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Ecommerce Templates Newsletter June 2012

Welcome to the June 2012 Ecommerce Templates newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the Ecommerce Templates Newsletter where we announce the final release of Version 6.2 along with some exciting news of upcoming ECT projects.

Final release – Version 6.2.1

Version 6.2 has been in beta for the last month so we’re really excited to now announce the final release. This has been smoothest and most stable version release in our ten year history. The feedback on the new features has been wonderful and a big thanks to everyone who has contributed.

Here’s an overview of the great new features you can add to your store…

Gift Wrapping
With this feature you can automatically assign gift wrapping to specific products. You also have the option to charge for the service and allow for a message to be entered when selecting  gift wrapping. Great for holiday promotions too – set free gift wrapping on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas etc.

Table-less CSS layout option
An optional table-less CSS layout for the product, detail and category pages allowing for all the advantages of a CSS layout such as faster page load times and more flexible layout possibilities…read more

Mobile friendly features
The cart can now automatically detect Mobile Browsers and present a "skinny checkout" that is more mobile browser friendly. Used in conjunction with the new css product layout, your store can look great on any device…read more

Exemptions from Free Shipping Discounts
You can now set products to be exempt from Free Shipping Discounts. This can be done on a product by product basis or through the Quick Entry feature where you can select groups or categories of products to exempt.

Optional category header for product pages
Add text and / or graphics to the top of your product pages through the admin category page. Great for introducing the product listing and for seo purposes.

Back order functionality
You can now optionally set a product to allow for back ordering where the product can still be ordered even if stock is zero. The customer is informed on checkout that the product will be placed on back order. This is available whether you are using stock management or not.

DHL Shipping Rates
DHL Online Shipping Rates have now been integrated into the cart…read more

Variable sections for status emails for each status type
You can specify parts of the order status email to only be displayed for a particular order status. For instance you may only wish to display your tracking numbers for the "Order Shipped" order status.

Private Order Status field
This allows you to keep a private record with the order that the customer never sees.

Multiple tracking numbers per order
Multiple tracking numbers can now be entered per order each separated by a comma. This allows for orders which are sent in more than one shipment.

Auto detection of shipping carrier on the tracking page
The tracking page will now auto-detect the shipping carrier by the tracking number so you don't have to specify the carrier with the tracking number.

Updaters as always are available from our updaters page - it doesn't matter which version you are currently running, you can always update to the latest and greatest without going through all previous versions first.

Responsive Design

You may have been following this thread on the support forum where we’ve been discussing our latest project – designing a site that looks great regardless of the device it’s being viewed on. Using Responsive Design your store can adapt to changes in screen size, optimizing output for desktops, tablets and smartphones.

We are currently working on two designs, which we hope to release shortly, and we’d love your feedback…

Responsive Gadgets

Responsive Eco

Please join in on the discussion and we welcome any queries about how Responsive Design works.