Top OrderCloud Platform Release Milestones of Q3, 2020: Introducing Environments

October 8, 2020

Four51 OrderCloud – our API-first, headless eCommerce platform, powers over 25 million transactions and over $5 billion in revenue annually. OrderCloud is a MACH certified platform that delivers enterprise manufacturers, distributors and retailers the flexibility, agility, and scalability they need to manage their business’ complex operational realities.

We continuously release features and functionality to the platform that support the evolving needs of the enterprise development teams using the OrderCloud API to power their eCommerce, order management, and B2B marketplace solutions.


1. OrderCloud Releases New Environments: Sandbox, Staging, and Production Environments Are Now Available

API v1.0.167 & Portal v1.0.35 & Portal v1.0.37

The OrderCloud Developer Portal now allows users to access organizations from OrderCloud Sandbox, Staging, and Production in a single user interface. 


Q3 of 2020 featured several releases dedicated to the launch of OrderCloud’s new Environments. With the addition of Environments, OrderCloud developers will now experience the following:

Authentication with Github and/or Google Accounts Now Available:

New OrderCloud Developer Portal users can now register for the Portal with their GitHub or Google accounts. Existing Portal Users can now link their account to GitHub and/or Google from their Profile > Authentication settings.

Portal Username is Now Required and Searchable

Upon first signing into the updated Portal, you will be asked to provide a new Username (something other than your email address) which other portal users will be able to search for and use to invite you to contribute to various organizations they manage.

Organization Set-up is Updated

With the addition of new OrderCloud environments, some changes were made to the Organization set-up process to help users utilize environments to their fullest potential. Organizations created after this release are automatically tied to the OrderCloud Sandbox environment. New Organizations no longer need a default API client, security profile, or initial seller/buyer user to be accessed in the API Console. Transferring and Deleting Organizations now require 2FA (two-factor authentication), and users will need to retrieve a confirmation code from their email to complete these requests.

Note: Staging Organizations will now be restored from Production every Sunday. All Staging Organizations have a new [BETA] Staging Restore Webhook config that can be used to automate re-creating webhook and integration assignments after each Staging restore.

New Contributor Set-up Process and Management Capabilities 

Working with other developer contributors on your organizations within OrderCloud is an important part of the development process. This release provides new contributors with an invitation to join an organization before that organization shows up in their organization list, improving the developers’ user experience. This release also gives contributors access to the Organization Admin and offers three new permissions meant to provide more control over the types of users contributors can impersonate.

Portal Users Can Now Access the API Console as the Seller Organization

Portal Users no longer need to select API Client or User when accessing the API Console. When accessing the Console as the Seller organization, the roles that are granted will match the Contributor data access exactly. These users will still be able to impersonate specific seller, supplier, and buyer users, as long as necessary permissions are granted.

Organizations in the Portal Can Be Filtered by Environment Type

Organizations in the Portal can now be filtered by their Environment (All, Production, Staging, or Sandbox), making it easier for developers to find and manage their Organizations on OrderCloud.

2. Other Notable OrderCloud Platform Releases in Q3 2020:

Rules Engine & Integration Management Framework Improvements

API v1.0.165

With this release, new functions were added to the OrderCloud rules engine making it possible to return the number of line items on the order matching your specified condition (via items.count(…)), and supporting the ability to return items that fit within minimum and maximum criteria (via min(…) and max(…)). 

Improvements also continue to be made to the Integration Management Framework, making it simpler to manage your integrations to other software and services. A new property OpenIDConnect.CallSyncUserIntegrationEvent was added. When set to true, this property tells the platform to call another integration event set during the OpenID Connect process to allow a middle-ware to sync information from the Identity Provider’s user token.

Use One-Time Addresses on Shipments

API v1.0.171

With this release, we added the ability to use one-time addresses on shipments via PUT v1/shipments/{shipmentID}/shipto and PUT v1/shipments/{shipmentID}/shipfrom. This is an important feature for guest shoppers who may not want or need their account and shipping information saved.

For more information on 2020 OrderCloud Platform Releases, check out our Q1 2020 and Q2 2020 Platform Milestones Summary.

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