Archive for June, 2013

CS-Cart 4 Final Is Here!

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello,

Today, we are extremely proud to present to you the final release of our latest product—CS-Cart 4.0.1.

CS-Cart 4 is a long-awaited release with many hot features. This version is more powerful, faster, and easier to customize than any previous CS-Cart version.

This version also denotes a new turn in the CS-Cart evolution—more community-driven, flexible, and stable. It is the first step in our big plans for the future.

CS-Cart 4 Final

Overview

In our previous announcement, we already described some of the CS-Cart 4 features including the real-time theme editor, new installer, and more.

Thanks to the feedback we’ve collected since the first beta release, we have polished the release and made some important improvements, such as re-organizing of the administrator’s area for easier and more logical navigation.

As promised in the special offer announced earlier, the three most active beta-testing participants will be rewarded with Ultimate licenses. We will reveal the winners soon.

CS-Cart 4 Final: Themes

There are additional features to describe. We will tell about them in our next posts in this blog.

The full list of changes can be found in the changelog.

Editions, Modes, and Pricing

CS-Cart 4 is available in two editions: Ultimate and Multi-Vendor. Professional edition has been discontinued according to our plan to simplify our edition policy.

CS-Cart Ultimate can now be purchased with only a single storefront to fully replace CS-Cart Professional. It can be easily scaled up to any number of storefronts if required.

In this version, we re-introduce the opportunity to use CS-Cart software for free with the Free mode in Ultimate edition. In this mode, you have access to a limited set of eCommerce tools suitable for small and early-stage businesses.

Both CS-Cart Ultimate and Multi-Vendor can be used in the Trial mode (available only once per person). This mode does not require a license but provides access to all CS-Cart features for 30 days. After the trial period is over, you can either purchase a license or switch to the Free mode.

Here are the new prices for both editions:

  • A lifetime CS-Cart Ultimate license with one storefront costs $395, and an additional storefront for an existing CS-Cart Ultimate license costs $245.
  • CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is now available only on an annual subscription basis for $590. Access to software upgrades during the year is included in the price.

CS-Cart 4 Pricing

Russian Build

The same editions are available in the special Russian build as well (but we temporary do not sell new Multi-Vendor Russian Build edition licenses.) As usual, it includes additional Russia-specific eCommerce tools. See the full changelog for the Russian build.

Get it

Download CS-Cart 4 from the official website.

Purchase a commercial license for Ultimate or Multi-Vendor to unlock the Full mode.

If you are already a license owner and have an active upgrade subscription, you can download your own installation package directly from the File Area in our Help Desk system.

Upgrade from CS-Cart 3

A CS-Cart 3 installation cannot be upgraded to version 4 via the built-in Upgrade Center, but it will be possible to copy the most essential data (products, orders, users, etc.) from a CS-Cart 3 database to CS-Cart 4.

Data will be imported with a special add-on in CS-Cart 4; we are currently working on it. In other words, at the moment (on the date of the CS-Cart 4.0.1 release), data cannot be transferred from CS-Cart 3 to CS-Cart 4. The data import add-on will be included in one of the next minor CS-Cart 4 releases.

Raw CS-Cart 3 templates are not compatible with CS-Cart 4 because it uses a different theme format. The new themes can be easily customized with no need to manually edit any CSS or template files. We will publish a guide to creating CS-Cart 4 themes in the near future.

Most custom CS-Cart 3 add-ons/modules are not compatible with CS-Cart 4 either and require adaption.


You are welcome to ask any questions regarding CS-Cart 4.0.1 right here in the comments. We’ll be happy to answer.

If you find any bugs, please use our bug tracker to report them.

Tune in to our Twitter and Facebook to get the latest CS-Cart news.

Twigmo 2.5: Speed Boost and More

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 in News and announcements, Twigmo releases

Hi,

Today, the Twigmo team is happy to announce the new version of the CS-Cart mobile-friendly kit—Twigmo 2.5.

This is a maintenance release introducing some polishing and optimization, as well as a few new features.

