Even if you know how to do that, you’ll need the full control over the server that the usual shared web hosting doesn’t offer.
We understand that most CS-Cart store owners are not system administrators. That’s why we prepared a script that will automatically configure the server on DigitalOcean cloud hosting for maximum CS-Cart speed.
We chose DigitalOcean cloud hosting for 3 reasons:
It’s cheap: the cheapest server with 512 MB RAM, 1-core processor, and 20 GB storage, costing $5 per month (2 hot dogs at Times Square).
It’s fast: all servers use solid-state drives (SSD) that are faster and more reliable than conventional spinning hard disk drives (HDD).
It’s popular: DigitalOcean has a big community and tons of official and unofficial documentation in different languages.
We want as many people as possible to be able to use CS-Cart, that’s why we’ve been offering the free CS-Cart version.
The free version of CS-Cart 4.3.5 gets 3 major changes compared to the free version of CS-Cart 4.3.4:
You can add as many filters as you want to the storefront (maximum 3 filters in earlier versions)
We’ve removed 8 add-ons and added 2 add-ons from the full CS-Cart version—Image zoom and Social buttons
We excluded the multi-store feature because it was unpopular with free version users
Product Filters Unlocked
Product filters help shoppers find products fast by showing only those products that fit specific parameters. The more filters on the storefront → the more search parameters a shopper can select → the faster he or she gets the desired product.
Earlier, in the free version of CS-Cart, you could add only 3 product filters to your storefront. In the free version of CS-Cart 4.3.5, add as many as you want.
In the free version of CS-Cart 4.3.5, the set of built-in add-ons decreased by 6 add-ons compared to earlier free versions:
We’ve excluded 8 add-ons: Bestsellers & On-Sale Products, Blog, Call requests, E-mail marketing, Newsletters, Payment dependencies, Store import, and Tags.
We’ve included 2 add-ons from the full version of CS-Cart: Image zoom and Social buttons:
Multi-Store Feature Removed
Store owners use the multi-store feature to create multiple storefronts on different domains and manage these storefronts via a single admin panel.
According to our statistics, 95% of the free version users have only one storefront.
After much debate, we’re removing the multi-store feature from the free version: the feature is unpopular with free version users, but we had to support it anyway. By removing the multi-store feature, we ease our support team’s work so they could spend more time helping our dear clients.
If you have questions about the changes in the free version, don’t hesitate to ask them in the CS-Cart Forums or here in the comments.
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Web World Expo is an annual conference that takes place in Athens and gathers web and application developers, e-commerce solution providers, and e-learning service providers.
Exhibitors share their ideas and experience with each other and with visitors that want to improve their presence on the Internet.
Web World Expo 2015 took place in the Zappeion Hall in the center of Athens on October 24-25. Almost 50 companies from different Internet areas participated in the event.
Our long-term partner from Greece CS-Cart Hellas was one of the participants. They represented CS-Cart on the conference for the 3rd year in a row.
Report from the Expo
Fotis Kourmadas, the owner of CS-Cart Hellas, reports that the expo was successful: over 300 people came by to check out CS-Cart. Fotis talked with more than 50 people in private showing stores that work on CS-Cart, demos, add-ons, and themes.
Here’s what Fotis says:
Saturday, we hold a speech about Free shipping in e-commerce and how CS-Cart works with that.
Sunday was a day for all the store owners to visit us as they had a day off and had the time to come by.
Fotis shared a bunch of photos from the expo:
We’d like to thank Fotis Kourmadas and the CS-Cart Hellas company for their love for our product and for making CS-Cart more popular.
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