OXID eShop 5.1 / 4.8: What's new
Captivating image-oriented shop designs and growing customer expectations on opening hours demand that a shop's performance stays abreast of these developments. That is why speed at peak loads was one of our priorities during the development of the new versions 5.1 and 4.8. All three editions offer a cross-channel shopping experience and convincing performance, scalability, usability and compliance with current legal requirements (SEPA).
The new features at a glance.
Unlimited shopping experience now available on the go
Put your OXID eShop on your customers' mobile end devices and create a unique shopping experience regardless of time and location. One mouse-click is all it takes to install the OXID eShop mobile theme. The integrated Theme Switch detects mobile end devices and automatically generates the corresponding theme. You can use PayPal as a mobile out-of-the-box payment method if the PayPal module is installed in your online shop. Comprehensive documentation and use of the Stylesheet language LESS make it easy to adapt the design of the mobile theme.
Faster and safer payment transactions
The new, flexible and configurable OXID eFire Extension PayPal is a joint development by OXID eSales and PayPal and can be used as a standalone module independently of the OXID eFire cloud platform. The module allows you to integrate the fast and secure payment services of one of the world's leading payment transaction providers in your OXID eShop. More than 12 million active online customers in Germany alone place their trust in the secure payment method by PayPal. The integration of the OXID eFire Extension PayPal connects your eShop directly to PayPal - an OXID eFire account is not required. Additionally, PayPal Express enables your customers to speed up the purchase process. This function transfers the customer's address details directly from their PayPal account to your eShop, thus reducing the number of steps in the order placement process. Your smartphone customers in particular will enjoy a convenient shopping experience as the OXID eFire Extension PayPal is fully compatible with the OXID eShop mobile theme and is a prerequisite for mobile PayPal functionality.
Ready for the new SEPA direct debit system
SEPA stands for Single Euro Payments Area. The new payment standard relates to payments made by direct debit, account transfer and bankcards (with the exception of credit cards) using the electronic direct debit system (credit card payments excluded) in all EU and EEA countries of the European Economic Area as well as in Switzerland and Monaco. The SEPA direct debit system will replace the conventional direct debit system as of 1st February 2014. The new version of the OXID eShop is perfectly prepared for the new direct debit system. Both forms of data input, i.e. account number (bank sort code and IBAN/BIC will be validated during the transition period.
Fewer abandoned shopping carts, more trust
The new OXID eShop version offers shop operators who use the Trusted Shops seal of approval an option to present their trustworthiness even more effectively. Your customers can see your Trust Badge issued by Trusted Shops indicating security and trust at the bottom right of every page in their browser window. It increases the conversion rate, raises the shopping cart value and reduces the number of abandoned shopping carts.
Useful helpers and improved language handling
You can use the new diagnostics tools to gather important information on your online shop, your system environment and the modules you have installed. This information makes it easier for you to optimize your system, install new modules and carry out updates. You can also define the front-end position of the currency sign with the help of the price formatting tool (Smarty Plugin). You do not have to adapt templates individually. Language handling is now even more transparent and simple thanks to restructured language files combined with a reduction of close to 20%.