Weebly Release Notes: New Features from May

We’ve been busy being the scenes making product improvements for our customers. In May, we improved our automatic tax calculator, added an option to not require shipping addresses for digital goods and rolled out our simplified credit card setup flow to all plans. We also released tools that will aid you in your efforts towards compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and brought new features and a fresh look to Promote. Check out our updates below and reach out to us if you have any questions!

More accurate tax calculations

It's a time honored tradition to complain about taxes. Luckily, with our automatic tax calculator you’ll spend less time and energy calculating the tax you should charge your customers, and more time growing your business. Last month, we updated our tax calculator to be more consistent in how it calculates those taxes, while remaining in line with industry standards. For example, since California has a complex mixed origin/destination tax rules for intrastate sales, we will be calculating on a simplified destination basis following industry best practices. Now you can have more confidence in tax calculations so you can focus more on selling and developing your products. Automatic tax calculations require the Weebly Business plan or above.

Simplifying purchases of digital goods

When you have an online store, it’s important to make every step of the purchase flow as easy as possible for your customers. One way to simplify the process is to request only the most critical information from them. That’s why we added an option for you not to collect shipping addresses for digital goods if you’re not charging tax on them and they’re available worldwide. To sell digital goods you need to be on the Weebly Business plan or above.

An easier way to set up your store to accept credit cards

Not sure what the differences between Square, Stripe and Paypal are? We made it easier for you to choose the right credit card processor by highlighting the differences between each and recommending the best option for your store. This feature is now available to all our customers in the USA. To accept payments you need to be on the Weebly Starter plan or above.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

The General Data Protection Regulation places new obligations on organizations that process personal data of subjects located within the EU and went into effect May 25, 2018. As a result we have released a few features and resources in order for us to process data in a complaint way. We also have made tools and features available to our site owners and merchants who wish to take steps towards GDPR compliance with regards to their visitors and customers.

What We’ve Done:

Improved GDPR Privacy Notice and Terms of Service. We updated our Terms of Service to better explain our relationship with you. We also made our Privacy Notice clearer by defining key terms, describing our data processing practices and including examples showing how we implement this Policy.

Privacy preference center

We created a new privacy preference center where you can opt out from cookies and promotional marketing communications. To find it, scroll down to the bottom of our Privacy Policy.

What We’ve Made Available to You:

  • We released an updated and customizable cookie banner to display on your website so you can request permission to track visitors’ activity on your site. You can add your own privacy policy to the banner so that your visitors can understand how their data is being used.
  • We created a ‘Opt-out Element’ so you can give your visitors an easy way to opt out of cookies at any time. If they opt out, they will see your cookie banner again at the top of your website.
  • We updated our Form and Newsletter elements to include a checkbox for your users to opt-in to receiving marketing communications from your company. We also provide you with suggested language for GDPR compliance and an opportunity to change that language should you want to.
  • We created a process to help you respond to data subject rights requests. If you’d like us to process one of these requests, simply reach out to us at hc.weebly.com, and we can take care of it.
  • We launched a privacy policy generator that you can utilize as part of your process to become GDPR compliant.

Please be aware that as a result of these changes and regulations there is a chance that the data available to you in the Insight tab might drop if you have many EU visitors who choose to opt out of cookies.

We have created several help center articles to help you comply with GDPR. Feel free to reach out to us with any further questions.

You spoke, we heard

When you sign up with Weebly, you become part of a vibrant community of artists, creatives and entrepreneurs that support each other and that lets their voice be heard. This month, we tackled a couple of suggestions from our community:

Importing products from Square

We have added an option to create a backup of your product inventory in Weebly before importing products from Square. That way, if there are products that you don’t want to modify, you’ll be able to easily add them again after you finish importing from Square.

Bulk editing products

We have made it easier to edit your products in bulk. This includes batch updating prices and images for product variations. Manage your products faster and focus on selling more!

Get involved! Vote on features and improvements you want to see in Weebly.

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