Dynamicweb 8.6 is now ready for download. This release contains a lot of new functionality, like New Indexing (BETA), Loyalty points, easy-to-use Forms (BETA), multi-server NLB support, Shared item types and more than 50 other additions and improvements to existing functionality. Over 40 customer reported issues have been fixed in line with our continued efforts to deliver improved software quality.
The lead tool has been enhanced with better lead identification and will furthermore include information about all ecommerce transactions complete with order details and abandoned carts. Smart searches can be constructed to find all users that have made a purchase for a given amount during a specific period. We have implemented an option to send out emails as plain text. And in the highlight section of email statistics it is now possible to see the order rate as a possible conversion parameter for success.
Loyalty points are now available as a method of strengthening customer retention and flexible rules for awarding points can be configured with the loyalty point matrix. We have introduced publication periods on products to make them available for purchase within a certain time frame only. The Discount matrix has been enriched with new options such as discount restrictions, smart searches, and more. We have also added a new extensibility point in the form of a Cart provider that allows all price calculation to happen without the interference of Ecommerce. One example would be an external ERP-system like Dynamics NAV. A new high performing index implementation with advanced filtering options has been developed for this release and is in beta testing. Noteworthy features include greater simplicity, better scalability, improved configurability and enhanced extensibility.
We have kept full focus on items and are continually responding to user feedback. Among the more extensive item improvements are Shared items fields, Conditional item content, Geo-locator fields and item creation as a split test goal. Shared item fields allow an item type to be included in the definition of another item type. Conditional item content makes it possible for field groups to only appear under specified conditions. Geo-locator fields converts an address to coordinates. Password security has been fortified with support for SHA512 encryption and a new easy-to-use forms module has just made it into this release in beta state.
The existing Network Load Balancing limitations have been removed and Dynamicweb 8.6 now supports multiple servers with full Ecommerce cache synchronization between nodes. This means that you are able to run your web shop in an NLB setup.
Support for multiple NAV companies gives you the options to configure exactly in which NAV company you want to place any given order. Implemented Partial synchronization of user databases when exporting from Dynamicweb. Included option to send in parameters when starting data integration activities from external systems.