Archive for November, 2010

OneStepCheckout version 3

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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OneStepCheckout is a checkout extension for the Magento ecommerce platform that has taken the community with storm. We launched the first version about a year ago, and currently have over 2000 installations of OneStepCheckout in all possible Magento versions, everything from old Magento Community versions to brand fresh Magento Professional and Magento Enterprise 1.9 installs. OneStepCheckout has become the checkout module in the Magento ecosystem.



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Make it simple

OneStepCheckout simplifies the checkout process of your Magento store. Checking out is often the most complicated part of placing an order online, and many users end up abandoning their order. Some customers will be motivated enough to purchase regardless of how difficult it is – but others will be lost due to checkout complexity. OneStepCheckout greatly simplifies this process, leading to an increase in sales.



six-to-oneKey features in OneStepCheckout

OneStepCheckout is all about reducing customer abandonment and increasing conversions. Our module comes packed with a ton of features. You reduce checkout steps from six to one, simplify the process completely, avoid confusing customer with questions about registration. Simply provide a better checkout experience.

Here are the key features in OneStepCheckout

  • Disable unwanted fields like zip, city, state, country, zipcode and more
  • Rearrange the order of the fields to match your country/region
  • Super easy installation process – just upload files and you are done
  • Set a default shipping and payment method
  • Enable checkbox for subscribing newsletter and approving terms
  • Change title and description from backend interface
  • Auto-update prices, totals, taxes and more when customer changes country / shipping / payment
  • Possibility to hide shipping and payment method options
  • Supports many different registration setups – read more
  • Fully compatible with Magento Professional and Magento Enterprise features
  • Auto-detect users country with GeoIP technology
  • Allow customer to enter gift message for the order
  • Allow customer to enter coupon codes directly in the checkout
  • Allow customer to enter a comment for the order
  • “How did you hear about us” feature to allow customer to choose referrer
  • Allow customer to add further products to cart while in checkout – eg: Rush fee, Gift wrap

Since the release a year ago, we have released a new version about each quarter. All our new releases has been greatly received in the market, as we get a lot of feedback from our customers for each release.

Our Magento module is very easy to install, and follows the module development guidelines set out by Magento. The software is delivered as a ZIP file (you can download it from our download area) and it can be uploaded directly to your Magento installation. Also, the source code is not encrypted in any way, so you are free to make changes as you desire.

General product information

OneStepCheckout is developed like any regular Magento extension and follows the Magento module guidelines. It does not override any core classes or templates, which makes it unlikely to come into conflict with other modules. Installation is as easy as uploading the contents of the ZIP file to your Magento installation, and the rest will be done from the administration interface. Also, the module will not overwrite any files, just add new ones.

OneStepCheckout is thoroughly tested on all Magento versions, including Magento Community 1.3 – 1.4, Magento Professional, Magento Enterprise 1.7-1.9. Our module is also tested in all modern browsers. The source code is not encrypted in any way, so it is fully possible to make customizations as you desire.

Whats new in version 3.1

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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Version 3.1 of OneStepCheckout comes packed with a bunch of new features, many of which has been requested by our customers. Here comes a quick list of the new features, some of them are explained in more detail below:

  • Field ordering – choose the order the fields should appear, perfect for customizing to a specific country/region
  • “How did you hear about us” feature that allows your customers to tell you where they found your site
  • Possibility to add extra products that customer can add to cart while in checkout. Perfect for seasonal items like “Rush fee” or “Gift wrap”
  • New setting to hide shipping method if there is only one available
  • A much easier installation process, without need to modify any templates
  • Fully compatible with Magento Enterprise 1.7, 1.8, 1.9 as well as Magento Professional (and of course all community versions)
  • Support for logged in users with multiple addresses – can now choose from a saved address
  • New setting for whether the newsletter checkbox should be checked by default
  • A loading screen after clicking “Place order” to avoid multiple clicks from impatient users
  • New setting for whether prices in the review area should be including or excluding tax
  • Full support for the new Centinel 3D Secure introduced in Magento 1.4
  • Better support for order comments in Magento 1.4.1.1 – as well as no template changes needed to use this feature
  • Improved serial mechanism so you will only need one serial per domain – valid for all subdomains
  • Bugs regarding discount codes and empty order totals have been completely resolved

Field ordering

A lot of customers have requested the possibility to change the order the fields appear in the checkout. We have implemented this and it is available in the 3.1 release. It is now easy to go to the backend administration and specify exactly what order the fields should appear.

This makes it a lot easier to customize OneStepCheckout to fit your country without making template changes.

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How did you hear about us?

Also requested by several customers, we have now implemented a “How did you hear about us?” field. The field can be enabled from the backend administration, and you can add several options

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Extra products in checkout

A feature we have wanted to add for a while, is the possibility to add products that the customer will be introduced to before clicking the “Place order” button. It will enable the customer to add upsell/accessories to the cart without leaving the checkout page. This feature is perfect for features like “Rush fee” and “Gift wrap” for the holidays. See the screenshot below to see how it looks in the checkout:

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Centinel 3D secure

The Centinel 3D secure feature introduced in Magento 1.4, allows payment methods to use an <IFRAME> to allow the customer to verify their creditcard directly in the webshop – without ever leaving the store. This greatly helps for conversion, and we are delighted to announce that version 3 of OneStepCheckout will support this feature 100%. Paypal already uses this type of creditcard verification and it is very likely that many more payment methods will introduce this in the nearest future.

Improved distribution

When version 3 is released, we will also release a new way to distribute our software. From now on our customers will always have access to the latest version from a download area on our website, so the customers can then themselves make sure they are using the latest version and download it. It will also contain an overview over the different serials attached to the customers domains, so there is no need to look through emails to find the serial.

Improved Magento Enterprise/Professional support

Since Magento released Enterprise version 1.7, we have had several requests from our customers that want full support for the new features introduces in this version, mainly features like “Store credit” and “Reward points”. These features are also part of the Magento Professional edition, and we are now happy to announce that OneStepCheckout is 100% compatible with these versions. We have done thorough testing and already have 10+ customers that are using this feature with our product.

We are very excited about launching this next version of OneStepCheckout, and hope you are too! If you have any thoughts about new features that you would like to see in a future version, we are more than happy to hear about it. As said the next version will be released within a couple of weeks and we will inform you by email once its ready.