Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By Michael Gunin, Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in News and announcements

Dear friends,

CS-Cart team wishes you all a happy holiday season! We do hope that the upcoming year will be happy for your families and successful for your business.

Thank you all for being our clients and choosing CS-Cart as an online business platform, since it is you, our customers, who we work for.

Please, also note that on holidays our office will be closed from Dec, 31 to Jan, 3 and also on Jan, 7. However, the technical support service will be at your disposal on Dec, 31 and Jan, 3 as well.

CS-Cart 2.0.11 is released

By Michael Gunin, Monday, December 21st, 2009 in CS-Cart releases

The final release of the departing year comes with several extra features, most important of which are order shipments, the new “Buy together” add-on, enhanced features for SEO-friendly URLs and Moneybookers payment system integration.

Order shipments provide a more flexible approach to the product delivery. All products contained in an order can now be split into several shipments, and the delivery method and tracking number for each shipment can be defined separately. You can see which (and how many) items have already been sent to the customer. It is also possible to notify the customer about the shipment by email.

New shipment addition

New shipment addition

The “Buy together” add-on allows to create combinations of products and apply discounts to such combinations. If the specified products are bought together, customers are provided with a discount. Such combinations and possible discounts are displayed in a special tab on the product details page in the storefront, so customers can easily decide whether to take advantage of the given opportunity.

"Buy together" tab

"Buy together" tab

Speaking of SEO, we have introduced some new features for the URL management. A multilanguage support was added for translatable items, meaning there is now a separate URL for each item (for example, product or category) in this or that language. SEO names were also added to the news, and the categories URL format has been enhanced with an extra SEO type.

We are also glad to introduce the integration with the Moneybookers payment system. Nowadays it has become very popular and now CS-Cart-based store owners are able to use it out of the box.

CS-Cart 2.0.11 also includes other minor enhancements and bugfixes. Please, refer to the changelog to find out the complete list of changes and improvements.

Introducing CS-Cart roadmap

By Michael Gunin, Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 in News and announcements

We are often asked about the plans regarding CS-Cart development and features that we are going to include into the upcoming releases. It is more than reasonable since the ecommerce industry changes rapidly and the software needs to be enhanced on a regular basis.

We strive to make the development more open to you, and as a step towards it, the CS-Cart website now has a special Roadmap section where you can find out what features to expect in new versions, and what is planned for the implementation.

Please, feel free to share your opinion about the roadmap format in comments to this post.

Beta version of Live Help for CS-Cart is available

By Michael Gunin, Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 in News and announcements

We are glad to inform you about the release of Live Help add-on for CS-Cart which is now available for beta testing.


Live Help allows tracking your store visitors’ behavior and communicating with them in real time. At present, the add-on collects browser version and country information for each visitor and tracks the store page which is being viewed. Speaking of online chat features, the tool supports preset message, chat history and search via chat archives.

Live chat window

Live chat window


The add-on consists of two parts: a client and a server.

In order to set up the server part, please, download the archive and extract it into the directory where CS-Cart is located. Next, proceed to the administration panel (the “Add-ons” section) and press “Install” next to the Live Help add-on.

For the client part, please, download either Windows or Linux version and extract it into any convenient directory to run from (on Linux, you may also need to set the executable file permissions: chmod 755 live_help).

Detailed visitor information

Detailed visitor information


CS-Cart team thanks everyone who is interested to participate in beta testing and help us to improve it for you. Please, feel free to share your experience with the Live Help beta and, if necessary, send any problem reports to CS-Cart forum. Any feedback is highly appreciated.