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Changelog

Stay ahead of the curve with updates on new features, enhancements, and fixes on the Swell platform.

December 2023

Platform

  • Added additional order and customer details on Authorize.net transaction records.
  • Fixed inventory bug with orders that resulted in the correct quantity not being deducted from stock if more than one of the same bundle variant was purchased.

Dashboard

  • Added the ability to refund gift card payments on orders, including partial amounts.
  • It’s now possible to mark products as on sale using the bulk edit action.

Developer

  • Content field ids and paths can now start with a number.
  • API responses no longer include the account.password value (which represented a hashed password) for additional security. The new $isPasswordSet field can be used to determine whether a password has been set.
  • [swell-js] Fixed bug which caused the value of shipment_total to be reset when calling swell.cart.update in certain cases.
  • [swell-js] Calling account.updateCard with new values for properties such as exp_month and exp_year will also update the payment method objects stored in Stripe, Braintree, or Swell’s vault.

November 2023

Platform

  • Gift cards can now be used for subscription payments.
  • Shipping costs for carts and orders are now recalculated whenever a discount is added or removed to ensure shipping and discount rules are applied consistently.

Dashboard

  • Various improvements to address management interface for orders, customers, and subscriptions.
  • Fixed bug with bulk JSON imports that caused the process to hang if the file contained extra whitespace.
  • Fixed behavior that prevented fully deleting attributes that didn’t contain products.

Hosted checkout

  • Improved loading speed of wallet payment buttons.
  • The checkout editor now connects to the current environment (test or live) when in preview.
  • Addressed occasional proxy issue that would result in checkout not loading unless refreshed.
  • Added the province of Penang, MY to geographic configuration.

Apps

  • Deployed initial functionality supporting Swell Apps. See the alpha announcement for information about the framework and how to get early access.

Developer

  • [swell-js] Added session.get(), session.getCookie(), and session.setCookie() helpers for managing user sessions and cookies.
  • [swell-js] Added functions.get(), functions.put(), and functions.post() for interacting with app functions.
  • [graphql-api] Added updateSession mutation to set currency and locale values for current user session.
  • [graphql-api] Addressed issue where the updateCart mutation was not working with certain product configurations.
  • [graphql-api] Fixed bug with the deleteCartItem mutation that caused displayCurrency to be reset to null.

October 2023

Fixes and improvements

  • Fixed "Stripe was not loaded" error when using Klarna in Swell.js
  • Added support for custom implementation of getCookies/setCookies in Swell.js to provide more control over browser cookie policies, including domain and expiry settings
  • Improved reliability of Swell Slack integration setup
  • Improved caching performance in Swell Node
  • Fixed customer filter-by-group options and group tabs in the admin dashboard
  • Addressed Added types for getOrder and ResultsResponse in Swell.js

September 2023

Fixes and improvements

  • Resolved an issue where dunning and retry rules were not being applied on subscriptions with asynchronous payments
  • Improved the loading strategy for payment buttons and elements in Swell.js and checkout to mount together once all the relevant gateway SDKs have been initialized
  • Custom CSS in the checkout editor now takes higher precedence (using !important), improving custom styling capabilities
  • Eliminated occasional duplicates of PayPal and GooglePay buttons in the checkout
  • Invite links for admin users now expire after 5 days for additional security
  • Fixed an issue with custom collections in the dashboard where auto-suggest for lookup fields was not displaying any records
  • Addressed a scenario where invalid credit cards on trial subscriptions would create duplicate charges for the initial order in Stripe
  • Added support to explicitly bypass the client-side and server-side caches by adding $nocache: true to requests, trading speed for data freshness if required
  • Updated package dependencies for Swell Node
  • On the subscriptions model, replaced the date_order_cycle_start field with date_order_period_start

August 2023

Fixes and improvements

  • Improved visual feedback when attempting to drag products in disabled categories
  • When editing orders without a customer shipping address, an address can now be added from the same view
  • Resolved an issue which prevented setting a default value for enum/dropdown custom fields
  • Fixed blank screen in the Storefronts dashboard after promoting a storefront to be 'Primary'
  • Resolved an issue preventing manual category sorting on the Categories page
  • Fixed an issue that prevented bulk editing in the Products view
  • Fixed a bug that prevented older custom models from being visible in the model editor
  • Fixed a bug that caused active categories to switch to an inactive state in the Categories search

July 2023

Checkout and domain settings updates

We’ve improved the user interface, allowing users to manage their domains inside the checkout dashboard.

