Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart that can easily be added to any blog
and takes less than 5 minutes to set up.
|Author:||Ecwid Ecommerce (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||3.7|
|WordPress version tested:||5.2.2|
|Added to WordPress repository:||21-10-2009|
|Total downloads:||1 201 378|
|Active installs:||30 000+|
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Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping Cart is everything you need to add an online store to your WordPress site. Powerful, easy-to-use and Gutenberg-friendly. Over 1 million sellers in 175 countries, 45 languages supported. PayPal, Stripe and 40 more payment options. Real-time shipping integrations. Selling on Instagram and Facebook.
Automatic Shipping and Taxes
The Ecwid ecommerce plugin integrates with major carriers including USPS, UPS, FedEx, Canada Post, Australia Post, and others to automatically calculate shipping rates. Taxes are also automated and can be set-up in a few clicks. Automated tax rate calculations are available for the U.S., Canada, and EU VAT. Additionally, integration with TaxJar provides automatic sales tax reporting and filing in the U.S.
Sell on Facebook and Instagram
Add your online store to Facebook and sell to millions of Facebook and Instagram users. No addons needed. Ecwid will automatically synchronize your products, customers, orders and inventory between your WordPress and Facebook storefronts. Ecwid is the #1 e-commerce app on Facebook. Join!
eCommerce Mobile Apps
Ecwid Shopping Cart provides free mobile applications for iOS and Android to manage your store and sell on the go. Scan products, track inventory, manage sales and accept payments using your mobile device as a POS station. Your ecommerce data is automatically synchronized with your WordPress shopping cart, Facebook store and other online storefronts.
Unlimited Storage, Automatic Backups and Seamless Upgrades
With the Ecwid Shopping Cart, your online store data is fully hosted on our secure servers. Regardless of the WordPress hosting service you use, your Ecwid online store includes:
- unlimited storage
- regular backups
- seamless upgrades and security updates
So you don’t need to worry about software updates, security patches and server maintenance – we do that for you. Your online store gets all the new ecommerce features and bug fixes automatically.
PCI DSS validated Level 1 Service Provider
Ecwid Shopping Cart is PCI DSS Level 1 certified, which is the gold standard for e-commerce solutions worldwide. This means that Ecwid helps your online store meet the security requirements of the bank you do business with.
Friendly and knowledgeable support experts available 24/5 so you can get immediate help when you need it. Support options include email, e-commerce community forums, chat and phone support.
With Ecwid, you can include your ecommerce shop on multiple websites, blogs, social sites and ecommerce marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Google Shopping and sell simultaneously everywhere. Add your online store to as many sites as you want, manage it from one place.
Mobile Responsive Design
Ecwid works great on any WordPress site, especially those running on mobile-optimized themes. Your online store looks perfect on smartphones and automatically adapts to your customer’s screen size: laptops, tablets, smart TVs or smart watches. Check out this demo
Hundreds of extensions and powerful API
There is a lot of in-house and third party extensions built on the Ecwid Ecommerce APIs. You can find a ready made plugin extending features of your online storefront the way you want or build a custom addon yourself. The existing family of third party plugins include tax automation apps like TaxJar, fulfilment services like ShipStation, customer support tools like LiveChat and many others.
Your Favorite Free Plugin
Ecwid offers a free plan that’s always available with no hidden setup charges or transaction fees. Get your online store up and running at zero cost. As your online shop grows, Ecwid grows with you. When the time is right, consider upgrading to one of our premium plans to get more robust features and preferred support. See also: Ecwid plan and pricing
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How secure is this plugin? Is my store PCI DSS compliant?
Ecwid is PCI DSS Level 1 certified shopping cart plugin – the gold standard for e-commerce solutions worldwide. This helps your online store meet the security requirements of the bank you do business with. More details
How much does Ecwid cost?
Ecwid shopping cart plans vary by number of products, types of ecommerce functionality, and level of support.
* Free – Up to 10 products
* Venture – $15/month
* Business – $35/month
* Unlimited – $99/month
Pro Tip: you can save money by enrolling in our annual plans. For more information, check out our pricing page.
How can I manage my online shop from a mobile device?
Ecwid shopping cart provides mobile applications for iOS and Android to manage your online store and sell on the go. Scan products, track inventory, manage sales and accept payments using your mobile device as a POS station. More details on Ecwid mobile apps.
How do I set up a storefront on Facebook with Ecwid shopping cart?
You can add your online shop to any web presence, including your Facebook business page. Ecwid plugin will automatically synchronize products, customers, orders and inventory between your WordPress and Facebook storefronts. More details.
How can I add a shopping cart widget to my site sidebar?
You can add a product search box, shopping cart widget and other tools on the Appearance/Widgets page here in your site admin. Read more about Ecwid sidebar widgets.
How do I add my store products to a sitemap?
To create a sitemap for your WordPress shop, we recommend using the fully compatible Google XML Sitemaps or Yoast WordPress SEO plugins. Generating a sitemap that contains links to store categories and product pages will help index your pages faster. Please note that the store sitemap option is only available to paid Ecwid users.
How do I add store categories to the site menu?
You can add the store categories menu to your site menu to help your customers easily navigate your online shop. Just open “Appearance > Menus” in your WordPress control panel and add the “Store with Categories Menu” item to your site menu. A drop-down menu containing your store categories will automatically appear on your site.
How do I migrate my shop from Shopify, WooCommerce or BigCommerce?
You can use Ecwid’s built-in import tools to copy your store products from any other shopping cart to Ecwid. Find more details in the Import-Export article in the Ecwid shopping cart help center.
6.8.5 – Jul 25, 2019
- Improvements for the “Store page speedup” feature. If you haven’t tried the store speedup tool yet, please feel free to do so on the Ecwid/Advanced setting page in your WordPress admin backend.
- Several fixes and improvements for the “Import from WooCommerce” tool.
- Fixed a “Call to undefined function pll_current_language()” error message to improve compatibility with the Polylang plugin.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.8.4 – Jul 9, 2019
- Several fixes and improvements for the recently released “Store page speedup” feature. In particular, the changes improve the caching mechanism to avoid high database usage and fix layout issues in Internet Exporer browser. If you haven’t tried the store speedup tool yet, please feel free to do so on the Ecwid/Advanced setting page in your WordPress admin backend.
- Fixed a warning on the sites with old PHP versions. If your ecommerce site is running on an outdated PHP version, this update might fix a warning message for you. Please update your PHP as soon as possible (or ask your hoster to do that for you) — it’s much more secure to use the latest versions of software on your server.
6.8.3 – Jul 1, 2019
- Fixed scroll issues. Ecwid adjusts the browser scroll when someone navigates to product and category pages in your shop. This is to make sure a visitor will see the product pages aligned well on the page. This didn’t work well on some sites — we fixed that.
- A few bug fixes in the Ecwid ecommerce blocks in Gutenberg.
- Several other minor bug fixes and improvements.
6.8.2 – Jun 14, 2019
- Fixed an error that happened under certain site configurations
6.8.1 – Jun 13, 2019
- Enabled the “Cache and speed up the store page” feature for the old Ecwid accounts. The feature appeared in the previously released version (6.8), but it was disabled for the part of old Ecwid accounts. It’s now available for everyone. You can turn it on on the “Ecwid/Advanced” page in your WordPress admin backend.
6.8 – Jun 13, 2019
- New cool feature — cache and speed up your store page. Available on the Ecwid/Advanced settings page inside your WordPress admin backend. Tick the new checkbox there to make it cache and speed up the store home page on your ecommerce site. When it’s enabled, you and your customer will see your store page load way faster than before.
- Compatibility with more multilingual plugins. As we mentioned before, Ecwid now supports full-featured multilingual storefronts. Previously, we made it compatible with the WPML plugin. In this update, we are adding support for more multilingual plugins: Polylang, TranslatePress, WPGlobus, WP Multilang, Multisite Language Switcher, MultilingualPress, Multilanguage by BestWebSoft, Transposh WordPress Translation and more. In general, if some plugin or a custom code switches locale on your site, Ecwid should be compatible with it and change the storefront language accordingly. So, if you have enabled the multilingual mode in your ecommerce store and are supporting several languages on your WordPress site, your shop pages will be displayed in the language selected by a visitor.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.7.4 – Jun 6, 2019
- Fixed the “Random products” sidebar widget layout issues. Some users might notice that the random product widget didn’t look good on e-commerce sites with a narrow sidebar. We fixed it so the widget work fine in narrow spaces.
- Fixed slow loading issue for the site admin. After the latest Ecwid Ecommerce plugin update you might notice the store page loaded a bit longer. That was a bug. It didn’t affect how the site loaded for your customers, but it did slow it down for you, the site administrator. We fixed it.
- Small fixes and improvements.
6.7.3 – May 29, 2019
- Fixed compatibility with WordPress versions older 5.0
- Fixed a PHP error message (“Can’t use function return value in write context “) for PHP versions older 5.5
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.7.2 – May 28, 2019
- SEO improvement: new ld+json and improved schema.org markup on product pages. Ecwid adds product ecommerce data to product pages in a SEO-friendly microdata format so that search engines can index your store pages and better display them in search results. In this update, we enhanced the structured products data on store pages to make it meet the latest Google recommendations. Also, the plugin now adds the same product data in ld+json format in your storefront, which is an alternative way to expose your e-commerce information to search engines. This should increase chances the Google bot will crawl and index your product catalog well.
- Improved compatibility with WPML (part 3): hreflang tags for SEO. WPML is a popular plugin to build multilingual sites. As we mentioned before, Ecwid now supports full-featured multilingual storefronts, too. In this update, we further improved WPML support in Ecwid. Now, if you have enabled the multilingual mode in your ecommerce store and are using WPML on your WordPress site, your shop pages will have links to the alternative language versions so that search engines will know which version to display to customer. Those alternative links are specified in hreflang tags in your storefront — special HTML elements aimed to link language versions of the same page between each other.
- Several fixes and improvements for the “Import from WooCommerce” tool. If you import your products from WooCommerce to Ecwid, the import process now should be more stable and friendly.
- A few fixes for the “Integrate with the site search” tool. You can find that tool on the Ecwid Advanced setting page — it’s used to display your products in site search results.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.7.1 – May 8, 2019
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.7 – May 8, 2019
- Improved compatibility with WPML (part 2). WPML is a popular plugin for multilingual sites. Ecwid now supports full-featured multilingual storefronts, too. So, in this update, we added a few more improvements for WPML support. Now, if you have enabled the multilingual mode in your ecommerce store and are using WPML on your WordPress site, your shop pages will be displayed in the language selected by a visitor in a language selector. Read more about setting up a multilingual e-commerce store in Ecwid in the Ecwid blog: https://www.ecwid.com/blog/sell-around-the-globe-with-a-fully-multilingual-storefront.html
- A few fixes for compatibility with Divi builder. If you use Divi builder to edit your WordPress site content, you might notice that the Ecwid buttons “Add store” and “Add product” didn’t work well in the editor lately. We fixed that, now it should work fine.
6.6 – Apr 29, 2019
- Improved loading time for the Ecwid plugin in WordPress admin backend. We noticed that the Ecwid plugin affected the loading time of the pages editor in the WordPress admin backend. We improved a few things in the plugin to make it load faster.
- Improved compatibility with WPML. WPML is a popular plugin for multilingual sites. We got a few reports that it didn’t work well with Ecwid. We talked to the WPML team and tracked down the issue. It’s now fixed and your site should work fine if you use both WPML and Ecwid. In future versions, we will add a full support for WPML — you will be able to translate your Ecwid catalog to multiple languages and display your store content in your visitor language.
