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.
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.
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.
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.
Download CS-Cart 4 from the official website.
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.