Fixes and improvements

  • Enhanced visual clarity while dragging a product inside a Category view
  • Fixed established default Values for enum/dropdown custom fields
  • Addressed an issue with editing shipping addresses on subscription forms
  • Resolved blank screen problem on 'Developer' Tab within Storefronts upon promoting a store to Primary status
  • Removed ‘wide mode’ from a Category image
  • Added maxConcurrent option to set max amount of requests waiting for a response on Swell-node
  • Enhanced manual categorization sorting in the Categories page
  • Resolved an issue related to passing multiple currencies in expand queries within the Swell backend API
  • Addressed an issue with bulk product editing in the Products page
  • Rectified a bug that was occurring while accessing older custom content models
  • Resolved a bug in Category Search that was causing active categories to switch to an inactive state

June 2023

Fixes and improvements

  • Fixed setting content type for uploaded images
  • Fixed Klarna (via Stripe) payments
  • Add subscription support for PayPal payment method
  • Added support for specifying favicon in checkout settings
  • API performance improvements

May 2023

Webhook performance optimizations

In our latest update, we have made the following improvements:

  • Lowered webhook request timeouts from 30s to 10s to prevent hogging connections
  • Fixed the issue related to exclusive lock release for webhook fixes in the API
  • Enhanced the level of detail in capturing webhook errors

These updates aim to optimize connection usage, ensure proper functionality of webhooks, and provide more comprehensive error information.

Fixes and improvements

  • Resolved issue with column sorting in Admin Dashboard Reports
  • Fixed display problem with shipping discount coupons on hosted checkout
  • Addressed API bug related to filtering by product attributes
  • Corrected functionality of the theme editor "publish" button in the Admin Dashboard
  • Extended default checkout expiry to 2 weeks for Hosted Checkout
  • Fixed scenario where not all product variant options were listed in Origin
  • Ensured payment method is displayed in the order print template in the API
  • Fixed "View in Storefront" link on the Product Details page in the Admin Dashboard
  • Resolved issue with deleting attribute options generated from product variants in the Swell admin
  • Fixed BCC notifications when multiple recipients are specified in the API
  • Improved onboarding process for the Omnisend integration
  • Adjusted Sales Report to exclude taxes from net sales
  • Resolved handling of Stripe payment timeouts caused by locked objects
  • Fixed preview functionality of storefront and checkout content in the theme editor
  • Displayed Storefront ID in the Storefront Developer tab of the Admin Dashboard
  • Fixed case where unpaused subscriptions should immediately retry payment
  • Resolved error message when loading settings in Swell.js

April 2023

Improvements to the Storefront dashboard

The enhanced feature enables merchants to efficiently oversee multiple storefronts within a unified Swell store interface, streamlining their operations. They can seamlessly manage and control all storefronts from one centralized location. Additionally, the storefront dashboard grants merchants convenient access to their checkout system and its corresponding settings.

Fixes and improvements

  • Resolved a typing issue with product.stock_status in Swell.js
  • Fixed a bug where order total wouldn’t update to selected currency when using display currencies only
  • Addressed credit card validation typing errors in Swell.js
  • Rectified a bug that caused localized order dates to be absent in the admin dashboard
  • Fixed the removal of subscription usage limits from coupons in the admin dashboard
  • Added field descriptions to standard models in the GraphQL API
  • Corrected the display of an incorrect "Unknown Rule" discount label when a user adds a second discount in the admin dashboard
  • Resolved routing and CORS issues on the Frontend API
  • Fixed the quantity input for returning items to stock in the Swell Backend API and admin dashboard
  • Improved the styling of the type-chooser for Products & Discounts in the admin dashboard
  • Fixed issue with reports that resulted in some fields not appearing in exports of customer and subscription reports

March 2023

SwellPy—Headless ecommerce Python API wrapper

SwellPy is a Python-based API wrapper that comes with type support and is specifically designed for backend development. Its purpose is to provide an API wrapper in Python allowing you to interact with your Swell backend, taking care of API routes, typing, rate-limiting, and more

Check the github repo and our documentation to learn more.

Added SDK support for Amazon Pay

The new feature release adds support for Amazon Pay in Swell.js, providing more payment options and improving the checkout experience for users. Developers can easily implement the Amazon Pay SDK in their project using detailed documentation and code examples.

Improved Type Support and PayPal UI Currency Configuration

The latest Swell.js release adds more type support, improving the library's reliability and functionality. It also allows for PayPal UI configuration with store currency, providing a better checkout experience for customers and a more professional appearance for online merchants.

