New features and improvements included in Dynamicweb 8.8

Release: 26th Januar 2016
Check 8.8 Important notes before upgrade.

Summary

Dynamicweb release 8.8 is now ready for download.

A service release, Dynamicweb 8.8 offers an optimized Ecommerce using the Raptor recommendation engine, further payment method support for recurring orders and saved cards, as well as new minor features; back-in-stock notifications and full customer impersonation. Finally, more than 40 customer-bugs have been fixed.

Ecommerce

Dynamicweb 8.8 features a beta reimplementation of product recommendations, using the full power of the Raptor recommendation engine, allowing you to deliver relevant offers and content to your customers regardless of touchpoints and with an optimized performance. With Back-in-stock notifications, you can improve the shopping experience of your customers by automatically notifying interested buyers when a product is back in stock. The Recurring Orders and Saved Cards features are now supported by the DIBS and QuickPay Payment Window checkout handlers. On the UX side of things, administrators can now hide or disable unused or critical product fields for regular users, and the Customer Center module can now list orders based on customer number, allowing several users working for the same company to keep track of who ordered what.

Also featuring: Custom fields for variant options, sort indexing results based on Lucene score, and improvements to the product selector when selecting variants with the same name.

Content

Full impersonation has been introduced, meaning that the impersonator is no longer limited to placing order on behalf of the impersonated user – but has full access to e.g. restricted content like assortments, forum accounts and the customer center. HTML support has been introduced in Forms for Editors, allowing you to e.g. use HTML5-specific input controls validate data such as emails or addresses.

Marketing

The lightning fast new Search and Indexing engine can now be used instead of smart search when selecting email recipients in Email Marketing, allowing you to reduce system load time when conducting system-heavy queries.


Online Marketing

  • Back on stock notification emails

    Area: E-mail Marketing
    Description:
    Back in stock notification emails implemented allowing your customers to sign up for out of stock products and recieve mails when they are back in stock.

    Version: 8.8.0.0

Ecommerce

  • Use customer number to list orders and not userid

    Area: Customer Center
    Description:
    New setting in Customer Center module: "Use customer number in order list in Customer Center". When enable the module will show orders / quotes belonging to the customer number of current extranet user instead of using user id. This allows several extranet users to share a customer number

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Extend log in recurring log

    Area: Orders\Recurring orders
    Description:
    The recurring orders log has been extended to contain order events/errors - known from the general order log.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • New transaction URLs (after June 2016 all transaction URLs will connect to Authorize.Net through Akamai)

    Area: Payment\Authorize.Net
    Description:
    Updated AuthorizeNet in order support a new networking solution that will provide merchants with a superior level of processing reliability. New transaction urls are added to the payment provider. Authorize.Net will be upgrading access to the Internet connections that serve their data centers. Instead of allowing direct connections, all Internet traffic will be routed through Akamai, a third-party cloud network service that routes and delivers Internet traffic. Planned to be lanuched in June 2016. Using Akamai network technology will help decrease latency and improve the reliability of our payment gateway. It will also help safeguard against interruptions caused by issues beyond Authorize.Net's direct control, such as Internet congestion, fiber cable cuts and other similar issues. Note: If you do not use a firewall or do not connect directly via an IP address, then you can disregard this section. Using Akamai technology, Authorize.Net's IP addresses will become dynamic rather than static. If your website or payment solution uses a firewall that has whitelisted Authorize.Net's IP address or connects to Authorize.Net directly via an IP address, you will need to make additional changes. Firewall Considerations — If your solution uses a firewall to filter outbound connections, make sure that the firewall is set to permit outbound traffic to flow to the Akamai cloud by configuring your outbound firewall to "ANY." If you do not update your firewall ahead of June 2016, you will be unable to process transactions after Phase Two is implemented. IP Address Considerations — If your solution connects to Authorize.Net directly via an IP address, you will need to update it to connect by domain name. Continuing to connect directly via an IP address is strongly discouraged as merchants will not receive the benefits of routing through Akamai, and could suffer a loss of service if transactions are re-routed among our various data centers.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Capture only part of order / Split capture

    Area: Payment\Authorize.Net
    Description:
    Authorize.NET now allows split capture, but with the limitation that the split capture can only be performed ONE time - then the capture is closed. It's a limitation from the provider.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Remove Paii as card type from QuickPay Payment Window

    Area: Payment\QuickPay Payment Window
    Description:
    Paii is closed down and not supported as card type from QuickPay Payment Window from January the 28th. It is rempved from the card type list in QuickPay Payment Window settings.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Capture only part of order / Split capture

    Area: Payment\Stripe
    Description:
    Stripe now allows split capture, but with the limitation that the split capture can only be performed ONE time - then the capture is closed. It's a limitation from the provider.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Locked and Read only fields on products

    Area: Product Catalog
    Description:
    Read only and Hidden fields implemented in Ecommerce. Fields marked in this way are only writeable / readable by partner administrators.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Tags for Track & Trace schema parameters

    Area: Track and trace
    Description:
    New loop: "TrackTraceParameters" containing tags: "Ecom:Order.TrackTraceParameter.Name" "Ecom:Order.TrackTraceParameter.Description" "Ecom:Order.TrackTraceParameter.DefaultValue" "Ecom:Order.TrackTraceParameter.Value" Available in same scope as existing track and trace tags (Ecom:Order.TrackTraceURL, Ecom:Order.TrackTraceNumber)

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Custom fields for variant options

    Area: Variants
    Description:
    We have implemented the ability to specify custom fields for variant options pr. variant group.

    Version: 8.8.0.0

Content

  • Filter direct paths by language

    Area: Direct Paths
    Description:
    Implemented a drop down menu in direct paths that will let the user filter the list by website.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • implement "Real" impersonation

    Area: Extranet
    Description:
    We have implemented full integration for impersonation, where the currently logged in user is replaced by the impersonated user, so that everything works as it would if the impersonated user logs in directly. This means assortments, posts to forums, etc.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • HTML 5 controls for forms for editors

    Area: Forms for editors
    Description:
    HTML5 control field types are now available in Forms for Editors. To create one you need to create a field of a simple type (e.g text), edit the field and change type to a HTML5 control

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Item List field is depricated (Item relation list is extended instead)

    Area: Items
    Description:
    Item lists are deprecated in DW88. Created Item list fields are still available but it is not possible to create new fields of type "Item list". You need to use fields of type "Item relation list" instead. In the parameters for "Item relation list" field you are eble to select "Inline" in order to get the same functionality as the deprecated item list field.

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Item list support in Search Weighted

    Area: Search weighted
    Description:
    New settings in Search weighted module: "Seach in Item lists". When this is enabled published item lists are searchable

    Version: 8.8.0.0

Platform

  • Stock level provider

    Area: API (eCom)
    Description:
    A Stock level provider has been added

    Version: 8.8.0.0
  • Add Score as a sort option

    Area: New Indexing
    Description:
    It is now possible to sort results from the New Indexing based on the Lucene score.

    Version: 8.8.0.0

Integration