Archive for February, 2014

Four Community-Suggested Features to Land in CS-Cart 4.2

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 in Articles, Inside CS-Cart

Hi!

Today, I’d like to tell you about some cool new features to land in our next major release, CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.2. These goodies will bring more user- and SEO-friendliness to CS-Cart, to help your business bloom and your profits grow.

Since these features have been suggested by the members of our awesome community, we are extremely happy to include them in our software.

Responsive Design

Making CS-Cart’s storefront more mobile-friendly was suggested in April 2013, back when CS-Cart 3 was the latest major version and the visual framework behind our storefront was 960.gs.

A lot has changed since then. We’ve switched to Twitter Bootstrap, which has made it much easier to develop a responsive storefront theme, and we’re happy to announce that CS-Cart 4.2 will play well with screens of all sizes.

CS-Cart Responsive Design

Google’s Rich Snippets

You’ve probably seen those little chunks of text under every Google search result. They’re called “snippets,” and they help users better understand what a particular site is about and why it’s relevant to their search term.

If you mark up your webpage in a certain way, Google can go further and create a rich snippet—a special widget that will show detailed information specific to your page. For example, a product page can contain its rating and reviews. This information can be shown in a rich snippet.

Google Rich Snippets

Adding the support of rich snippets in CS-Cart was suggested long ago, and we’re happy to finally implement it in our next major version.

Improved SEO Name Policy

As for now, if an item in your store has an SEO name, this name must be unique across the whole catalog and across all types of items. Some users have reasonably pointed out, however, that this behavior can be somewhat restricting.

For example, currently, you can’t have two subcategories with the same SEO name—even if they are in different categories—because the resulting URLs would be unique (e.g., mystore.com/men/pants and mystore.com/women/pants).

Starting with version 4.2, the SEO name policy will be improved to allow duplicate SEO names; only the whole URL will have to be unique.

UPD: Automatic Canonical URLs to Avoid Duplicate Pages

Another great improvement in our SEO add-on in version 4.2 are automatically generated canonical URLs. This info will help Google and other search providers avoid duplicating pages during indexation.

E.g, mystore.com/pants and mystore.com/pants?size=M will be considered the same page, not two different ones.

The 301 Status Page Redirection

CS-Cart 4.2 will introduce an easier way to move a product, category, or page from one URL to another. Using the standard 301 HTTP status, your store will be able to seamlessly redirect a visitor to the new item location, as suggested in our UserVoice.


You are very welcome to share your ideas about how to improve CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor. If you happen to find a bug, please report in on our bug tracker.

Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook, as well as our YouTube channel, for the latest news about CS-Cart software.

Your Store on Facebook with CS-Cart Facebook App

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Monday, February 3rd, 2014 in Articles, News and announcements

Hello,

Today we’d like to present our latest product, which introduces a whole new expansion area for the CS-Cart software—CS-Cart Facebook App.

CS-Cart Facebook App allows you to build your existing CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor storefront right into a Facebook page with a simple copy and paste.

The app works similarly to the CS-Cart Widget Mode; you just copy a few lines of code, paste them on the app page, and specify the Facebook page where you want the store embedded. Easy as pie!

Your store will immediately appear on the specified Facebook page as a new app, ready to serve customers:

CS-Cart Store on Facebook

Check out the CS-Cart demo store on Facebook.

Your Unique Facebook Storefront

Your Facebook storefront look is entirely in your hands. Use the layout editor in your CS-Cart admin panel to arrange blocks of your storefront, and use the theme editor to change its visual style.

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.1.1 ships with a built-in Facebook style for the storefront theme that will let your store perfectly blend in with the social network’s design:

CS-Cart Facebook App - Theme editor

Get it

CS-Care Facebook App is available on a annual subscription basis for $90 / year per storefront. You can also get a free 14-day trial right on the app page on Facebook.

You can find a detailed startup guide and purchase a license on our site.

Important! Only CS-Cart / Multi-Vendor 4.1.1 and above can work with CS-Cart Facebook App. Also, your storefront must be accessible via HTTPS due to the Facebook regulations.


We’ll be happy to answer any questions about CS-Cart Facebook App here in the comments.

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