PHPurchase has completed a rebranding and restructuring excercise, and they are now Cart66. The basic premise behind the rebranding was to take PHPurchase beyond a plugin and into a complete e-commerce solution, according to the announcement.
Cart66 is, in many ways, the next generation of PHPurchase. There are some fundamental, internal differences that make Cart66 a separate plugin from PHPurchase so you cannot auto-upgrade from PHPurchase to Cart66. We have taken all the great feedback we have collected over the past year and built Cart66 to better meet your needs.
Some of the plans for the future and cool new features Cart66 customers can expect:
- Recurring payments with PayPal
- Enhanced, multi-level, members-only content
- Zendesk help desk integration
- New shortcodes for various e-commerce features
- Speed – Cart66 is “up to 4x faster” than PHPurchase
In addition to the PayPal integration, Cart66 also plans to integrate with Spreedly to allow customers to pay with traditional credit cards.
For a full list of features, including details of an upcoming “lite” version, which will be free, see their full features page.
Because of the significant code changes from PHPurchase to Cart66, it’s not possible for existing PHPurchase customers to auto-upgrade. Also, standard license PHPurchase customers will have to pay, with 50% off, for Cart66. PHPurchase Pro customers get Cart66 for five years.
Pricing for Cart66 ranges from $89 per year for a single site membership to $399 per year for an unlimited membership.
In addition to all of the technical differences between PHPurchase and Cart66, the developers shared some of their plans for Cart66:
We will be offering a WordPress ecommerce hosting platform powered by Page.ly, we have partnerships with theme designers who are developing Cart66 powered ecommerce themes, and we are continually planning new feaures and enhancements for our WordPress ecommerce products. As such, we wanted to do more than just provide a plugin, we wanted to develop a professional, online community around WordPress and ecommerce.
It will be interesting to see how these partnerships unfold. I have a feeling we will see the emergence of WP Stores as a part of these partnerships. My guess is that it will be a totally hosted, themed, managed e-commerce solution using Cart66 and the Page.ly platform — but I’m just guessing. 🙂
What do you think? Are you an existing PHPurchase customer? How does this affect your relationship with Cart66? If you’re not a PHPurchase customer, does this make you want to become one?