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Al Brookbanks

CubeCart v6 beta launched & all versions now open source!

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Today it is of greatest pleasure to make a number of significant announcements!

  • CubeCart is celebrating its tenth birthday as a private UK company.
  • CubeCart 6.0.0b1 and 5.2.15 are available for download.
  • CubeCart version 6, 5, 4 & 3 are all now open source under the GPL 3.0 licence.
  • The all new CubeCart Extensions Marketplace has been launched.
  • Enterprise Level technical support plans are now available including managed services.
We are expecting a huge amount of questions so have tried to answer most below.

I've only just purchased CubeCart!? Can I get a refund!?

Yes. We will be happy to refund all orders for software license keys and copyright keys placed in the last 30 days as per our refund policy. Please contact our sales staff with your order number.

What's new in CubeCart v6?

The launch of v6 starts a whole new philosophy for online commerce.

  • No Bloatware - CubeCart v6 ships with no extensions and we aim to make it as lightweight and as optimized as possible. Extensions can be easily installed, upgraded or downgraded by copying and pasting a "token" generated from the extensions marketplace. Extensions such as payment gateways, shipping rate calculators, skins etc now have individual version releases which means updates can get to you faster than having to wait and upgrade your store entirely.
  • CubeCart v6 ships with one (intentionally basic looking) responsive theme powered by the brilliant Foundation Framework. Customise it easily and quickly or grab an off the shelf skin from the marketplace!
  • There have been a number of significant performance enhancements. Improved caching is enabled by default and the homepage should have just three lightweight MySQL queries after the cache is built.
  • Tweaks have been made to existing features such as dynamic product options on the manual order builder and improvements to the product import tool.
  • All skins, mods, plugins etc (extensions) for v5 are forwardward compatible with version 6.
  • Ioncube is no longer required, no software license key is required and calls home are no longer made.
How long will v6 be in beta for?

As v6 is a fork of v5 and we don't expect it to be in Beta long. After the beta release is over an announcement will be made and it will then be suitable for production environments.

What's planned for v5?

We will continue to maintain version 5 for the foreseeable future. The most recent release removes the requirement for software/copyright keys, ioncube and any calls home.

Will you be supporting and developing v4 and v3 again?

No. They have been added for archival reasons and are not recommended for production use. New versions however have been made to reflect their new licence and removal of any calls home or software/license key requirement.

Do I need a Copyright Removal Key to remove "eCommerce by CubeCart" notices?

No you don't but we would be grateful if you can support us by keeping it.

What is different about technical support?

We now offer monthly or annually paid technical support subscriptions with service level agreement (SLA). For those who require management a special support plan exists which includes unlimited installs, upgrades, server moves and extension installation. Technical support credits are no longer sold, any existing credits are still valid for use but are excluded from the enterprise service level agreements. Find out more here: https://www.cubecart.com/enterprise-support

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