Calling all savvy business owners out there: are you ready to make your life easier? Your favorite ecommerce platform has released a set of new tools that will make managing your online store feel easier and more straightforward than ever before.
From better order management to seamless omnichannel
Manage Orders with Ease using Custom Statuses
Order management is a big part of any business owner’s
Set up custom payment and fulfillment order statuses to make fulfilling orders easier. You can create up to six custom statuses: three custom payment statuses and three custom fulfillment statuses. That’s in addition to the default order statuses you’re already familiar with.
For example, if you’re shipping orders, you might want to add statuses like Ready to Ship or Shipped Separately. If you offer an
Custom order statuses have other cool perks:
- If you run a multilingual store, you can translate custom order statuses into as many language versions as you need.
- You can filter orders by custom order statuses to fulfill orders faster.
- Assigning custom order statuses is available on your desktop and Ecwid Mobile App.
To keep customers updated about their orders, you can send an Order status changed email automatically when a custom status is assigned to an order. You can also opt out of sending notifications if it makes more sense for your business.
Learn how to create and use custom order statuses in the Help Center.
Spend Less Money on Payment Gateway Fees
Payment gateways charge processing fees, which can get costly for businesses. Luckily, our new setting allows you to offer convenient payment methods to customers without losing too much on processing costs.
Now you can add a payment method fee when setting up an online or offline payment method in your Ecwid store. A fee can be created as a percentage or absolute value.
On checkout, customers will see if their chosen payment method has a fee. This way, they can choose to pay with a different method if they’d like to.
Check out the Help Center for instructions on adding
Important: Please note that some countries and payment providers don’t allow charging customers the processing fee. Before enabling a payment method fee, make sure that it’s legal in your country and that the payment gateway allows it.
Grow Revenue with Flexible Subscriptions
With Ecwid by Lightspeed, you can grow your recurring revenue by offering subscription products and services in your store.
To make subscriptions easier to manage, we are introducing a couple of updates to the subscription tool:
Sell Subscriptions with Lightspeed Payments
You can set up and manage Lightspeed Payments straight from your Ecwid admin, which simplifies payment management. Check your balance, payments, and payouts on the Finance page without bouncing to another website.
Available for US sellers only, for now.
Learn more about the benefits and setup process of Lightspeed Payments in this article:
Set Up Subscriptions as You Need
With the latest update, you have access to even more settings for
- Another billing frequency to choose
- Subscribe & Save prices for product variations.
One-timepurchase price for each product variation of a subscription product.
Check out the Help Center to enable subscriptions for your online store.
Spend Less Time Managing Taxes
A tool that automatically calculates taxes for you is a true
Check out the latest changes to automatic tax calculations in Ecwid:
Automated Taxes Are Enabled for Indian Sellers
Indian business owners, we have great news for you! Your Ecwid store can automatically calculate a precise tax rate specific to the customer and store location. You can also set
See the full list of countries eligible for automatic tax calculations and learn how to set them up in the Help Center.
Updated Tax Calculation for the EU
The tax calculation for online stores in the EU has been updated to provide more accurate sales taxes. When products in an order have different tax rates, the sales tax on shipping is calculated based on item prices rather than the weight of products.
Learn more about EU taxes in the Help Center.
Save Time Managing Your Store on the Go
Ecwid Mobile apps for iPhone and Android allow you to run your online store on the go. With our recent updates, the app simplifies managing your products and orders like never before.
Here are some new things you can do with your Ecwid Mobile App:
- Quickly filter orders on mobile. Filter orders by payment and shipping method, carrier, fulfillment type, pickup or delivery date, and more. Display orders with or without tracking numbers, those with a specific discount coupon applied, or orders with customer comments and staff notes.
- Save order filters for frequently used searches. For example, you can save a filter showing local orders that have to be delivered in a week.
- Manage product catalog translations on the go. With the Android app, you can now add translations for product and category titles, descriptions, attributes, SEO metadata, ribbons, and subtitles. Note: iOS users, your apps got this update some time ago, so check it out if you missed it.
- Set up
out-of-stocksettings per product. When editing a product with the iOS app, you can set up out-of-stocksettings for it in the Stock Control section. For example, enable pre-orders,hide it from storefront view, or show it in the catalog but prohibit purchases.
Make sure to download Ecwid Mobile apps for your iPhone or Android so you can manage your online store wherever you are, whenever you want.
Here are a couple of new things that you can do with
- See all
pre-ordersat once. By filtering pre-orders,you can stay on top of what products you need to stock. Just go to the Orders page and click Pre-orders.
pre-ordersfor products and their variations on the go. The iOS app lets you quickly enable a pre-orderingoption for out-of-stockproducts and variations.