- Added Russian translations for Gutenberg blocks. The Ecwid ecommerce plugin now has 10 Gutenberg e-commerce blocks, which help you build your online store pages in more convenient drag-n-drop manner. In this update, we translated those blocks to Russian to make it more friendly for Ecwid users from Russia.
- Various fixes and improvements.
6.5.3 – Apr 11, 2019
- Compatibility fixes for KingComposer Editor. There was a problem in how Ecwid e-commerce plugin works with KingComposer editor. We’ve fixed it.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.5.2 – Apr 3, 2019
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.5.1 – Mar 28, 2019
- Fixed a minor appearance issue in the Ecwid e-commerce blocks in Gutenberg.
6.5 – Mar 28, 2019
- Added 8 new Gutenberg blocks — 10 in total. The Ecwid plugin now provides 10 ecommerce blocks for Gutenberg for adding online store functionality to your site pages. The blocks include: the store home page to display the whole storefront, the store category page to show a particular category, the large product card to show detailed product information, the small product card to display one or several product widgets, the buy now button to add buttons to blog posts, the search and filters page, the search input block, the shopping cart icon block and the cart and checkout block. To try the new blocks, open Gutenberg editor in your WordPress admin backend, click “Add block” and find the “Ecwid” blocks set there.
- Added In-context “Edit Product” links. You can now open store product editor quickly when browsing published store pages as an administrator. Just click the “Edit Product” link at the top of the page in the WordPress admin header or the “Edit” button at the bottom of the post and you will get redirected to the product details in your e-commerce store dashboard.
- Added SEO improvement for the H1 tags on the product and category pages. Ecwid puts product and categories ecommerce data in the page content in a SEO-friendly microdata format so that search engines can index your store well. On the other hand, WordPress pages have their own data, specifically <h1> tags, which stay on product pages and visible to Google when it is indexing your site. So, in addition to a product title like “My cool product”, Google may see your store page title on the same page like “Shop”. We improved it: the product pages will now have more prominent and clear <h1> tags containing product titles. This should improve indexation and the way your products look in the search results in Google.
- Added compatibility with the Enfold theme page builder (Avia Layout Builder). We learned that Ecwid didn’t work well with the Avia page builder which is a part of the Enfold theme. Enfold users might notice it was difficult to add Ecwid blocks to a page. We fixed that — now Ecwid should work fine with Enfold theme.
- Added Mega Menu plugin compatibility. Added fixes and layout improvements to make the Ecwid e-commerce plugin compatible with the Mega Menu WordPress plugin. If you use the Mega Menu plugin, you might notice layout issues on your store page. We fixed that. If you find any trouble in how Ecwid works with your theme or plugin, please let us know.
- Minor fixes for the “Import products from WooCommerce to Ecwid” import tool.
- Ecwid is constantly updated with new features and tools which are of course available to WordPress users. One of the recent major updates is Dynamic AMP emails: we’ve collaborated with Google/Gmail to launch dynamic email for e-commerce merchants. It’s available for the Ecwid plugin users now and you will be able to use it without dealing with custom code or any external plugin. Check it out in our blog.
6.4.15 – Mar 19, 2019
- Fixed generation of sitemap for Yoast SEO plugin
6.4.14 – Mar 12, 2019
- Fixed a PHP error message (“Cannot use object of type Closure as array”)
6.4.12 – Mar 11, 2019
- Improvement for the sharing buttons on the product pages. “Share to Facebook”, “Tweet” and other share buttons now uses the actual product page URLs instead of a “proxy” Ecwid URL. This should make shared links look more appealing in social networks and improve the SEO of your ecommerce store.
- Fixed an issue in the “Import products from WooCommerce” tool. In some cases, import failed and stopped importing products — we fixed that, now it should work fine and you can import your products from WooCommerce to Ecwid when you need it.
- Minor fixes and improvements for SEO, stability and performance.
- Besides the changes in the plugin, Ecwid e-commerce functionality is constantly updated with new features and tools. One of the recent major updates is product filters — you can now add product filtering panel to your store search page without dealing with custom code or an external plugin. Check it out in our blog.
6.4.11 – Feb 26, 2019
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.4.9 – Feb 7, 2019
- Fixes for the Open Graph image tag (og:image tag) . When you share a page from your ecommerce site on Facebook or in a messenger, you should see the product title, description and image in the sharing preview snippet.
- Improvements for the product listing auto-scroll function. In some WordPress themes, the site header might overlap product pages when you navigate from page to page in your online store. We improved it to make the product and category pages appear better to your customers.
- Various minor fixes and improvements.
6.4.8 – Dec 26, 2018
- Improved settings interface for the “Product” block in Gutenberg (the new WordPress page editor). You can add a single product to any of your pages or posts using the Ecwid ecommerce “Product” block and fine-tune its layout in the block settings on the right side in the editor.
- Resolved a minor layout issue caused by the Embed Any Document plugin. The Embed Any Document plugin adds a breaking CSS code to the WordPress admin backend which caused some of the Ecwid plugin admin pages display incorreclty. We fixed that, the plugins are now compatible.
- SEO enhancement: improved canonical tags for the sites that display different store categories on different site pages. In such case, the canonical tags on products and categories pages will keep the pages structure as is (link to the page that they are opened from). Otherwise, if you have one main store page displaying the whole catalog, the product/categories canonical tags will link to the main store page to avoid duplicates issues and make your e-commerce store appear better in the Google search results.
- Minor improvements for the Ecwid admin backend pages navigation.
6.4.7 – Dec 14, 2018
- Compatibility fixes for Elementor and Gravity Forms. Thanks to a user report, we found a few glitches in how the Ecwid e-commerce plugin works with Elementor and Gravity Forms. All fixed — the plugins should work fine together now
6.4.6 – Dec 7, 2018
- Minor fixes & improvements.
6.4.5 – Dec 7, 2018
- Minor fixes for better compatibility with the WordPress v5 and Gutenberg.
- Improvements and fixes for the “Import products from WooCommerce” tool. Import of products from WooCommerce to Ecwid now should work smoother, especially when you have a lot of products to import.
6.4.3 – Nov 28, 2018
- Minor fixes and improvements for the Ecwid ecommerce blocks in Gutenberg editor.
6.4.2 – Nov 14, 2018
- Speedup for the store main page. We’re working on making Ecwid stores load faster on WordPress sites. This update brings a set of loading speed improvements for some part of the stores. We will gradually roll out these enhancements to all users. No actions required from your side — your store will get all of the improvements in this or upcoming releases. But if you ever noticed your store loading slowly, please contact us so we can help you enable this new feature on your site right now.
- Fixed an issue in the plugin settings menu on WordPress.com. Ecwid e-commerce plugin works on WordPress.com sites as well. In the admin backend of WordPress.com sites, the plugin menu didn’t look well — some of the styles and colors were broken. We fixed it, now the plugin admin backend should work fine on both WordPress.org and WordPress.com installations.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.4.1 – Nov 13, 2018
- WordPress v 5.0 compatibility. This update brings compatibility with the upcoming WordPress version. In particular, we made sure Ecwid e-commerce stores looks good with the new Twenty Nineteenth theme. Also, we polished the Ecwid online store block in the new WordPress editor (Gutenberg) to make sure you can add a product listing to any site page and customize its appearance including colors, product grid layout, store navigation controls, product page appearance and more.
6.4 – Oct 25, 2018
- New storefront appearance settings in Gutenberg. The new WordPress page editor (Gutenberg) now has plenty of e-commerce design settings: product thumbnails format and size, button and text colors, category images behavior, product page layout, store navigation elements and a lot more. We previously added these appearance options to your Ecwid store control panel: https://www.ecwid.com/blog/new-ecwid-design-settings-dozens-of-customization-options-no-coding.html. Now they are a part of real-time page building experience: you tweak the appearance, preview changes and publish them right from the page editor. To see the new appearance options, please make sure you enabled the Gutenberg editor in your WordPress admin backend.
- SEO fix: 404 status for removed products and categories. Previously, Ecwid didn’t mark removed products and categories with correct 404 responses — it just displayed a customer-friendly message saying the product is not available. Google recommends making removed pages clearly marked with a special 404 response code available for search robots to read. We added it to make sure unavailable products will be quicker removed from the Google search results giving more customer attention to the available products.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.3.2 – Oct 1, 2018
- Fixed a problem with the WordPress admin menu items. In some cases, the WordPress admin navigation froze when an Ecwid store admin page was opened. Now everything should work fine.
6.3.1 – Sep 26, 2018
- Several fixes and improvements.
6.3 – Sep 25, 2018
- Compatibility with the popular WordPress page builders: Elementor, Divi, Beaver builder. The Ecwid e-commerce plugin has always been working great with the default WordPress editor to let you easily add a store or a single product to your site pages. In the recent updates, we also added the same functions to Gutenberg editor. In this update, we went further to make sure the most popular page builders are working fine with Ecwid. We added a lot of improvements and fixes to the plugin to make it work better with the Elementor, Beaver page builder and Divi editor. If you are using one of those page builders and having any problem editing your store page, please let us know so we can further improve it.
- Avada, Bridge and Parallax One themes improved compatibility. Even though Ecwid is compatible with every WordPress theme by design, some slight fixes and improvements are sometimes needed to make storefront look better. That’s why we are always monitoring how Ecwid pages look and behave in WordPress ecommerce themes. In this update, we are rolling out a few minor improvements to the Ecwid layout for the Avada, Bridge and Parallax One WordPress themes.
- Fix of a conflict with Master slider plugin. The Master slider plugin used to conflict with Ecwid plugin in the WordPress admin backend, which may cause some of the slider management pages look broken in the slider dashboard. Fixed.
- Fix of a conflict with the Ultimate tables plugin. One more plugin conflicting issue is fixed: the Ultimate tables plugin used to affect the Ecwid dashboard layout in the WordPress admin backed. Now it is working fine.
- Improvements for the WooCommerce import tool: options, variations and image gallery are now supported. In one of the recent update, we made it possible to import WooCommerce products to your Ecwid e-commerce store using a simple import wizard in the Ecwid plugin. In this version, we’ve made it more powerful so you can now import product gallery images, product options and variations to make the import easier and quicker.
- Several fixes and improvements.
6.2.4 – Aug 17, 2018
- Fixed an issue with the SEO content of product and categories pages. In the previous update, there was a bug affecting hidden SEO content of the store pages. It’s now fixed — everything should work fine both for human visitors and search crawlers.
6.2.3 – Aug 15, 2018
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.2.1 – Aug 8, 2018
- New “Main storefront page” selector in the plugin advanced settings. If you have your storefront added to several pages on your site, you can now choose the main storefront page in the plugin settings (Ecwid → Advanced). This will define where the store navigation menus and sidebar widgets should be linked to. If you have a single online store page (which is totally OK), this new option won’t be displayed.
- New warning messages for the sites with outdated TLS. Ecwid is a PCI DSS level 1 certified ecommerce provider, which is a gold security standard for e-commerce solutions. Put it simply, when you use Ecwid, you have a bank level of online payments security in your online store. One of the requirements to make sure Ecwid merchants can securely process payments on their site is to use up-to-date TLS software on the server where your site is hosted. If your store dashboard doesn’t load in your WordPress admin backend or you see a warning message saying that the Ecwid plugin cannot connect to the Ecwid API, that’s most likely caused by outdated TLS on your hosting. We recommend contacting your hosting in such case. If everything works fine and no warning message appears, that means no action is required from your side.
