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27th – 29th January: meet OXID at OSMB 2009

These first days of January passed so quickly and the first huge Open Source Meeting in 2009 is very close now!

This year – for the first time – also OXID is getting ready to attend Open Source Meets Business conference and we are all very excited and happy to meet the international open source scene which OSMB is so well-known for.

The speakers invited, the variety of topics, just the entire program is absolutely amazing. (See for yourself)

And it is my pleasure to announce that there will be three OXID talks contributing to the conference program, too! 🙂

Tuesday afternoon (27th of January) Andrea (Executive Board, Marketing Director) and Erik (Head of Technical Development) present OXID’s 4th generation shop-software and new OXID eShop Community Edition.
(Neu als Open Source – Shop-Software OXID eSales, panel T01 Business Intelligence, Content Management, room: Zürich, CCN West 2, 16:30 – 17:00 o’clock).

As we also participated in this year’s Open Source Business Award, right afterwards Roland (OXID CEO) is giving a 30 minutes talk on OXID’s new commercial open source strategy.
(OXID Partnerprogramm und Community Management, panel I01 Start-ups, room: Mailand, CCN Mitte, 17:00 – 17:30 o’clock).

Mind that you will have to be quick to shift rooms! 😉

And finally, Wednesday afternoon, don’t miss Holger Schuldt (www.deicke-kirchenbedarf.de) as he will tell all on what running an online shop really is about, why online church retailers are sorely needed, and why he chose OXID eShop to run his business.
(OXID eShop im Einsatz bei Deicke Kirchenbedarf, panel E03 Handel, room: Dublin, CCN West 2, 16:30 – 17:00 o’clock).

Apart from the speakers there will also be Ralf (Manager Technical Products), Community Guide Marco, and myself attending this event.

If you plan to attend the conference and haven’t registered yet: here’s the link to heise registration form (very convenient online registration, I have to say!).

And be sure to have a look at heise’s smart program planning device “Programmplaner” – this will make your scheduling a lot easier!

We are very much looking forward to see you all.

OXID releases results of 4th annual market survey on Christmas Sales.

In spite of many market segments suffering from the effects of the financial crisis German online retailers recorded strong Christmas Sales in 2008!

By the end of 2008 more than 75 percent of surveyed online retailers were satisfied with their overall sales performance during the months of november and december, thereof a third is even very or extremely satisfied with this year’s Christmas Sales.
Surprisingly 54 percent even record an increased turnover compared to 2007’s Holiday Sales. For 33 percent this growth turns out to be quite significant as they record an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.
Download a summary of the survey results here.

OXID releases minor update 4.0.0.2 of eCommerce software

Here is the second patch of the OXID eShop. You may download the free Community Edition here:
http://www.oxid-esales.com/en/download/open-source-ecommerce-solution-oxid-eshop-community-edition

Alternatively, you may want to patch your existing system from a former revision to the new version:
http://support.oxid-esales.com/versions/

How to find out the revision number of your shop?
Fire up your browser and call http://www.your_shop.com/pkg.rev. If you do not get a number there, you have revision number 13895.

You will find installation instructions within the package you download. The regular update manual available at our website will not cover all necessary steps this time, because the encryption of the user passwords has changed (see below). Please make sure you read the file named INSTALL contained in the package carefully.

So what’s new?
We fixed some minor bugs, amongst them:

0000441: [Files & Source code & Database] Variant prices are not inherited from father articles
0000418: [Order processing] if user registers via option 1 (2nd order step), payments displayed for him in order step3 are not correct
0000429: [Order processing] Total amonts are not recalculated when Shipping is changed for order in the admin
0000450: [Admin area] Price alert information mail sent to cust contains wrong regular price
0000426: [Admin area] Title is missing for option SHOP_SYSTEM_SHOP_LOCATION
0000458: [Files & Source code & Database] Start page doesn’t contain meta informations if big bargain offer is disabled.
0000456: [GUI & Navigation & Sorting] Tags are displayed even if assigned products are not active
0000457: [Products] It is not possible to buy variants
0000444: [Ratings & Reviews] rating doesn’t work
0000445: [Users] oxUser::getActiveUser is not overrideable

Please find the complete list in our bug tracking system:
https://bugs.oxid-esales.com/changelog_page.php

Furthermore, we changed some methods:

  • oxUser::getActiveUser() and oxUser::getAdminUser() static methods are deprecated, please use loadActiveUser() and loadAdminUser() instead.
  • Changes in password encryption: We consistently use md5 hashes including SALT from now on. For conversion of old passwords, it is important to execute update.php!
  • License key handling has been changed. It might necessary to re-generate your serial number. You can do so by deleting and inserting your serial number in admin area again. In case you have more than one serial number, please delete and insert only the last one (lowest)

Of course, we already work on the next update. For more information,
please visit our blog and our forums.

And now, have fun with your new installation of OXID eShop 4.0.0.2!

Yours,
Marco

OXID releases minor release 4.0.0.1 of eCommerce software

German online retailers are very satisfied with 2008 Christmas sales.

We proudly come up with the new release 4.0.0.1 of the OXID eShop. You may download the free Community Edition here:

http://www.oxid-esales.com/en/download/open-source-ecommerce-solution-oxid-eshop-community-edition.

Alternatively, you may want to patch your existing system from every revision of 4.0.0.0 we released yet to the new 4.0.0.1 version:

http://support.oxid-esales.com/versions/

How to find the revision number you installed?

Fire up your browser and call http://www.your_shop.com/pkg.rev. If you do not get a number there, you have revision number 13895.

You will find an installation instruction here:

http://www.oxid-esales.com/en/resources/help-faq/faq/how-update-one-release-another

So what’s new?

With your help, we found and fixed some bugs that you might be interested in. Furthermore, we fixed some typos and „cosmetical“ stuff and removed unneeded code.

0000419: [Order processing] eShop doesn’t send emails via SMTP

0000379: [Admin area] Promotions cannot be de-activated

0000405: [Order processing] Registration email is sent although the user purchased without a registration

0000382: [PDF invoice] Wrong VAT in PDF-invoice for shipping costs

0000368: [VAT] Vat rates using decimals are not displyed correctly

0000386: [Admin area] Alternative templates for categories do not work

0000389: [Admin area] Horizontal scroll bar missing on variant editing

0000383: [Admin area] When „Automatic Save when changing Tabs“ is ON – user is loged out after tried to save settings in Admin

0000366: [Admin area] Upload of manufacturer icon does not work

0000412: [AJAX lists] if option for bidirectional crossselling is on, ajax list with assigned crossselling articles is displayed empty

0000397: [Order processing] Not possible to switch off gift wrapping

Please find the complete list in our bugtracking system which will be publically available from monday, Dec 8th on:

http://bugs.oxid-esales.com/changelog_page.php

Furthermore, we added a couple of new features:

Custom language files: Now you can add custom files next to the lang.php file, name pattern is *lang.php and define $aLang array inside the file. This array will be included to general translation array.

Password generation has been refactored. Works with md5-hashes, including SALT encryption now.

Added missing SEO functionality for article admin part, where you can customize article SEO data for each category

Added unsubscribe from newsletter on newsletter subscription page.

Of course, we already work on the next update. For more information, please visit our blog and our forums.

And now, have fun with your new installation of OXID eShop 4.0.0.1!

Yours,

Marco