Archive for July, 2012

CS-Cart 3.0.2 Released

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, July 26th, 2012 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello everybody!

It’s been awhile since we released CS-Cart 3.0.1. We have collected a great deal of user feedback and resolved numerous issues.

All these improvements and fixes are included in the CS-Cart 3.0.2 minor release, which we are happy to introduce today (see the full changelog).

CS-Cart 3.0.2 is not only about bug fixes: it includes the long-awaited Store Import add-on (formerly announced as Database Upgrade Tool) that will allow you to import data from CS-Cart 2.2.4 and 2.2.5 installations as well as convert CS-Cart Professional and Community stores to CS-Cart Ultimate storefronts.
Import Database from CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 to CS-Cart 3.0.2
Apart from that the new release includes Twigmo 2.0. as well as the latest version of Searchanise. UPD: All editions except Ultimate also include the latest version of Searchanise.

CS-Cart 3.0.2 Russian Build

Starting from CS-Cart 3.0.2 all features specific for Russian eCommerce like shippings, payments and taxes are moved to a separate Russian Build and no longer available in the basic CS-Cart editions. Russian language pack still exists in all software editions and builds, so that your customers from Russia can still buy goods in your online stores.

You can find more information about the Russian Build in this blog post.

Get it

CS-Cart 3.0.2 is available for all legal license holders with active upgrade subscriptions via Customer Help Desk.

Upgrading from CS-Cart 3.0.1 is a simple Upgrade Center routine. It is well described in our Knowledge Base and in the video tutorial on our official YouTube channel.

UPD: The updates should be available for download for all users in the course of the following week (approximately by August, 6).

CS-Cart 2.2.4 and 2.2.5 cannot be upgraded to CS-Cart 3 via the Upgrade Center, but the upgrade is performed using the Store Import add-on built-in CS-Cart 3.0.2. You can find the detailed instructions in this blog post.


We are looking forward to hearing from you. The discussion is open here in the comments and on our forum. Feel free to share your opinions and ideas, as well as submit bug fixes.

You can always find the latest CS-Cart news on our official Twitter and Facebook pages.

CS-Cart Store Import Add-on

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, July 26th, 2012 in News and announcements

Hello!

Today I would like to share some information about the CS-Cart Store Import add-on, which is to be used for importing data from CS-Cart 2.2.4 or 2.2.5 to CS-Cart 3.0.2 (of the same edition) as well as for importing CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 Professional and Community stores to CS-Cart Ultimate as additional storefronts.

This add-on is included by default in CS-Cart 3.0.2 and can not be obtained separately from the distribution.

How it works

What it basically does is import the database from an existing store (powered by CS-Cart 2.2.4 or 2.2.5) to a CS-Cart 3.0.2 installation.

In case of using the add-on in CS-Cart 3.0.2 Professional, Multi-Vendor or Community, it will overwrite all the existing store data (if there is any) in this CS-Cart 3.0.2 installation with the imported content.

If you use the Store Import add-on in CS-Cart 3.0.2 Ultimate, the data (only from CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 Professional and Community editions!) will be imported to a separate storefront, which will be created automatically. Thus, you can import as many CS-Cart Professional or Community stores as you have to a single CS-Cart Ultimate 3.0.2 installation (you may need to acquire additional storefront licenses for your CS-Cart Ultimate).

UPD: There is currently no way to directly import data from CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 Community Edition to CS-Cart 3.0.2 Ultimate Edition. This issue will be solved in one of the future releases. Take our apologies for the inconvenience.

Usage

Important: Before you start the import see how much space the existing CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 installation takes on your server hard drive. Make sure you have at least twice as much free space left!

Now follow these steps:

  • Install CS-Cart 3.0.2 to a separate destination on the same server as you existing CS-Cart 2.2.4 or 2.2.5 installation. You can find the detailed installation instructions in the installation guide.
    Please consult with your system administrator or contact our support service if you are not sure about this step.
  • Enter the admin panel of the newly installed CS-Cart 3.0.2 and go to Administration -> Add-ons;
  • Find the Store Import add-on and click on Install:
    Store Import Add-on
  • The add-on will be installed within a few seconds. Now go to Administration -> Store Import;
  • Enter the server path to the existing CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 store. It is the path where your existing store is installed on the server. For example, on UNIX-based systems it should look something similar to ‘/var/www/examplestore’, and something like ‘C:/examplestore’ on Windows. Please ask your system administrator if you are not sure where to find this path!
    Click the Validate path button:
    Store Import Step 1
  • If you have entered a valid store path, you will see the Expert settings section. Be careful modifying values in this section! If you are not sure, do not change these settings! UPD: The Storefront URL and Secure storefront URL parameters are displayed for CS-Cart Ultimate only. Unlike Ultimate all other editions provide only 1 storefront, so the parameters are useless.Store Import Step 1
  • Click the Import button;