- Minor improvements in the store dashboard in the WordPress admin backend. We improved the scroll behavior on the store admin dashboard pages and fixed a couple minor issues in the Ecwid menu items in the WordPress admin backend.
- Fixed an issue with store popup appearing on protected pages before the password is entered. Some online sellers add their store catalog on protected pages on their ecommerce site to restrict access to it for some particular group of customers (e.g. wholesale membership). There was an issue with store catalog appearing in a popup on such pages — we fixed that.
- Fixed an issue in the “Add store” button in the WordPress page editor. There was a bug that made the store widgets appear at the top of the page when you use the “Add store” button in the classic WordPress editor. We fixed it, it should work fine now.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.2 – Jun 25, 2018
- New! Revamped floating cart icon. We added a new floating cart widget that allows to display a cart icon along with items count and subtotal in the corner of the screen. This way, it’s always visible and your customers can click it to check their cart contents and proceed with checkout. The new floating shopping cart icon looks better and provides a lot of layout customization options. You can enable it in the Customizer menu under “Ecwid” section in your WordPress admin backend: (Appearance → Customize → Ecwid).
- Fixed a “Call to undefined function mb_strtolower” error message that appeared on some hosts. If you saw such an error message, this should be fixed now.
- Fixed a minor issue with the way Ecwid clean URLs work with Divi theme. If you’re using Divi theme on your site, you might notice that product page links gave you a 404 error in some rare cases. It’ fixed now.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
6.1.1 – May 30, 2018
- Compatibility with Gutenberg: buy now buttons in the page editor. Gutenberg editor is getting more and more popular and will soon be the default WordPress editor. To make sure Ecwid users are ready for it, we are adding Gutenberg support to our plugin. In the previous update, we added a “Store” block to the Gutenberg editor toolbar. This update brings another button to the editor toolbar — “Ecwid product”. Use this one to add product widgets and buy now buttons to the pages and posts of your site.
- Revamped cart widget for sidebar. We added a new sidebar widget that allows to display a cart icon along with items count and subtotal in the sidebar. The new shopping cart icon widget looks better and provides a lot of layout customization options — don’t forget to play with its settings when adding it to your sidebar. You can find the new widget under Appearance → Widgets in your WordPress admin backend.
- New design/appearance settings: new customization options for your storefront. We added a lot of new design settings to your store dashboard. Read this detailed post to learn how to tweak your store appearance: https://www.ecwid.com/blog/new-ecwid-design-settings-dozens-of-customization-options-no-coding.html
- Compatibility with WP Bakery page builder. We fixed a few issues and made Ecwid widgets work fine in the “WP Bakery” page builder. Now you can use that sitebuilder with the Ecwid plugin — everything should work fine.
- Fixed a pre-renderering issue in IE browser. The Ecwid e-commerce plugin adds prerender/preload tags to your site code — those are special html codes aimed to make the store page loads faster for your customers. This pre-rendering technology didn’t work well in old IE browsers (IE 11 and older) so we disabled it for IE visitors on your site. It works automatically, so no actions required from your side.
- Compatibility with Polylang plugin. We got a report from one of our customers stating that Ecwid didn’t work well with Polylang plugin. We fixed an issue, now everything should work fine.
- Improvements and fixes for the plugin navigation in the WP admin menu.
- Improvements and fixes for store pages SEO friendly urls.
- Fixed a minor issue in the “Tools -> Import -> Ecwid products” section in the WP admin backend.
6.0.3 – Apr 19, 2018
- Fixed incorrect sorting in the store categories menu widgets. If you use display store categories inn your site menu or in a sidebar using the Ecwid categories sidebar widget, you might notice that the categories list order differs from that in your store control panel. We fixed that — now the sorting matches.
- Fixed unclickable products/categories in storefront. This issue appeared in very rare occasions, when a site is running on https (like https://example.com) but someone opens it using an http link (http://example.com). If there was no redirect (it happens sometimes), you might notice that your store product listing doesn’t react on clicks in the http version of your site. We fixed that — now it works well in all cases. We recommend redirecting http to https version though anyway.
6.0.2 – Apr 13, 2018
- Fixed an error that occurred under specific server configurations.
6.0.1 – Apr 11, 2018
- Compatibility with Gutenberg. Gutenberg editor is getting more and more popular and will soon be the default WordPress editor. To make sure Ecwid users are ready for that, we added Gutenberg support to our plugin. Now when you edit a page in Gutenberg, you will see a new “Ecwid online store” block in the editor toolbar — this can be used to add a store to a page. In future updates, we will add ability to add a product widget (or a buy now button) to a post or page in Gutenberg.
- New product import tools. Some sellers copy their products to Ecwid e-commerce plugin from WooCommerce, other shopping carts or local database or spreadsheet. We made it easier to do that in Ecwid. You can now see a separate Ecwid block under Tools -> Import in the WordPress admin backend. That block allows you to import products and categories to your store from WooCommerce or external CSV file.
- New WordPress admin dashboard widget: help/educational materials for sellers. We added a new Ecwid block to the WordPress admin dashboard — it features useful posts from the Ecwid ecommerce blog. The block refreshes itself automatically when we publish a new blog post. Check it to find fresh product updates and tips and recommendations from the Ecwid team on how to better set up your store and sell more.
- Revamped Ecwid menu in WordPress admin backend. This is step #2 of the menu changes implemented in the version 5.8. Historically, the Ecwid store management dashboard displayed navigation within the central page content when you open it in your WordPress admin backend. So, you open the “Ecwid” menu in your WP admin and then navigate through your store admin pages inside that general “Ecwid” page. We’re improving this process: now the store admin navigation menu will be a part of the WordPress admin menu. So now you will find management/settings/apps and other sections right in the WordPress left-hand navigation sidebar. This will align the Ecwid plugin navigation with the general WordPress navigation and provide more natural way to find the right page of your store dashboard. Also, this will free some space in the page central area to make it more convenient to manage your store, especially on mobile devices.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- 6.0.1 fixes compatibility issues with outdated php versions.
5.8.2 – Mar 9, 2018
- Fixed an issue with the categories menu appeared in the version 5.8.1.
5.8.1 – Mar 7, 2018
- Compatibility with the Yoast premium SEO plugin. Yoast recently updated their SEO plugins. We adjusted Ecwid plugin to work well with them. So, as usually, Ecwid should work well with Yoast products, feel free to use them to get your site and online store optimized for search engines.
- Fixed an issue with Ecwid buttons in the Elementor page builder toolbar. Ecwid’s “Add store” and “Add product” buttons didn’t work well in the Elementor editor toolbar. We hid the Ecwid buttons from the toolbar as a workaround. To add a store or a single product to a page in the Elementor editor, please use [ec_store] and [ec_product] shortcodes or temporarily switch to the default WP editor.
- Fixed compatibility issues with Themify AJAX themes. If you use one of Themify themes with AJAX navigation enabled, you might notice that your store page didn’t load sometimes. We fixed that. Ecwid should work well with any WordPress theme.
- Fixed an issue with SEO-friendly description on store product pages. Ecwid ecommerce plugin renders your store pages in a special search engines friendly way so that they can index your products and display them better in search results. In some cases, product description wasn’t displayed in that SEO version of store page. We fixed that, everything should work fine and your products should be displayed well in Google search.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
5.8 – Feb 8, 2018
- Improved OG tags support. OpenGraph (or OG) tags are special marks in site pages code, that are used to make better snippets when you share a page on Facebook, Twitter and other sites and social networks. We added OG tags to the products pages — this will make your product title, description and image appear in a snippet/post when you share a link to that product.
- Revamped Ecwid menu in WordPress admin backend. Historically, the Ecwid store management dashboard displayed navigation within the central page content when you open it in your WordPress admin backend. So, you open the “Ecwid” menu in your WP admin and then navigate through your store admin pages within that general “Ecwid” page. We’re improving this process: now the store admin navigation menu will be a part of the WordPress native admin menu, so you will find products/sales/settings/promotions/apps and other sections right in the WordPress left-hand navigation sidebar. This will align the Ecwid plugin navigation with the general WordPress navigation and provide more natural way to find the right page of your store dashboard. Also, this will free some space in the page central area to make it more convenient to manage your store, especially on mobile devices. IMPORTANT: The change is now enabled for the new plugin users only. We will gradually roll it out to all of the plugin users in the upcoming updates.
- Improved compatibility with Customizr theme (part 2). We continue improving the Ecwid online store plugin to work well with a popular “Customizr” theme and to make the store appearance and behavior fit the theme better. This is a continue of the improvements for Customizr that we released in the previous plugin update. If you’re using the Customizr theme, please let us know what you think.
- Several minor fixes and improvements. The Ecwid plugin is constantly updated with new features and tools. To see more updates, see our ecommerce blog.
5.7.3 – Jan 18, 2018
- Improved compatibility with Customizr theme. We are inspecting how the plugin works with a popular “Customizr” theme and making the store appearance and behavior fit the theme better. This is the first part of improvements for Customizr, we will continue making it better in the future versions.
- Improvements in the way the plugin communicates with the Ecwid APIs. We cleaned up the plugin code and improved its internal functions to make sure storefront and product widgets are using the newest Ecwid API and work more stable.
- Minor improvements in the SEO. We made a few fixes and adjustments in canonical tags and SEO-friendly URLs functionality.
- Ecwid e-commerce service is constantly updated with new cool features and improvements. To see more updates and learn something new about selling online, see our blog.
5.7.2 – Dec 20, 2017
- Fixed a couple of bugs on the Ecwid dashboard page. The store control panel might not appear in the WordPress backend for some users (especially it was likely to happen in Safari browser). We fixed it. So if you experienced that issue in your WordPress admin backend, this update should fix it for you.
- Added fixes and layout improvements to make Ecwid e-commerce plugin compatible with “Abubize Business” and “Evolve Plus” WordPress themes. If you use one of those themes, you might notice layout issues on your store page caused by the theme styles overriding Ecwid styles. We fixed that. If you find any trouble in how Ecwid works with your theme, please let us know.
- Fixed an issue in the way Ecwid shortcode is rendered in the WordPress page editor. You might notice the WordPress editor froze when you changed the “widgets” part of the Ecwid shortcode in the editor. For example, if you put a shortcode with categories widget only (without product browser). We fixed it — now you can adjust the shortcode as you wish. Note this problem only affected the WordPress editor — neither your store nor your control panel were affected. So, if you don’t customize the shortcode content, you can just ignore this, everything is working fine for you.
- Several minor fixes and improvements. Ecwid is constantly updated with new cool ecommerce features. To see more updates and learn something new about selling online, see our blog.
- Fix for the “The requested product is not available” error message appeared in the version 5.7. The issue was caused by the new “Default product” feature. Some users found that error message when adding their store to a new page in the plugin and specifying the default category for that page. Everything should work fine now.
- New feature in the [ecwid] shortcode — it’s now possible to specify the product that will be displayed by default when the store page is opened. If you want to feature some product from your online store on one of the site pages or if you sell a single product, you can specify it in the new “default_product_id” parameter in the ecwid shortcode to make it opened by default.
- Speedup in the store navigation for your customers. We improved Ecwid e-commerce sidebar widgets and menus in the storefront, they now work without page reload when a visitor is already on the store page. After the customer opens your store page, all further browsing will be super fast, including switching between products, opening categories, visiting recently viewed products etc.