Fixes and improvements

  • Resolved issue with payment method selection for subscriptions when the billing address matches the shipping address
  • Fixed error that was causing issues when creating iDeal Stripe payment
  • Fixed a bug where "fixed" taxes were being recalculated unnecessarily when using the Avatax integration
  • Improved type support in swell-js by adding more types
  • Enabled configuration of PayPal UI with store currency in swell-js
  • Corrected saving of subscription settings retry rules in the Admin Dashboard
  • Fixed loading of model settings for custom content models in the Admin Dashboard
  • Improved display of sales tax by fixing concurrent updates
  • Ensured cart settings are now properly loaded for all payment processing methods
  • Resolved an issue where subscription intervals were not being correctly handled in leap years
  • Fixed the issue of cart settings not being loaded for all payment processing in swell-js
  • Added SDK support for Amazon Pay in Swell.js, expanding payment options for users
  • Fixed a bug that was causing issues when adding bundles to a cart, improving the overall user experience
  • Dropped support for Node.js versions older than 14, ensuring compatibility with the latest features and security updates
  • Updated devDependencies to the latest versions on Swell Node, improving the performance and stability of the library
  • Resolved issue where the Apple/Google Pay button was not functioning correctly when using Stripe
  • Fixed language token prefixes in Origin, ensuring that they are now properly labeled
  • Improved pagination in Origin by fixing cases where the component was limited by the default window parameter, providing a better user experience
  • Resolved issue where subscriptions were not being generated correctly from orders when a promo code was applied
  • Fixed a bug for default localizations not being retained when editing product variant options
  • Improved paginated results in the Platform API and GraphQL API by adding page_count
  • Fixed bulk-export feature which was excluding some selected fields, ensuring all selected fields are now included
  • Corrected selection of order print templates in the Admin Dashboard, providing more options to users
  • Optimized API calls by avoiding redundant values specified via fields, improving performance
  • Conducted a thorough linter check over the entire project in swell.js, ensuring clean and consistent code
  • Updated package dependencies in swell.js to the latest versions, ensuring the project has the latest features and security updates

February 2023

Apple Pay and Google Pay via Stripe

We now support Apple Pay and Google Pay via Stripe. This allows customers to use their stored payment methods when making purchases, resulting in a more streamlined checkout process.

Rally checkout integration

Rally, a checkout solution that offers post-purchase offers and, is now available through our Integrations dashboard. Read more about Swell and Rally’s partnership in this article.

Swell SDK [alpha] improvements

Improvements have been made to the Swell SDK alpha which include the addition of a new provider SwellContextProvider, and two new hooks, useProduct and useProductList.

useProduct can be used to fetch product information using the product's slug or ID, while also calculating the active variant based on selected product options. useProductList can be used to retrieve a paginated list of products from the store, which can be filtered.

Fixes and improvements

  • Added support for Google& Apple Pay via Stripe
  • Added default credit card selection for orders and subscriptions in Admin Dashboard
  • Fixed checkout error when refunding via Amazon Pay
  • Fixed address validation for Avatax tax calculations
  • Fixed coupon form not displaying when discount settings are disabled
  • Storefront API: Added endpoints for fetching invoices
  • Storefront API: Added support for fetching subscription payments
  • Checkout: Fixed Amazon Pay button appearing even when disabled in Payment Settings
  • Added support for fetching invoices in Swell.js
  • Added support for fetching customer invoices in Swell.js
  • Fix SnakeToCamelCasetype issue with Angular in Swell.js
  • Fixes to the invoice types in Swell.js
  • Removed support for negative product price
  • Prevented negative pricing in product & payment models
  • Add a where parameter to Product Query type
  • Indicate deprecated fields in the model listing in Admin UI
  • Added account_address_id property to the Address type
  • Fixed display of completion time in Bulk Import in Admin Dashboard
  • Added account_address_id to Address type in Swell-js
  • Consistent error messages for invalid sign-up and log-in for swell themes
  • Fixed updating payment settings immediately after sign-up in Admin dashboard
  • Added SDK support for Apple Pay & Google Pay via Stripe/Braintree in Swell-js
  • Fixed "override existing record" settings on bulk import in Admin dashboard

January 2023

Type support in Swell.js

We added type support to Swell-JS by introducing type declarations for all API method signatures, their inputs, and the types they reference. To support camelCasing, we overloaded relevant types with both snake and camel case attributes.

Support for Braintree token migration

Braintree Token Migration will now support paymentMethodToken, providing improved security and faster payments for merchants and consumers.

