Novum 4.2.0 Theme Engine Version now available

A new version of Novum has been released to stores that support multiple payment methods. 

What is included in this update?

- Multiple Payment Methods UI improvements

- Automatic Renewal Law cancellation flow update

- Bundles customer portal widget

- Force Shopify customer account logins feature 

Theme version availability:

  • The default for all new stores
  • Shopify Checkout: Generally available and the default for all stores
  • Migrated Shopify Checkout: Generally available and the default for all stores
  • Recharge Checkout on Shopify and BigCommerce: Generally available, if you are using a customer portal that supports Single Payment Methods reach out to support if you would like to upgrade!  

For more information:

Novum 4.2.0 release notes

RechargeSMS: Redesigned Onboarding Experience!

RechargeSMS has a completely redesigned onboarding experience, featuring a streamlined walkthrough process, SMS status indicators, and UI elements built to make activation guided, friendly and fast.

What’s new?

  • Short and sweet — We’ve reduced the process to 2 main stages + one-click activation
    • Enable Features, Format Products, & Activation
  • New UI Element — A guiding companion to get merchants through onboarding (and more - coming soon 😉)
    • Explains each step and reinforces with feedback
  • New Status Indicator (red, yellow, green)
    The new Messaging Limited (yellow) status will inform merchants that they only have a test segment on - they need to turn on their opt-in to activate, offering more clarity on service status.

How does it work?

  • When a merchant installs RechargeSMS, they will be greeted by a new UI element that sits at the bottom left of the screen, inside the sidenav. They can move through onboarding by clicking the CTA at the bottom.
  • They can enable our recommended features with just a click or explore on their own.
  • Merchants will be prompted to import their products and format titles.
  • Lastly, they can either turn on their opt-in to activate SMS or start with a test segment first.
    • RCS and SCI stores at this stage see slightly different UI

Please visit our documentation to learn more: Support Article

Multiple payment methods support is coming to your store!

All merchants using Recharge will soon be able to let their customers manage multiple payment methods for their account.This feature enables several enhancements such as:
  • Streamlined UX to let customers view/add unique payment methods per subscription such as PayPal, Apple Pay, Credit cards, etc.
  • Ability to assign a payment method to a specific address
  • Reduce friction by automatically displaying payment type and the last 4 digits of payment card
  • An improved UI experience to the shipping, billing, and subscription pages on the Recharge customer portal
At launch, the feature can be accessed through:
  • Merchant portal for admins
  • Customer portal standard themes (Novum & Prima) and custom themes built on the Theme Engine (v4.0.0 or above)
IMPORTANT: This feature is being rolled out in phases and will soon be available with your store if not already enabled.

To learn more, visit our support documentation here.

RechargeSMS: Cart Opt-in for Shopify Checkout

RechargeSMS is now available for Shopify Checkout! Merchants using Shopify Checkout can now deploy a fully customizable opt-in widget on their cart page, allowing subscribers to opt-in to transactional SMS messages in the purchasing journey.

What's new?

  • A cart opt-in card has been added to the RechargeSMS dashboard for merchants on Shopify Checkout. 
  • After clicking, the cart opt-in card will prompt merchants to enable the cart opt-in and customize the tool. 
  • Once the opt-in has been enabled, RechargeSMS will automatically inject the widget into the merchant’s Shopify theme based on the default placement and colors chosen in the customization phase. 
  • Should a merchant wish to manually change the placement or coloring, a walkthrough video has been created to provide instruction on implementation.

Please note: Merchants who have converted, or are in the process of converting from Recharge Checkout to Shopify Checkout will no longer be able to display the SMS opt-in on their checkout page, and will have to deploy the cart opt-in for their store. 

Current subscribers and tool functionality will not be affected with this launch. The only functionality changing will be where customers can opt-in, in the purchase journey.

Be sure to visit our documentation to learn more: Support Article

RechargeSMS: New Landing Page Opt-in Widget

RechargeSMS now has the ability to generate a landing page for customer opt-in! Creating a landing page easily allows for existing subscribers to opt-in to transactional messages outside of the checkout flow and via email & SMS.   

What’s new?

  • A landing page opt-in card has been added to the RechargeSMS dashboard.
  • Once clicked, the landing page card will prompt merchants to customize their branding information (Shop Name / Logo / Primary Color). 
  • The card also provides an interactive UI for merchants to preview and customize.

How does it work?

Merchants:

  • Once branding information has been finalized, the customizations produce a dynamic code snippet (HTML/CSS/JS) generated after the merchant clicks “Save”.
  • Merchants are then directed to create a new page in the Shopify store settings where the custom script is pasted after selecting the 'Show HTML' button.
  • After saving, the widget is then displayed for subscribers to interact with.

