Archive for November, 2011

New features in version 4

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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We are proud to announce the release of OneStepCheckout version 4! The past couple of months have been spent on crunching out new features, and we have also spent a lot of resources into refactoring the existing code to make it more extendible and maintanable. We think the resulting product is great, and is eager to share it with you!

New features

Besides the refactored code, we want to single out:

Refactoring

With all the new features thas has been implemented the past couple of years, it was needed to do some cleanup in the backend code that handles processing of the order. The end result was that we completely deleted our existing “Checkout” block and replaced it with events/observers to achieve the same goal. This allows us to use more of Magento’s internal methods for saving quote data, which improves compabiilty with third party modules that affects the same part of the system.

This refactoring has ensured us that we are well fit for the future when it comes to compability with third party shipping and payment modules, and it should be much easier for third party module creators to make sure their module is compatible with ours. We have created a new wiki page that explains integrators how to be compatible with our module.

Order preview before confirmation

This is a feature we have received a lot of requests for. In both the dutch and german market, there are trust programs that require ecommerce shops to let the customer get a final review of his details before the order is placed. It works like this; once all details have been filled out, and the customer clicks “Place order”, a popup / overlay will display and show all the entered details – and let the user get one last look before finally clicking “Place order” again and sending the order.

Redirect to checkout automatically after adding to cart

A lot of Magento stores are focused on just one single product – for them it is often unecessary to let the customer even go to the “Cart” page, to check quantities and such. As we have received a lot of requests for it, it is now possible with just one setting change in administration to let the customer be redirected directly to the checkout after adding the product to the cart (customer clicks “Add to cart” from product page, next he sees is OneStepCheckout).

Improved GeoIP support

Using GeoIP to automatically detect and fill out the customers country and city will definitely help you to get more completed transactions. Using GeoIP technology to auto-detect country/city is a very popular feature, and we are happy to announce that it now has become even better. This feature have always been included in our Enterprise edition, but we are now offering this module under Standard and Professional license for €30.

Bugfixes

  • Fixed Javascript validation for “Confirm password” fields
  • Improved Javascript popup displayment (login and terms box)
  • Language files are cleaned up and have all necessary translations

How can I get started?

If you are have an Enterprise license, or a Standard license that was purchased within the last 6 months, you will automatically have access to the latest version by logging in to our account area. Download it from there, and then follow our upgrade guide to upgrade your installation to the latest version.

If you don’t have a OneStepCheckout license, you need to purchase it from our website.

If you are a Standard licensee but your 6 months have expired, you can extend your access by 6 months for 50 EURO, or by 12 months for 75 EURO. You can also upgrade to Enterprise version for 395 EURO, this will give you lifetime access to the latest version, as well as free support and usage on unlimited domains.

OneStepCheckout version 4

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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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 in fall 2009, and currently have over 5000 installations of OneStepCheckout in all possible Magento versions, everything from old Magento Community versions to brand fresh Magento Professional and Magento Enterprise 1.11 installs. OneStepCheckout has become the checkout module in the Magento ecosystem.

In the latest version we have gone through a major refactoring of all the code to improve compability with third party modules like shipping and payment modules, and also a lot more. We are proud to announce the most compatible checkout module for Magento!

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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
  • Show popup window to let customers confirm their details
  • Set default values for fields like zip, city, state, country and zipcode
  • Redirect customers to checkout automatically after adding product to cart
  • Separate housenumber from street address
  • 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

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 editions and versions. 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.