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Revamped Screencast: Downloadable Products in OXID eShop

A couple of weeks ago, we published a screencast with a preview on the new feature „Downloadable Products“ in OXID eShop version 4.6. An mentioned, it was taken in an early beta state and some options were added or moved to other locations in OXID eShop final version 4.6.

That’s why we decided to produce a new screencast with the voice over of my mate Stewart Tunnicliff whose help we are grateful for.

Hope you like it 🙂



OXID eShop Version 4.6.0 Released

By the end of last week, we proudly published the final release of OXID eShop version 4.6.0 providing a bunch of new and useful features such as downloadable products, RDFa support as well as improvements under the hood for module handling, and another performance boost.

Downloadable Products
The shop owner, with downloadable products, can offer for example software, photographs, mp3s or document templates. A client purchasing such a type of downloadable product, obtains the associated files. This functionality allows many different business models such as download platforms or App-stores. Even mixed shopping carts containing physical as well as downloadable products are possible.

OXID goes semantic web with RDFa and GoodRelations
With Rich Snippets, based on RDFa and the vocabulary from GoodRelations, data on pages will be allocated in a well-structured format for machines such as search engine robots. We are concerned with the fact that search engines should appreciate it – maybe with a better ranking? 🙂

Improved module handling
There’s now an extended menu called “Extensions”, containing themes and modules. The shop automatically lists all installed modules here. A standardized meta file will provide all relevant details and options of the modules. Please note that you have to explicitly activate older modules that you have already installed. Nevertheless, they shall work properly with the new system.

Increased Performance
The performance of OXID eShop could be increased significantly in high load scenarios by reducing SQL queries, fine tuning of the caching mechanism and other code optimizations.

Although we have released OXID eShop version 4.6.0, we will continue maintaining version 4.5 with patches for bugs marked as important, while in parallel we will release patches for 4.6 as usual. i.e. that there will be a version 4.5.11 and most likely a 4.5.12, while you for sure can also expect patches 4.6.1, 4.6.2 etc…

Please note, that we couldn’t deliver 4.6.0 with French as a third language like promised. Instead, you can download the language files needed for the storefront and the admin interface from the translation tool. Please log in here using „guest“ as user and password.

If you want to dig a bit deeper into technical details, at our release page on OXID forge.

Now Available: OXID eShop Version 4.6.0 Beta 3

A few days ago, we published another OXID eShop beta version in which we were mostly working on feature completions according to our roadmap. Are you astonished about the version number beta3? Well, the first beta release hasn’t been published and beta2 was simply called “beta”. Now there is another public version available for download. Please feel free to check it out, especially the new features “Downloadable Products” and “Rich Snippets with RDFa and GoodRelations” and submit your opinion to the usual channels (forums or dev-general mailing list).

Module and template developers might be more interested in the new extension handling and the built in template documentation via $this->iDebug=8 in config.inc.php. Please also take a look at the download section on OXIDforge where the core developers will submit all important changes and draft explanations during the development process.

Additionally, we implemented a credits page that shall be available in all shops under http://www.youroxideshop.com/Credits. It is requested that this CMS page, that works independent from the language, not be removed in accordance with GPLv3 FAQ and in honor of code contributors. Of course, you are allowed to remove the link to it in the footer section.

Due to reasons of administration we had to remove French as a third language from this beta version. We would like to assert that we are working hard to make sure French will again become part of the final distribution of OXID eShop version 4.6.0.

Alright, now have fun checking the new beta. If you don’t want to install it, you could have a first glance at it in the demo installation.

Once again: please do not use any beta version in a business critical environment on your live system. We will not provide update patches to or from this version nor tell you how to remove the orange welcome banner 🙂

Preview of OXID eShop’s New Downloadable Products Feature

OXID eShop 4.6.0 will come with a set of great new features, such as support for downloadable products. Using an early beta version, I produced a screencast about this new function and added it to the screencast section of OXIDforge. If you haven’t seen it yet, why not take a look now? Note that some things might have changed since the screencast was produced, so you might find some differences to the present beta version.

You may also want to have a look at the roadmap for version 4.6.0 or at the changes on the download page – it documents, step by step, the new functions we plan to introduce. And while you’re inspecting the beta version, please send us your feedback and any bugs that you might find.

By the way: the „downloadable products“ feature was originally contributed by marmalade.de, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post. If you have coded a feature that could fit into the standard OXID eShop software, please take a look at the contribution page on OXIDforge. This explains how a contribution can be made, whom to contact and what are the surrounding conditions. If you think your new feature would be an interesting and useful contribution to OXID eShop, feel free to contact us and tell us all about it – we would love to hear from you!