X-Cart 5 Downloadable Released
Hi there!I am very proud to announce the official release of X-Cart 5 downloadable, our new-generation platform. I have a lot to cover in this blog-post: new features of XC5, roadmap, upgrade options for those who decide to migrate; plans of XC 4 development for those who remain fans of old good X-Cart Classic. Find a table of contents below, or start playing with a demo right away.
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- Features set
- X-Cart 5 roadmap
- Special Offer
- Beta awards
- Public Webinar for Developers
- Future of v4 branch
IntroWe created a product which will be very useful for merchants and very flexible for developers. I believe that ability to tailor the eCommerce software to your business logic and business processes is extremely important since every single company is unique. Building an online store either for a startup or for a huge enterprise, sooner or later you will realize this necessity. So I am very confident that X-Cart 5 is definitely the right product for this.
I’ll speak about these killer-features in greater detail below or you may see the complete list of features on a separate page
Mobile on the boardI believe that in the near future every kid or grandma will have a personal smartphone and online sales via mobile devices will grow exponentially. That’s why in addition to a desktop version, all editions of our new-generation platform include a mobile skin out of the box. We tested it on a wide range of smartphones and like the result. See screenshots:
Product attributesX-Cart 5 has a very powerful ‘Product attributes’ feature. Merchant can create global classes with a group of attributes assigned to this class, or a single global attribute like “Brand”, or even a custom attribute which will apply for certain products only. As mentioned above, the attributes can be used by ProductsFilters and ProductComparison modules, but even without these modules they’re oh-so useful if you sell such goods which have options and variations. ‘Products variants’ is another add-on based on the attributes. Simple TextArea, Plain Fields with price modifiers, Yes/No options – all this can be changed on the fly, locally or globally, for one product, for a group of products or for all the products of the store.
Checkout and workflow with guest customersBig thank you to all those who shared their feedback about checkout workflow and about guest customers in X-Cart 4 and 5. You spoke and we listened.=)
- X-Cart 5 works with guest customers the same way as it does with registered customers: they both have address books and related orders. A ‘Guest customer’ profile can be merged with an existing registered user, or an admin can create a new ‘Registered user’ based on this guest customer’s profile. We also reworked the checkout process in accordance with your suggestions to make it truly a One Page Checkout, without the ‘continue’ button on each step. The only button now is ‘Place order’.
Easy scalingEven though the out-of-the-box solution is already powerful enough to sell online successfully and securely, the system is built to grow broad and deep. X-Cart 5 has a modular architecture based on OOP and MVC. All the mods are added in the form of modules ( not ‘customizations’ like in XC4), with the core of the software remaining the same. It makes the new system very flexible.
First of all, one-click modules installation like in AppStore or GooglePlay has become a reality. Second, since I’m drawing a parallel with iOS, I should mention that even after the mods are installed, the upgrade will remain as easy, as on your iPhone. Just follow the wizard, and you always have up-to-date software with all the latest features.
Marketplace with X-Cart and third party add-ons95% of X-Cart stores contain at least one third party module or template.They’re so popular, because there are hundreds of various X-Cart 4 extensions created by dozens of third party developers and companies. We created the marketplace and encourage the developers to list their products, so that customers can find these third party solutions more easily. Yet, many modules can still be found on the original author’s website only, and all of them could only be purchased directly from the site of the author. Last but not least, each module or template requires installation – manually or with a wizard.
X-Cart 5 allows a different approach: There’s a single built-in AppStore-like marketplace which shows all the approved extensions from both the X-Cart team and third party developers. It’s a win-win: the merchant can browse the marketplace within the admin area of his store, find and instantly install the module he wants in a couple of clicks; the partners will enjoy more sales and downloads.
We also welcome third party designers interested in creating design schemes for X-Cart 5. Let me please introduce the first third party skin: FreshGreen template made by Perception Systems. This template is absolutely free and can be installed via marketplace.
