Archive for August, 2011

Social login made easy: the installation guide

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Monday, August 22nd, 2011 in Articles, Tips and tricks

Socialization is everywhere. And it’s also in the newest (and the best ever) CS-Cart release 2.2.1 brought by the Social login add-on powered by Janrain. I personally think it’s the most useful feature among others appeared in this version.

Social Login Supported Providers

Here’s a quick guide explaining how easily and fast the add-on is deployed on a CS-Cart online store. Try and find that our Social login is just made of ease!

The first thing to do is to open the Add-ons section of the drop-down menu at the top right corner of your administrator panel. Find on this page the add-on called Janrain and click on Install:

Janrain Add-on

The installation won’t take more than a few seconds and you’ll see a notification when it’s finished:

Janrain Add-on Installation Notice

If you now click on the Edit link or the title of the Janrain add-on, a simple settings panel will appear:

Janrain Options

API Key and Application Domain are the only two values you have to enter to configure the add-on. To get these values, you need a Janrain account. Choose the plan that suits you the best on the pricing page and sign up (or log in using an existing account, if you already have one). I have chosen Janrain Basic for this tutorial, because it is absolutely free and suits our purposes perfectly. When the plan is picked, Janrain will provide you with an easy step-by-step guide on account creating, so just follow the instructions and you’ll be all set up in a few minutes. 

You will be signed in automatically upon the account creation is complete. What you see then is your Janrain dashboard:

Janrain Dashboard

Scroll down until you see the Application Info block on the right of the screen. See Application Domain and API Key there? These are exactly the two things we need to enter back in the CS-Cart admin panel! So copy’n'paste the values into the respective fields:

Configure Janrain

Save the changes in the administration panel and the Social login add-on is set up! The Social login button has now appeared at your store:

Now you can go back to your Janrain account, click on the Sign-in for Websites link on the right of your home page, then go straight to Choose providers:

Configure Providers

More than twenty of them are available even for Basic users. Adding and configuring items are very well documented, so managing your Social login account will be all fun and ease.

The chosen providers will be available for the customers of your store just immediately.

I hope the guide was useful. If you have any questions or have something to propose for further guides, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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CS-Cart 2.2.2 Released

By Alex Vinokurov (CS-Cart & Twigmo), Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 in CS-Cart releases

Hello,

We released CS-Cart 2.2.2 today. In spite of this magic version number, this release includes mainly bug fixes for the previous major update.

Nevertheless, a few improvements were made:

  • Payleap support was added to the CRE Secure payment module. Now you can use benefits of this robust payment system.
  • The visual editor can now be disabled in the admin panel, that is useful if you prefer to work with an HTML code directly or need to paste a ready HTML code to a number of input fields.
  • Loading speed of the Product Features page was increased and you will notice it if you have to deal with hundreds of items.
  • The Product configurator add-on was refactored. In addition, a product can now be included in several groups at once as well as a compatibility class can be compatible with more than one class.

Upgrade

You are welcome to download this new release from your personal Help Desk account.

Please note that the upgrade to this new version may be not available in your CS-Cart administration panel within the first 48 hours after the release because we limit the number of downloads during this period. After that, the upgrade package will be available to all CS-Cart users.

To review a complete list of fixes and improvements in CS-Cart 2.2.2, please refer to the release changelog.

As usual, you are welcome to post your suggestions and ideas to the CS-Cart Idea Tracker and report about all found bugs to our bug tracker.