The Biggest Update in DPD History

  • Jason@DPD
  • May 11, 2010
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New Interface, Google Checkout Support, Customizable Websites / Emails, and multiple price levels
New Interface, Google Checkout Support, Customizable Websites / Emails, and multiple price levels
DPD always strives to make things easier. One of the things that’s always bugged us has been that there were two product lists- one for instant and one for cart. That’s not easy. It’s kinda confusing. It makes features like custom emails and delivery pages nearly impossible.

So in this update we set out to fix that and ended up making the largest change in DPD history. This update is five months in the making, with over 125 new features, bug fixes, and tweaks, and over 335,000 new lines of code!

So, starting early Wednesday, May 12, you will see a few changes at DPD when you login. We’ll start with the major changes.

New Product / Website User Interface

The product list has been completely overhauled. Gone are the days of two product lists. Everything is now on one page. We’ve added filters to help you find the product or website you’re looking for in a jiffy. We think this will make using DPD even easier.

Speaking of the product list, we’ve renamed “storefront” to “website.” We feel this is a better description of how you use them. We’ve also added websites to all products; they’re no longer limited to just cart products. This allows all products to be customized in the same way. Which is a nice segue into the next feature…

#1 Requested Feature: Email Customization

Email customization is here! This was the #1 requested feature in the feedback forum, and we just had to add it to this release. From your product list, click on Edit Website and then click on the Emails tab. Edit to your heart’s content. If you mess up, click on the reset link and start over. Look for pre-made themes in the near future.

#2 Requested Feature: AWeber Integration

Since we tackled the #1 requested feature, we decided to tackle the #2 most requested feature- AWeber integration. Click on Edit Website from your product list and fill out the Notification Email and then follow the Learn More link for how to setup AWeber to parse the emails.

We’d also appreciate it if you would contact AWeber and request that they add a global email parser for DPD. They’ve promised us one if we can get 10 people to ask.

The Notification Email can be used with any service that can parse emails.

#3 Requested Feature: Google Checkout Support

With #1 and #2 added, we had to add #3: Google Checkout. Add your Google Checkout merchant information to your website profile and Google Checkout will be automatically be presented as a checkout option. You can use it with PayPal, instead of PayPal, or not at all- it’s your choice.

Product Images and Descriptions

Next up, we’ve added product images and descriptions to the product setup. This is a 100% optional feature but we highly recommend you take advantage of it. We don’t use the image or description anywhere your customers see… yet. Look for some sprucing up of the checkout process and delivery pages in the near future. We’ve also got some other big features planned that will use the image and description.

New Button Creators

We’ve made creating add to cart, view cart, and buy now buttons even easier. And we added even more button styles to choose from. You can create buy now buttons for any product in the website, even if the website was cart-only before!

Multiple Prices per Product

DPD now supports multiple prices per product- no more uploading duplicate products if you want to run a special or offer a resale version- DPD accounts are still based on product slots, not prices, so create as many as you need.

Completely New DPD Affiliate System

We’ve added an all new Vendor control panel for better control of your affiliate programs. New features include multiple payout levels, better affiliate management, a new news system that lets you post affiliate news for your affiliates, and more.

We’ve also added an all new Affiliate Control Panel where your affiliates can log in to a custom branded “mini-site” to view their stats, generate hoplinks and buttons, view program news, and lots more.

And More…

We’ve done so many small fixes and tweaks throughout the site its hard to remember them all:

  • We’ve added payment history to your profile.
  • We’ve totally redone most of the forms on the website to be easier to read and easier to use, with context sensitive help that pops up when you need it.
  • The support ticket system / helpdesk has been replaced with a far better system.
  • Documentation has been updated throughout.
  • We’ve switched email services to improve deliverability to your customers.

We’ve put a ton of time and effort into this release, and it’s just one of many to come. We hope you enjoy using DPD, and as always we’re standing by to help if you need it!

Jason, Jacob and Scott
The DPD Staff

DPD Update: Localized Checkout, CSV Customer Export, Address Collection, Admin Updates, and More

  • Jason@DPD
  • January 21, 2010
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We’ve just published and update to DPD that incorporates the following new features, changes, and bug fixes as well as lays the groundwork for a couple major features coming soon. Please read on to learn whats new and coming up with DPD:

Localized Checkout

We’ve been running a beta of the localized checkout system with several vendors for the past few weeks and it’s now available to all. DPD Vendors can now select a default language for the shopping cart and/or instant checkout experience as well as the PayPal checkout process locale. Buyers will always have the option to override the displayed language if it is not in their native tongue.

All alternate languages have been professionally translated by a trusted 3rd party translation company.

This will allow vendors to create products and stores targeted at different countries and markets- For example, a US vendor can create a product or store targeted at the French market with the cart + all PayPal pages being presented in French, etc.

This is a storefront level setting for storefront products and a product level setting for instant checkout products.

Available languages include:

  • English (default)
  • French
  • German
  • International Spanish
  • Italian

If you would like to see DPD in another language please make a request via support ticket. We’ll be adding more languages regularly based on your requests.

Address Collection

DPD vendors can now choose to collect an address for PayPal transactions. This is useful if you offer a download + physical delivery product. The address is stored and displayed both within PayPal and with the DPD transaction record inside DPD. This is our first step toward full physical product support that is in development.

This is a storefront level setting for storefront products and a product level setting for instant checkout products.

The available options for address collection include:

  • Do Not Collect Address (Default – all current products are set to this value)
  • Address is Optional
  • Address Required

CSV Customer Export

Vendors can now export customers from the Customer Center to a CSV compatible file for import in to other programs and services such as mailing list managers, accounting programs, and support systems.

We’ll be adding the export feature to the transaction look-up tool- Coming Soon™.

Admin Updates and Tweaks

New File Uploader

A few weeks ago we switched to a new java based file uploader that can handle files up to 2GB in size. The new java based uploader is much more reliable and causes less issues than the old flash based uploader did for many people.

Better Download Limit Control

We’ve changed the download limit from a simple “Check here to limit to 2 attempts” to a drop-down with multiple options. Vendors can now give buyers more attempts to download the product before the download URL is disabled. As always, you can disable the download attempt limit and rely on only the download time limit function or vice-versa.

Free Download URL Display to the Vendor

When you send a free delivery of a product DPD will now also display the customer’s free download URL to the Vendor. In some instances the recipient failed to get the email from DPD’s servers due to their mail server settings or spam controls- now vendors can send the URL directly with their own personal message.

Minor Fixes and Tweaks

  • Various text edts / typo corrections
  • New sales site pages describing new features
  • Fixed a couple buttons that were not displaying correctly
  • Minor performance related back end changes
  • Minor adjustment to s3 file delivery and caching for better performance

Groundwork for New Features

Google Checkout

In this update we made some “under the hood” changes to DPD code to prepare for adding Google Checkout as a payment processor. DPD is currently working toward Google Checkout certification as an advanced hosted shopping cart provider. Google Checkout is a great alternative to PayPal for US and UK vendors and we think you’ll like it a lot.

This feature is Coming Soon™.

PayPal Donation Support

We’re adding support for PayPal Donations with automatic product delivery. This will allow you to give a thank you gift to donors after they pay any amount or a set minimum. DPD will support “choose your own donation amount” as well as fixed amount donation buttons.

This feature is Coming Soon™.