- Fixed an issue with title and description meta tags being changed by the Yoast SEO plugin on store pages. If you have Yoast installed, you might notice this issue recently. Now your products and categories titles and descriptions will get to the page meta title/description tags with no problem. This should help Google index your catalog properly.
- Ecwid is constantly updated with new cool ecommerce features and improvements. To see more updates and learn something new about selling online, see our blog.
5.6.2 – Oct 25, 2017
- Fixed an issue with custom store menu links. You can add store pages to the site menu under “Appearance → Menu” in your WordPress site settings. Previously, these links might not work if you added them in the recent weeks. We now fixed it, they should work fine.
- Fixed an issue with the browser back button and the customer cart content. In some rare cases (when the Single Sign On tool is enabled), when a logged in store visitor clicked the back button in their browser, the cart content might be refreshed. We fixed that — whether you have the customer Single Sign On enabled or not, the storefront, cart and checkout should work properly.
- Added compatibility with the “Above The Fold Optimization” plugin. You can use that plugin along with the Ecwid shopping cart, everything should work fine with no issues.
- Fixed a slight layout issue with the “Optimizer” theme. Product thumbnail pictures displayed improperly in that theme. Now they look OK.
- Added slight improvements and fixes for the admin backend layout.
- Ecwid is constantly updated with new cool ecommerce features and improvements. To see more updates and learn something new about selling online, see our blog.
5.6.1 – Sep 29, 2017
- Fixed incompatibility of the plugin v5.6 with the servers running PHP 5.2.x
5.6 — Sep 27, 2017
- Added a new sidebar widget — “Latest Products”! Add this widget to your sidebar to let your customers know what’s new in your online store. You will find the widget under Appearance -> Widgets section in your WordPress admin backend.
- Added SEO optimization for single product widgets. Now, single product widgets will include SEO-friendly markup for product’s title/price/availability data to let the search engines better index the page content. You can add single product widgets to your site pages using the “Add Product” button in the WordPress page editor.
- Slightly optimized loading speed. The Ecwid Online Store plugin now loads less CSS/JS files on your site to decrease number of resources the visitor browser should process and to increase loading speed.
- Fixed an issue with SEO friendly clean URLs. On some sites in rare occasions, product URLs responded with 404 errors. If you encounter such behavior on your site, this update should fix that. All shop URLs should work fine now — they are available for visitors and are well indexed by search engines.
- Various minor fixes and improvements in random product widget, SEO functionality, store dashboard and other areas.
- Ecwid is constantly updated with new cool features and improvements. To see more updates and learn something new about selling online, see our blog.
- New random product widget. A new sidebar widget allows you add a random product block to the site sidebar. Each time your customer opens or refreshes a page on your site, they will see one of your store products in the sidebar. Enable the new random product widget under Appearance→Widgets section in your WordPress admin backend. Do not forget to add pictures to your products to bring site visitors’ attention to your store.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- Speed optimization for the plugin settings pages. We improved the plugin admin settings code to make sure it requires less time and resources and thus works faster.
- Fixed a bug in the integration with the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. The sitemaps generated by that plugin might contain invalid data related to the store product pages. That was caused by a bug in the Ecwid plugin. We fixed that, your sitemap should work fine now.
- Fixed the “preg_match” warning messages appearing in rare occasions on the plugin pages. If you happen to see those messages on your site, please update the Ecwid online store plugin, it should fix them.
- Bug fixes and improvements for the SEO content of the product and categories pages on the site. This is for search engines to be able to index your store better.
- Loading speed optimization for the Single Product widgets. We continue working on improving the Ecwid ecommerce plugin loading speed. This update includes optimization of single product widgets. The optimization should have especially good effect if you added multiple single product widgets on a page (e.g. for creating a featured slider or a customized products grid).
- The Recently Viewed Products widget is also optimized. It now works much faster. If you haven’t used the widget before, feel free to enable it under Appearance -> Widgets.
- The legacy “Appearance” settings page is removed from the plugin admin menu. The old “Appearance” settings page was removed from the plugin settings navigation. To configure the product catalog settings (displayed widgets, products per page etc), you can open your store page for editing in the WordPress admin backend and click the “Edit appearance” button there. If you don’t have a store on the page, click the “Add store” button in the page editor and set the appearance settings there — they will be applied to your store on that page.
- Fixed “Strict standards” code notices. Some users may discover this notice on their site, if the debugging messages are not disabled in the WordPress installation. That didn’t affect the store functionality, but looked odd. We fixed that — there should not be any warning messages displayed now.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- Fixed an issue with the store page loading in the newest version 5.4. In some rare occasions, the store page might not display right after update to the version 5.4. We fixed the issue to make sure all stores are working well.
- Added a workaround for a conflict with the third party “Product Advisor for Ecwid” plugin. The “Product Advisor” plugin has a bug that prevents it from working correctly with the newest versions of the Ecwid plugin. When the Product advisor plugin is enabled, the site pages do not respond. We added a workaround to the Ecwid plugin to make sure the WP admin pages will work well for the “Product advisor”. So, if you’re using the “Product advisor” plugin and see any issue with your site now, please disable that plugin in your WP admin backend. We’re speaking with the author of the Product advisor plugin so there will hopefully be a solution soon.
- Improvements in the SEO friendly versions of product pages, which are indexed by search engines. This includes optimized product price format, canonical tags and minor adjustments for SEO titles and descriptions. This is another improvement for search crawlers to better index store pages.
- Adjustments for the “All in one SEO” plugin to make sure it works well with the Ecwid’s new clean URLs.
- Fixed “preg match” PHP warning messages, which appeared on some sites with the Ecwid ecommerce plugin enabled.
- Fixed an issue with site images in the Newsmag WordPress theme — some images were not displayed well with Ecwid. We fixed that so everything should work fine in the Newsmag theme now.
- Several fixes and improvements for the floating minicart widget.
- Loading speed improvements. We optimized the plugin code to render store pages and widgets faster.
- Fix for the “Add product” button in the WordPress editor. The button was broken in the latest version (5.3) — it generated invalid shortcode for the single product widgets. The problem didn’t affect existing product widgets, but the new ones didn’t render. It’s now fixed. If you faced a trouble adding product widgets to your pages and posts, please update the plugin and try again.
- Fixes and improvements for the new clean URLs functionality. The new clean URLs for your online store are now more stable and the product pages are more SEO friendly. The changes include: fix in the processing of non-latin characters in the product URLs; adjustment for the sharing metatags on the product pages (rel shortlink meta tags); fix for the store terms&conditions and signin links to make them work properly with the new clean URLs.
- Fix for the Recently Viewed Product widget and the “Minimaze” theme. The widget didn’t work well in this theme. Now you can use Recently Viewed Products with the Minimaze theme as well as with any other WordPress theme.
- Layout improvements and fixes for the “Ribosome”, “Edge” and “OptimizePress” WordPress themes. If you use one of those themes, you might notice minor layout issues in your e-commerce catalog or in the appearance of minicart widget. The troubles should be fixed now.
- Fixed a “404 not found” issue, when Ecwid is used with the “Sublanguage” plugin. If you noticed some of your pages respond with 404 errors when Sublanguage and Ecwid plugins are both activated, this update should fix that.
- Improvements for the product pages SEO when Yoast plugin is used on the site. If you have the new Ecwid clean URLs enabled in your shop and are using Yoast, this improvement should make meta tags and canonical tags work better on your site with the new URLs.
- Major improvement in the speed of loading storefront. The plugin now renders ecommerce pages and loads store widgets much more quicker both for your visitors and search engines.
- Fixed the “Strict code standards” notices appearing on some sites with Ecwid plugin enabled. The messages didn’t affect the product catalog and checkout, but looked confusing for the site visitors. We fixed that. The notices should disappear now.
- Minor improvement for the SEO friendly clean URLs function.
- Improved SEO friendly clean URLs tool. Previously, if you had your store installed on different pages of your site (e.g. different store categories on different site pages), the SEO URLs worked on the main store/catalog page only. Now it should work fine on all pages you add your store to. Please make sure you use the “Add store” editor button when adding your store to the site pages.
- The new categories menu widget is now enabled for every site. We released the new categories widget in the version 3.4 — it is mobile friendly and looks great with any wordpress ecommerce theme. We made it possible to turn on/off the new widget temporarily to make sure every site would have time to try it before it’s enabled for everyone. Now it’s enabled. If you have enabled it previously, nothing will change for you — your categories widget is already updated. If you have the old categories widget displayed on your site, this update will replace it with the new one. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the new widget.
- Fixes and improvements for the SEO friendly clean URLs option. We continue polishing the new Ecwid URLs (added in the v.5) to make sure they work well in every store. Have any feedback on your store URLs? Please let us know.
- SEO improvement for canonical tags on the product and category pages. The Ecwid ecommerce plugin now hides the store root page canonical and dynamically adds corresponding canonical tags to the product and category pages as you browse the store. This is to improve the pages visibility for search engines, when the new clean URLs option is enabled.
- Fixed layout issue in the WordPress 2017 theme. We found an issue with the way Ecwid online stores are displayed in the default WordPress “Twenty Seventeen” theme — the stores pages appeared too narrow. We fixed that.
- Fixed a loading speed issue. Some sites with the Ecwid ecommerce plugin might have troubles with loading speed, when store categories menu was enabled. We optimized the way Ecwid renders and displays the store categories navigation so the issue should be fixed now.
Fixed a a bug causing 404 errors on the store page when SEO friendly URLs are enabled. The issue appeared on the sites where store is placed on the site home page. Now the clean SEO URLs option should work fine regardless of whether you add Ecwid store to your site home page or any other page.
Minor fixes and improvements.
- Minor fixes for the new SEO friendly clean URLs feature.
SEO friendly clean URLs. This is major new feature that we recommend everyone to enable. We made store pages URLs clean and SEO friendly. The new URLs do not contain hash sign (“#”), which makes your store better indexed by Google. There are less extra characters like ‘/’, ‘~’ or’!’, so the page address looks cleaner. As previously, the new product and category pages URLs include product/category titles to make them easily readable both for Google and for your customers. Of course, no page refresh happens when the customer browses your store: the store pages with new URLs work without page reload, as it’s been always worked in Ecwid. So, you have your quickly loading store pages with new SEO friendly URLs. To enable the new URLs, navigate to the Ecwid plugin Advanced settings and tick the “SEO friendly URLs” checkbox. Note: the old URLs format is supported as well, so all your existing links will continue to work fine.
An improvement for the floating cart sidebar widget. Now, when you add the widget to any sidebar, the widget will displayed on every site page regardless of whether the sidebar is available on that page or not. This makes it easier for your customer to access their shopping cart and check out.
A few fixes for the integrated search. Recently we added a new feature that integrates your site search with your store products to list them when your customers use the site’s general post/page search. We continue improving it and fixing issues you are reporting. Thank you!
A few improvements and fixes for the “Add product” button in the WordPress editor to make it easier for your to add your store products to your site pages.
- The new search widget is now enabled for every site. We released the new search widget in the version 4.2 — it is mobile friendly and looks great with any wordpress ecommerce theme. We made it possible to turn on/off the new widget temporarily to make sure every site would have time to try it before it’s enabled for everyone. Now it’s enabled. If you have it enabled previously, nothing will change for you — your search widget is already updated. If you have the old search widget displayed on your site, this update will replace it with the new one. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the new widget.
