To improve the user experience of non-logged in customers X-Cart 5 is integrated with a free IP geolocation database GeoLite by Maxmind within the Geolocation module. The module works in bunble with many other features in X-Cart and allows e.g. to “guess” the customers’ country and address for more precise pre-login shipping cost estimation.

First of all, check that the Geolocation module is installed and enabled.

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If you need to change the geolocation configuration settings proceed to the module settings page. It will look as follows:

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By default, X-Cart uses the MaxMind database (GeoLite2-Country.mmdb) that allows to define a customer’s location accurate to a country. The default database provider is predefind in the Default geolocation provider field on the module settings page.

The rest of the settings are:

  • Display location select widget : When enabled a “My location” select widget is displayed in the header of the store frontend.

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    This widget allows a customer to specify his location accurate to a zipcode.

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    For the Crisp White skin the “My Location” select widget is displayed only if there is an opportunity for a customer to choose between several currencies (i.e. the Multicurrency Module is installed and enabled).

    If a store has only one currency and one language set up the widget is not displayed. If a store has a single currency and several languages set up the widget displays the country that is defined automatically by the customer’s IP without an oppotunity to change it.

  • Upload extended database : You can upload an extended .mmdb database to get user location by IP more accurately. With MaxMind databases you can choose between:

    MaxMind GeoIP2 databases are more accurate than the GeoLite2 databases. The default GeoLite2-Country database allows to define a customer’s location accurate to a country. If you need a more accurate database you can switch to a free GeoLite2-City database that defines a customer’s location accurate to a city. If you need more options try one of the paid GeoIP2 databases.

    • To upload a new database you need to:
      • download a zipped database package from maxmind.com,
      • decompress the database archive to get the .mmdb file and
      • upload the .mmdb file to your X-Cart installation using the “Choose file” option opposite the Upload extended database field.

      If necessary you can evert to default database using a special checkbox under 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 module.