New product methods in Swell SDK

We have enhanced our product module in the Swell SDK to offer developers more customization options and flexibility.

New methods:

  • getProduct: Fetches a single product by ID or slug.
  • getProductList: Fetches a paginated list of the store's products, which can be optionally filtered.
  • getActiveVariant: Returns the variant that matches the selected product options, with normalized price data.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Updated types in Swell.js
  • Added support for Braintree payment methods migration
  • Added an environment tag to the cache key. This will allow us to support live/test environments better coming soon
  • Included types in dist package
  • Improved taxation rules to support all product types
  • Promotional codes can now be shorter than five characters
  • Added initial typescript definitions for swell-js SDK
  • Fixed payment issues when using 3DS card and Swell Vault with Stripe
  • Fixed element tokenization for Stripe
  • Fixed an issue that prevented new accounts from accessing the Storefront dashboard
  • Fixed tax recalculation when shipping or billing addresses have changed
  • Fixed the validation of short coupon and gift card codes in Origin
  • Fixed a momentary checkout redirection error when using a custom receipt URL
  • Fixed a bug with account addresses that weren't carried over from the cart to the order
  • Fixed an error in Taxjar that occurred when creating a transaction for orders with removed products
  • Fixed NPE during page generation in Origin to prevent page publishing issues
  • Fixed a bug in Origin that prevented products with a zero price from being added to the cart
  • Fixed the missing amount detail when tokenizing payments via Stripe 3DS

December 2022

Dashboard product view

With the new feature, users have the ability to choose the number of product variants and options to display and save that specific view on the product detail page.

Swell.js for Stripe's SetupIntents

We've enhanced Swell.js to simplify the process of managing payment information for future transactions and charges with no minimum charge requirement securely within web applications.

Onboarding improvements

We streamlined our onboarding experience to make it smoother, faster and more intuitive for new users to start using Swell efficiently.

Fixes and improvements

  • Fixed inconsistent client locale format for currencies in the Checkout
  • Updated Stripe refund call due to Stripe’s npm-package update
  • Fixed a bug with Stripe payments which caused subscriptions with a trial period to generate invoices and orders with a payment error
  • Fixed a bug causing a blank Draft Order immediately after creating a new store
  • A bug that prevented the display of shipping services during checkout was fixed by updating the shipment settings currency configuration along with the default currency change
  • Updated GraphQL loginAccount mutation to return a SuccessulResponse
  • Updated GraphQL API's login mutation to return a clear error message for invalid credentials

November 2022

Subscriptions tax calculations in TaxJar

You can now calculate taxes for subscription orders. This improvement allows businesses to accurately calculate taxes on subscription payments and ensure compliance with tax regulations. It provides real-time tax rate information and automatically calculates taxes based on the origin and destination of the subscription, making the tax calculation process easier and more efficient for businesses.

Shipment service in Avatax

This improvement allows businesses to automatically calculate and apply taxes on shipments based on the origin and destination of the shipment. It also provides real-time tax rate information, ensuring that tax calculations are accurate and up-to-date.

Reporting for subscriptions

Subscriptions reporting provides a comprehensive overview of the performance of subscription-based offerings. Subscription reports track:

  • Subscriptions over time
  • Subscriptions by plan
  • Trial conversions

Currency decimal precision

We now offer currency precision up to 6 decimal places. This level of precision allows for a more precise representation of monetary values and conversions.

October 2022

Integrations

  • Introduced safe fallbacks to prevent AvaTax calculations from returning errors when the account email is missing or no shipment locations are provided
  • Fixed Shipstation issue where duplicate shipments were being created in some cases

Admin

  • Fixed product tags not being saved for some locales with certain configurations

API

  • API Console: Improved query handling consistency
  • Fixed issue where subscription orders were not marked as fulfilled when delivery: "shipment" and items have been partially fulfilled
  • When querying for models, passing id: undefined will return all items in the collection; all other falsey values will return no results

September 2022

New homepage

Visit our new and improved homepage built using Next.js, Tailwind CSS, and Sanity.io. Hosted on Vercel.

Developer center

Get started quickly and easily with our new Quickstart guide.
Explore our recently added backend API libraries for Node and PHP.
Enjoy enhanced search functionality and improved UX in our developer center.

Rally + Stripe + Klarna checkout

You can now combine the power of Rally, Stripe, and Klarna for buy now pay later options during checkout.

August 2022

Webhook events section

Check our Developer Center for our newly added webhook events section and documentation of additional submodels within the backend API.