- Fixed a minor issue with displaying store control panel on the Ecwid Dashboard page in WordPress admin backend. The control panel previously might be displayed with a horizontal scrolling. We fixed that — it should look fine now.
- Layout fixes for the ZeroGravity WordPress theme.
- Fixed an issue with erroneous “Restore backup” messages in the editor in WordPress admin backend. One of the recent changes in our plugin made the WordPress editor display messages like “The backup of this post in your browser is different from the version below.” In fact, the messages did not mean there was a change that had not been not saved. The restore backup messages are normally hidden by WordPress, but one of our CSS changes (editor page layout tweaks) made them appear. All your data is safe and the warning messages were displayed by mistake. We fixed them now and they should not appear anymore.
- Improvements and fixes for the new “Add product” button in the WordPress editor. We recently added a tool for inserting a product from your store to any page or post on your site. In this update, we polished the tool look and feel, fixed a few issues and improved performance. To try it, click the “Add product” button in the editor in your WordPress admin backend.
- Fixed an issue with the “Screen options” and “Help” WordPress menus in the page editor in WordPress admin backend. Those WordPress functions were slightly affected by the new “Add product” functionality of the Ecwid e-commerce plugin and might not work well. We fixed that. Everything should work properly now.
- A few fixes for the new integrated search functionality. Feel free to enable and try the new search feature on the plugin settings (Ecwid Store -> Advanced) — it will make your store products available in your site regular pages/posts search.
- Improvement for the Single Sign On. If you have Single Sign On (SSO) enabled in the plugin settings and your customer do not have name specified in their profile, the store account will use their nickname as the firstname. This will make store more friendly for your new buyers. (edited)
- Integration with WordPress search. This new feature will make your ecommerce site search find store products among other site pages and posts. So, when your customer searches for something on your site, they will see both site content and store products in the search results and will be able to navigate directly to the product pages from there. Please enable it on the Ecwid/Advanced settings page in your WordPress backend and do not forget to click “Synchronize products” link. The feature is now in beta stage and we are actively improving it. So if you face any trouble with it, please let us know.
- New “Add product” button in the WordPress post and page editor. Now you have a useful and easy tool to place a product from your store on any page or post on your site. Just open any post or page in your WordPress admin panel, click the “Add product” button in the editor, select the product you want to see on that page and click “Insert” – a product widget will appear on that page after you publish the chnages. The new “Add product” popup allows customizing the appearance of the widget so you can choose whether you want to see the picture along with title, price and quantity selector or just a simple Buy now button. Product widgets that you put on your site are seamlessly integrated with your store and shopping cart — wherever you place a product or buy now button on your site, the customers will be able to add it to the cart and proceed to checkout as if it was a regular store page. We recommend using product widgets and buy now buttons on every page or post where you mention the products or services you sell – this way you will provide an easy and natural way for a customer to know more about the product and buy it from the same page, be it a blog post, an “About” page, a testimonial or any other page on your ecommerce site. Enjoy!
- Fix for the legacy search shortcode ([ecwid_searchbox]), which was broken in the recent 4.7.5 release.
- A few enhancements for the WordPress brand new “Twenty Seventeen” theme. Ecwid store page in that theme will look better with this update – we made the page layout a bit wider to make sure it’s convenient for your buyers to navigate the catalog.
- Another improvement for the new Ecwid single product widget. Now it’s possible to use the “center_align=1″ parameter in the shortcode to make the widget center aligned on the page. You may want to use that if you place one product widget per page – in this case, it will look better when center-aligned. An example shortcode: [ecwid_product id=”12345” version=2 center_align=1]. Do not forget to replace 12345 in this example with the actual product ID.
- Minor fixes for the “Trend” WordPress theme.
- WordPress 4.7 and Twenty Seventeen theme compatibility. The new WordPress version with the 2017 theme is coming soon. Ecwid shopping cart plugin is ready for the upcoming changes – everything will work well. Feel free to upgrade your site to WordPress 4.7 as soon as it’s released and try a new theme.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- Improvements for the new Ecwid’s single product widget. Now it’s possible to use the “show_price_on_button=0″ and “show_border=0” parameters in the shortcode to disable the price on buy now button and widget border respectively. If you want to hide the widget border, for example, the resulting code will like this: [ecwid_product id=”12345” version=2 show_border=0]. Do not forget to replace 12345 in this example with the actual product ID.
- Fixed a bug with the floating shopping cart: the floating cart widget didn’t appear on some rare WordPress themes, we fixed that. Now it should work fine.
- Added support for the Ecwid’s improved single product widgets. To feature a single product on a separate page or blog post of your ecommerce site, you can use the [ecwid_product] shortcode. We improved the look and feel of the single product widgets in Ecwid and added those improvements to the single product shortcode version #2. You can use it like this: [ecwid_product id=”12345″ version=2]. Do not forget to replace 12345 in this example with the actual product ID.
- Fixed error messages appearing on some WordPress sites with the “Trend” theme installed. If you use Ecwid shopping cart with Trend theme and recently noticed an error message in your site admin backend, please use this update this update – it should fix that issue.
- Fixed a few warning messages appearing on some sites with the new version of the plugin.
- Fixed a layout issue in the floating cart widget in the “Mobius” WordPress theme.
- Fixed a few issues with the Single Sign On functionality in the plugin.
- Improvements for compatibility with GravityView plugin. You can use that plugin and Ecwid ecommerce shopping cart together – they should work with no issues.
- Fixes infinite loading issue that occurred under certain store configurations.
- Fix for the legacy search shortcode ([ecwid_searchbox]), which was broken in the recent 4.6 release.
- The latest update (v 4.6) had a bug in the sidebar widgets (search box and recently viewed products). The widgets did not display and generated error/warning messages on the sites. We fixed that.
- Another issue with the latest update is related to the legacy Ecwid shortcodes ([ecwid_script], [ecwid_productbrowser] etc). On the old installations (2 years old and more), the warning messages appeared – you might notice them on the store page. We now fixed this and everything should be fine, all Ecwid plugin installations work well.
- Compatibility with the “Contact form 7 designer” plugin . When installed, the “Contact form 7 designer” plugin adds its own code to the and tags on the page on every page of the site. This conflicted with Ecwid storefront styles. We fixed that – now if you use the both plugin t the same time, your site pages styles should work fine. Note: this plugin is not the same as the popular “Contact form 7”. Ecwid ecommerce functionality works well with the latter, so don’t worry if you use it on your site.
- Fix for a store links issue in the “Flora” theme by Wyde. Users with “Flora” theme on their sites reported that there are glitches in the way Ecwid online store links behave in that theme. We fixed that – Ecwid now works well with “Flora”.
- Compatibility with the “Trend” WordPress theme. Ecwid shopping cart is designed to work great with all WordPress themes. However, we sometimes see that Ecwid has troubles working with some AJAX-driven WordPress themes. We found a way to fix this and started working on improving the plugin. With this release, the Ecwid plugin becomes compatible with the beautiful “Trend” theme. We’ll get to the other AJAX themes in the future releases. If you find a theme that Ecwid has troubles with, please let us know – we’ll fix that.
- Fixed a bug with the store menu item duplicates. In a recent update, we fixed duplicate Store pages appearing when you deactivate and re-activate the plugin several times. In this release, we fixed a similar bug with the “Store” menu items. However often you enable/disable the plugin, the site navigation menu now works properly, keeping a single Store link, unless you deliberately add a few shop links to the menu (e.g. to have store category links in the menu).
- Minor improvement and fixes to make the plugin more stable and user friendly.
- Update in the Single Sign On Module (Ecwid SSO). Single Sign-On allows your customers to have a single login for your WordPress site and your Ecwid store. We updated it to use the latest Ecwid ecommerce APIs to make it more convenient for you. Now the module doesn’t require a separate API key – it works seamlessly with no extra setup.
- Compatibility with Divi builder editor. Divi builder adds a nice WYSIWYG editor to the WordPress admin. Ecwid shopping cart now is compatible with that editor – so you can add Ecwid store shortcode right from the Divi builder editor, no need to switch back to the default WordPress editor if you prefer to use the Divi’s one.
- Fix for a bug in the store appearance popup. The store widgets settings were hidden when the “widgets” part was manually removed from the Ecwid shortcode in the page editor in WordPress admin. We fixed that, now the settings popup should work fine.
- Slight improvements in Chameleon. The “Chameleon skin” option in the plugin Advanced settings automatically adjusts the store texts and styles to match those of your site. We continue improving it so that it works better with all sites.
- Fixed a bug with store pages duplicates. Previously, an extra Store page was created each time you deactivated and re-activated the plugin. It’s fixed – now the Ecwid plugin remembers the store page and use it however often you deactivate/activate the plugin.
- Slight layout improvements for the stores embedded into sites with Salient theme installed.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- Minor fixes and improvements.
- Fixed a few layout issues in the categories menu layout and the “Store root categories” widget. Both wigets should look good now on any site and let your customers navigate your store easily. If you find any issue in the categories navigation in your store, please let us know.
- Fixed an issue for meta title and description fields (SEO) for the sites with Yoast SEO plugin installed. The issue appeared on the sites where the store is installed on the main (home) page – meta title and description didn’t work properly. We fixed this. Ecwid shopping cart plugin is totally compatible with Yoast SEO so we recommend using them together to make your store more visible in search engines.
- Fixes PHP warning messages appearing on some server configurations.
- Fixed notice/warning messages that appeared in rare cases in a sitemap generated by 3d-party Sitemap/SEO plugins. Now sitemaps should be generated without any error messages. Here, you can find the plugins we recommend to generate a sitemap on your WordPress site: https://support.ecwid.com/hc/en-us/articles/207101259-Wordpress-downloadable-#productstositemap
- Added a few improvements to the plugin code to work better on servers with PHP7 installed. If your hosting is going to migrate your site to PHP7, you can rest assured Ecwid eCommerce plugin will work fine in new environment.
- Fixed an issue with the “Default category” drop-down in the store page appearance settings. You might notice that the Default category list in the store page settings didn’t show a category if you just created that category in your online store. We updated this tool so that it faster reacts on creating new categories.
- Fixed an issue with price display in the Recently viewed products sidebar widget. You might notice that the Recently Viewed Products widget didn’t display product prices on your site – we fixed that.
- New store categories sidebar widget. The new categories widget displays your online store root categories list in the site sidebar to let your customers navigate the store easily. Compared to the legacy sidebar categories widget, the new one fits your site layout perfectly – its style is fully based on your theme fonts and styles and looks good on any device and screen size. Find it under Appearance->Widgets->Store Root Categories.
- Fixed an issue with the categories list in the page default category option. Ecwid Ecommerce plugin allows you to define a store category shown by default when a customer opens the store page. This could be used to feature some part of your products or display different categories on different site pages. In some cases, the drop-down selector of categories in this tool didn’t have the actual categories list from your store (e.g. when you add a new category). We fixed this. You can continue using this tool – it should work good.
- A few minor fixes and improvements.
- New Minicart Widget. We added a new floating minicart widget. You can enable it on the “Appearance -> Widgets” page in you WordPress backend. The new search widget appears as soon as a customer adds something to the cart and resides at the top right or bottom right position on the screen so that the customer always sees it and can easily proceed to checkout. The minicart widget also contains a counter displaying the number of products in the cart. Feel free to add it to your site – it’s free!
