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Posted Jun 6, 2011 by Qetzal, Head of Product

Ecwid v7.1 Has Been Released

Ecwid v7.1 A new minor version of Ecwid (v7.1) has been released. All Ecwid users have been upgraded automatically.

So what new features have been added since v7.0?

Agree to terms before ordering

The long-awaited and important feature has been added to Ecwid. Now you can ask your customers to agree with your store’s terms and conditions before they can proceed to the checkout process.

If this feature is enabled the customer will need to check a box agreeing to the terms and conditions of your store before purchasing anything from you. However it isn’t just a boring checkbox as other e-commerce stores have. Our team always goes the extra mile to make sure each implemented feature will be the best in its class — and this one isn’t an exception. It has two cool little details:

  • Ecwid will automatically warn the customer by highlighting the terms and conditions checkbox area when the customer mouse’s over the “Checkout” button.
  • If a customer presses the “Checkout” button without agreeing with your terms, Ecwid will show an error in a really cool way. No more boring error popups or messages.

Check it yourself in our demo store. Just add something to a shopping bag and try to checkout.

Properly written “Terms and Conditions” protect your online business because if a problem arises, having terms and conditions will help resolve that problem in your favor. So we recommend all merchants to enable it. The “Terms and Conditions” can be enabled on the “System Settings → General → Cart → Terms and Conditions” page and is available for paid accounts. An awesome reason to upgrade your store and support our team.

4 more payment gateways

Ecwid now also supports the following payment options:

  • iDeal(via Mollie): the very popular Dutch payment method;
  • iPay88: the Asian payment service, which supports Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean, Chinese, Philippine payment options;
  • PayJunction: a US service, which offers merchants accounts and payment gateway at lower rates;
  • Suomen Verkkomaksut Oy: the leading e-payment method provider in Finland.

6 new storefront translations

Catalan, Italian, Japanese, Estonian, Norwegian and Vietnamese are built-in to the Ecwid core. So you can now enable them in one click from the Ecwid backend. Ecwid has 34 storefront translations now and counting. Impressive! Thank you to all the volunteers who’ve helped us translate Ecwid. With your help Ecwid became a truly international app: only a handful of e-commerce solutions have as many translations as Ecwid.

The list of the backend translations was also extended. Now our control panel is also available in Hungarian and Dutch.

If you’d like to add your language to our list of built-in translations, please refer to the “Translations” article.

FedEx, USPS and Facebook APIs have been updated

Periodically shipping carriers, payment gateways and other services update their API’s (a set of rules, which are used to communicate with them). When this occurs, the  old API’s become outdated and don’t work correctly any longer. If you use an average shopping cart, then you need to update its API modules manually yourself or pay somebody to do this task otherwise your store will just stop working properly with these services. Imagine: a store just stops getting real-time shipping rates, so your customers would not be able to checkout. It’d be a nightmare!

Ecwid is different. If you use Ecwid, then you don’t need to think about all these “under the hood” things or update anything. Our team does all the necessary work for you: we track the API changes and update Ecwid accordingly, so you don’t ever need to worry about these things. Win over your competitors: while they apply patches and mess with a code, focus on a  really important thing: Your sales! We will handle the rest : -)

Ecwid uses Amazon Route 53 now

Geek news: we’ve moved Ecwid’s DNS to the Amazon Route 53 service, which uses a global network of DNS servers. Queries for Ecwid domains are automatically routed to the nearest DNS server and thus answered with the best possible performance. Just another way to make sure Ecwid will always be the fastest shopping cart on market.

Feel free to use and enjoy these new awesome features. Our team has already working on the next major version (8.0), which will add more cool and necessary things, such as category descriptions and Facebook “Like” buttons. Stay tuned!

P.S. Bonus: the photo of our team just a few hours before v7.1 release.

About the author
Qetzal is Head of Product at Ecwid. He loves to create new things to make people's lives easier.