3dcart is proud to announce Version 8 of our robust and powerful eCommerce platform! We've added a ton of integrations, features, improvements, and more— everything from additional (and much-requested) payment processors to a whole new way of designing and building 3dcart themes. Thanks to valuable feedback from our 3dcart merchants, we've overhauled several current features into new, more powerful versions, and we've built upon our existing integrations to continue to expand the tools available for selling online.
So, what's new in 3dcart Version 8? Read on to discover our exciting new additions and features!
3dcart is excited to release the Core Template Engine, an overhauled method of theme design that enables a great deal of freedom and increased speed when constructing 3dcart themes. Our developers have engineered the Core Template Engine to accomplish the following:
Product pages, the cart itself, and checkout pages have all been updated for a more user-friendly layout to optimize conversions and customer experience. The product grid has been significantly improved as well for increased responsiveness on mobile devices. Grid changes can be now easily be applied globally.
AJAX has been implemented for newsletter signups, Add to Cart, and several other parts of the cart including product, home and category pages. AJAX allows you to update a page without reloading, send and receive data to a server after the page has loaded, and more— perfect for updating information seamlessly in the background.
Features long-requested by theme designers have been implemented, such as Code Blocks like global_footer and social_icons, dropdown menu icons for categories with subcategories, and star ratings as icons rather than images (eliminating the tedious work of creating graphics for partial stars).
By popular demand, our new template system is based on Bootstrap. This powerful and popular front-end framework makes development quicker and helps to standardize UI elements to ensure your pages are optimized for mobile devices.
Through the use of flexible Code Blocks and Variables, designers and front-end developers will be able to customize many more aspects of every page. With the new system, frame Code Blocks can be used in other templates too, allowing for even more customization.
3dcart integrations expand the functionality of our platform by working closely with popular third-party services to build a connection. In Version 8, the following integrations have been added to our ever-expanding list, enabling new useful and convenient features, additional payment methods for your customers, and more.
Houzz is a platform and community where homeowners and professionals can get together for remodeling, design, and more. 3dcart's Houzz integration allows Houzz merchants to synchronize their inventory between the two platforms, including orders, tracking information for shipped products, and inventory deductions for sales. For more information about Houzz, visit http://www.houzz.com/
With Facebook Dynamic Ads, you can generate targeted advertising aimed at the people most likely to be interested in your products. You'll be able to reach new customers automatically, after a one-time setup, and the 3dcart integration ensures that you'll be able to connect your dynamic ad campaign directly to your store. For more information on Facebook Dynamic Ads, visit https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-create-ad-dynamic-ads
Google Feeds allow you to standardize all the details, values, and descriptions of all your items, aiding greatly in searches. Google will be able to read your product information and display your products in search results automatically, with all correct information, helping users locate your items.
Apple Pay is a secure gateway on Mac and iOS, associated with Stripe. With Apple Pay, customers can check out instantly using their supported iOS device with only a single touch or click. The 3dcart integration ensures that you can activate Apple Pay on your own store in seconds, with no extra setup involved. Plus, Apple Pay fits seamlessly into your store, appearing only on supported devices without cluttering your checkout. For more information on Apple Pay, visit https://stripe.com/apple-pay.
Square, one of the most popular and frequently-requested payment gateways, has now been integrated into 3dcart. With Square, merchants can accept all major credit cards at a low rate with no monthly or hidden fees. It also allows for next-day deposits, easy integration between online and offline sales, and offers merchants chargeback protection and payment dispute assistance. More information on Square can be found at https://squareup.com/.
zipPay is a popular payment gateway based in Australia that offers the ability to "Buy Now, Pay Later." zipPay users have access to an interest-free $1,000 wallet. zipPay's other offering, zipMoney, is a high-value regulated credit product. Both zipPay and zipMoney are now integrated with 3dcart.
Factor4Gift is a gift card provider that enables businesses to sell gift cards, both physical and digital. The integration with 3dcart handles the technical details and provides tools and resources for 3dcart merchants to expand their gift card and loyalty programs. Factor4 gift cards can be redeemed online and at retail locations.
CenPOS is a secure payment gateway with access to the "Authorize Only" feature, a means of authorizing a payment without immediately collecting funds. CenPOS also utilizes a Customer Information Manager (CIM) that allows merchants to store credit card information for the convenience of customers.
Sage is a leading account system and their Sage Payments solution is not fully integrated with 3dcart. The integration also includes Sage Vault, a secure method of storing credit card information for customer convenience and allowing them to use the card on file when checking out in your online store.
WorldPay allows you to accept payments online or through a point of sale or mobile device, all through a single merchant account, giving you the ability to accept your customers' favorite payment methods. SecureNet Vault Tokenization allows tokens to be created and stored for payment information, and can then be used for future transactions.
Authorize.Net Accept Hosted is a user-friendly payment form optimized for mobile devices and built to provide a smooth customer experience. It allows developers to use the Authorize.Net API to submit transactions while remaining SAQ-A level PCI compliant. Customers can be redirected to the Authorize.Net payment form or you can embed it in your page.
Version 8 introduces several new built-in modules to expand the functionality of your store.
The Pre-Orders module provides a powerful system to let your customers pre-order items, and handles all the details through automation. When the product becomes available and the customer has paid, the Order Status changes to Processing.
The Reward Points module has been updated to ensure that an item will always display the correct number of awarded Reward Points for a purchase, even when a product option is selected that adds an additional cost.
