OXID eFire Extension PayPal 3.0 Released

PayPal LogoWe would like to inform you that in the last week, we published the new OXID eFire extension PayPal, that was developed with the grateful help from PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. and is a complete overhaul in comparison to the former OXID eFire portlet.

What’s new in this version?
First off – the licensing. The PayPal module 3.0 comes under a commercial license for our commercial products OXID eShop Enterprise and Professional Edition including support and warranty. The same piece of software is licensed under GPLv3 for our open sourced OXID eShop Community Edition.
With this new module a connection to or registration with the OXID eFire platform is not longer necessary; it is a standalone module that only has to be installed in your shop environment. And of course, PayPal 3.0 is completely encapsulated as a module, no worries about upcoming shop updates 🙂

The soon-to-release OXID eShop versions 4.8 and 5.1 (presently available as release candidates) will already contain the module PayPal 3.0 in their standard delivery. If you want to use this extension, simply activate it, if not – just no activation needed. It is safe to remove the files from the module folder if you don’t want to use this feature.

Online merchants and developers who run present or older OXID eShop versions will have to download PayPal 3.0 from OXID eXchange first, copy the files to the module folder and activate this function.

Main features

  • PayPal is available as a regular payment method in the appropriate checkout step.
  • PayPal express is already included at the checkout (registration step), at the so called “mini cart” and at the product detail pages.
  • The module is highly customizable through many options at the admin panel, for example the step to transfer the money (at the order date or on delivery).
  • Options are adjustable in different ways for each multishop (OXID eShop Enterprise Edition only).
  • The payment page at PayPal can be customized by your own logo and the name of your online store.
  • If you wish, you can transfer the content of the cart (purchased product items) to PayPal. Your customer has to decide whether this data shall be transferred or not.
  • Partial payment is possible.
  • The admin panel provides an overview of the PayPal payments per order.

For more information about the features, on how to customize the module or how to adjust the options, please see the documentation delivered inside the module package.

Please note that the release of this module is an addition to the remaining OXID eFire PayPal portlet. Also, this module now can be installed by international users regardless of their German know-how.

Download your free copy of the new OXID eFire extension PayPal today and let us know how it is running!

Roadmap 4.7/5.0 released

To carry on the spirit of collaboration with our customers and our community as well as a transparent software development, we have published the Roadmap for OXID eShop 4.7/5.0. This will help developers and partners to plan for changes and upcoming new features that may require changes in their shop architecture.

With the upcoming release we decided to focus feature-wise on Enterprise Edition to better respond to new market developments and our customers’ needs. As this gives a whole new direction to the product we proudly call this new generation of OXID eShop 5.0. Professional and Community Edition, in release 4.7, benefit from essential changes in the software (OXID framework and core), too.

Please find the roadmap here:

We are always happy about feedback. Let us know what you think in the comments or our Forum.

Stay tuned for rollout plans and timing on this blog.

Artedona on OXID eShop

About Artedona:

Artedona offers private and business customers broad and upscale selection of products in the areas of tableware and home decoration. Artedona was founded in 1999 in Grasbrunn/Munich, Germany.

As an early mover Artedona launched an online shop ( already in 2000. Almoster after a decade Artedona decided to set up a new shop system on the OXID eShop Enterprise Edition. The existing shop software was no longer able to meet the requirements of high performance shop systems, especially in the field of search engine optimization.

Artedona made the decision to set up their new shop system with OXID eShop due to the modular architecture, which can be easily adapted to future needs of Artedona.

Highlights of Artedona on OXID eShop:

International taxation and net prices

The Artedona online shop is designed to handle international purchases for both private and business customers. OXID eShop was extended with the following functions by developers of Artedona:

-Automatic pricing for B2B and B2C (Price including and excluding tax)

-The multi-currency-modul calculates orders in Euros, U.S. dollars, British pounds or Swiss francs

-The shipping costs are calculated automatically based on the order and delivery address

-The “landed-cost” process considers national or regional taxation

Various methods of payment
The shop offers various method of payments such as credit cart, direct debit or payment in advance. The offered payment method is based on a sophisticated decision matrix (based on the order value).

Search Engine Optimization
Improved SEO allows Artedona to increase qualified site traffic and hence to acquire new customers worldwide, especially with the OXID eShop SEO:

-Permalink: is more meaningful and therefore optimized for search engines for instance:

-Canonical URL: helps to solve duplicate content issues and makes it easier to prevent tagged URL’s from being indexed.

SOAP Interface

The data exchange between third party systems and OXID eShop is guaranteed by the implementation of the SOAP interface. The bilateral interface coordinates an acurate and fast data exchange.

„The development of the whole project proceeded quickly, this was only possible due to the clean and transparent source code of the OXID eShop Enterprise Edition“, says Beyer (Executive Board, Artedona AG). Noteworthy the whole extensions, for instance the landed-cost process, were realsized by a 2-person development team of Artedona, without external experts.

Further reading:
Read the whole case study in German