Easy Digital Downloads 2.7 released

After more than three weeks of beta testing, we are thrilled to announce the release of version 2.7 of Easy Digital Downloads. This update includes a lot of significant improvements that bring better performance, improved interface designs, enhanced export options, numerous developer-focused enhancements, and more. We have been running 2.7 on our own sites for several weeks and now we are ready to release it to all of you.

 Let’s take a look at each of the primary enhancements included in 2.7

View Order Details screen

The View Order Details screen is one that all shop owners are familiar with and probably one that many shop administrators spend a lot of time on. In 2.7 we have made several distinct improvements to the screen.

First, we have introduced support for adjusting individual item amounts. Previously it was only possible to adjust entire order totals, but now shop admins can edit the price, tax, quantity, and total for each item on the purchase separately, giving much greater flexibility.

Second, we have made some adjustments to the organization of the screen in order to incorporate the new per-item amount fields and made the top-half of the screen more intuitive.

The screen also has three other improvements:

  1. The Customer Details section is now easier to work with. The process for assigning an order to a new customer is more intuitive and navigating to the details screen for the linked customer is now simpler.
  2. Any discount code redeemed on an order is now linked directly to the discount edit screen.
  3. If taxes are collected, the tax rate charged on the order is now shown next to the tax total field in the Update Payment box.

CSV Earnings Report

Since the very earliest versions of Easy Digital Downloads, we have included a PDF Earnings report that allowed store owners to export a PDF file that showed sales and earnings over a specified time period. In 2.7 we have replaced this PDF report with a CSV version that also includes more information.

This report will generate a CSV file for the specified time frame that includes:

  • Sale count
  • Gross earnings
  • Refund count
  • Amount refunded
  • Revoked count
  • Revoked earnings
  • Abandoned count
  • Abandoned value
  • Failed count
  • Failed value
  • Net earnings

With this CSV report it is easy to generate a month to month, annual, or even multi-year report that gives a clear overview of a store’s performance.

Variable Pricing for Bundles

Bundles now include support for specifying the price option for included products. For example, if your products have three standard price options, you can now set which price option on the products customers will get access to when purchasing the bundle.

This allows store admins to set the download files customers gain access to and also allows for extension-enabled features (such as licensing) to be setup with price-option-specific settings.

Complete Abandoned / Pending purchases

Easy Digital Downloads 2.7 allows customers to resume incomplete purchases on subsequent visits. This includes both completing abandoned purchases and resubmitting purchases which may not have completed successfully when initially submitted.

An example scenario is as follows:

  • Customer adds items to their cart
  • Customer goes through the checkout with PayPal, but does not complete it on the PayPal end (and does not click ‘Cancel and Return to Site’)
  • Customer visits their ‘Purchase History’ page and finds the newly added pending payment
  • A ‘Complete Purchase’ button will appear allowing the customer to checkout with PayPal and complete the transaction.

Faster reports

We have spent a lot of time working on making our earnings report pages faster and more capable of handling large data sets. The improvements we have made in 2.7 are so significant in fact, we managed to take the load time of the reports graph from 3 minutes (for a particular test case) to just 1-2 seconds. In our test case, we loaded an earnings report that showed January 2012 to January 2017. This time period included large data sets for every month within that range and only took 1-2 seconds to load. If you spend a lot of time viewing earnings / sales reports, this should be a very welcomed improvement.

Developer API improvements

2.7 of Easy Digital Downloads includes several distinct improvements for developers.

EDD_Cart object

For the first time since version 1.0, Easy Digital Downloads now includes an EDD_Cart object that provides a simple to use API for interacting with the shopping cart contents. This new object provides methods for accessing and manipulating cart data. It also dramatically improves the performance of the checkout screen. Prior to 2.7, the checkout screen could easily take as much as 2.6 seconds to loads, even on a high performance site. In 2.7, this loading time has been reduced by nearly two seconds. On one test case, we saw the checkout load time go from 2.6865 seconds to just 0.8456 seconds with no change in place other than the new cart object.

New edd_get_payment() function

A new function has been introduced to act as a wrapper method for retrieving an instance of an EDD_Payment object in lieu of creating an instance by accessing the class directly.

The edd_get_payment() function works with the object cache to improve performance of retrieving payments.  The new function accepts the same parameters as the constructor of EDD_Payment but also returns false if a payment was not found (i.e. incorrect payment ID was specified).

If you are interacting with EDD_Payment objects, please use the new edd_get_payment() function as it can have a significant performance improvement.