The import process will start. The progress will be indicated in real time. When the process is finished the data from the specified CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 installation will be imported to the current CS-Cart 3.0.2 store.

Licensing

As the process above requires having a separate CS-Cart 3.0.2 installation, after the successful import the old CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 must be removed or closed for public access until you are sure you no longer need the software files and database. It is illegal to use both CS-Cart 2.2.4/2.2.5 and CS-Cart 3.0.2 having one license.

If you would like to replace your existing CS-Cart Professional installations with one (or several) CS-Cart Ultimate installation, buy an Ultimate license (if you have not yet), make the import using the instructions above and then contact CS-Cart team to replace your CS-Cart Professional licenses with Ultimate storefronts.


If you have any questions about the add-on and its usage, feel free to ask right here in the comments. We will do our best to give you detailed answers as soon as possible.

CS-Cart Russian Build

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, July 26th, 2012 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Good day!

CS-Cart Russian BuildAlong with the other big news today we are happy to introduce to you CS-Cart Russian Build specially designed for Russia-based online businesses. It is available for all CS-Cart commercial editions (Professional, Ultimate and Multi-Vendor) starting from CS-Cart 3.0.2. The build for the Community edition may be established later.

Features

CS-Cart Russian Build is crammed with a variety of features specific for Russian eCommerce. Some of them include:

  • Basic 1C:Enterprise data export support
  • QIWI Wallet, Platidoma, Robokassa, ChronoPay, WebMoney, Assist and RBK Money payment systems
  • EMS Russian Post shipping method
  • Full Russian interface localization (including the installation wizard, add-ons, demo data, license agreement and privacy policy)

All the mentioned features are unique for the Russian Build and will be missing in the standard (international) CS-Cart distribution package starting from version 3.0.2 (except Russian language pack and ChronoPay payment method).

Installation and upgrade

You can buy this build by contacting CS-Cart team or via our Russian distributor PlatiDoma. There is currently no ability to purchase the Russian Build via CS-Cart license store.

If you wish to upgrade your CS-Cart 3.0.1 installation (excluding Community Edition) to CS-Cart 3.0.2 Russian Build, you should leave a request in the Customer Help Desk first. When your request is handled we will change the type of your license, so that a special upgrade package will be used for upgrading your CS-Cart 3.0.1 upon a regular upgrade routine (see the video tutorial). UPD: Only licenses purchased before CS-Cart 3.0.3 release can be switched to Russian Build. Requests for changing the license type are accepted till October 31, 2012.

Note to clients from Russia: you do not need to contact us to change your license type to get Russian Build distribution and upgrade. Your licenses will be converted automatically.


If you have any questions about CS-Cart Russian Build, I am always at your service. Feel free to leave your questions right here in the comment section, on Twitter or Facebook.

Twigmo 2.0

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, July 26th, 2012 in News and announcements, Twigmo releases

Good day!

Today Twigmo, a mobile-friendly toolkit for online stores, hits version 2.0!

We are very proud to bring you the second major Twigmo release with numerous new features and improvements.

One of the most noticeable things in Twigmo 2.0 is the new revamped user interface. The mobile front-end has been fully rewritten and optimized.
Twigmo 2.0 New Skin
The new version also introduces the following features:

To see the new Twigmo Mobile Front-End in action, visit http://twigmo.com/d with your iOS, Android or Windows Phone 7 device. Twigmo supports most phones and tablets running these mobile operating systems.

Installation

Twigmo 2.0 is included by default in CS-Cart 3.0.2. It also can be installed manually on CS-Cart starting from version 2.1.4 (see the official installation guide).

Activate Twigmo Mobile Front-End in your e-shop to give your customers the best in online shopping!


Follow Twigmo on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest news directly from the developers.

As always, we are happy to hear your ideas as well as bug reports that help us improve Twigmo.