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Loaded Commerce News and Updates

This page will show you the most recent Loaded Commerce templates updates and Loaded Commerce solution news.

Loaded Commerce Templates News and Updates

Loaded Commerce News and Updates

I want to take a moment and talk about recent events at Loaded Commerce from the end of 2014 to now – the spring of 2015. Loaded Commerce is a start up that relied on investor money, we had seed money and were looking for either angel money or small VC investment. We were unable to acquire additional investment at the terms we liked so we decided to scale back operations to what our natural cashflow could sustain. That means we Carly Fiorina’ed the staff. Including myself. Since we transitioned to a recurring product offering back in 2011, we had built up enough recurring income to keep sales and support staff in place. This means most customers did not notice a difference in our day to day operations. What did change was Documentation, Marketing, Core Development, Quality Assurance, and Product Management roles. Changed as in removed them temporarily. Luckily we wrote most of the documentation already, built our most of the marketing content, and as product manager, I have a backlog a year long for the product. That brings us to product development and QA. We have been using all additional resources engaging our developers as contractors to fix issues in Loaded 7 so you can use it reliably and confidently. We recently release our first update for 2015, 7.003.3 (complete with two hotfixes to boot). It addresses several issues, and we are working on another with more bug fixes including a critical for those using simple options (aka attributes). Our plans are to bring Loaded 7 up to feature parity of Loaded 6 within 6 months. However we are building features in based on two methods of prioritization: 1. Paid projects for specific features 2. Largest impact to the user base. So here is what we are working now: 1. Upgrader improvement to handle larger databases (chunks the processing so it does not time out) 2. PRO: product minimum order QTY 3. PRO: product order increments 4. CORE: UPS XML with product dimensions 5. CORE: USPS with handling fees per rates 6. PRO: Local Store Fronts (start of multi store – different lang/currency per parked domain) 7. PRO: Bundled Products (like product kits, and buy 1 get X free) 8. PRO: Out of Stock and Discontinued product 9. PRO: Store Credit for customers There are more features coming. But we want to focus on getting these updates out to you then we can talk about what is next. Thanks for using Loaded and for your support.