Learn more about
Sell on Hundreds of Sales Channels at Once
Selling on hundreds of marketplaces and sales channels at once sounds like a stretch… Unless you have the Koongo app! List, sell, and advertise your products across over 500 channels and marketplaces, like Amazon, eBay, Wish, Zalando, Miinto, and many more.
Your inventory and orders are synced automatically on a number of marketplaces. That way, you don’t have to worry about updating the catalog manually on each platform. You can promote your products in multiple places at once without spending too much effort. A surefire way to increase sales if you’re a busy business owner!
Learn more about the Koongo app and see their full list of supported sales channels in the Ecwid App Market.
Simplify Order Fulfillment with Order Quantity Limits for Products
Order quantity limits come in handy when you have specific requirements for how much customers can order. Our updates have simplified the process for setting the minimum and/or maximum amount of a product that is available per order.
For example, if you make items to order, you may want to specify that a shopper can buy no more than what is manageable to make at a time. Or, if you’re a wholesaler, you can specify that customers have to buy a minimum amount per order.
Order quantity limits can be applied to products and their variations. Pro tip: to save time, set order quantity limits in bulk!
Learn how to set order quantity limits for products in the Help Center.
Make Your Product Descriptions Easier to Read
Product descriptions are one of the main things customers consider when shopping in your online store. That’s why you want to provide as much information about a product as possible while not overwhelming them with big chunks of text.
Now, you can divide product descriptions into sections that can be expanded or collapsed with a mouse click or a tap. Here’s how to do that.
Build Trust with Customers by Giving Them More Control Over Cookies
Your store visitors can either allow all cookies at once or give their consent to certain types of cookies:
- Essential: Mandatory website cookies; for example, security cookies.
- Analytics: Optional cookies that are used for analytics and internal store statistics.
- Personalization: Optional cookies that improve a visitor’s experience on the website.
Your store visitors can also revoke their consent at any time in your online store’s My Account section or the Cookie Settings section in the footer section of the Instant Site.
Learn more about a cookie notification banner in your online store in the Help Center.
Save Time Exporting Custom Checkout Fields Data
When you need a list of orders with their details, you can use the export tool in your online store to download a CSV file with orders’ data.
Now you can get even more details about your orders. When you export order details as a CSV file, it will also provide you with data that customers entered in custom checkout fields. For example, delivery instructions, special requests, or tax information. This way, you can get additional information about the order in bulk without checking orders one by one.
Learn more about exporting orders in your Ecwid store.
Get a Deeper Insight into Your Marketing Performance
An order details page has lots of important information, including where the order came from; for example, through a Facebook ad or newsletter. The recent update made these insights even more valuable!
Not only can you now know the source that led to the purchase, but you also see all the marketing campaigns a customer interacted with before placing an order. Perfect for understanding which of your marketing campaigns turn people into customers.
Learn more about tracking the source of orders in the Help Center.
Power Your Store with New Apps
The Ecwid App Market has dozens of apps to customize your online store to your business needs. Browse these new apps to improve the shopping experience in your store and simplify your business procedures.
For example, check out these new apps for optimizing your store navigation and catalog layout:
- If your store has a lot of product categories, help customers browse the catalog faster with Subcategory Preview.
- If your products have many options, you might want to optimize them with Advanced Product Options.
- Make it easier for customers to choose the right product by showing multiple photos of an item on the storefront with Product Quickview.
Drive customers’ attention to offers and deals with new marketing apps:
- Grow your email list or drive engagement to your deals with Promolayer popups.
- Encourage customers to buy more products to get free shipping with the Free Shipping Bar app.
- Use Planetree to help shoppers positively impact the environment by funding tree planting with their purchases.
Connect your online store to accounting services:
- Sellers from the Netherlands and Belgium, sync your online store with the Exact Online accounting service to simplify your life.
Or, add some new regional and digital payment options:
- Offer your customers convenient Buy Now, Pay Later options with Partially Payment Plans.
- Let customers check out faster in your store by paying with their Revolut accounts via the Revolut Pay app.
- Let customers pay directly into your bank accounts with EchoPay.
- Accept Bitcoin payments with IBEX PAY.
- Sellers from Armenia, get paid in your online store with ArCa.
Make sure you don’t miss new tools that simplify your
- To keep track of product updates, events, and relevant company news, visit the News section of your notifications dashboard in your control panel (a bluebell on the bottom right of your screen).
- For the entire timeline of updates, big and small, visit the Help Center.
- Peek into the What’s New tab in your control panel to enable tools that require manual activation.
- Subscribe to the Ecwid Blog newsletter to be the first to know about the most exciting tools.
- Bookmark the Ecwid Updates section of the blog.
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