xt:Commerce 6 FREE is here: What you need to know about the free store software

Stefano Viani


09 Nov 2018 Shop system e-Commerce xt:Commerce

product_box_6_shadow-e1537788144546-1xt:Commerce 6 FREE was recently released and is available for free download on the manufacturer's website. The new shop version was developed in close cooperation with payment service provider Klarna and offers numerous features for conversion optimisation. Like the previous version, xt:Commerce 6 is also optimised for search engines and, thanks to its responsive design, also ensures an attractive shop appearance and a user-friendly shopping experience on mobile devices.

The most important xt:Commerce 6 innovations at a glance

The tried and tested features from xt:Commerce 5.1 (e.g. the modules for creating vouchers and PDF invoices as well as for processing orders) are also included in xt:Commerce 6. There are also some new features:

1-Step-Checkout for faster checkouts

The completely new checkout process has been integrated in co-operation with Klarna. Customers can now submit their orders much more easily and quickly. This reduces cancelled purchases, which are often due to a checkout that is too complicated.

New user-friendly admin layout

The administration area has been redesigned. The new user interface has a similar design to standard Windows applications and is therefore quick to understand and easy to use. The admin area allows you to keep an eye on all processes and monitor all actions - for example, the performance of your shop.

Open source code

With xt:Commerce 6, the developers have dispensed with encryption for the first time. The software is available with completely open source code and no longer requires an IonCube Loader. This means that you as a merchant can optimally customise the software to your needs and extend it with individual interfaces as you wish.

xt:Commerce 6 FREE payment methods cannot be extended

Some popular payment options are already pre-installed in xt:Commerce 6:

  • Klarna Checkout (credit card, instalment purchase, invoice, direct debit)
  • PayPal
  • Instant bank transfer

As the free shop version is "powered by Klarna", a Klarna account is required to activate all payment methods; additional payment methods cannot be set up.

Who is xt:Commerce 6 not suitable for?

Anyone who wants to offer special payment methods - for which no Klarna account is required - should stick with the latest xt:Commerce 5.1 version. Klarna is not pre-installed here. Instead, PayPal Express/PayPal Plus, Skrill and Amazon Pay are already integrated in addition to PayPal, invoice/pre-payment, direct debit and instant bank transfer - further payment methods can be purchased via the app store.

An xt:Commerce 6 installation is also not recommended for operators of multiple shops. This is because xt:Commerce 6 can only be used to manage a single shop, whereas xt:Commerce 5.1 offers multishop functionalities (for 1-30 shops).

As an xt:Commerce 5.1 shop operator, you can also benefit from the newly developed functions in the near future: The xt:Commerce developers are currently working on the update scripts with which older shop versions can be extended with the new features of the 6 version.

xt:Commerce 6 for free download

Does the new shop version xt:Commerce 6 FREE sound like an exciting solution for your shop? Find out more here and download the software free of charge from the manufacturer's website:

About the Author

As Executive Director of Blackbit digital Commerce GmbH, Stefano Viani manages all areas of the agency in the offices in Göttingen, Hamburg, Berlin and Kiev. His passion is the development of marketing strategies and their implementation in concrete measures.

In his free time, Stefano is passionate about riding his motorbike or working out in the gym.