X-Cart Classic v.4.6.2: Subscriptions, New USPS API, Responsive Email notifications
Today is a perfect day, especially for the fans of X-Cart 4 Classic: we’re announcing the release of a new version. The main changes of X-Cart v.4.6.2 are listed below:
- USPS integration updated to support latest Rates API
- “Bestsellers” module rewritten not to rely on “Advanced Statistics”.
- “Product returns” available for customers who placed their orders as “anonymous”, without account creation.
- “X-Payments subscriptions and installments module” included into X-Cart package.
- “Ideal Responsive” set as default skin, the template code significantly improved.
- email notifications got responsive, too.
- “Advanced_statistics” module removed.
- Google Checkout and ViaKlix payment gateway support removed.
USPS integration updated to support latest Rates API
On January, 26th USPS rolled out the API changes. The ‘get real-time shipping rates’ functionality was adjusted in X-Cart 4.6.2 to be fully compatible with the updated RateV4 API. For older versions, we issued a patch which was given out on the forum here.
“Bestsellers” module changes
The “Bestsellers” module was rewritten not to rely on “Advanced Statistics”, the latter being removed from X-cart package at all because of performance issues. The “Bestsellers” module now uses a new table product_sales_stats which is populated with order data when the order is payed, i.e. its status changes to”processed” or “completed”. The “Recommended products” module (“Customers also bought” tab) has also been separated from “Advanced Statistics” and optimized. As for “Advanced statistics” substitution, we recommend a very powerful (and free!) tool – < a href=”http://help.x-cart.com/index.php?title=X-Cart:Google_Analytics” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Google Analytics. David Coggan, one of X-Cart merchants(“Carolyn Nussbaum Music: One Stop Flute Shop” ) switched to Google Analytics already: “GA is amazing and gives me way more without bloating my DB”.
Getting more responsive
Mobile users should surpass desktop users in 2014, many analysts predict. So the “Ideal Responsive” template code has been significantly improved further (especially mobile mode), and we went on to make email notifications responsive too, see iPhone and iPad screenshots to the right. The changes affect all types of notifications to users: customer, admin, provider.
When we excluded all so-called “backgorund” payment integrations ( for the sake of PCI compliance), it became impossible to store credit card details for future use – unless it’s configured on payment gateway side. Now it’s possible again- yet everything remains PCI compliant. All the magic is in ‘tokenization’ feature of < a href=”http://www.x-cart.com/extensions/modules/xpayments.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” >X-Payments, a PA DSS payment application. Together with < a href=”http://www.x-cart.com/extensions/modules/xpayments_subscriptions.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”> “X-Payments subscriptions and installments module” included into version 4.6.2 ( and available as a free module for previous versions) you can “save” credit cards and charge them again.
We have updated the JS libraries. The most notable one is jQuery. Keeping in mind that some customers are still using Internet Explorer v.8 and older, we decided not to use jQuery 2.x so far, and upgraded it to v.1.10.2 instead. The full list of updated JS libs is below:
- jQuery – 1.10.2
- jQueryUI – 1.10.3
- jCarousel – 0.2.9
- jQuery Cookie Plagin – 1.4.0
- jQuery block UI = 2.66.0
- Handlebars – 1.1.0
- Google Checkout was shut down on November, 20 2013. For this reason the corresponding integration was removed from X-Cart package.
- ViaKlix payment gateway has been removed from the list of supported integrations: www.viaklix.com is now redirecting to www.myvirtualmerchant.com, and the latter is already supported in X-Cart.
- Not to postpone the release, we took decision to fix “PayPal access” by means of patches which will appear in the next couple of weeks.
- “Product returns” became available for customers who placed their orders as”anonymous”, without account creation. This is the first little step in rebuilding the functionality of guest users, requested by X-Cart community on the forum. As promised there, the feature will be significantly rebuilt in the next version of X-Cart v.4 Classic.
Demo and Free Download
Download and install a new version of X-Cart v.4. Classic or browse a Demo store and share your thoughts on the forum.