7.003.3.1 Released

8 April 2015, 9:21 pm
We are very happy to announce our next release for core 7.003.3.1 It includes several bug fixes and a few enhancements. We are working on a feature release now and should have it out in the next month. For now we have been focusing on getting customers live and fixing critical issues. the change log is here: http://loadedcommerce.github.io/loaded7/ but here are the contents of this release. Which included a hotfix for a few issues we found during the release test. Version 7.003.3.1 – released 08-Apr-2015 [B091] Corrected api health check logic causing false positives. [B092] Updated api calls to include HTTP request type which resolves the cURL versus cURLSSL issue. [B551] Disabled modules cache for the time being as it is causing intermittent issues. Version 7.003.3.0 – released 06-Apr-2015 [B544] Repaired reviews issue using Pro or B2B. [B542] Repaired product / category create / update issue bug. [B541] Repaired pressing enter on the login page does not submit bug. [B540] Repaired backup tool not excluding images bug. [B539] Repaired guest cart does not merge with customer cart on login bug. [B538] Repaired category on home page – ignores display settings bug. [B537] Repaired Branding Manager loses all data when special chars are used in the inputs bug. [B535] Repaired admin product edit – Pro sub product fail to save bug. [B534] Repaired information page permalinks missing data, wont save bug. [B533] Repaired contact us form submit confirmation message. [B532] Repaired need help link in the admin goes to the wrong template on Kayako. [B531] Repaired admin right navigation menu loses position. [B530] Repaired admin search not working properly. [B529] Repaired cannot edit template modules layout – content. [B528] Repaired deleting products does not remove them from featured products. [B527] Repaired margin reports message. [B526] Repaired export / import manufacturer data missing bug. [B525] Repaired category pages sort – drag and drop is buggy bug. [B524] Repaired category pages sort – need to edit sort value bug. [B523] Repaired new products content module breaks cache. [B522] Repaired blank checkout success page bug. [B521] Repaired end date not saving correctly bug. We also have a new issue tracker on our github, instead of using the wordpress plugin in our forums. Please post any issues here https://github.com/loadedcommerce/loaded7/issues
In 7.002.5 we introduced the new Product Categories Side Box. It is an improvement over the previous box. And it has some configuration settings. Only shows one level of categories at start Expands to show children of current category Has CSS class for current path of categories Configurable to start a designated parent category Configurable to product counts and levels of expanding Here you see the module installed with edit modal showing. I searched for “pro” to locate the module quickly. It is isntalled by default on new installations. If it is not installed yet on your site, click Install to do so. To get to the above configuration area go to Admin -> Settings -> Setup  -> Template Modules Common issue: be sure to configure the correct starting point for the product box. It is set to category Id 1, the Products category in our sample data. If you delete this category and make a new one, then be sure to edit the configuration to use TOP or the category you desire.
We are finally here. We have, after long road travelled, released the first B2B edition for Loaded 7. Thank you to all the patient pre-order customers. You will be receiving your B2B serials – if you have not already. Also see this forum post on how to update your Loaded 7 Pro to B2B, it’s super easy. Order B2B here: http://loadedcommerce.com/pricing/b2b B2B comes with the following initial features with more being added soon: Product Group Pricing Product Option Group Pricing Product Multi SKU & Sub Product Group Pricing Product Group Qty Break Pricing Tax status by customer group Payment and Shipping module by customer group Access Levels for content Hide pricing and add to cart to public Require Login for catalog Suppress catalog account creation P.O. Numbers on checkout and order history Search for orders via P.O. Numbers This release lays the groundwork for more features, access levels and group pricing can now be leveraged and expanded on. We have some exciting B2B features in development, such as: Customer Companies with Sub accounts Affiliate Program with Affiliate Coupons Admin Sales Persons with commission reports Invoices with terms So stay tuned and if you need a feature developed for your site or want help getting upgraded contact our sales team. View the B2B features here: http://loadedcommerce.com/shoppingcartsoftware/b2b-features/ Pro also received an update to 1.2  with a new feature and bug fixes: New feature: Product Option type: file uploads Enhancement: Skip shipping checkout cleaned up Enhancement: Qty Break price can be removed Fixed: Sub product pricing save Fixed: Sub product showing price with tax Fixed: Login as customer url Fixed: Admin Product Class definitions and other fixes Pro also has more enhancements coming such as: Domain base language and currency (foundation for multi site) Bundled Products So stay tuned and if you need a feature developed for your site or want help getting upgraded contact our sales team. Core received a large bug fix update with several enhancements: Social Share buttons with configuration control on product page New Product Category collapsible infobox (space saving technology) Sales Tax and other reports (finally, yay) BillMeLater button on shopping cart Orders show customer, phone, email and IP address Order B2B here: http://loadedcommerce.com/pricing/b2b View the B2B features here: http://loadedcommerce.com/shoppingcartsoftware/b2b-features/  
Hotfix part 2. As you may have noticed our API server still having issues up until this late morning. Especially difficult was the 9 am wave of traffic that hit our server as everyone started logging in. After fixing the login check (hotfix 7.002.4.1) we found another issue with our Loaded 7 admin code where it checks home too often to see if there is a new version. Instead of checking only once after logging into the application, it was checking on every time you visited a major section page (products, customers, orders, etc) any page that uses the admin/index.php. We have created a new hotfix for this and it is available right now. Update your site right now. Even if you applied hotfix 7.002.4.1 you need to apply this latest fix right now. The new fix corrects the behavior of version checking to only checking when on the admin dashboard page and only immediately after logging in. Also, we have added a timeout parameter of 10 seconds to all API checks. So that in the event our API cannot be reached the application will stop waiting after 10 seconds. Our test show that the admin login page and dashboard load around 10 seconds even with the api unreachable. After that all pages in the admin are unaffected by API issues. Now if you browse the addon page in your admin – it will poll the API to load the list of addons. If you visit the Core update admin page it will poll the API for a version check. All other pages in the admin should be free from our api resource. If any issues persist please let us know. We are monitoring this situation and hope to have it resolved with this patch. I will be posting a manual patch file shortly. Here is the manual patch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ap3q66l7jbb2ibv/patch-7.002.4.1-and-7.002.4.2.zip
This week we saw an unfortunate issue arise with our Loaded 7 install base. Our api server crashed on wednesday morning starting a chain reaction of other issues. Some that continued to plague our api server for a few days. The biggest problem was the effect on Loaded 7 installs around the world. The issue resulted in large error logs and crashed databases. This is because the admin code that checks in to validate the license. Even the free edition runs this check as it the serial may be a pro serial. Each free installations is activated and issued free serial, which future addons and updates can be related to. This check was incorrectly coded to fallback to an old protocol if it encountered an error. This falling back on error caused the checks to continue – in an endless loop, hitting our server several times a second, hanging the admin login page, and generating large error logs. The hotfix changes the code so that is only checks -in once a day no matter how many times a day you login to your admin. And if it encounters an error with our API,. it assumes the serial is valid, records the error – once, and lets you log in to your admin. We have also made changes and will continue to improve the stability of our API server. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused you, our most supported users, the early adopters of Loaded 7. Here is a coupon “hammered” for 20% off your next purchase. Also any reseller that was effected please contact our sales dept for a free reseller level bump to the next discount level by mentioning this coupon. Which is also proof you read this blog post and go this far. Truly committed folks. You can download the full Loaded 7 release here http://loadedcommerce.com/download You can update your existing release by way of the core updater in your admin Just look for the lil update dude in the right corner when you login in. If you want to manually update a customized installation you can download a special hotfix patch here: We apologize again for the issue and frustration this caused and are here to help if you need anything. Next week we hope to release a big Core update, a Pro update and our first Loaded 7 B2B release.   Happy 4th of july! .
We are working on an issue that is effecting all distributed installations of Loaded 7. The main serialization server and DB for Loaded 7 became corrupted today and all Loaded 7 installations processed an error response that has corrupted their databases. Errors are being rapidly generated by the attempts and can fill up a server and bring it down. delete the file: includes/work/php_errors.log to clear the disk space. we are working to put up hard coded OK response from our end point. UPDATE: The outage issue has been resolved. The API is responding. Loaded 7 sites are operational. We will be changing the way Loaded 7 admin calls in with the next immediate update.

