GBS 4.1 Release: Order Fulfillment, Inventory Management, GBS JSON API, Large Site Scaling Optimizations
Our white label social commerce software for WordPress has grown quite a bit this year. We released our Crowdfunding theme for WordPress along with many other GBS themes and add-ons for the Group Buying Site platform which allow you to easily extend the function of the default GBS software. Today we are releasing v4.1 which includes many new features and improvements like voucher expiration notifications, order fulfillment and inventory management, a fully featured GBS JSON API, and a query optimizer for large site scaling needs. Please take a few moments to review the updates.
As you can see below some of these changes are included as core add-ons with the update so that you can easily turn them on/off just by selectively activating or deactivating them.
Order Fulfillment and Inventory Management
The order fulfillment and inventory management add-ons included with v4.1 offer the following benefits.
- Set inventory per deal or product via AJAX functionality without refreshing the page
- Low inventory notifications for administrators
- New order status options
- Order status notifications for customers
Full Featured JSON API
It was necessary for us to construct a GBS API in order build the features we have planned for the future. Here is a peek at the GBS API document to give you an idea of its potential robustness.
Here at GBS we are committed to meeting the needs of all our clients whether their sites receive a thousand visitors or millions. We’re constantly improving the software’s scaling abilities and we work directly with our clients to address those needs. This query optimizer was specifically constructed to help large GBS sites that are experiencing scaling issues because of the WordPress database schema. The core add-on will create additional tables in your database to take the load off WP meta queries. This should be used in conjunction with object caching (i.e. APC) to improve site performance. If you do not know what any of this means please do not use this feature and find a proficient developer that can advise you if you even need to optimize your queries or not. You may find several proficient WordPress developers with GBS experience here.
Upcoming iPhone and Android Apps
All of our themes were built using responsive web design techniques so that your site will display well on all device screens (e.g. iPhone, iPad, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, Android phones and tablets, smartphones, etc.). However, we also understand that some clients would prefer to have a device specific application as well. To address that need we’ve been developing a GBS iPhone application demo that should be available soon for testing. Below you will find some screenshots of the iPhone application. Upon completing the iPhone application we’ll begin construction on the Android app.
Thank You and Happy Holidays!
As the end of 2012 approaches, we would like to say thank you to all our awesome clients! Without you, none of this would be possible and we would not have been able to continue working hard to release new feature updates and products that meet your specific needs. We would also like to thank the incredibly creative developers for building killer add-ons that enable GBS users to easily implement additional functionality to their GBS powered sites. Thanks again for your wonderful support! We wish you all the best this holiday season and the upcoming year!