Features and fixes

  • Added support to apply gift cards and account credits to upcoming payments
  • Improved content lookup fields
  • Updated Sendgrid integration to new SDK

July 2022

Vercel integration

Use Vercel’s React ecommerce starter kit with Swell to create your storefront.

Storefront developer tools

Manage your storefront's repository and keys through the admin dashboard.

June 2022

Affirm integration

Set up simple financing at checkout and offer customers the option to pay in installments, using your existing payment authorization settings. Currently limited to use with custom checkouts.

Plasmic integration

Plasmic provides tooling to let non-developers visually build ecommerce stores. Drag and drop products, collections, and more from your Swell storefront directly into Plasmic Studio—no coding required!

Token login

Allow authenticated users access to their Swell account and order information without needing to log in a second time.

May 2022

Purchase links

Merchants can now link customers directly to a checkout page with pre-configured products, subscriptions, bundles, and discounts.

Help links

Help links connect you to relevant documentation based on what part of the platform you are using. Help links are displayed at the bottom of a page, in modals, or as info icons.

Vercel integration

Build and deploy a headless commerce storefront with Swell and Vercel.

Updated dashboard design 1.5

Visual update to the Swell dashboard.

April 2022

Horizon demo

Released demo of Horizon storefront theme. New features allow you to create customer quizzes, memberships with special perks, unlimited subscriptions, and more.

March 2022

New Help Center

Launched a completely overhauled and updated Help Center full of new content.

Intro to GraphQL

Published a guide and instructions to help explore and test the new API.

February 2022

Product creation improvements

Introduced several improvements to product creation and configuration:

  • Ability to choose from existing attributes when adding them to a product
  • Apply conditional logic for displaying product options
  • Product price options for multi-currency

January 2022

Smartystreets integration for US

Get address validation for both storefront and dashboard with our Smartystreets integration.

GraphQL beta

Released our Frontend API GraphQL beta with access carts, orders, custom models, and more.

December 2021

Storefront improvements

Continued to expand on storefront functionality with the following:

  • New locales and currencies
  • Filtering of archived variants with Swell.js

November 2021

Advanced user permissions for Enterprise

Enterprise plans can now manage and refine account permissions, create roles, and customize dashboard access for accounts from within the user settings.

Subscription billing and fulfillment UI support

Swell's dashboard UI now supports the ability to specify billing and fulfillment cycles independently for subscriptions.

Paysafecard

Swell has added Paysafecard to its list of supported payment gateways.

Gladly integration

Synchronize your Swell data within Gladly for customer service management.

October 2021

Subscription order creation overhaul

We have streamlined subscription creation within the dashboard with the implementation of purchase options.

Subscription automated emails

Automate the notifications to your subscribers. Send out emails when a subscription is paused, resumed, canceled, and more. Also proactively let your customers know when their stored credit card is about to expire.

Subscription dunning rules

Automatically attempt to recover failed subscription payments by creating a dunning schedule where you control when and how many payment retries occur. Also, send out emails to the past due subscribers to remind them that they need to update their payment information.

Subscriptions reporting overview

Swell's dashboard reporting now includes data reports for Subscriptions.

September 2021

Purchase options

Products can now feature both one-time purchase and subscription purchase options simultaneously. This removes the need to create subscriptions separately from the product. Overall, we've simplified subscriptions by referencing them as a purchase option under their respective product.

Subscription billing and fulfillment

Sell and fulfill on schedules that make sense to you. For example: sell an annually billed subscription that ships monthly, quarterly—or whatever you want. Define the billing and fulfillment schedules completely independent of each other.

Subscription coupon limits

You can limit promotion uses for a set amount of subscription billing cycles.

August 2021

OAuth

Swell now features app OAuth compatibility to directly exchange authorization codes for tokens. You will soon be able to extend your store's functionality with community-built apps.

Subscriptions activity feed

Similar to order activity feeds, subscriptions now keep track of changes with a dedicated activity feed.

Product variant price rules in the dashboard

Defining product variant price rules no longer has to be done through our Admin API. They can now be defined through the Swell dashboard.

July 2021

Multi-currency price lists

We have expanded multi-currency functionality to provide more comprehensive management of currencies within your store. Some of the new features include:

  • Individual prices can be specified for each currency in addition to existing display conversion rules
  • Automatic price conversions and rounding rules for currencies
  • Ability for customers to choose from supported currencies for checkout payment

Image cropping tool

Crop and format your images after uploading them into the dashboard.

