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Minimize required checkout data

Overview

Use this feature to streamline the shopping cart by minimizing data entry and providing an optimized ordering experience for customers.

Requirements

This feature requires that the use of the SHORT_FORM parameter in Buy links.

Note: SHORT_FORM parameter is case sensitive.

Availability

Available by default to all Avangate accounts.

Purchase flow support

This feature supports the following purchase flows:

  • Checkout with cart functionalities
  • One page checkout with review
  • One page checkout without review
  • Add to shopping car
  • Checkout page
  • Product page
  • Express Payments Checkout
  • Trial links

Generate buy links with the SHORT_FORM parameter

  1. Navigate to the Generate Links area.
  2. Check the checkbox for the Compact shopping cart fields option when generating your Buy Link to minimize the number of mandatory cart fields shoppers need to fill in during the purchase process. This action will automatically add SHORT_FORM=1 to generated Buy Links.

Create buy links with the SHORT_FORM parameter manually

Add the SHORT_FORM=1 parameter manually to Buy links after you generate them.

SHORT_FORM parameter

SHORT_FORM=1

Case sensitive. Include SHORT_FORM=1 in buy links for shopping carts.

When the feature is active and SHORT_FORM=1 used in buy links, the name, email, ZIP code and country pair become the only required aspects of the billing address.

 

Note: Using the SHORT_FORM=1 parameter without the feature being enabled for your account will result in shoppers following the classic purchase flow, where all billing address data is mandatory.

How does this feature work?

Customers accessing buy links that include the SHORT_FORM parameter after the feature has been enabled for your account:

  1. Will need to fill in only the country and ZIP code (if it applies), necessary for VAT/tax calculation. The name, email, ZIP and the country are the only remaining address elements still mandatory. Note: Shoppers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Marshal Islands are required to provide a valid ZIP code for their location. The same requirement does not apply to shoppers worldwide.
  2. Will no longer need to fill in the address information as the field is no longer mandatory. In fact, the address field doesn't need to be included in the cart design.

Billing address field

Mandatory

Comment

First name

Yes

Becomes part of the Name field

Last name

Yes

Becomes part of the Name field.

Address

No

-

City

No

Used for tax calculation. Shoppers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Marshal Islands are required to provide a valid city code for their location.

Zip or postal code

Yes*

Used for tax calculation. Shoppers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Marshal Islands are required to provide a valid ZIP code for their location.

Country

Yes

Used for tax calculation.

State or province

Yes*

Used for tax calculation.

Email

Yes

-

Confirm email

No

-

ZIP validation

Avangate performs checks designed to ensure that the ZIP code provided by customers is valid.

Tax calculation

Taxes are calculated after a valid ZIP code is provided, and if necessary, added to the value of the products in the cart.

FAQ

Is there any information included automatically for addresses?

A dash "-" is used for the address.

Is SHORT_FORM supported in the Avangate mobile shopping cart?

Yes, you can use the URL parameter to optimize both the desktop and the mobile versions of the Avangate shopping cart.

Does it work for trials?

Yes. SHORT_FORM is supported in scenarios in which your customers access trials for which they need to provide billing details and payment information.

Is it included in hash validation?

No. SHORT_FORM is not included when creating the hash for buy links.