Product Reviews have been enhanced to allow easier management of reviews, sorting of reviews, displaying related products, and allowing reviewers to upload images.
A paid app that allows merchants to select a variety of comparison points that their customers can use to compare products, such as size, price, and more. Up to 4 products can be compared simultaneously.
An addition to the dashboard for adding Sales Reps and assign them to customer records, automatically connecting all future orders from a customer to their Sales Rep. The Sales Rep listings include contact information and commission rate, and you can add, edit, or delete Sales Reps as needed. Sales and commission reporting for all Sales Reps can be monitored in the dashboard.
The shop section is a tab you can add to your business Page that lets you display and sell your products right on your Page. It's ideal for merchants, retail and eCommerce advertisers who want to reach customers on Facebook. It's free to use, and we never take any percentage of what you earn through your shop section.
Google Trusted Stores are being phased out in favor of Google Customer Reviews, a new system in which you can collect feedback from your customers. Your customers will be given the option to provide feedback to Google about their shopping experience. These feedback ratings are collected and displayed on your optional Google Customer Reviews badge, as well as being shown in your Merchant Center dashboard and used for seller ratings.
Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA performs the same functions as the CAPTCHAs you are used to, without confronting the reader to prove they're a human. Invisible reCAPTCHA uses advanced technology to analyze the user's humanity based on tracking mouse movements and clicks, providing a much less invasive experience for your customers while still protecting you from bots, spam, and abuse.
The power of Accelerated Mobile Pages brought to your online store. AMP pages load at blazing-fast speeds, appearing almost instantaneously to your visitors. Version 8 enhances your product pages with AMP, benefiting your customers as well as your search rankings.
Mobile browsing and shopping are the future. 3dcart's responsive design ensures full compatibility on all devices, allowing you to tap into the mobile audience and sell across more platforms, everywhere. Mobile-friendly web sites have a significant advantage in search results.
3dcart product URLs are structured with SEO in mind and are ready to customize with product names or keywords. Human-readable URLs make for a better visitor experience and contribute to higher search engine rankings.
3dcart stores follow best practices for PageSpeed as outlined by Google, ensuring the maximum possible page load speed across your entire site. This contributes to your visitors' experience and provides a bonus to your search engine rankings.
3dcart lets you create unlimited content pages to add relevant information to your site. With content pages, you can provide evergreen content that will add value to your site and contribute to your search engine rankings over both short- and long-term.
Product category names are used while building URLs, making them more human-readable for a better user experience. You can also hide category headers and footers from pagination to prevent search engines from penalizing for duplicate content.
Canonical URLs prevent SEO penalties for having multiple overly-similar pages on your site, which can easily happen in an online store. 3dcart has this functionality built in, so you can refer search engines to a single page to optimize your rankings.
Brands pages let you list your products by manufacturer, and blog posts are a fantastic way to keep adding value to your site through fresh content. Both will help your site rank for pertinent search terms, increasing your online store's visibility.
Meta tags apply important page attributes like the page title and description as seen in search engine results pages. With 3dcart you can customize these easily, to boost SEO rankings and make your search listing more attractive to click on.
Title attributes for links are generated automatically and default to the product names, building an association between links and their corresponding products. This not only benefits SEO, but saves you a great deal of time.
An XML Sitemap is vital for search engines to properly index your site, and 3dcart is on top of the latest technical requirements for this critical SEO feature. 3dcart's included sitemap follows current standards to provide the highest benefit possible to your online store.
Alt attributes for images are automatically generated with product names, ensuring your site meets accessibility standards and providing a rankings boost. H1 tags are applied to the main headings on every page, drawing search engine attention.
3dcart sites have built-in support for the Schema.org initiative, providing informative structure data to search engines to help them determine what your site is about. This guarantees more relevant search results and puts your site in front of more interested visitors.
Need to change a URL without losing accumulated ranking power? Use a 301 Redirect to ensure that the old URL still goes to the moved page, preserving most of your rank. Automatically detect 404 errors and redirect your customers to another page for a seamless shopping experience.
Recent Google updates made security more important than ever before, ranking HTTPS higher than HTTP on all counts. 3dcart stores are secured with HTTPS sitewide, providing a rankings boost and presenting a safe shopping environment to your customers.
You can freely edit the Robots.txt file, giving you complete control over how visiting search engine robots index your website. Prevent certain pages from being indexed to prevent false data and even disallow crawlers from entire regions.
New features in Version 8 have been added to improve and complement existing features, expanding the capabilities of your store and the options available to both merchant and customer.
As a new supplement to the Pre-defined Boxes setting, merchants with USPS credentials enabled can quickly add USPS flat rate boxes to their preconfigured boxes list.
An update to our Automation Rules feature that adds rules to filter by Payment Methods, Shipping Methods, and Multiple Product Selection, and the addition of an Action to automatically change the status of an order.
Similar to FedEx SmartPost, UPS SurePost handles long-distance delivery of packages to the shopper's local post office, where the final delivery is made by their regular mail service.
We've added the ability to make notes about a transaction when using the Virtual Terminal to charge extra for an order, as well as the ability to send an email to the customer regarding the extra charge.
Advanced Options for products, including product variants with different dimensions, variants that must ship by themselves, and more, with custom pricing available for each.
A new Stock Alert field and graphical Stock Indicator, among other improvements, make inventory management much easier and decrease the likelihood of unexpectedly running out of an item.