WP EasyCart released version 2.1 update to its eCommerce plugin for 2014 and now we have some great new features to list along with several enhancements to an already feature rich product line.
Subscription Based System
The new subscription system allows users to build PayPal subscriptions with only a few clicks. Add a new product to EasyCart, and you can simply designate it as a subscription and select the interval you would like subscribers to pay.
Once a customer clicks on the ‘Sign Up Now’ button, they will be taken to PayPal to handle all the particular needs of subscribing and managing that payment. PayPal offers a full suite of management tools for the business owner to manage as well.
The subscription system will also talk back to your EasyCart installation and enter subscriptions into your administrative console. You can see all the details of the subscription, including active status, sign-up dates, last payment dates, # payments completed and other customer information.
Quantity Based Shipping
Version 2.1 includes an additional shipping method that allows you now to build a rate table based on quantity of items in the shopping cart. This will give more customers the flexibility to give rates to their customers and allow for more precise control over the shipping of their goods.
As with our normal policy, all shipping systems are included in our Full License version. You get Price rate shipping, Weight rate shipping, Quantity rate shipping, Static method shipping, and live rates by UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and Australian Post. Lite License users have access to all of these except the live shipping rates.
DHL Shipping Calculators
Version 2.1 now includes DHL as a shipping carrier and can return live shipping rates for customers using this option. As a popular European solution to shipping, we are sure this will be popular with the International EasyCart users!
Global Handling Fees
Version 2.1 allows you to enter a global handling fee, which will be added to whatever shipping rates you use. We have always offered a per-product handling rate as well, but this new option will add flexibility to the system for many users.
Catalog Only EasyCart
Many customers have requested that the EasyCart system hide the ‘Add to Cart’ behavior and allow customers to simply browse their products as a catalog. Now you have the option to do so! Simply change a setting under the ‘Advanced Options’ to enable catalog only mode, and the customers can see all of your products and view their full details, but without the ability to add to a cart.
Internationalization Language & Currency Updates
With Version 2.1, we have integrated a new currency conversion system and language system that allows you to alter the entire shopping system quickly and easily. If you are a user of WPML, we can now change the shop text, descriptions, titles and language elements when a WPML change is made.
So customers can adjust not only your website, but also adjust the entire shopping system and product data using the correct techniques. We even can adjust currency using a simple currency conversion rate that you can control in the ‘Advanced Options’.
You will also notice there are new widgets available for customers to change currency in the store or change shop text translations quickly, but we find that many will want to use WPML to change the entire site globally and quickly.
We will be producing a tutorial video and demonstration website that showcases these capabilities soon!