CoCart Lite v2.9.1 Release Notes

Excited to announce that CoCart Lite 2.9.1 is now publicly available! This is a minor release so everything is backwards compatible with the previous version.

As always, it is recommend to create a backup of your site before updating.

What’s new in CoCart v2.9.1?

This release fixes a problem with merging cart contents together. It’s a feature that WooCommerce provides in the core and one that was not working out of the box with CoCart.

What is this feature for? Well it’s simple. The feature is triggered when a customer logs in but started as a guest. They already added items to the cart but also have items added to the cart as a registered customer.

So for any items that are not already in the cart, they are merged together. Now you only have one cart of all the items you added. This will then destroy the guest cart as it is no longer needed.

Pretty cool. 🙂

In addition to this fix. A change has been made to further enhance the API for headless development. The cookie that stores the cart information now adds the samesite attribute to None. This article explains more about SameSite Cookie Attribute.

To help with those who wish to change the default attribute value, a new filter cocart_cookie_samesite has been introduced to allow you to override it. Before this attribute was added the default value was lax after 20th February 2020 if the attribute is not applied.

This cookie change is only available for those who use PHP 7.3 or above and will be the minimum requirement for CoCart v3 once it is released so I recommend that you update to PHP 7.3 or higher soon.

Why was this cookie attribute added so late? To be honest it just got forgotten about due to Covid-19, personal health and working on other improvements for CoCart. I only just recently got reminded about it. 🔔

If you have tips or feature requests to help CoCart improve for your development then please send me feedback or make a enhancement request via the GitHub repository where I can manage things better.

I like to thank Joel for this release who spent a little of his weekend helping me to get this done.

Database changes

This release does not introduce any changes to the database.

Documentation

This release does not introduce any changes to the documentation.

CoCart Lite v2.9.0 Release Notes

Excited to announce that CoCart Lite 2.9.0 is now publicly available! This is a minor release so everything is backwards compatible with the previous version.

As always, it is recommend to create a backup of your site before updating.

What’s new in CoCart v2.9?

This release is for preparation for CoCart v3 in order for the database upgrade to work as it should.

If you don’t update CoCart to this release first, then when it comes to upgrading to v3, the database will be upgraded automatically as it will not know the version of the CoCart database.

This is important for large stores as they will need time to backup the database before proceeding.

As a bonus, I fixed an issue that prevented CoCart from being installed correctly on a multi-site environment. So CoCart now supports multi-site environments. 🥳

Enjoy!

Database changes

This release does not introduce any changes to the database.

Documentation

This release does not introduce any changes to the documentation.

CoCart Lite v2.8.3 Release Notes

Excited to announce that CoCart Lite 2.8.3 is now publicly available! This is a minor release so everything is backwards compatible with the previous version.

As always, it is recommend to create a backup of your site before updating.

What’s new in CoCart v2.8.3?

This is the last minor update for CoCart v2 or at least for this year I think.

What’s new is that multi-site networks now properly engage with the site admin once the plugin is activated on the network.

A few tweaks have been made so we don’t add the version of the plugin per site. All admin notices now show via the network admin and if you are new to CoCart, you are redirected to the getting started page in the network admin upon first activation.

Before network sites would only see “Plugin activated” which makes the site admin feel left out.

A couple of fixes were also made.

Headers were already sent when filtering rest_pre_serve_request. This appeared to only cause issues when you have WP_DEBUG enabled when using CoCart locally.

And finally, a few errors were not returning the status error in the correct format.

That is it. I hope you are doing well and have a good x-mas. ?

Database changes

This release does not introduce any changes to the database.

Documentation

This release does not introduce any changes to the documentation.

CoCart Lite v2.8.2 Release Notes

Excited to announce that CoCart Lite 2.8.2 is now publicly available! This is a minor release so everything is backwards compatible with the previous version.

As always, it is recommend to create a backup of your site before updating.

What’s new in CoCart v2.8.2?

Two things have been done to improve the loading of a cart from session via the web. Load the chosen shipping method and cart fees.

In addition to this minor release, a request was made to be able to filter the parameter name cocart-load-cart, used for loading the cart from session via the web to provide more white labelling for their client.

You can find an example for this filter under “White Labelling”.

Database changes

This release does not introduce any changes to the database.

Documentation

All examples provided for setting a cart key have been corrected. Due to an over look on my part, I mistakenly documented the cart_key parameter as a standard data parameter and not a global parameter that requires to be queried.

Not many developers who had issues with this, saw the error and corrected this in their development but not reported the error to me.

Others had tried to report the error but did not make it clear to me as to what was wrong and moved on. Now after several releases and finally getting someone to report clearly what was wrong, I was able to correct it.

I apologise for the mistake and hope you try again with the new examples provided. I have also added a warning notice in the documentation to remind you that it is not to be passed as a data parameter.

CoCart Lite v2.8.1 Release Notes

Excited to announce that Pantheon, a high performance hosting platform is now supported in CoCart Lite 2.8.1 which is now publicly available! This is a tiny release so everything is backwards compatible with the previous version.

As always, it is recommend to create a backup of your site before updating.

What does it do?

Well because Pantheon is a platform built for speed, it’s cache system caused a problem for guest customers on the frontend making it look like the cart was empty no matter how many items were added to the cart.

Luckily, this was a quick easy fix after talking to their customer service.

All that was required was to change the cookie name using the available filter in CoCart to a new formatting that Pantheon reorganizes to prevent the session cookie from caching.

And after trying them out, I can say that I recommend using Pantheon for speedy performance to run your store no matter how large.

Database changes

This release does not introduce any changes to the database.

Documentation

This release does not introduce any changes to the documentation.