EDD_Discount object

Another new API we are introducing in 2.7 is the EDD_Discount API.  It has been designed to simplify handling discount codes and follows the same model to that of EDD_Payment making altering a discount simple too. Previously, all discount interaction was handled through the edd_discount_ functions, resulting in the creation of a new object each time a function was called.  Now, a single instance of EDD_Discount holds everything about that discount code making discounts more efficient in general.

Other notable improvements

The changes above are the primary features we’d like to highlight, but there are other important improvements as well.

  • The applied tax rate is now saved in the payment meta and displayed on the View Order Details screen
  • Selected image size is now inserted into File URL field in Download Files box
  • Messages registered with edd_set_error are now output via a hook
  • Improved WP-CLI payment creation to support a date range
  • Quantity fields can now be disabled on individual download products
  • EDD_Payment and edd_get_payment now accept a payment transaction ID
  • Introduced a more EDD-specific downloads shortcode [edd_downloads]
  • Moved edd-ajax.min script to footer to allow async loading of jQuery
  • Added a ‘Refresh Reports’ button to the graph view
  • Switched to using new IPN endpoints for PayPal Standard
  • Zip / postal code now included in tax calculation function
  • Improved the fault tolerance and error handling of creating discount codes
  • The HTML markup of the profile editor has been updated to match other forms in EDD
  • API request logs can now be exported from Downloads → Reports → Export
  • File download logs can now be exported from Downloads → Reports → Export

Notable bugs fixed

Along with all of the enhancements in version 2.7, we have also fixed a number of bugs.

  • EDD_License did not properly support item_id
  • Earnings by Category estimates were not correct
  • Stopped redirect to PayPal on Buy Now buttons if PayPal gateway is disabled
  • Amazon Gateway settings are now checked before loading the scripts for Amazon Payments
  • The edd_download_redirect_to_checkout filter wasn’t respecting the desired outcome in some configurations
  • The payment notes were included in normal comment count
  • Disabling API request logging was not working
  • The history-downloads.php template was not properly showing variable price names
  • When adding fee to cart, we now preserve the decimal precision
  • Recounting store stats now resets the report transients
  • Multi-option purchase mode and variable prices work better with buy now buttons

We are really pleased to have this release available for everyone today and we welcome any and all feedback you may have about it. If you have any questions or issues, do not hesitate to leave a comment below or open a support ticket.

Comments

Great stuff Pippin and team, I like the abandoned purchase feature, very nice touch.

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chenzi wang

So cool folks! Thank you for the wonderful work, can not wait to try the new version.

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Justin Dike

EDD is the best! Sounds like a great update.

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Florencia

Hi Pippin,
Thanks for your update, and your great work.
I have since quite a while issue with the EDD-invoice-plugin.

Now I have to deactivate EDD-invoice-plugin. It crashes my howl site on the new with EDD 2.7.
Can you please help me. I tried it various times via support ticket but nobody reposed me at all.

best Florncia and Luzi

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I’m sorry to hear that!

Our team has responded to both tickets you’ve sent in. Could you please double check your spam folder?

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I´m having the same problem. No response to my ticket and trouble with my virtual store because have a problem in a EDD payment.

Any help?

Ademar F. Fey
Brazil
11/10/2017 17:17

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Your ticket is in our queue still and will be addressed as soon as possible!

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Jhihaat

Awesome improvements!

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Great round of Improvements. Eye catcher is increase in report generation speed. Amazing.

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X-Raym

Very nice updates !!
The CSV export is very nice !
Thanks you for you passionated works 🙂

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Nikki Stokes

It just gets better and better!

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Thanks for the great updates.

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Could you please consider adding some parameters for the Export Download Products in CSV option in reports, export. The ability to select custom dates and post status (i.e. published vs draft) would be helpful.

Further, the ability to offer this report based on free or paid downloads would be useful.

Thanks for the consideration.
Michele

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@Michele

Currently, due to some performance restraints we’re limited on how ‘filtered’ our reporting can be without reports being either unresponsive or not working at all. We do have existing plans to improve the reporting system from the ground up, that would allow us to do more filtering on the report data.

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hossein

Hi,
In new update, custom field for checkout page don’t store in order details.
I try this linke:
http://docs.easydigitaldownloads.com/article/1003-custom-checkout-fields
but still not work.
Can you help me please?
Thanks a lot

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Dennis

Nice update guys. I really like the faster reports. It works nicely on my micro pc.

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Updated already.. And I must say I’m loving this version.. Had no issue so far.. Good job Pippin x The EDD Team

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Eve

Any chance you guys will be adding support for EU VAT MOSS? It’s the only thing holding me back from using EDD.

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Thank you for release EDD 2.7.
This plugin is the best.

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