To improve the user experience of non-logged-in store visitors, IP geolocation can be implemented in an X-Cart 5 store through the use of the addon Geolocation by X-Cart team. Geolocation is involved in a number of X-Cart features; for example, it enables your store to “guess” the location of a non-logged-in customer for a more precise pre-login shipping cost estimation.

The addon provides a way for X-Cart to use a downloadable database of IP addresses by MaxMind, an industry-leading provider of IP intelligence. By default, MaxMind’s GeoLite database (GeoLite2-Country.mmdb) is used which enables the store to identify a customer’s location to a country level. If necessary, a more advanced MaxMind database (free or paid) may be installed via the addon settings.

To start using geolocation in your X-Cart store, ensure that the addon Geolocation by X-Cart team is installed and enabled. geolocation_addon.png

We also recommend you check the PHP configuration on your store server, or have your hosting provider support team check it for you. The addon Geolocation requires PHP OPcache extension for its operation, and it is essential that the following PHP OPcache configuration parameters should be adjusted as follows:

opcache.use_cwd=1
opcache.revalidate_path=1
opcache.validate_timestamps=1
opcache.revalidate_freq=0

To check and adjust your store’s geolocation settings, proceed to the addon settings page in your X-Cart store Admin area. geolocation-settings.png

The following settings are available:

  • Default geolocation provider: The default database provider. Currently only MaxMind GeoIP2 is supported.

  • Display location select widget: This setting toggles the location select widget “My location” in the storefront header.
    my-location-widget.png

    This widget enables a customer to specify their location to a zip code level. my-location-widget-2.png

    Important: In Crisp White skin, a customer will be able to specify their location via the “My Location” select widget only if the store provides multiple currencies for the customer to choose from. That may be the case if the store has the addon Multicurrency installed and enabled. If the store has only one currency and one language enabled, the widget will not be displayed. If the store has a single currency and more than one languages enabled, the widget will show the customer’s country as has been identified automatically based on the customer’s IP address, but will not provide the customer with controls to change their location.

  • Upload extended database : You can upload an extended .mmdb database to be able to identify a user’s location by IP more accurately. MaxMind provides the following database options:

    The GeoLite2-Country database that is used by default can be used to identify a customer’s location to the level of a country. If you need higher level of geolocation accuracy, you can switch to a free GeoLite2-City database that can help you to estimate a customer’s location to a city. If you need more options, try one of the paid GeoIP2 databases. Note that paid MaxMind GeoIP2 databases are more accurate than GeoLite2 databases.

    To upload a new database, download a zipped database package from maxmind.com, unpack the database archive to access the .mmdb file and upload the .mmdb file to your X-Cart installation using the “Choose file” option in the Upload extended database field.

    If necessary, after uploading an extended database, you can revert to the default GeoLite2-Country database using the Revert to using the default database option below the Database file in use field value.

  • Database file in use : The field shows the database file that is currently in use by the Geolocation addon.