- Look and feel improvements and minor layout fixes in the themes Zerif-lite, Storefront, Pixova-lite and Accesspress Mag. Thanks to the Chameleon skin feature we released a few months ago, Ecwid looks good with every WordPress theme. Now it became even better in these four popular themes.
- Fixed a bug on the category pages in mobile view. In some WordPress themes, click on category icon returned an error and got customer back to the category listing page, when the store was opened from a mobile device. We fixed that and now there shouldn’t be any troubles with viewing your shop on mobile devices.
- Fixed a bug preventing Ecwid plugin working well with the Envira Galleries plugin. Those of you using Envira Galleries on the site might notice it doesn’t work properly on the pages containing Ecwid. We fixed that, you can now use the both plugins, they should work fine together.
- Improved the plugin settings page footer. It now includes a link to the mobile app page inside Ecwid Control Panel, which significantly simplified the Ecwid mobile apps installation.
- Fixed a few more minor bugs on the plugin settings pages. We’re constantly improving the plugin settings pages to make store managements as convenient as possible. If you find any trouble working with your store in the plugin, please let us know.
- Fixes for the perfomance issues on some sites.
- Fixes an error appearing on some sites with the previous version of the plugin.
- Fixes for a few warning messages appearing on some sites with the new version of the plugin.
- New Help page in the plugin settings. We have a lot helpful articles and ecommerce tips in the Ecwid Help center at help.ecwid.com. In this update, we made it closer to you – the Help page with FAQ and a simple search field is now available right in the plugin settings. Have a question about your online store? Refer to the new Ecwid->Help page in your WordPress admin backend.
- Better compatibility with Accesspress Store and Sliding Door themes. We adjusted Ecwid storefront look a bit to better match these WordPress themes layout and fonts.
- Fixed a bug in the product page titles. You might notice that the product page titles repeated the product name twice. We fixed it.
- New Search Widget. We released a new search widget that’s vastly improved over the previous one. You can enable it on the “Ecwid -> Advanced” settings page in your WordPress backend. The new search widget is fully adaptive, automatically fits in its parent section, and looks great with any ecommerce theme. It also fits your sidebar even if it’s very narrow, so feel free to add product search to your site sidebar in the “Appearance -> Widgets” section of your site admin.
- Fixed a bug in the categories menu on mobile devices. You might notice that the product categories menu disappeared on your site when it’s opened on a mobile device with narrow screen. It’s now fixed – the categories menu looks great on any screen size.
- Bug fixes and improvements for the Recently Viewed Products widget.
- Improvements for the plugin Dashboard page layout and a few minor fixes.
- Ecwid mobile apps badges of the dashboard page. We made a facelift for the plugin dashboard page footer and included mobile apps badges there to make it easier for new users to find and install Ecwid ecommerce mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android. Why bother to install it? It allows you to manage your store and sell on the go.
- Fixes for the embedded store Control Panel. There were issues in the store control panel when the WordPress site was hosted on a server with incorrect system date set. We made the plugin tolerant of this kind of hosting issues – the embedded ecommerce Control Panel should now be displayed fine on every server.
- A fix for the Advanced settings page in the plugin backend. In some rare cases, the advanced settings page in the plugin didn’t show the Chameleon option, which enables auto adjustment of the store layout. We fixed that and the Chameleon option is now available for every user. A good moment to try it, if you haven’t yet.
- A few miscellaneous fixes and improvemens in the plugin core.
- Layout improvements for the Accesspress-mag theme. Accesspress-mag theme users might notice slight glitches in the store buttons. We fixed those.
- Added the page default category dropdown for free users. When you add a store on your site page, you can set the store category to be displayed on that page. This “default category” tool was previously just a text input where you were supposed to put the category ID, if you’re on free Ecwid plan. Now it’s a dropdown menu so you can easily select a store category for each page. It’s very useful if you want to display different categories on different pages of your site.
- Minor bug fixes and improvements
- Product images are included in the sitemap generated by the Yoast SEO plugin. Ecwid is integrated with popular SEO plugins: Yoast SEO and Google XML Sitemaps, which allows merchants to generate a sitemap containing the links to their products and categories. Now, the sitemaps generated by Yoast SEO will also automatically include links to the product images. This will make Google better index your products pictures and list them in the search results.
- Ecwid plugin now supports oEmbed discovery. As of version 4.4, WordPress supports oEmbed. In short, that’s a tool which makes a link to a post or a page of your site looks nice when pasted on another site supporting this. Ecwid ecommerce plugin now supports it too, so if you paste a link to your store page on any other oEmbed-empowered site (e.g. another WordPress site), it will automatically displays a nice widget with the page title and a list of your store categories.
- Fixes and improvements for the storefront widgets and for the plugins admin pages.
- Fixed a problem with connecting to the Ecwid API on the servers with misconfigured or outdated CURL. Some servers couldn’t connect to Ecwid from to display the Ecwid Control Panel inside WordPress backend. That caused a “Connection problem” error message, which some of Ecwid users saw in their WordPress admin section. We added a fix that should resolve this problem and make the Ecwid Ecommerce Control Panel inside WordPress work OK for those users.
- Improvements for the new drop-down categories store menu added in the version 4 of the plugin. If you haven’t tried it yet, go check it out in the Appearance -> Menus settings of your site.
- Fixes and improvements for the plugin settings pages.
- Fixed a bug affecting the links in store sidebar widgets. The bug appeared in the version 4.0.5. It’s now fixed and all categories/cart/search links should work OK
- Updated SEO Titles and Meta Descriptions. Google recently launched a new crawling schema to better index rich AJAX sites and applications like Ecwid, which is a great news for all Ecwid users. We’re keeping an eye on this and help Google improve indexing of all Ecwid stores. In this update, we made the product/categories page titles and descriptions change on the fly (with no page reload) so that Google will index them better. No action is required from your side – we will continue improving how your online store appears for Google to make sure your products and categories will get to the search results.
- Fixed a bug affecting the “Re-connect Ecwid account” link. The “Disconnect the Ecwid store and connect to another one” link at the bottom of the plugin dashboard now works fine.
- Fixed a bug affecting the sites with enabled JetPack’s “Spelling and grammar” module. The Ecwid ecommerce plugin v4 conflicted with that spelling module from JetPack, which affected the process of a publishing new posts and pages. Now it’s fixed. Posts/pages publishing should work OK for all users.
- Fixed an issue affecting site preview in WordPress Customizer in some themes. Now the preview in the customizer tool should work fine.
- Fixes for a few warning messages appearing on some sites with the new version of the plugin (v4).
- Built-in Full-featured Store Control Panel. You can now manage your store, add new products, track sales and more right in your WordPress site admin backend. No redirects, no external dashboards, no extra login/password – you now have a single place and single login to manage your site and your store. To make it even better, we added the Products and Sales shortcuts to your WordPress admin menu – feel free to use them to easily access your inventory and sales list.
- New Drop-down Categories Menu. Noticed how WordPress automatically updates your site menu adding your site pages to it? Ecwid now does it too: open “Appearance -> Menus” in your WordPress control panel and add the “Store with Categories Menu” item to your site menu. A drop-down menu containing your store categories will automatically appear on your site. It will keep the categories list up to date even if you often change your store categories. Rest assured your customers can easily quickly get to the category of products they are interested in right from the site menu.
- More Store Menu Items for your site. In addition to the drop-down categories list, the new “Store” menus section under Appearance -> Menus provides “Search”, “Cart” and “My Account” items. Add those quick links to your site for your customers to browse your store easier.
- Bug Fixes and Improvements. As usual, we fine-tuned the plugin and fixed a few bugs.
We wish you happy holidays and all the best in the New Year! Sincerely yours, Ecwid team.
- Fixed a few layout issues in three popular WordPress ecommerce themes: Responsive, Attitude, ResponsiveBoat.
- Added a fix for the bug in WordPress editor, which corrupts the schema.org-formatted HTML codes. This should prevent the editor from corrupting Ecwid single products widget codes and other HTML snippets containing schema.org / microdata formatting.
- Layout improvements for Mantra theme. Mantra theme users might notice slight glitches in the recently viewed products and horizontal menu widgets. We fixed those.
- Minor fixes for plugins settings page layout in WordPress 4.4. Feel free to update your WordPress to the newest version 4.4 as soon as it’s released, the Ecwid plugin will work fine with it.
- Updates and bug fixes for the new horizontal categories widget.
- Fixed a layout issue in the “Categories” block on the store page management in the WordPress admin backend.
- Improved store connect functionality for the servers, which may have troubles connecting with the Ecwid API.
- A few minor bug fixes and improvements to make the plugin more stable.
- Added compatibility with the “Add Meta Tags” plugin. The “Add Meta Tags” plugin is a popular tool to set SEO meta tags on site pages. Previously it rewrote the titles and description that Ecwid generated for search engines on your site. It’s now fixed so if you use the plugin, everything should work fine and Google will index your products pages properly.
- Fixed a problem in the recently viewed products widget caused by Autoptimize plugin. Previously, if Autoptimize plugin is used on the site, the recently viewed products widget reset the displayed products when page reloads. We fixed that.
- A few internal improvements to make the plugin more stable and ready for the upcoming cool features. Stay tuned! More updates are coming.
- Updated Italian and Turkish translations.
- Fixed option to enable the new categories widget released in the v.3.4 .
- Minor fix for the “Twenty Sixteen” WordPress theme
- New look for the categories menu widget. The old Ecwid categories menu widget (horizontal categories) was created long time ago and has been working in thousands of Ecwid stores. However, it doesn’t adapt itself for the customer screen size as well as the other Ecwid widgets do. This has been always be a problem for responsive sites which look good on mobile devices. The new widget is fully responsive and looks great on mobile devices. To enable the new look of the categories widget on your site, navigate to Ecwid plugin settings -> “Advanced” tab and tick the “Enable the new category menu” checkbox. Once enabled, it will your store menu widget to the new look. If you don’t have this option on the Advanced page, that means you installed the plugin after this change and the new categories are already enabled in your store. Enjoy!
- Bigger product images for search engines. The plugin used to generate small product thumbnails on special store pages for search engines. Now it displays the original large product pictures there to assure better indexing of your product images in Google. Please make sure you’re on one of Ecwid paid plans to make your products along with the pictures indexable by search engines.
- A few improvements and fixes to make plugin perfectly compatible with WordPress 4.3 and the new Twenty Sixteen WordPress theme. Please feel free to update your sites to the newest WordPress version, if you haven’t yet, and try the brand new WordPress theme (Twenty Sixteen) – your store should work OK with them.
- Fixed SEO issues on the sites with Genesis theme. The Genesis theme places a special ‘canonical’ tag on each site page to improve the SEO of the pages. This in some cases conflicted with Ecwid ecommerce plugin. We overcame this from our side and now the plugin is compatible with SEO features of Genesis theme – your online store should be better indexed by search engines with this improvement.
- Fixed a bug with duplicate store pages that appeared if the user re-installed the plugin. If you for some reason need to remove the plugin and install it again, everything will work smoothly now with no extra store pages drafts.
- Improve the search widget layout. On a lot of WordPress themes, the product search widget was displayed with 100% width, which makes the search input all-page-width. We fixed that and now it looks better.
- Minor improvements and bug fixes.
- Small improvement for “Twenty Twelve” WordPress theme. The default drop down menu stayed open after clicking Ecwid links sometimes. We adjusted our plugin to work around this issue.
- Fixes of PHP notices. In some cases the plugin caused some PHP notices or warnings to appear on screen if the site was run in debug mode. Although it did not cause any malfunction in plugin operation, these messages could be quite annoying. We fixed it.
