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The mass hosted environment including Cloudshop Base and the newer Now platforms will be upgraded starting at 3:00 PM AEST Tuesday 6th April.
Most changes will relate to the Now system. However there are some changes to the core technology being used and bug fixes that have been applied to both versions in this upgrade.
The upgrade process will take approximately 4 hours to complete. We recommend that you make no content changes to your website / online store after 3:00 PM on Tuesday 6th April until 8:00 PM AEST.
The login screen is the best way to identify the version as Base and Now have different administration login screens. If you use the following login screen then you are using the Now version.
The new Facebook Business Pixel integration allows you to connect your online shop to your Facebook business page.
This upgrade introduces Customer Groups to the Now platform. These will not be available in all packages. Customer Groups will enable merchants to setup full Business To Business (B2B) capability when linked with Customer Specific Pricing.
You can create customer specific pricing using Customer Groups. This allows the store to setup complex pricing rules that allow full B2B operation.
The logo has moved from Settings to a new editor that allows the manipulation of the logo image and placement within the header. The logo can now be cropped and resized. You can also set to display the logo and shop name or just one or the other.
If the store supports multiple languages, you can now create content in each language and also set the default language.
There are now more Content Elements to allow for more page layout options. The selection of elements has been summarised into groups depending on usage.
You can now create formatted buttons within content to better present call-to-action links.
More options are now available to change colours in content and backgrounds. With that comes a simple colour picker.
As new themes are added the process of selecting and changing themes has been simplified to ensure that the active theme is not accidentally changed.
Please be advised that between the hours of 10:00 PM on Thursday 2nd February and 4:00AM Friday 3rd February (AEST) eCorner will be carrying out an update of our mass-hosted environment (all cloud-based online shops). The purpose of the upgrade is to update the core ePages software (to 6.17.52). During that time your website and adminstration systems will not be available.
The upgrade will be predominately for maintenance with a variety of fixes and improvements. These are aimed at creating a more stable, secure and faster system. However there are new features and services that will be added after the upgrade is complete.
On the evening of Thursday 7th April our systems will be taken off line so that we can perform a core software upgrade. There are numerous technical changes and improvements taking place many of which will not be noticed. These include additional security changes and a change to the version of the MySQL data base. There are also lots of new and improved features and we have covered a few of those below.
This upgrade will only impact those customers using the Cloud Web, Cloud Catalogue, Cloud Starter, Cloud Shop, Cloud Merchant or Cloud Enterprise packages. The upgrade will also impact all 30 day free trial websites. You will receive an email notification if your website is included in the upgrade.
We expect the system to be off-line from approximately 9:00PM AEST until 5:00AM AEST 8th April. During this time there will be a maintenance message displayed to all of the people that visit your website.
Please be advised that between the hours of 8:00pm on Thursday August 20 and 4:00am on Friday August 21, your eCorner service (website) will be offline as we upgrade our mass-hosted platform.