As we continue to move through 2022, GoDaddy’s Online Store builder continues to grow and gain new features along the way. In this guide, we’re going to cover these updates and show you how they can help your business grow as well.
What’s new in Websites + Marketing Ecommerce
Here’s a list of the new features and options available for Websites + Marketing Ecommerce customers:
Updates as of June 10, 2022:
- Improved time selectors for Online Appointments.
- Get shipping rates and print labels via new ShipEngine integration.
- Share product details through Conversations.
- Quickly remove background from images.
Updates as of May 25, 2022:
- Block full days with Online Appointments.
- Blocking time is easier to find.
- Concurrent bookings are now individually displayed on the calendar.
Updates as of April 11, 2022:
- Return/refund policy reminder.
- Breadcrumbs on storefront.
- Easy navigation to Online Store page.
- Ability to edit existing services recurrence rule.
- Members can easily rebook services.
Updates as of March 10, 2022:
- Quick view/buy purchase options.
- Auto-populate feature for booking customers.
- Commerce Plus plan is now available.
- New Overview page for Online Appointments.
Updates as of Feb. 4, 2022:
Updates as of Jan. 18, 2022:
Updates as of Jan. 10, 2022:
- Updated single-column product photo gallery.
- Color swatches and display buttons.
- Vertical product detail page layout.
- New content indicator for our “Tips to boost sales” guide.
Improved time selectors for Online Appointments
The time selectors for Online Appointments are now broken down to 3 fields: hour, minutes and am/pm. Previously, it was a long drop down list of times, with a 5-minute interval only.
Get shipping rates and print labels via new ShipEngine integration
Tired of copying and pasting addresses into other tools to purchase shipping labels? Now you won’t need to. Our new integration with ShipEngine allows you to quickly get rates and purchase labels from FedEx, UPS and USPS, all without leaving GoDaddy (please note that this feature is currently limited to US-based customers only).
To set up your shipping labels, simply click on “Buy Shipping Label” when viewing an order and ShipEngine onboarding will begin.
Note: If you have previously enabled the legacy Shippo integration, please contact our support team to have it removed from your account.
Share product details through Conversations
If you have the Conversations (chat) feature enabled on your ecommerce website, you can now easily access your product catalog and send links to product details.
Quickly remove background from images
Worried that the background for your product image is too busy? Now you can easily access GoDaddy Studio to quickly remove unwanted backgrounds from your images. You can access this feature from the Add/Edit Product page.
Block full days with Online Appointments
Now Websites + Marketing customers will be able to easily block off full days on their calendars for Online Appointments. This is handy for blocking out time for vacations, business closures, or any other event that you’d need to hold time for.
Additionally, the Block Time function will warn you if other events are planned for the blocked time.
Blocking time is easier to find
In addition to being able to block off time on your calendar, the option to do so is now easier to find as well.
Concurrent bookings are now individually displayed on the calendar
Previously, concurrent bookings were displayed as a “bundled” block on the calendar for Online Appointments. Now, the calendar will display concurrent bookings (and blocks) as separate blocks for easier viewing.
Return/refund policy reminder
There is now a reminder on the Online Store landing page to remind store owners to offer and/or review their return/refund policy. It’s common for stores to have return/refund policy, and it is one of the requirements if a store owner wanted to list a store through Google.
Breadcrumbs on storefront
Websites + Marketing Ecommerce now offers breadcrumbs on storefront to improve the customer’s shopping experience. So, for example, if your Online Store has categories set up, your customer can now easily go back to parent/sub categories from the breadcrumbs.
Pro tip: If you haven’t organized your products into categories, we definitely recommend doing so! Additionally, once you’ve organized your products, it’s a good idea to send out an email campaign to your customer to make them aware of your storefront upgrades.
Easy navigation to Online Store page
In addition to making navigation easier for your customers via breadcrumbs, we’ve also added navigation options that allow store owners to easily get back to the main Online Store landing page. This new navigation option is available on most of the administrative pages in Online Store.
Here’s one example of the new navigation option:
Ability to edit existing services recurrence rule
Until now, store owners that offered services through their Online Store were forced to delete and recreate recurring rules if changes needed to be made. Now, owners will be able to simply edit the rule instead.
Members can easily rebook services
If you have clients that regularly book the same services from you, those clients can now easily rebook previous services. To do this, your client would simply need to go to their booking history and they can rebook from there.
Pro tip: Let your loyal clients know about this upgrade by sending an email! You can quickly set up an email campaign from Marketing > Email Marketing inside your Websites + Marketing Ecommerce account.
Quick view/buy purchase options
Now you can enable a quick view option for your products, giving your customers a quick and easy option to purchase products quickly. To enable this feature, you’ll need to toggle the option on in the shop settings of your site builder:
Here’s how that feature will appear on your live site:
Auto-populate feature for booking customers
If your business books appointments, you will no longer need to refill their information when creating an appointment. Previously, all of the customer information had to be completely refilled each time. This feature is automatically enabled, so there’s no additional steps required to utilize this feature.
Commerce Plus plan is now available
Our Commerce+ plan is a new, robust commerce plan to support your online business growth. The plan packs some important and powerful features like automated sales tax calculation, a larger product catalog to offer a wide selection to your customers and higher limits to enable you to scale your business on marketplaces and social networks.
Upgrading to Commerce+ can be done throughout various Commerce pages.
New Overview page for Online Appointments
The new Overview page provides variety of data to store owners, depending on what state they are currently on. If your store is still in the initial setup status, there’s a quick video showing you how to set up your store. If you’ve completed the initial setup process, then you’ll see some next step recommendations, as well as other links to quickly manage your store.
Highest and lowest product sales
The Commerce Hub now includes a way for sellers to view their highest and lowest selling products by sales or order volume, as well as by date range. This can help sellers better understand which products perform the best and worst in different channels so that they can make any necessary adjustments to their business.
Updated Commerce and Appointments navigation
Both the Commerce and Appointments navigation menus have been updated to help users more efficiently manage their store and online appointments.
Here’s a look at the updated Commerce menu:
And here is how the Appointments navigation appears:
Updated single-column product photo gallery
We’ve updated the look of the single-column display options for mobile devices. This update better showcases products that have multiple product images to display.
Here is an example of the old single-column display:
And here is how the new single-column mobile layout looks:
Color swatches and display buttons
Products will now visually display color options through swatches and buttons, rather than simply through dropdown menus. These options can be seen on the product gallery and the product detail pages.
This is how it will display in the product gallery:
And this is what the button and swatches look like on the product details page:
This function can be enabled in the Inventory & Options tab when adding or editing options:
These updates are a fantastic way to help your customers better visualize the color options available and make your storefront look more modern.
Vertical product detail page layout
We have also recently added the option to have a vertical product detail page in Websites + Marketing Ecommerce. This is a great option for best showcasing tall and wide product images.
To enable this option:
And here is how the vertical product page layout would appear on a live site:
New content indicator for our “Tips to boost sales” guide
Our “Tips to boost sales” guide is regularly updated with tips and walk-through guidance on how our Online Store customers can use these new features to boost sales. Keep an eye out for the new content indicator to stay up-to-date on the latest information!
Interested in seeing a breakdown of the features added to Websites + Marketing Ecommerce in 2021? Check out those details here.