X-Cart 5 roadmapWe have already done a lot, but even more is planned. You can find all the details of the next releases and planned features in this Roadmap. You are also always welcome to post your ideas on our forum and ideas tracker – we collect and work with your feedback carefully.
PricingThe price includes a lifetime license and one year of free upgrades. After the first year, If you want to keep receiving upgrades, you will need to pay the annual subscription fee of $99.95 (charged once a year in a single transaction). Or, if you don’t need upgrades, you may keep using the store without additional expenses. There are three editions of X-Cart 5:
Special Offer: Get X-Cart 5 Mobile for $1.99*
This package includes basic eCommerce features and a built-in mobile skin To get X-Cart 5 Mobile Edition for only $1.99 instead of $99, all you need to do is:
- 1Share the news about X-Cart 5 release and this Special Offer either on Facebook, Twitter or Google+
- 2Show the sharing: just send your tweet/page/post link to email@example.com . Our Sales reps will get back to you with a coupon
- 3Add X-Cart 5 Mobile to cart and apply the coupon before checkout (see screenshot)
Business for $495This package is for professional retailers. It includes all the existing features developed by the X-Cart team and featured above: layered navigation and predictive search, upselling features and discount coupons, products comparison and more.
Business Premium for $1495This package includes all the features of Business edition PLUS extra services for easy start and selling: one year premium support, software installation and store assistance, SSL certificate and its installation.
Beta awardsFour months ago we started beta testing of X-Cart 5. There were 9 minor releases of beta, and the final product would not be possible without our wonderful community. I personally thank everyone who shared their opinion. Positive or negative, emotional or reserved, full of constructive criticism, your feedback was very helpful for our team and we really hope for future collaboration with you. As you may remember, we have a special $15,000 fund to encourage our 30 top beta-testers. The names of these heroes – they will be awarded with X-Cart 5 Business license – are announced on X-Cart forum. Congrats! If you’re listed, our managers will contact you shortly to gift the license. Thanks again for your hard work!
Public Webinar for DevelopersIf you are considering developing for X-Cart 5, we’re inviting you to this webinar. Our developers will acquaint you with the architecture of the new platform, show how to write a module and answer your specific questions.
Speaker: Tony Sologubov, X-Cart Community Manager The webinar is shceduled for March, 18th, 11-00 am EST. Details here.
Future of v4 branchWe will continue supporting X-Cart 4 and releasing new versions of it. There are a lot of fans of this platform, both merchants and developers use it for their businesses, and that’s why we are NOT going to discontinue it. The next release of X-Cart 4, version 4.6.2 is scheduled for February.
Upgrade Path from v4 to v5X-Cart 5 is a brand-new platform with an absolutely different structure of code and database. That’s why the data can be moved by means of scripts, however all the custom work should be rewritten. So if you have a store powered by X-Cart 4, but feel that it’s the right time to switch to X-Cart 5, you need to:
- 1Buy a license exchange (view pricing – get the license exchange for free if you order data migration with us)
- 2Migrate your data yourself, with us or with one of our partners “Cart2Cart” (more details in a separate paragraph below)
- 3Add custom features and design if necessary. (We can help with it too 😉
Attention to X-Cart Pro and X-Cart Platinum license owners: X-Cart 5 doesn’t have multi-vendor functionality yet, so if you use it currently, we recommend that you stay with v4 for now. Once we release the multi-vendor feature, we will notify you.
3 options of data Migration
- 1If you want to transfer the data yourself, use the special script for v4 branch. It exports the data in a CSV file in v5-compatible format. This file can be imported into your X-Cart 5 based store. Follow the instructions on how to download SDK and run the script.
- 2If you’re not tech-savvy or don’t have time or interest to do it yourself, benefit from a joint X-Cart and Cart2Cart program. Upon request, we’re giving out a $100 voucher to everyone who purchases a license exchange. It allows you to order Cart2Cart migration service for the transfer of up to 5000 products, 5000 orders and 2000 customers from v4 to v5. If you have more products, orders or customers to move, you will need to pay the difference.
- 3Don’t want to rely on a third party? We will be glad to perform the data migration for you.