Subscribers:

  • On the widget page, subscriber’s can enter the email associated with their subscription as well as a phone number.
  • Completing the form will prompt:

    • A text message with a validation code to ensure the number belongs to them.
    • An email (the one entered) an authorization URL to authenticate the changes.

Be sure to visit our documentation to learn more: Support Article

RechargeSMS: Now available as an exclusive Recharge integration

We’re home folks

We are excited to announce the launch of the official RechargeSMS integration! Now merchants can easily enable this transactional SMS service for their store without the need to authorize with Shopify or Recharge.

What’s new?
  • All previous installations of RechargeSMS will continue to be accessible via the Apps view in their Shopify store.
  • All new instances of RechargeSMS will be enabled from the store’s Recharge Integrations page.
  • Merchants no longer need to enter their Shopify store URL into an installation page to authorize with Shopify or with Recharge.
How does it work?
  • By visiting the Recharge Integrations page, a merchant can simply click “Enable” and add RechargeSMS to their store.
  • After enabling SMS, the store owner can visit the enabled integrations page and click “Open” to re-open RechargeSMS
  • they can also revisit the application via the /sms URL structure.


Please visit our documentation to learn more: Support Article

Pro Theme Engine can now be Hosted by Recharge


Pro Theme Engine can now be Hosted by Recharge for Recharge Checkout on Shopify and Shopify Checkout Integration. 

When a merchant selects the Pro Theme Engine option on the customer portal settings page, they will be able to select between the following options within the Customer Portal Location card:
  1. Hosted by Recharge
  2. Embedded in platform storefront

If a merchant chooses the “Hosted by Recharge” customer portal location option for Pro Theme Engine, they can also leverage our custom domains for customer portals feature

To learn more visit documentation here.

New Theme Engine version now available

Merchants will now have visibility into the differences between every template version we launch and access to release notes and documentation. 

In addition, rolling out new features will be less disruptive because they won’t affect your current theme and our team will better be able to support you because we will know exactly which version you are currently using. 

In order for you to benefit from these changes, upgrade to the newest version of Base or Novum (3.0.0): 

  1. Visit your Theme Editor Page. 
  2. Create a new theme. 
  3. Copy all of your customizations to the new theme. 
  4. Publish your new theme. 

Where can I learn more?

Highlights of Novum 3.0.0 (full release notes): 

  • CSS Improvements: Change the color palette and fonts through specific variables. 
  • Order schedule: Set the intervals in non-descending order. 
  • Product Inventory: The first check for product inventory is now done on external platforms (Shopify, for instance), setting either for the product to be added disregarding inventory (inventory_management) or verifying inventory beforehand. Lastly, the customer portal will look for the Recharge settings.
  • Translations for Customer portal: There are now more variables included in the Translations section, covering 100% of Novum’s UI, including things such as the shorthand values for days in the calendar.
  • Adding cursor pagination to Novum: When customers navigate between the product pages (either when adding or swapping products, or within the Toss these in section), they end up with the latest data.
  • Adding Collections feature to default Novum code: Create a collection, add products to it and those products will be available in the customer portal through every flow in Novum.

Highlights of Base 3.0.0 (full release notes): 

  • Updated look & feel: The theme includes all standard features, and represents a perfect starting point for further customizations. 
  • Mobile-friendly design: The theme was built with a mobile-first approach. 
  • CSS Improvements: Change the color palette and fonts through specific variables. 
  • Translations for Customer portal: More variables included in the Translations section, covering 100% of Base’s UI, including things such as the shorthand values for days in the calendar.
  • Product inventory: The first check for product inventory is now done on external platforms (Shopify, for instance), setting either for the product to be added disregarding inventory (inventory_management) or verifying inventory beforehand. 
  • Adding cursor pagination to Base: When customers navigate between the product pages (either when adding or swapping products, or within the Toss these in section), they end up with the latest data. 
  • Adding Collections feature to default Base code: Create a collection, add products to it and those products will be available in the customer portal through every flow in Base. 

Pro Theme Engine is now available on BigCommerce

Recharge merchants on BigCommerce can now access Theme Engine as an option for their customer portals. The Recharge Theme Engine allows merchants to customize the interface of their store's Recharge Customer Portal. Access to Recharge Theme Engine requires the Recharge Pro or Enterprise plan.

To enable the Novum theme on Theme Engine, visit your customer portal page and select PRO Theme Engine.  

In addition, existing features of custom domains for customer portals are now also applicable to Recharge Theme Engine.

To learn more, visit our support documentation here.

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