Buy X get Y discount type

Specify discounted products for customers who meet a set requirement with their purchase with this discount type.

June 2021

Address autocomplete

Address fields now include an autocomplete feature to quickly and accurately populate addresses for billing, shipping, and store locations.

Convert individual customer to business customer

Existing individual customers can now be converted to business customers.

Order printout templates

Store multiple printout order templates to include the information you need for printing packing slips, gift receipts, and more.

Pause and resume subscriptions

Subscriptions support pause and resume functionalities for both customers on the front end and admin in the dashboard.

Product type selector

Choosing your product type when creating a new product provides the appropriate fields for creating a particular product type.

Google Pay and Apple Pay for Braintree

Braintree payment gateway now supports Google Pay and Apple Pay payment options during checkout.

Algolia integration

Optimize your store's search and discovery by syncing your Swell data with Algolia's search tools in this new integration.

HubSpot integration

You can now manage your Swell customer relationships and drive marketing campaigns with Swell data through HubSpot CRM and HubSpot's Marketing Hub.

Zapier integration

Leverage Zapier's platform to automate your Swell store's workflows quickly and reliably in this new integration.

Slack integration

Receive updates and fetch data directly from your Swell store through our new Slack integration.

Yotpo integration

Power customer reviews, ratings, loyalty programs, and referral incentives within your Swell storefront through our new Yotpo integration.

Maximum discount thresholds

Specify a maximum discount threshold to prevent percentage-based discounts from exceeding a particular amount on an order.

May 2021

Order activity feed

Keep track of all changes in an order with the new order activity feed.

Send order invoices

Prompt customers to complete their purchases by sending them an invoice from the Orders details page. Customize your invoice template from the Notifications settings page.

Import customers from CSV

You can now import customers from CSV files the same way as products.

New order status: On hold

Orders now have an On hold status option.

Custom checkout return URL

When using Swell's hosted checkout, you can now specify the "Return to store" link URL.

April 2021

Origin: subscriptions

Now you can offer and manage monthly, yearly, daily, and weekly subscription services. Create and manage the service by which type works for you and your customers.

Origin: multi-language

Multi-language is now part of the Origin storefront and offers language options in the Storefront editor.

Model explorer

You can now view, organize, and interact with your store's data models. This includes store settings and custom models. Check it out from your store's dashboard under the Settings tab.

QuickPay integrations

QuickPay allows European-based stores the ability to pass transaction fees onto their customers.

Builder.io integration

Builder is a frontend building tool that connects to ecommerce platforms. Connect Swell data to Builder.io content. You can also create a custom model, component, or symbol using Swell fields.

March 2021

Business customers and VAT support

Designate customers as business or individual and enable a collection of business-specific fields, including VAT numbers. Visit Customer settings in the dashboard to get started.

Experts directory

With a new Experts directory, it's now easier to connect with developers and other talent that can help you realize the potential of Swell.

Performance improvements

Our engineering team has made several infrastructure upgrades and API enhancements that show improved performance in content-delivery and other areas. Their work continues as we begin another phase of upgrades over the coming months.

TaxJar integration

You can now enable TaxJar to calculate real-time tax rates across the globe and fully automate tax compliance. Visit Integrations in the dashboard to get started.

Contentful integration

Install Swell to your Contentful account to combine product data with content. Visit the Contentful marketplace to get started.

Omnisend integration

You can now enable Omnisend to manage email marketing, SMS, segmentation and automation. Visit Integrations in the dashboard to get started.

SendGrid integration

You can now connect Swell to your own SendGrid account, giving you full control over your email sending configuration. Visit Integrations in the dashboard to get started.

ShipStation integration

You can now enable ShipStation to manage order fulfillment. Visit Integrations in the dashboard to get started.

February 2021

Cart item metadata

Using Swell.js, it's now possible to store custom metadata on each shopping cart item, making it easier to track details through a custom checkout flow. While this has always been possible with the backend API, adding this ability to the frontend API by default has been a frequently requested feature.

Multi-language

You can now configure multiple locales to define all kinds of content in multiple languages using the Swell admin dashboard and API. Origin storefront now has a locale selector visible when more than one locale is enabled. Localizable content includes products, categories, all customer-facing settings, email notifications, and Swell checkout.

Custom frontend API permissions

Developers can now customize the frontend API permissions on each public API key, including support for custom data models. Swell.js uses the frontend API to retrieve content, and with the ability to customize permissions, it's now possible to reveal your own content fields and custom models in any frontend using this library.

