited to be among the pioneers launching the integration with Alibaba.com, a B2B portal aimed at connecting Chinese manufacturers with overseas buyers. The current version of the integration enables you to import the goods from Alibaba and list them in your X-Cart catalog easily. The implementation of the stock updates and drop-shipping is to be implemented very shortly. Below are several screenshots for your reference. You’re welcome to try this module and report the issues found. We do NOT recommend using this module in production mode so far.
Advanced MailChimp Integration replaces the Basic one in X-Cart Gold
- If you are using the advanced integration of MailChimp already (you might have installed this as an addon-module previously), no steps required. Just keep using the module as is.
- If you are using the basic integration of MailChimp, after the upgrade you should open the X-Cart admin-back end, go to tab “Content”, select “Mailchimp Managemement” and manually reimport the lists. That’s the only thing required.The API key should be securely transferred during the upgrade.
- If you have not been using this powerful email marketing tool yet, consider trying. 12,000 emails for free per month, free integration, free signup. We recommend!
Email Account Activation fixes
First of all, bad link text in account activation email has been fixed, thanks to Mike White aka totaltec. Second, there was one more problem with the email account activation module, and solving that problem automatically fixed several other ones. That’s what killing several birds with one stone in action looks like 🙂
- Address book would not save on user registration when the module Email_Activation was used.
- In some cases, the abandoned carts were not saved for the same reason.
- Two-Factor phone was not updated in particular circumstances
Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook API update
All the Facebook plugins used in X-Cart (comment, like, share, send) have been updated to support the latest asynchronous API version (2.3). Twitter and Google Plus API have been updated too.
We’ve also added the ability to use the Facebook comments block with the Advanced Customer Reviews module. New setting “App ID” has been added in Facebook integration.
PayPal In-context Checkout
As you remember from our previous announcements, merchants using X-Cart and Express Checkout by PayPal could benefit from a relatively new but extremely interesting service, when the checkout is getting faster than ever: In-context checkout. Due to the API update this feature stopped working for some merchants. We have updated the integration in accordance with the most recent API.
ACTION REQUIRED:If you’re using PayPal’s In-context checkout, after the upgrade you will need to fill in field ‘Merchant ID’ on the settings page. If you’re using standard “Express Checkout” workflow, no steps are required.
- The “Track an order by the tracking number” feature for DHL has been updated.
- ‘First Data Global Gateway e4 – Hosted Payment Pages’ has been renamed to ‘First Data Payeezy Gateway (ex e4) – Hosted Payment Pages’ in accordance with their request
- jQuery has been updated from v1.11.3 to 2.1.4
- An issue in Australia Post has been fixed: The shipping cost was calculated incorrectly if the store was using dimensions other than lbs/inches. Fortunately, it’s a rare case. Yet, we saw a couple of requests to check it
- In Google Universal Analytics, eCcommerce tracking would not work properly sometimes. Thanks to Paul Harris for a suggested fix!
- After a consultation with X-Cart SEO guru Michael Bazhutin, we have enabled returning a more SEO-friendly 404 (Page not found) http code for disabled/unavailable products instead of the “Unavailable product(error_message.php?product_disabled)” page.
Your feedback is appreciated
Please download the software in your FileAreas or on the download page here to install and share your thoughts with us. We’re looking forward to your comments, praises or criticism!
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X-Cart copywriter, PR and Marketing Manager, I came to eCommerce company in 2009 as a customer support assistant, went on to work as a Project manager in the Custom Development team to discover the needs of e-merchants and deliver the projects that meet their needs. This experience gave me a deep understanding of how things work from both a developer's side and a user's point of view, and it really helps in creating articles with love and care. Apart from eCommerce, I am a loving wife and mother, yogi and aerial hoop performer.