USPS First Class Update: September 6, 2017

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2017 07:45PM EDT


On September 3rd, 2017 the USPS implemented a name change for First Class Mail Parcels, as detailed here:

First-Class Mail Parcels will be renamed First-Class Package Service—Retail and will continue to be available at retail with the same service and content restrictions.

Do you need it?

This update is required if want to give customers the option of First Class Mail shipping options through USPS.

Back Up!

This update does not impact commonly modified files, however it is always a best practice to backup your existing files prior to installing any patches.

Downloading the Patch

If you are actively enrolled in the ProductCart Support & Updates Plan, you can download the patch for free as part of your maintenance plan. Simply login to your ProductCart Control Panel and navigate to "Help > Check for Updates".  If you are not currently enrolled in the Support & Updates Plan, we encourage you to enroll here

Unzipping the Downloaded Files

  • Unzip the file(s) to a new directory on your desktop (e.g. "USPS update").
  • Do not copy the unzipped files onto an existing set of ProductCart files.
  • If you need to synchronize customized files, see Synchronizing customized files
  • If you want to have a copy of the entire ProductCart folder on your desktop, including the latest files, download the store to your desktop after you have finished the update process.

Performing the update

Synchronize overwritten files

This patch does not contain files that are commonly modified. However, if your store is customized you need to follow the steps below for best results.

Please see: Synchronizing customized files.

Step 1 - Back up your store

If you haven't already done so, back-up your store.

Step 2 - FTP new files to your server

Upload the files to their respective folders, overwriting the existing files. For instance, you will update the contents of the "pc" subfolder on your Web server with the files contained in the "pc" subfolder in the zip file that you have downloaded from the ProductCart Update Management System.

Note:  FTP transfers sometimes fail. Make sure that once the process has finished, your FTP client reported a success message. Most FTP programs have a way to show you whether some files were not uploaded successfully. If that happens, make sure to upload them again until all files have been uploaded successfully. For example, Filezilla separately reports "Failed Transfers" and "Successful Transfers". The "Failed Transfers" tab should be empty.
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