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This year we have donated $1500 to Wikipedia, Free Software Foundation and Electronic Frontier Foundation. I addition we continue our involvment with KIVA, prividing micro loans to unique entrepreneurs around the globe, now counting 150 loans.
The WikiMedia foundation is responsible for running the top-ten internet property Wikipedia, as well as many other useful sites. Wikipedia is the worlds largest encyclopedia, with editors all over the world spending their free time to make information more available for everyone on the globe. We believe Wikipedia is an extremely important project, and it is also important to keep it free of commercial interests. That is why we have donated to them this year.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit that advocates free software ideals and works for adoption of free software and free media formats, as well as activist campaigns against threats to user freedom. We donated to the Free Software Foundation because we want to give back, as Magento itself is free software, and also big parts of the ecosystem around Magento is free software as well.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF Europe) is a non-profit that spends all its time fighting for our rights on the internet! They were founded in 1990, and have since been defending us on free speech, privacy, innovation and consumer rights. EFF brings lawyers, policy analysts, activists and technologists together to defend our rights. We have donated to this organization because we consider the work they are doing extremely important, and it is essential to keep them up and running.
Micro loans – Just makes sense
The sole purpose of OneStepCheckout is to reduce customer abandonment and increase conversions. Maximizing profits by simply adding technology. We also want to help entrepreneurs or “micro-preneurs” in the developing world, through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Its not simply feeling good. The ecommerce industry is basically all about trading goods. We think it makes sense to lend a hand to others in the commerce industry in the developing world. At the end of the day it’s all about getting a customer to buy a product, either if you have a global online store with thousands of users every day or a simple kiosk in a local marketplace. We all need to start somewhere, and who knows; maybe in some years some of our micro lenders are ready to go online as well!
At One Step Checkout we allocate some of our proceeds to microfinance projects, in cooperation with KIVA, the world’s first peer-to-peer micro-lending website.
Plese have a look at our lender page: www.kiva.org/lender/onestepcheckout2972
We are happy that we can make these contributions to the community, and give back. We want to wish all our customers, partners and everbody else a marry christmas and a prosperous new year!
Thanks and regards, from everybody working with OneStepCheckout!
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!
Besides the refactored code, we want to single out:
- Order preview before confirmation
- Redirect to checkout automatically after adding product to cart
- Separate housenumber from street address
- Improved serial validation
- Much easier to customize and extend
- Most of backend code refactored for improved maintainability
- Support coupon codes that affect payment methods
- Support for built-in “Terms and conditions” feature in Magento
- Improved GeoIP support, now detects “City” as well
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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 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!
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.
Key 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.
We have created a new promo video that we wanted to show you:
OneStepCheckout will be attending the Magento Developers Paradise in Ibiza, Spain, in just a couple of weeks. If you want to meet up with us, just drop us an email and we’ll arrange that. We are extremely eager to meet other Magento developers and companies, and expects it to be a great event.
See you there!
Here is a OneStepCheckout brochure/pamphlet. Click on the picture below and browse through the 4-pager:
The Magento Imagine conference is only five days away, and we are getting excited! It will be great to meet with hundreds of people from all corners of the Magento ecosystem. We will be attending the whole event, and hope to see you there! If you want to meet up during the event, you are welcome to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule it with us.
We have prepared a small brochure / pamphlet to display in the conference, have a look below!
One of our irish clients recently performed a study of checkout conversions before and after installing OneStepCheckout for their online store www.thecorkscrew.ie. They setup Google Analytics goals with funnels to see how many got lost in the checkout process. They monitored this for a week before installing OneStepCheckout and a week after. Here are the results.
Results with the default Magento checkout:
As you can see from the results above, 16% of customers that added a product to their cart completed the purchase and ended up as a sale. Now, when they switched to our Magento checkout module, their conversions dramatically increased.
Results with OneStepCheckout:
As you can see from the above screenshot, their conversions increased from 16% to a whopping 43%. That is an increase of 169%, which will lead to more than double the revenue generated with the default Magento checkout.
The people behind OneStepCheckout are convinced that simplifying the checkout process will lead to dramatic results in conversion. And after being online for over a year with our Magento checkout module, there is nothing that tell us otherwise. We are now approaching 2500 installations of our module in Magento stores all over the world, and the demand has never been bigger.
Also one should consider that each store and demographic is different – we can of course not claim that all Magento stores can increase revenues by 169% by switching to our module. There is a ton of factors involved, like the text-content on the site, usability, shipping costs, product costs and a lot more. But the checkout process is definetely a crucial part where it is easy to lose customers by having it too complicated.
Thanks to www.thecorkscrew.ie for sharing their results with us!
We are proud to finally announce our new documentation Wiki for OneStepCheckout. The new Wiki is the only resource you will need to install, upgrade, customize and troubleshoot your OneStepCheckout installation. Using PDF files for documentation is rigid and not very flexible, and with our new Wiki we can always add new content easily and have it available for everyone immediately, instead of re-creating PDFs and sending them around.
The Wiki can and will be improved further as new issues occur and we find a solution for them. The most important areas of the current wiki are:
From now on the Wiki will be our main place to add information related to using our product. If you have any suggestions to common questions or similar that we haven’t covered already, please contact us and let us know.