We have been working hard and are proud to continue to push new updates and features in WP EasyCart. The platform is growing quickly and people seem to really be taking to the EasyCart shopping cart and eCommerce system with it’s low cost $80 dollar fee and huge list of features.
With version 3.1, we are continuing to make usability and speed our main goal. We have a large list of fixes and features in this release, including some major new features that many will come to like.
Speed Improvements for Everyone!
We found several key areas we could improve speed, particularly with our database indexing and within our PHP session handling. We found that some servers increased their speed by up to 400% with these new fixes and should help many customers, particularly godaddy hosted individuals.
One thing we have found critical to customers speed is to stay current on your WordPress and plugin updates. Also be sure to eliminate any old plugins that you do not use, and try to keep the plugins to a minimum if you can. Adding each new plugin to WordPress can cause large slow-downs in performance and download times for customers.
New Backorder System!
With the new backorder system, you can edit each individual product and enable the option. Customers can continue purchasing products even if the quantity runs out, and it will show an estimated delivery date IF you enter it for each product. This makes it great to continue selling goods and offering defined custom dates so they are aware of up-coming estimated delivery dates.
Once you receive your new stock, simply update the quantity in EasyCart and the ‘Backorder’ system is turned off and the product goes back into ‘Add to Cart’ functionality.
Canadian Tax System Improvements
We have vastly revamped the Canadian tax system in our advanced options setup. Now you can turn on Canadian taxes per province and it will display GST, HST, PST based on your specific needs. The display of these taxes follows through to the receipts and order panels as well, for a more accurate and proper way to handle taxes.
If you ship to the U.S., and also need tax setups, you can simultaneously run TaxCloud’s free api to get current state and county taxes right next to your canadian tax structure. As tax systems continue to evolve and get more complex in structure, it’s nice to know that we are working hard to make it as accurate and seamless as possible in EasyCart!
New Dimensional Option Sets
We have added a couple new option sets to our already extensive list, including the ability to add dimensions to a product and calculate square footage. Two types of dimensional options are available (with or without sub-inch measurements) giving your customers a chance to enter height/width combinations and EasyCart will calculate the square footage and add it to their cart.
This makes it great for selling tile, flooring, cabinetry, posters or other types of square footage material. Just enter a price for your product per foot and let EasyCart do the rest.
Authorize.net & Beanstream Integrations
You can now refund authorize.net transactions directly from inside the EasyCart admin consoles. This includes full or partial refunds and makes order management easier than ever.
We have also integrated with Beanstream, a popular payment gateway, which now increases our payment gateway reach. Beanstream is a popular Canadian and US gateway provider and offers low 2.65% per transaction fees. Learn more at http://www.beanstream.com/
As EasyCart continues to improve, we always look for more input from users. It doesn’t always mean we will get it in our software, but if you have ideas or need something added to EasyCart, just send us a support ticket and let us know. We have some great new things planned for version 4.0, so stay tuned as we continue to develop!