Archive for January, 2014

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.1.1 Released, CS-Cart Facebook App Is Coming

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello,

We are delighted to kick off 2014 with an exciting announcement: the major release of CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.1.1 with several important improvements and additions.

Let’s see what improvements and new features are introduced.

CS-Cart 4.1.1

According to our roadmap, this version is an important milestone in the CS-Cart software evolution, a basis for future development and the community-driven Marketplace. This is why we’ve focused strongly on stability and features that will be necessary in the long run.

UPDATE: We’ve just released minor version 4.1.2 with three important improvements: 4.0.x theme compatibility, XSS vulnerability fix, and Google Chrome compatibility issue fix. The upgrade to 4.1.2 will ship shortly after 4.1.1.

Still, version 4.1.1 has some cool new features to show, apart from improvements and fixes:

  • Add-ons and themes can be installed from stand-alone archives
  • Order placement page has been improved (no more “Placing order…” blank page)
  • Graphic banners can now be language-specific, so you can show different banners for different storefront languages
  • eBay product sync add-on is available for purchase
  • 5 brand new storefront styles:

CS-Cart 4.1.1: New Storefront Styles

See the full changelog on our site.

Upgrade

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.0.x stores can be upgraded right from the Upgrade center in the admin panel. Also, an installation distribution package can be downloaded from the File Area of your Help Desk account.

Please note that to avoid server overload, we will be limiting the number of upgrade package downloads within the first few days. All CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor storeowners should have their upgrades available in the Upgrade Center within several days.

Important: It was announced earlier that five add-ons (Affiliate, Gift Registry, Product Configurator, Recurring Billing, and Statistics) were going to be removed during 4.1.1 upgrade. Instead, we decided to preserve these add-ons during upgrade and just make them Disabled.

Note that these add-ons are not included in the default 4.1.1 distribution packages downloaded from the Help Desk. From 4.1.1 on, they are considered deprecated, and no technical assistance will be offered in their regard.

In addition, all these add-ons have been published under an open source license on GitHub; feel free to fork and take over their development!

Bonus-Track: CS-Cart Facebook App is Coming Soon

Among the new styles in CS-Cart 4.1.1 is the one called Facebook. It has been designed especially for the upcoming CS-Cart Facebook app. It will allow you to embed a CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor store right into a Facebook page with a simple copy-paste.

The official release and pricing announcement are soon arrive, so stay tuned!

CS-Cart Facebook App


Feel free to share your ideas on our UserVoice. You can report any issues on the bug tracker.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to keep up with the latest CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor news.

Thanks!

Twigmo 3 is released!

By Alex Vinokurov (CS-Cart & Twigmo), Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 in Twigmo releases

Hello,

Today, we are happy to introduce to you Twigmo 3 release and new Twigmo plans and pricing.

Twigmo 3 is based on AngularJS framework for better performance and faster development in the long run. Also, it includes a powerful visual editor that allows you to customize the mobile store look’n’feel easily and quickly so that it matches your desktop store design.

Twigmo 3 Visual Editor

New plans and pricing

Together with Twigmo 3 release, new plans & pricing have come into effect. The main point is that all Twigmo plans are now no longer product quantity dependent and differ only in features. We believe it is more fair to pay only for the functions you use no matter how many SKUs you have in your product database.

The new Starter free plan is limited to one default theme and a mobile product catalog without checkout (customers are offered to buy a product via desktop checkout). Visual Editor is available on all commercial plans while additional design themes (up to 10 soon) are included in the plan Plus only. Later this year, we plan to offer an option to have your own store application for iOS and Android.

Twigmo 3 plans&pricing

Upgrade

If you are a Twigmo 2.3 or above 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. To upgrade the Twigmo add-on from version 2.2 or earlier, follow the manual upgrade guide.

As soon as all the required files are upgraded in your CS-Cart installation (automatically in Twigmo 2.3+ or manually in the earlier versions), it will be required to connect your CS-Cart store to the Twigmo service once again (under the Twigmo account tab).

After that a special 7-day Twigmo trial period will start during which you should select a new Twigmo plan for your store. This can be done via the new Twigmo Control Panel (click the button Control Panel on the Twigmo 3 add-on settings page in your CS-Cart to be automatically logged in) in which you can also manage all your Twigmo subscriptions, run Visual Editor, edit profile, etc.

If you are currently on a paid Twigmo plan, please connect your store to the Twigmo 3 service and contact us with your store domain name. The further instructions will be provided.

Important: Unfortunately, most custom CSS changes made in Twigmo 2.6 or earlier are incompatible with Twigmo 3 due to its new CSS structure. If you have CSS changes in your mobile site (powered by Twigmo 2.6 or earlier), it will be required to repeat these design changes using Visual Editor (it can be found on the Twigmo 3 add-on settings page in your CS-Cart). The editor also has a text area for entering CSS source code if you need to overwrite some inner CSS classes.

For information: In Twigmo 2.6 and earlier, custom CSS changes are saved in the file ‘custom_[skin_name].css’ in the Twigmo add-on directory. After the upgrade to Twigmo 3 this file can be found under the var/twigmo/3.0/backup_files/ directory of your CS-Cart installation, so that the file content can be used for viewing and repeating the color changes, etc. via Visual Editor.

Attention: Twigmo 2 service shutdown deadline

We announce that Twigmo 2 service will be shutting down on February 17, 2014, so we ask all Twigmo 2 users to upgrade their add-ons to version 3 and connect their stores to Twigmo 3 service before this date. The upgrade takes a minute and fully automatic if you have Twigmo 2.3+, while it may take additional time to transfer existing design changes manually.

Twigmo 2 users who do not upgrade to version 3 will have their mobile sites disabled after February 17, 2014. It means that their visitors will see the desktop site on their mobile devices instead of the mobile site. The Twigmo Admin application for iOS will stop working for Twigmo 2 users too.

Lastly, Twigmo 3 add-on is not available for CS-Cart 2.1.4, only for CS-Cart 2.2.x, 3.x and 4.x.

Support

We have launched a dedicated support portal for Twigmo users that includes bug tracker, idea voting, community forums, etc.

Please visit support.twigmo.com to ask questions, suggesting new features, reporting a bug or contacting Twigmo support. We are always happy to hear from you.

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

Thank you for using Twigmo!