- Improved Single Sign On functionality. Single Sign On module has been available in Ecwid ecommerce plugin for a while – it makes it possible for your customers to sign into your WordPress site and fully use the Ecwid store installed on the site without having to sign in to Ecwid. Now we added a few improvements that should make the feature more useful. In particular, the Ecwid’s “Sign in” link was usually hidden when Single Sign On is used, supposing a customer should use the WordPress login functionality. Now, we made the link visible and redirecting to the WordPress login form to avoid confusing the user who otherwise has to look for the area to login.
- Storefront layout improvements for the “Evolve” WordPress theme. We adjusted Ecwid plugin to better integrate with a popular and beautiful free WordPress theme – Evolve. In particular, we fixed the borders appearing around every storefront element in this theme. Ecwid stores now look a way better on WordPress sites with Evolve theme to provide better customer experience on any device and to generate more sales in your store.
- Compatibility with Autoptimize plugin. One of Ecwid users recently reported an issue – the plugin doesn’t work well on the sites with Autoptimize plugin installed. We fixed this in our plugin – it is now working well with Autoptimize. Feel free to use it on your site.
- Improvements for Recently Viewed Products. We included a few improvements and bug fixes for the recently viewed products widget in this release.
- Fixed a bug in the “Add store” button in WordPress editor. The authors of Easy Image Collage plugin recently discovered a problem in the way Ecwid “Add store” button interacts with the other custom button in the WordPress WYSIWYG editor. It’s fixed now. Thanks to Easy Image Collage team.
- A few improvements in the Chameleon skin tool.
- Fixed a few minor bugs in the Chameleon skin feature
- Fixed an issue in the new “Chameleon skin” tool that could affect font styles on the site.
- New “Chameleon skin” tool (beta). You can use it to adjust your online store styles to fit your WordPress theme. Whatever WordPress theme you use, Ecwid ecommerce plugin will detect predominant colors and font and use them in your product catalog. The feature is by default disabled on the existing accounts to make sure the update will not affect your storefront. To enable it on your site, open the “Advanced” page in the Ecwid plugin settings and tick the “Chameleon skin” checkbox. The feature is in beta so if you find any troubles with it, please let us know.
- Pre-populate Ecwid registration form fields with user WordPress profile data. When a new user installs the plugin and registers an account at Ecwid, the registration form will contain the name and email prefilled to make it easy for the merchant to create a new store and install it on their site.
- Improvements of the plugin settings pages to make them look good on mobile devices. If you manage your WordPress site from a phone or tablet, feel free to check the store settings there – Ecwid plugin settings pages now work better on mobile.
- Fixed an intermittent issue with the default category option in the store appearance settings.
- New recommendations block in WordPress Dashboard. Every Ecwid user has access to a lot of built-in features and third party applications that can be used to extend the store functionality and attract more sales. To make those features more visible and inform you of the new and existing tools you can use in your store, we added a new “Recommendations for your store” widget to the dashboard page in your WordPress backend. We will update the content of this ecommerce widget from time to time to provide more actual advice and inform of the new applications and features, so stay tuned.
- Storefront layout improvements for the “Customizr” WordPress theme. Ecwid plugin is by design compatible with any theme and looks good on any device and screen size your customers use. In this update, we adjusted our plugin to better integrate with one of the most popular free WordPress themes – Customizr. Ecwid stores now look a way better on WordPress ecommerce sites with Customizr themes to provide better customer experience on any device and to generate more sales in your store.
- Added German translations to the plugin settings pages in WordPress admin backend. Thanks to Stefan Wagner for the great job on the plugin translation.
- Improved Italian translations for the plugin settings pages. Big thanks to Luciano Delfico who has contributed a lot of Italian translations to Ecwid.
- Improvements for Recently Viewed Products. We rolled out a few improvements and bug fixes for the recently viewed products widget. It now displays a link to the store page when there are no products in the list; the thumbnails pictures shown in the sidebar are now of the better quality; the currently opened product is now not displayed in the list if there are other recently viewed products.
- Slight improvements in Single Sign On functionality. If you use Single Sign On, the plugin will now send user first name and last name along with user email to your Ecwid store when a new user is registered on your site. This allows you to make tighter integration of your site and your Ecwid store – your customer name will appear at checkout automatically if they enter their name on your site.
- Fixed an invalid meta description bug, which appeared in some rare cases when product description contained special characters.
- Fixed a bug in XML sitemap generation. Some users faced a problem with XML sitemaps generated by Ecwid for Yoast SEO plugin (malformed product pages URLs). It’s fixed. You can use Yoast SEO plugin to make your products listed in your XML site map.
- A few improvements in the plugin settings pages layout.
- Fixed a few issues in the recently viewed products widget
- Added Russian translation of the new plugin settings and registration pages
- Temporary fix for low quality images in the recently viewed products sidebar widget
- Fixed a few layout issues on the new registration page in the plugin backend
- New sidebar widget: Recently Viewed Products. A new Ecwid’s sidebar ecommerce widget is now available – your site can now show the products that the customer has recently visited. The links and images in the sidebar are updated automatically, so the customer can return to the product they previously opened and probably decide to buy it. This will increase visibility of your products for the customers and generate more sales. Enable the new widget under Appearance->Widgets menu in your admin backend.
- New design of the plugin Dashboard. The dashboard (“Ecwid”) page in the plugin backend is now nicer and more useful.
- Completely redesigned Registration page. This is for the new users of the plugin. When installing the plugin, a user will now see a beautiful welcome page that will introduce them to Ecwid and guide through the setup process.
- New easier store connection. Previously, to connect an Ecwid store with a WordPress site and display store products, a new user had to copy and paste their store ID from Ecwid Control Panel. Now, even this easy step became easier – the user only needs to click a few buttons to authorize themselves and the plugin will automatically detect and connect their store. For those with technical background: we use oAuth2 for this, which is now a part of the newest Ecwid API.
- Integration with the XML sitemap functionality of Yoast and All in One SEO Pack plugins. Ecwid has been integrated with Google XML Sitemaps plugin allowing you to generate a sitemap containing the links to your products and categories. Now, the sitemaps generated by Yoast SEO and All in One SEO plugins will also include online store pages, if you’re on a paid Ecwid plan.
- Improved design of Ecwid sidebar controls in the Appearance/Widgets page in WordPress backend. Store sidebar widgets controls are now more noticeable and responsive.
- Improved compatibility with the Cloudflare’s Rocketloader. Rocket loader tool sometimes blocked Ecwid scripts from loading. We added another improvements to prevent such issues.
- Fixes and improvements of the meta title tag generation on product and categories pages.
- A few minor fixes and adjustments.
- Additional fixes for the “title” tags on product pages following the 2.7.4 version’s updates.
- Improvements of ‘title’ and ‘canonical’ meta tags generation. The update prevents incorrect meta tags appearing in some WordPress themes in WordPress 4.1
- Several bug fixes and minor improvements for the new “Add Store” button in WordPress Editor
- A new sidebar ecommerce widget: Ecwid Store Page Link. The widget adds your store page link to the site’s sidebar. You may want to use it with blog-focused WordPress themes that don’t have a navigation menu, e.g. the upcoming “Twenty Fifteen” theme. Also, you can consider adding the widget to your sidebar to make your store page more visible to your visitors.
- WordPress 4.1 and Twenty Fifteen theme compatibility. The new WordPress version is coming soon and bringing a brand new ‘Twenty Fifteen’ theme. Ecwid plugin is now totally ready for the upcoming changes and will work OK in the new environment. Feel free to upgrade your site to WordPress 4.1 as soon as it’s released.
- A few minor improvements and bugfixes for the new “Add Store” button released in the version 2.7
- Fixed a few issues with the store appearance settings that were discovered in the recently released update (v2.7)
- A brand new ‘Add store’ tool in WordPress editor toolbar. Ecwid is now integrated with WordPress WYSIWYG editor: click the ‘Add Store’ button in the page editor toolbar, chose widgets to show, adjust the appearance and place your store on any page of your site. Now you can decide what store widgets to show and configure store appearance right in the page editor.
- New “[ecwid]” shortcode. The new ecommerce shortcode allows you to control every aspect of your store appearance by means of tweaking the shortcode parameters right in the store page code. Display/hide the search widget, choose the minicart layout you like, display different store categories on different site pages and so on. This shortcode serves the “Add Store” button mentioned above and almost every tweak is available in the new “Add Store” window so you don’t have to edit any code in most cases. Still, an advanced WordPress user may consider using shortcodes for more flexible and quick integration.
- Improved behavior of single product widgets. If you put a single product widget on your site using the [ecwid_product] shortcode, you might notice that it opens a popup with the customer cart when a customer purchases the product. Now single product widgets are smarter: when the customer decides to buy a product and opens a cart page, the main store page on your site will be opened providing the customer with the built-in cart&checkout functionality. The checkout layout will fit better your site design and provide better buying experience when it’s embedded into a page rather than in a popup-like window.
- Fix for the Envision theme. The Envision theme didn’t display Ecwid widgets properly because of a custom page content generation it uses. We issued a workaround from our side to let all Envision users install and use Ecwid plugin on their sites. If you use Envision theme and want to set up an online store on your site, go ahead and install Ecwid ecommerce plugin, it will work OK for you.
- Fixes of PHP notices. Some of Ecwid users discovered a few PHP notices (warnings) on their site referring to the Ecwid plugin. Although those didn’t break anything, they could be quite annoying. We cleaned up the plugin code to get rid of those warning messages, now the plugin should work without any odd message.
- Ecwid’s new SEO URLs compatibility. The new Ecwid clean URLs have been released a few days ago for all Ecwid users. Our WordPress plugin is already fully compatible with the new URLs. Your online store pages will be better indexed by search engines and the search results will look more attractive as the links themselves will mention the product/category they lead to. Of course, Ecwid will handle all redirects, backward compatibility with the old URL scheme and avoid any duplicate issues. Enjoy the new SE-friendly URLs with no trouble.
- Improved formatting of product snippets markup. In this update we tidied up in the product HTML representations generated for search engines and fixes a few issues in the products data markup. In particular, the price and availability tags have been re-formatted according to the Google recommendations to ensure better search engine results.
- A few improvements and fixes for Twenty Fourteen and Responsive themes layout. Ecwid looks nice on the vast majority of WordPress themes. Additionally, we strive to make it look even better on the most popular themes. This update brings a few more minor layout fixes for the sites with “Responsive” and “Twenty Fourteen” themes installed.
- Extended compatibility with the “Responsive” WordPress theme. Ecwid ecommerce plugin is by design compatible with any theme and automatically adapts itself to any layout and screen size. This makes your store looks good on any device your customers use. One of the most popular free themes for WordPress — Responsive — is also famous for its responsive design. In this update, we adjusted our plugin to better integrate with Responsive theme and Ecwid stores now look a way better on WordPress sites with Responsive themes to provide better user experience on any device and to generate more sales. If you’re thinking which WP theme to choose for your site, you should definitely try the “Responsive” theme with Ecwid.
- Added compatibility with WordPress 4.0. WordPress 4.0 is just around the corner and we already prepared our plugin for it. We enhanced the plugin installation process to be compatible with the new plugins management coming with WordPress 4.0 and tested every plugin’s function to make sure your stores are ready for the upcoming WordPress update.
