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AspDotNetStorefront 9.5

This release, launched 13th January 2015, continues our company commitment to helping online sellers to drive traffic (and then cope with the resulting administrative effort.)

Highlights

For driving traffic

  • Added support for Google Tag Manager
  • Continued work on Rich Snippets (Schema.org)
  • DotFeed connector embedded natively
  • Tightly coupled feed from store to Google's merchant center
  • Now supports Google Universal Analytics (analytics.js)

For converting visitors, and taking sales

  • Performance gains throughout the cart's front-end and admin console
  • Improved Featured Products for front-end homepage
  • New front-end product page design
  • Further advances to built-in responsive theming

For faster processing of orders, and setting up for further growth

  • Completely redesigned Admin Console
  • Updates to Admin Console Reports
  • Completely redesigned Help system
  • New 'bulk' actions allowing volume data throughput

Other

  • AspDotNetStorefront now natively runs on .NET 4.5 Framework (read more)
  • All remaining ntext database fields converted to nvarchar(max)
  • Good housekeeping - redundant files and images removed.

Admin Console Updates

  • Stores can now be taken down for "maintenance" while leaving the Admin console accessible
  • Standard filter/find/drill-down user experience across all collective groups (product, categories, promotions, settings, etc.)
  • New, friendly naming conventions
  • Double menu
  • Left hand menu for day-to-day operations
  • Configuration menu for initial setup and seldom-used tasks
  • Embedded Help system
  • New Feature ~ Shipping/tracking import routine
  • Mass Price/Inventory page ~ easy to find and change values.
  • Bulk price editor improvements, including new bulk price markup feature
  • Redesigned shipping configuration
  • Significant improvements to inventory control workflow and usability
  • Completely redesigned order management
  • Significant improvements to out-of-stock messaging throughout, particularly with kit products
  • New quick-add feature for entities, customer levels, and quantity discount tables
  • Improved monthly maintenance routines for completeness and better merchant control

Features that have gone away


During the build of AspDotNetStorefront 9.5, a positive decision was made to remove features that, for a number of reasons, were not felt to be right for inclusion. Reasons varied, and largely covered performance hits, legacy architecture and feature overlap. 

Our primary focus in 2015 is to deliver software that helps attract traffic, and we are delivering services (like 500+) that support the 'more traffic' initiative. After all, we say, what use are more ecommerce features on a store that rarely gets visited? We would sooner be building a cart that helps make sales, than a cart that just wants more bells and whistles than the next guy.

These are the omitted features:

Google Checkout
Component Art
Recently Viewed Products
Gift Registry
File-based entity/product descriptions
Gallery
Line Item Notes on Orders
Polls
Show In Product Browser (for entities)
Subscriptions
Stop/Start Dates (for products)
Cardinal MyECheck Payment Method
Spec files
Swatch Images
Mailing Manager and Newsletter
NoScript field (for products)
Topic Mapping (topics can still be filtered by stores via Store Mappings page)
sitemap.aspx 
Customers who bought X also bought Y 
Gateways: 
o eWay
o HSBC
o iDeposit
o iTransact
o JetPay
o Moneybookers
o Netaxept
o NetBilling
o Ogone
o PayFuse
o PayJunction
o PayLeap
o Payment Express
o Paymentech
o Pinnacle Payments
o PlugNPay
o SecureNet (v2)
o Verisign
o WorldPay



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