January 2021

Multi-currency

You can now configure multiple currencies for display in a storefront. Swell.js has new methods for currency selection, conversion, and formatting, and Origin storefront now has a currency selector visible when more than one currency is enabled. In an upcoming release, we're planning to add support for setting product prices specifically in multiple currencies.

Saferpay integration

Users can now enable Saferpay, a popular European payment gateway supporting a range of credit card brands, PayPal, Klarna, and more.

December 2020

Local pickup option

You can now designate shipping services as local pickup options. When selecting a pickup service, Swell checkout will not prompt customers for a shipping address.

November 2020

Bancontact integration

Users can now enable Bancontact, a flexible gateway supporting a range of popular payment methods. This integration can be configured in the Stripe payment settings once enabled.

October 2020

Klarna and iDEAL integrations

Users can now enable Klarna and iDEAL payment methods via Stripe. These integrations can be configured in the Stripe payment settings once enabled.

September 2020

New visual editor

Along with our first storefront app, we're introducing a brand new visual editor that enables you to customize content, style, and functionality without any code. Developers get a new git-based workflow to manage configuration, and marketers can now manage content tailor-made for their storefront.

Headless storefront apps

Today we're officially releasing Swell's first storefront app, Origin. Based on Nuxt.js and Vue, Origin can be launched on Swell without the need for custom code or hosting, and is also an ideal starting point for custom storefronts. Get started quickly without sacrificing flexibility.

  • Built with Vue/Nuxt.js for flexibility and performance
  • Fully integrated visual editor for customizing without code
  • Ability to host it anywhere (Swell, Heroku, AWS)
  • Using Swell's headless commerce API

Simpler Stripe account connection

You can now connect to Stripe without entering API keys, by clicking through Payment settings and logging in to or creating a new Stripe account. Existing connections using API keys are unaffected. If you were previously using Stripe API keys and would prefer to switch to the new connect mode, navigate to Payment settings and follow the instructions provided.

July 2020

Automatic product option attributes

Swell will now automatically create and update attributes related to product options (e.g. size, color) when creating or editing products. This change will make it easier to build a multi-faceted search/filtering interface, as product options will be readily available as attributes in your storefront.

New dashboard reports

There are now several quick reports available on the Home page of the dashboard. These new views are designed to give you a quick look at the most relevant real-time information for your store. Choose which reports to display by clicking the Edit views drop-down in the top-right section of the dashboard Home page.

January 2020

Klaviyo integration

You can now automatically send store events to Klaviyo. Also, we've revamped the integration page to make things easier to manage. Visit the Integrations settings under the Admin section to get started.

Segment integration

You can now automatically send store events to Segment. Visit the Integrations settings under the Admin section to get started.

November 2019

Customer export updated

When exporting customers from the Customer list page, it will now include additional fields for their default billing and shipping address.

October 2019

Customer billing edits

We've improved the way you edit and update customer billing information, giving you the ability to update the address on saved credit cards and to remove cards that the customer doesn't want to be attached to their account. To see the changes, go to a customer detail page and look on the right side.

Order payment method selection

You can now select any valid payment method when creating or editing an order. Previously it would only allow you to enter a credit card. In addition, we've improved the interface to make it easier to see and select a saved credit card within order payment and customer payment modals, and update a billing address as needed.

September 2019

Product options update

We've combined variants and custom options into a single, more intuitive interface on the product detail page. Notable changes include:

  • Variant options and custom options are now just one concept: options
  • You can now de-activate options without removing them
  • New input types: Select, Toggle, Short text, Long text
  • Toggle options can now be included with variants
  • It's now easier to edit a large number of options and values

August 2019

Order item cancellation

You can now cancel individual order items without canceling an entire order. Before an order is Paid, you're able to simply edit items. With this change, after an order is marked Paid, an action to cancel items will become available. Canceled items will remain visible to admins on the order detail page.

Product search by variant SKUs

You can now find any product by searching for individual variant SKUs on the dashboard product list. The ability to search for products by their variant SKU values was considered a limitation before this change.

Affirm integration

You can now enable Affirm as a payment method to offer customers quick and easy financing at checkout. The Affirm integration works like other payment methods, using your existing settings related to payment authorization and capture. The order detail page allows you to easily charge and refund Affirm payments. Visit the Integrations settings under the Admin section to get started.

July 2019

Mailchimp integration

You can now connect your Swell account with Mailchimp in one click. With this integration enabled, customer emails are automatically synchronized with one of your Mailchimp audience lists.