We have improved the Twigmo mobile front-end in two ways: price modifiers are now shown near product options, and customers can now set their own product price right in the mobile store:

Twigmo 2.5: Price Modifier & User-Defined Price

Additionally, user device recognition has been improved. It now takes much less time to recognize a user device, and the common CS-Cart logs are no longer crammed with HTTP requests.

See the full changelog for the complete list of changes.

Add-on Upgrade

If you are a Twigmo 2.3 or 2.4 user, you will receive a notification about the available add-on upgrade in your CS-Cart admin panel. You can start the upgrade from the Twigmo add-on settings page; the rest is done automatically.

To upgrade the Twigmo add-on from version 2.2 or earlier, follow the manual upgrade guide.


You are very welcome to help us improve Twigmo by proposing new features and reporting issues.

Follow Twigmo on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest news first hand.

P.S. A new Twigmo skin will be released in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

4 and Beyond: a Brief Overview of the CS-Cart Roadmap

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Monday, June 3rd, 2013 in Articles

“Change is the law of life
and those who look only to the past or present
are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy

Hello,

Since the release of CS-Cart 4 Beta, we have collected a lot of feedback regarding the latest core changes in the CS-Cart software. Although it was generally positive, we could not help noticing that some of our decisions were not accepted by some members of the CS-Cart community.

Today, I would like to take a chance to share our vision regarding the CS-Cart evolution and future perspectives.

In this post, I will try to convince you that the path CS-Cart has chosen will make for better backward compatibility, flexibility, and wider functionality in the future, as well as will allow CS-Cart to go higher than ever.

The Present

CS-Cart 4 will be a milestone release introducing some innovative features. Not only is it a breakthrough for the CS-Cart software of now—it will also be our flagship for the future.

To keep pace with time and create a reliable basis for future development, we have made some serious core code changes in CS-Cart 4. These changes will be beneficial for both our own CS-Cart development team, making for faster development with strong backward compatibility, and for everybody who customizes CS-Cart for their own needs or creates commercial add-ons and storefront themes:

  • PSR as the coding standard will provide third-party developers with a familiar development environment.
  • Usage of namespaces makes it easier to understand the CS-Cart core functionality and use it in new add-ons.

  • The new directory structure is more logical and easier to navigate through.
  • The new approach to storefront skins will allow developers to create highly customizable themes that will work across future CS-Cart versions with minimal changes.

Of course, these changes are significant, but they are necessary to keep CS-Cart modern and fresh. By accepting these modifications now, we can avoid making significant core changes in the future; CS-Cart will be able to evolve gracefully and deliver better backward compatibility in the long run.

Theme editor and Image zoom

Live Theme editor and the beautiful Image zoom are new in CS-Cart 4.

Now, let’s take a look into the future and the next big step for the CS-Cart software (after the upcoming 4.0.1 release)—version 4.1.

The Future

CS-Cart would never be where it is today without a strong and supportive community. Creating a welcoming environment for community members, both existing and new, is one of the top priorities for CS-Cart 4.1.

To keep our community growing and attract more independent developers, we are creating a marketplace—a place where third-party developers will be able to present and promote their add-ons, themes, and all things CS-Cart to a wide audience of store owners.

Establishing a project of such scale will require serious improvements in the CS-Cart source code related to the add-on management, including storefront-based add-on activation.

Additionally, we plan to do some serious work regarding the checkout routine—allow separate checkout for vendors and improve usability.

CS-Cart API, first to be introduced in version 4.0.1, will be improved and used more widely.


I hope  that our vision is now more clear and that you will better accept the latest turns in the CS-Cart path. We really care about the community’s opinion, and we hope for your understanding.

With all the necessary changes introduced in versions 4.0 and 4.1, CS-Cart will offer better version compatibility, easier upgrades, and a great open community for new third-party developers.

We believe that CS-Cart has chosen the right path, and we, the CS-Cart development team, as well as our clients, have a very bright future ahead. Get on board!

You can ask us any questions right below in the comment section.

Thanks!