- Automatic store page recovery functionality. Some Ecwid users previously faced issues when they deleted or replaced the plugin’s generated store page on their WordPress sites. We added a smart mechanism to Ecwid plugin to automatically detect such situations and prevent any possible troubles connected with them. Now, it you decide to move your store from one page to another within your WordPress site or temporary hide your store page, the plugin will detect that, find an alternative store page on your site (if any) and keep the links and all the store functionality working OK regardless of whether you currently have a new store page or not. So, whatever update you’re making on your site pages, you can rest assured your Ecwid store works fine, be it the product browser, single product snippet or a sidebar widget.
- Fixed broken link in single product widgets. We fixed a minor issue with broken links in single product ecommerce widgets, that was reported to us recently. You can add a single product to any page of your site as usually by means of [ecwid_product] shortcode — everything will work fine. All existing single product widget will continue working as well — no actions is required from your side.
- Fixed a few layout issues on the plugin’s setting pages. During the recent updates, we were improving the plugin setting pages interfaces. This update brought a few more fixes to the plugin settings pages to make them more user-friendly.
- Several fixes for old WordPress versions. WordPress is often updated with new features and bug fixes. Still, there are some merchants who use the old versions. While encouraging everyone to update their sites regularly, we want our plugin work great for all users. So, in this update, we added a few fixes addressing issues in the old WordPress versions (2.8 – 3.1)
- Onboarding for the new plugin users. Ecwid ecommerce plugin now displays new helpful messages when you set up your store and configure the setting. The messages guide the new users through the setup process and provide helpful tips and recommendations.
- Improvements in the plugin settings pages and messages. We updated the texts and styles of the messages displayed on the settings pages. They became clearer and more user-friendly.
- Minor optimizations for search engines including tidying up of the product pages ‘meta’ descriptions tags and fixing potential issues in compatibility with Yoast SEO plugin. This is to ensure better indexation and appearing of your online store products in the search results.
- Several minor fixes and enhancements
- Added in 220.127.116.11: fixed incompatibility of the plugin v2.4.3 with the servers running PHP 5.2.x
- Added in 18.104.22.168: additional fix for the outdated PHP versions (5.2.x)
- Minor issue is fixed on the plugin’s “General settings” page
- Added compatibility with the new versions of “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin (v4.0 and higher)
Ability to add a single product to a page or post on your site using new [ecwid_product] shortcode. In addition to embedding a whole product catalog on your WordPress site, you can also feature a single product on a separate page or blog post of your ecommerce site and allow your customers to purchase the product right from that page. To embed a product on a page or post, add [ecwid_product id=”12345″] shortcode to the page/post in your WordPress backend. Do not forget to replace 12345 in this example with the actual product ID.
Better SEO for store pages. Ecwid plug-in now automatically adds product attributes to SEO-optimized versions of product pages on your site to let the search engines index attributes like UPC, brand and others along with the other product properties. Also, some improvements were applied to the format of product HTML snippets to meet the Google recommendations on how to better organize ecommerce information (title, descriptions, price etc) on the product details pages. These improvements will help search engines to better index your products and optimize their appearance in search results.
Slight improvements of store layout for mobile devices. All Ecwid stores are mobile-friendly by design, i.e. they adapt themselves to the given layout and look good on mobile devices, so if your ecommerce site is mobile-optimized, your Ecwid store will be as well. Earlier, if you use horizontal categories widget on your WordPress site, you might notice that it didn’t fit the given width on narrow screens, e.g. when opened on a mobile device. Now, the plugin automatically hides horizontal categories widget on narrow screens to ensure better look on mobile-optimized sites.
Several improvements and bug fixes for plugin settings pages, store appearance and SEO.
- Fixed an issue in sitemap functionality. Ecwid uses third party plugin to generate an XML sitemap (Google XML Sitemaps) for store products and categories. The current integration had a bug which caused an error message in WordPress admin backend for users on Free Ecwid plan. Now it’s fixed and everything should work OK.
- Automatic generation of the rel=”canonical” links for SEO. Canonical links are aimed to specify the preferred (canonical) URL of the web page for search engines to prevent possible duplicate content issues. Ecwid plugin now generates such links automatically for product and categories pages in your store to provide search crawlers with well-structured content and help them better index your store.
- Improved compatibility with CloudFlare Rocket Loader. The merchants who use CloudFlare Rocket Loader extensions on their sites might previously experience issues with loading of their Ecwid stores. We’ve further improved the plugin code to prevent such issues in the future. Now Ecwid plugin should perfectly work with CloudFlare extensions.
- Several minor fixes and enhancements
Added compatibility with Google XML Sitemaps plugin. Now you can submit your store items links along with the other site ecommerce pages to search engines. To use this feature, please install the “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/), generate a sitemap (it will include your products and categories links) and submit it to the search engines to help them better crawl and categorize your site.
Improved compatibility with SEO Ultimate plugin. Ecwid ecommerce plugin always displays your store pages in a proper SEO-friendly format to make the store indexable by search engines. Moreover, we constantly adjust the plugin to make it work fine with popular third party SEO modules. So Ecwid is perfectly compatible with “WordPress SEO by Yoast”, “All in one SEO Pack”, “Platinum SEO Pack” and now with “SEO Ultimate” plugin.
Minor design improvements of the plugin settings pages to make them mobile-friendly for better compatibility with the backend layout of new WordPress versions. Now you can manage Ecwid plugin settings in your WordPress administrator panel using your mobile device.
New “Ecwid badges” widget is available. If you like Ecwid and want to help it grow and become the most popular e-commerce solution, you can now add a fancy ‘Powered by Ecwid’ badge on your site to show your visitors that you’re a proud user of Ecwid. Please find the new widget under ‘Appearance → Widgets’ section in your WordPress backend.
- Fixed layout error on General Settings page in Firefox
- Improved compatibility with the new WordPress version 3.8 which brings great features like brand new responsive theme, revamped admin backend and other improvements. Ecwid ecommerce plugin is now ready for that, so your store will work perfectly with the new WordPress version
- The plugin settings pages are now available in seven languages: English, Italian, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese. Ecwid itself is available in 45 languages, so customers from all over the world can purchase from your store
- Design improvements of the plugin settings pages including Retina-ready icons
Our plugin backend is now available in Italian, Russian and English. Thanks to Luciano Del Fico for the great help with the Italian translation.
Improvements and bug fixes, including
- Better SEO for store pages: search engines will now index product options list and category descriptions
- Compatibility with WP Minify (WordPress sites optimization plugin)
- Improved compatibility with Yoast WP SEO plugin: Ecwid SEO page titles are shown properly with enabled Yoast’s “Force Rewrite Titles” option
- Minor text and design tweaks of the plugin settings pages
New revamped plugin settings: the new settings layout makes the plugin easy and intuitive for starters, yet powerful and advanced for experienced merchants.
Multilingual plugin backend: the plugin settings now support multilanguage. Currently available in English and Russian. More translations are coming!
- Auto generated meta description tags for the product and category pages. Now, Google should properly index product/category descriptions and display them in the search results.
- tags for categories. The SEO category pages in your online store now include both title and description tags so they will appear in Google search results properly.
Smooth HTTP/HTTPS switch: Ecwid always transfers all sensitive ecommerce data using secure HTTPS connection and a special ‘HTTPS’ option in the Ecwid plugin settings is not necessary anymore. Now, the plugin detects connection type and adjust Ecwid integration codes automatically. No manual adjustments are needed regardless of whether you run your site under HTTP or HTTPS.
Improved compatibility with CloudFlare Rocket Loader: previously, using CloudFlare Rocket Loader along with Ecwid might cause intermittent loading issues for some ecommerce sites. We’ve improved the plugin code to prevent such issues.
- [!] Fixed meta title tag display issue on the main store page appeared with the version 1.8 : in some cases, the store page title tag was stripped. Now it should work OK.
- [+] Improved compatibility with popular SEO plugins (Yoast WordPress SEO, All in one SEO Pack and Platinum SEO pack) : now Ecwid prevents them from generating wrong title and canonical tags on the product pages.
- [+] Ability to display separate categories on separate pages with custom shortcodes. Now, the plugin allows setting different default categories for different store pages. So if you have multiple store pages and want to display specific categories on them, you can set up a default category for each of them in the [ecwid_productbrowser] shortcode like this: [ecwid_productbrowser default_category_id=”12345″] . On the other hand, if you have one store page, you can set the default category on the plugin settings page as usual.
- [+] A few more SEO improvements:
- Product browser’s default category ID setting is now taken into consideration by SEO part of the plugin. If you have multiple store pages displaying specific categories of your ecommerce store, search engines will index those pages starting from the proper category (not from the store’s root)
- tag is now displayed on every page where [ecwid_productbrowser] tag is added so search engines will better index each store page
- [+] We also released a lot of new Ecwid features. You can read about them there: http://www.ecwid.com/blog/new-releases/
- [+] various additions to the indexable representation of Ecwid pages (product category in the title and on the page, product options, product SKU). Thanks to Uliya B.
- [!] fixed a problem where in some rare occasions the SEO catalog would show a PHP error.
- [!] enhanced the backward compatibility with the older inline SEO links
- [+] increased the priority of the product-specific titles in order to work side-by-side with various SEO-related ecommerce plugins.
- [+] Backward compatibility with old Inline SEO Catalog links.
- [+] A lot of changes in Ecwid shopping cart: http://www.ecwid.com/blog/new-releases/
- [+] Support of the Google’s “AJAX Crawling” API for native indexing of AJAX applications has been added. This will significantly improve the indexation of Ecwid ecommerce stores and is a successor of the Inline SEO Catalog feature. More details at https://developers.google.com/webmasters/ajax-crawling/ (This feature requires a paid Ecwid subscription)
- [+] Auto-generated titles for product pages.
- [+] Support of microformats to get rich snippets in search engine results pages.
- [+] New Ecwid section has been added to the admin menu.
- [!] Issue with the way how ecommerce widgets are embedded into the page for the free users was fixed.
- [!] Issue with the way how inline SEO catalog is embedded into the page was fixed.
- [+] Improved the compatibility with AJAX-based e-commerce themes for WP and some web search engines out there.
- [!] The “Single Sign-on” feature didn’t work properly in some cases. Fixed.
- [+] The “Single Sign-on” feature has been added. This feature allows your customers to sign into your WordPress ecommerce site and fully use your store without having to sign into Ecwid.
- [+] New minicart ecommerce widget: http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/15853298/Minicart#Miniview
- [+] Stores are loaded faster now, if some Ecwid sidebar widgets are enabled.
- [+] Inline SEO Catalog generates “clean” SEO-friendly page titles now.
- [!] Issue with Inline SEO Catalog and enabled “Canonical URLs” feature has been fixed.
- [!] The “Inline SEO catalog” feature didn’t work correctly with WP
- [+] The “Inline SEO catalog” option was added.
- [+] Plugin settings page was updated.
- [+] Two new options: “Full link to your mobile catalog” and “Default category ID”.
- [+] Instruction in the plugin settings was updated.
- [+] New plugin option to use on secure pages was added.
- [+] Some code tweaks and optimizations.
- [+] Ecwid integration code was updated to the last version
- [+] New product browser parameters: http://kb.ecwid.com/Product-Browser
- [+] New built-in “ecwid_ProductBrowserURL” feature: http://kb.ecwid.com/ecwid_ProductBrowserURL
- [+] New sidebar ecommerce widgets were added: search box, minicart and vertical categories
- [+] New options effecting the store appearance
- [!] Minor bugfixes
- [+] Initial version