Welcome to the November edition of the Ecommerce Templates Newsletter where we are delighted to announce the BETA release of ECT Version 6.6.
ECT Version 6.6 is fully tested and has been available for over two weeks but should really still be considered a Beta version for now. There are many exciting new features and improvements to the software and we'll outline the major new additions below...
Inbuilt Google reCaptcha
Inbuilt Google reCaptcha integration for key areas of the store including credit card processing, admin login, account creation. gift certificate creation and more.
Social Media Buttons
Automatic integration of Social Media buttons including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. The "Ask A Question" feature can now be integrated as a Social Media button.
Braintree Payment Processor for the PHP version of the cart. We apologize to ASP users however Braintree are not going to release an ASP version of their API.
Quick Buy Feature
A "Quick Buy" feature has been added to the cart so that instead of going to the product detail page to view more in-depth details of a product, these can be presented in a stylish, inline pop-up window.
Separate Domestic and International Shipping Order
You can set the order of Domestic and International shipping methods separately.
Generic Card Processor Errors
Credit card processors now do not give specific error messages such as "Invalid Expiry Date", but rather return a generic error message. This is a security measure as hackers would test cards on stores that specify the failure reason as it means they then know the cause of the card failure, such as if it was the expiry date, CVC code and so on.
Admin Categories Quick Update
The Admin Categories page now has a Quick Update feature allowing you to quickly set Category features such as Page Title, Meta Description, Category URL, Image and so on.
Email Address CSV Import
Email Addresses can now be imported as a CSV file.
Unavailable Product Alternative Suggestions
If a product has been taken off-line the product detail page will correctly give an HTML 404 response so that search engines know to remove the product detail from their indexes. However now a link will also be given to the old product's category so that the customer can search for similar products.
Invoice and Packing Slip Headers in Admin
Invoice and Packing Slip headers, address and footers can now be set in the admin email messages page using the CK Editor if installed.
Currency Codes Admin Settings
Currency codes can now be easily set in the admin countries page. This was always possible using the includes file however some PHP stores never set this meaning no currency code was displayed on the product pages. The system is now much more logical and transparent.
Filtered Product Inventory Dump
There is now an option in the admin products page to dump either the full product inventory as before, regardless of filters or the filtered product inventory.
Stock Notification for Sell Button
For the purposes of "Stock Notification" email messages to notify a customer when a product returns to stock, the "Sell" button setting when not using stock management is now treated as going back into stock for when using stock management.
Product Page Recent View Display
The product page layouts now integrate with the Recent View CSS Widget so that you can view all the recently viewed items in the regular products page layout.
PayPal Direct Shipping and Handling
PayPal Direct payments now split the total into Item, Shipping, Handling and Tax totals.
Social Media Open Graph Tags
Social Media Meta og:image tags are now automatically created in the metainfo script thereby allowing the social media scraper bots to pick up on the image you want them to of your items.
Clickable Tracking URL's
Clickable Tracking URL's on the Order Status and Customer Account pages which also allow for multiple tracking numbers.
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. If you want to be informed automatically of the new features included in the updaters you can subscribe to the Updater forum - that means you'll receive an email each time a new post is added.