Site Showcase: LOLStore.org

12 June 2014, 4:54 pm
We are happy to present a stock Loaded 7 Pro site. League of Legends Store www.lolstore.org This site utilizes Pro Feature – Skip Shipping on checkout since they sell services. I like how smooth everything works, very easy to use and great support :). compared to the others, their designs aren’t that great and they don’t come with a super control panel. – LOLStore.org
This is the release you have been waiting for. We are proud to announce the release of Loaded 7 Pro 1.1 and Core version 7.002.3 Core release 7.002.2 brought 40 bug fixes, 7.002.3 brings another 47 bug fixes. Major fixes are focused around the upgrader for stores with multiple languages, currencies, lots of options, and order data with options in it.  Also we added support in the importer to generate product permalink data and relationships when the import file was missing this data. The full changelog is here.   Multi SKU Combo Options. Easily Create Options with SKU and inventory tracking. Options can be stand alone or combinations of options. When customers purchase the item – the SKU assigned to the order is based on the combination. The combination selected is checked against the database of combinations. Only valid options are allowed to be ordered. Upgrading to Loaded 7 Pro Upgrading is easy now. The installer comes with a upgrader converter that has been field tested and updated against several complex 6.x databases. Just purchase Loaded 7 Pro. Download and install the Core, and register your Pro serial. Pro features will be enabled instantly upon product registration. Upgrade guides are located in our Support User Guides section here. http://loadedcommerce.com/support/guides/ You can purchase your Pro license here: http://loadedcommerce.com/pricing/pro/ upgrade discounts are available. Both upgrade and full installs come with the upgrader tool.
We are happy to present a stock Loaded 7 Pro site with a customized template. Perfect Vapours. http://www.perfectvapours.com/ The site takes the default core template and personalizes it for this site. It also includes an upcoming feature – Age Restriction.