June 2019

Avalara Avatax integration

We partnered with Avalara to offer real-time tax calculations at checkout for automated sales tax compliance. Once enabled, you'll see tax code fields on product and shipping views to fine-tune your setup.

Deleting test records

We've made it easier to delete test customers, orders, and subscriptions by adding a Delete button at the bottom of these pages. In an effort to help you avoid costly mistakes, as these actions can't be undone, you'll be prompted to enter a value to confirm your intent before deleting these records.

May 2019

Product category import

You can now import product categories along with other attributes. Under a column named Categories, list each category name separated by a new line. You can indicate nested categories by separating with a > character. Categories are automatically created or linked to existing ones by comparing without case, spacing or punctuation. Example below:

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April 2019

Shift + click to bulk select products

You can now use shift + click to select any number of rows for bulk actions in products and other lists in the dashboard. This should enable you to make changes to many records at once much more easily.

Improved product import/export

We've made a couple of important changes to product import/export:

  • Attributes are now identified by their own distinct column
  • You can now import a subset of fields in any order
  • You can now import attribute images the same as with other product images

Introducing real-time order webhooks

You can now enable a real-time webhook to be called when carts and orders calculate shipping or taxes. This allows you to create your own custom shipping and tax calculations or return other updates to the order, supporting a wide range of interesting use cases. Configure order webhooks in Settings > Webhooks.

This feature is available on the Swell Standard plan.

March 2019

Subscription with physical items to order workflow

We now support subscriptions with physical items to be fulfilled through orders, for a standard shipping workflow that occurs every time the subscription is charged. The product bundle_item field is used to define the items to be transferred to order in this case. Payment for these subscriptions is contained in the order so that refunds work the same way as if the customer had placed a regular order through checkout. A subscription will link to all its orders so you can easily keep track of everything.

Add attributes when creating a new product

When creating a product, you can now add attribute values before saving. Previously the attribute list was only available on the product edit page. This change should make it easier for the quick entry of new products that make use of required attributes.

February 2019

Parent category product counts include sub-categories

The product count you see on the category list in the dashboard will now include products in all sub-categories. This follows the most common behavior we see merchants use in stores, where viewing a parent category will typically display products from all sub-categories.

Navigation menus for custom stores

Navigation menus are now visible when you've enabled a custom storefront, where previously it was not visible in the dashboard. This is a useful way to allow admins to manage header, footer, and other menu content from the dashboard and have it rendered in a custom store.

Standard vs custom storefront

When first creating a storefront, we now prompt users to choose between Standard (hosted by us) and Custom (hosted by you). This should make it more clear that we have first-class support for custom stores. You're still able to change these settings any time under Storefront > Settings.

Product shipping dimensions

Now you can record product shipping dimensions with new fields to on the product model and shipping tab of the product view. We found this is information to be critical for certain shipping calculations. Note: these dimensions are not yet being passed to 3rd party carrier APIs (UPS, FedEx, etc), but we'll make that change in the near future.

Product cost tracking

There's now an option to enable the product cost field in the dashboard. Go to Settings > Products and toggle it on, then find the cost field alongside list and sale price fields in the product view. Soon we'll be adding related columns to reports to show gross and net profit margins.

Click to enlarge images

When hovering over an image on product and category pages, there's now a button to enlarge it for inspection. When uploading an image it is saved in the original size (up to 10MB), and automatically re-sized on the fly when displaying as a thumbnail in the dashboard or in a storefront. With this change, you can now you can see original images without any filter applied.

Product and category content re-organized

The description field on product and category pages has been moved under a section labeled Content in order to streamline editing by bringing related fields closer together. Additionally, new content fields were added to categories (page title, meta description).

One email to rule them all

Users can now be invited to join any number of Swell stores with a single account (i.e. a single email address). Previously it was necessary to set up different accounts with a unique email address like [email protected].

  • Users can be invited with any email address (new or existing)
  • Switch between stores under the top-left drop-down menu
  • Permissions and notifications are relative to each store separately

January 2019

Subscription management features

There's now an array of features in the dashboard to manage subscriptions.
You can now create plans (subscription products), view active subscriptions and invoices, add and edit invoice line items, handle payments, and more.

Adding subscriptions to the cart

It's now possible to add subscriptions to the cart. When converted to an order, it will automatically create a recurring subscription based on the plan that was added to the cart. Previously, it was necessary to create a subscription separately from the standard checkout flow, but we heard from many users that in some cases it was more convenient to have it all together. Both methods for creating subscriptions are now supported.