TOTECS Platform Release 11.01
Season greetings to you from everyone at TOTECS! We've hoped that you've had a great online year, full of online sales, website traffic, and in-house efficiencies. To round out the year the RnD labs have deployed release 11.01 into the TOTECS platform at the start of December, giving you some great Xmas presents to play with over the new year. The release contains 2 new features, 13 improvements, and 8 bug fixes.
In a change of format you will now be able to see the latest changes by watching the YouTube video below. This allows you to see in-depth all the details and examples on how to use the new functionality added to the platform, hopefully making it easier for you take advantage of the new and existing features in your own websites.
NEW Ultimate Search Engine Optimisation for Products, Categories, News/Blog Items, Makes and Models URLs
In content managed websites we've now added the ability to set simplified URLs for product, category, news/blog item, make and model webpages When the feature is turned on it helps search engines such as Google give these pages higher rank, since these pages may be considered of higher importance. See the 11.01 release video for more details.
NEW Host, Track and Version Control Files Using GIT Repositories
NEW Display Volume Discount Product Pricing in Category/Search Listings
On content managed websites there is now the ability to show volume discount prices within category and product search listing webpage areas. This makes it easier for users to see the discounted unit prices when ordering larger quantities of each product, and can be used to entice users to buy more products.
See the 11.01 release video from 38 minutes in for more details.
NEW Display Product Attachment Files In Basket/Order Detail Listings, and Email notifications
In content managed websites, the Trade interface, and the order submission notification email there is now the ability to list attachment files with each product ordered. This allows users to see and download files related to the products they are purchasing, such as instructions, warranties, specifications, installation guides or warnings.
See the 11.01 release video from 43 minutes in for more details.
IMPROVED Browsers Remembering User Sessions After Browser Close
We've changed the way on how the platform stores user sessions in browsers. Now if a user closes their browser before logging out and opens it again, they will not need to log in again if their session is still valid. Additionally an expiration time has been set against the session cookie which is saved in the session, which ensures that browser's do not remember information about expired sessions.
See the 11.01 release video from 58 minutes in for more details.
IMPROVEMENTS The Other Stuff
As always there's a number of other improvements that went out with the 11.01 platform release, and the 1.07 Connector releases. Visit the Administration Centre or the forums to review the complete list of Release Notes. If you wish to be a part of the process to get a piece of functionality into the platform, please get in contact with us or visit the forum's wishlist topic. As always, until next time happy online trading :) Here's a wrap up of the new features and improvements developed over the last 12 weeks and placed into the 11.01 TOTECS platform release and 1.07 Connector release.
Listed below are the features that we look to work on over the next 3-24 months.
Please Note: Development is dependent on funding, demand and scheduling.
The 11.01 TOTECS release now allows administrator users to easily set the "Image Not Found" placeholder images that appear on content managed websites and within the Trade interface. To do so follow these steps:
The new image file will be uploaded and resized for the different sized product images. Once uploaded you will be able to see the new image appear under the Product Not Found Image setting. Note that some users their browsers may cache/remember the older "Not Found" image, and over time the browsers will load the newer image. Also note that the same set of steps can be used to set the category "Image Not Found" place holder image by modifying the "Category Not Found" image setting.
If you have ideas like to make the platform better, please post them on our wishlist forum.