Changelog

A register of updates and changes to the platform

May 2021

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.

Custom checkout return URL

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

New order status: On hold

Orders now have an 'On hold' status option.

April 2021

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.

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.

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.

ShipStation & QuickPay integrations

ShipStation helps vendors input orders and create labels, and QuickPay allows European-based stores the ability to pass transaction fees onto their customers.

March 2021

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.

Omnisend integration

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

Contentful integration

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

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.

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.

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.

Business customers & VAT support

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

February 2021

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.

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.

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

January 2021

Saferpay integration

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

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.

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

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

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.

Klarna, iDEAL integration

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

September 2020

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.

August 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.

July 2020

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 dropdown 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 Admin section to get started.

Segment integration

You can now automatically send store events to Segment. Visit the Integrations settings under 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

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.

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 attached to their account. To see the changes, go to a customer detail page and look on the right side.

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

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 Admin section to get started.

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.

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.

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 calculation 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:

Categories
–––––––––––
First category
Second category > Child category
Even > Deeply Nested > Categories will work
April 2019

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 Advanced plan.

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

March 2019

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 quick entry of new products that make use of required attributes.

Subscription with physical items to order workflow

We now support subscriptions with physical items to be fullfilled 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 an order in this case. Payment for these subscriptions are 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.

February 2019

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 someone+dev@example.com.

  • Users can be invited with any email address (new or existing)

  • Switch between stores under the top left dropdown menu

  • Permissions and notifications are relative to each store separately

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 & category content re-organized

The description field on product and category pages have 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).

Product cost tracking

There's now an option to enable 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 have it all together. Both methods for creating subscriptions are now supported.