Archive for May, 2015

Export and Import Extended

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in Articles, News and announcements, Tips and tricks

In CS-Cart 4.3.1, we’ve introduced a long-awaited feature: full export and import of option variants, combinations, and exceptions.

This feature is useful for stock accounting. For example, you sell a t-shirt model that comes in different colors and sizes. You need to track the exact number of blue t-shirts of size M at your warehouse. These t-shirts have a combination of two option variants: blue color and M size.

You can now export products with option variants and combinations in Administration → Export Data → Products:

CS-Cart exports data into CSV format, which any stock accounting software supports. Import the CSV file into your stock accounting software. You can now track the actual number of blue, medium t-shirts at your warehouse.

This feature simplifies catalogue updating. Imagine that you’ve received 3,000 products from your supplier. You’ve also received a CSV file with option variants, number of products, and descriptions. Without the new export and import feature, you’d have to add option variants, combinations, and modifiers manually. The new functionality does it automatically and saves you time.

P.S.: During export and import of product data, CS-Cart exports and imports these fields:

  • Options
  • Option variants
  • Option combinations
  • Option exceptions
  • Price and weight modifiers
  • Images and captions

We’d like to know what you think about the new export and import functionality. Does it simplify your store management?

You are welcome to share improvement suggestions on our UserVoice.

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CS-Cart Statistics 2015

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, May 25th, 2015 in Articles

CS-Cart is an international eCommerce solution: we have clients and authorized resellers all over the world. Thank you all for your support and loyalty to CS-Cart!

We’ve gathered worldwide CS-Cart statistics for 2015, and we would like to share it with you:

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Beta Testing Contest Winners

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 in News and announcements

Hi!

At the beginning of CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta testing we promised to reward the most active and contributing beta testers with 1-year CS-Cart licences. The beta testing is over and we are ready to name the winners.

When choosing the winners we were taking into account the number and severity of found issues. According to the results, three four winners get 1-year CS-Cart licenses:

  1. nmb scored 17 issues. He is the most active beta tester.
  2. ilib is the second active tester. He scored 7 issues.
  3. demeldoo scored 3 issues. Although he wasn’t too active during the beta test, he helped us discover a severe issue after the release.
  4. We also give a 1-year CS-Cart license to gurdji. He scored 3 issues during the beta test.

Congratulations! Soon we will contact the winners to give away licenses.

All beta testers did a great job and found nearly 50 bugs in total. We highly appreciate their help in polishing CS-Cart 4.3.1. Thanks to their contributions we released CS-Cart 4.3.1 in time as we planned.


Although CS-Cart 4.3.1 has been released, there still could be issues. If you find any, report them to our bug tracker.

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Go Responsive to Avoid Mobilegeddon

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, May 18th, 2015 in Articles, Tips and tricks

On April 21, 2015, Google updated its search algorithms for mobile devices. New algorithms prefer mobile-friendly websites when a user searches from a smartphone.

Websites that are not mobile-friendly disappeared from Google’s first page of search results. Forty percent of all websites were not ready for the change and started to lose traffic from smartphones. Journalists and bloggers called this event “Mobilegeddon.”

Why Mobile-Friendliness is Important

On a mobile-friendly website, menus, buttons, images, and captions match the screen of a mobile device. Responsive design is one of the ways to make your website mobile-friendly.

Using a touchscreen is less precise than using a mouse pointer. If a website is not responsive, a smartphone user has to pinch-zoom to click buttons and read text. The more actions a user has to perform, the less time he or she will want to stay on the website.

No Mobilegeddon with CS-Cart Responsive Theme

The Responsive theme makes your CS-Cart store look cool on any device:

In CS-Cart 4.3.1, all the built-in design styles are responsive. Design modifications that you make via the Visual Editor or template editor preserve responsiveness.

Thanks to the Responsive theme, Google will mark your store as mobile-friendly and rank it highly for customers searching from smartphones.

If you are running CS-Cart 4.2.4 with the Basic theme, after the upgrade to 4.3.1 you will still have the Basic theme. You can install the Responsive theme and switch between Basic and Responsive any time. We will be maintaining the Basic theme through the entire 4.3.x branch.

If you import your store from versions 2.2.x, 3.0.x, or 4.x.x to 4.3.1, your store will use the Responsive theme. The Basic theme won’t be available.

Better Yet—Twigmo Mobile Storefront

The Responsive theme uses the same styles and scripts on all the devices. Thanks to this versatility, the Responsive theme is convenient on any device.

But there’s a con: Opening a store page from a smartphone consumes nearly as much bandwidth as opening the page from a desktop computer. It’s not a problem unless a customer uses slow 3G connections.

Twigmo mobile storefront is designed specially for mobile devices. It uses less bandwidth than Responsive and consumes the bulk of it only at the first visit; after that initial visit, the storefront refreshes using AJAX. Mobile storefront loads faster and runs smoother than Responsive on slow 3G connections.

Twigmo mobile storefront offers its own themes that work independently from CS-Cart themes. It means that you can use the Basic theme for desktop computers and a Twigmo theme for smartphones at the same time. In this case, Google ranks your store as mobile-friendly even if you’ve chosen the Basic theme in the CS-Cart admin panel.


What do you think about Mobilegeddon and CS-Cart mobile-friendly solutions? We greatly appreciate your comments.

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