Archive for January, 2016

CS-Cart Documentation: Everything in One Place

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 in Articles, News and announcements

Hi!

Although CS-Cart is one of the most user-friendly and easy-to-develop shopping softwares, it can still be a little complicated for those who are not prepared.

That’s why one of our goals is to make CS-Cart as clear as possible for every user. To help you understand CS-Cart quicker and better, we’re presenting our renewed CS-Cart documentation.

Why Are the New Docs More Convenient?

We’ve been offering 3 types of CS-Cart docs for a long time now:

  • Reference Guide that contains general information about CS-Cart, its admin panel, storefront, menus, and settings.
  • Knowledge Base that has particular instructions on how to configure CS-Cart.
  • Developer documentation that simplifies the work for programmers and designers who develop modifications and add-ons for CS-Cart.

These have been separate resources on different domains—our customers often didn’t know where exactly to search for solutions.

To eliminate any difficulties, we’re gathering all the articles from the Reference Guide, the Knowledge Base, and Developer documentation all in one place—CS-Cart Documentation.

Old docs are still available, but as soon as we finish moving all the articles to the CS-Cart Documentation, we’ll close the Reference Guide and leave the Knowledge Base for old CS-Cart versions.

What’s Inside?

On the main CS-Cart Documentation page you will see a welcome and the contents:

For convenience, we have divided all the articles into 5 sections dedicated to different aspects of using CS-Cart.

Articles with the “How To” prefix teach you how to configure CS-Cart, and all the other articles describe CS-Cart features.

Also, pay attention to the “Tutorial Difficulty” box that many tutorials have. This box indicates the difficulty level of the tutorial:

  • 1/3—easy as pie. You can do everything yourself.
  • 2/3—not so easy. You still can do everything yourself, if you know how to use a command line. These tutorials often require working in several interfaces: the cPanel and the CS-Cart admin panel, for example.
  • 3/3—difficult for an unprepared user. These tutorials require engaging a specialist.

Install CS-Cart—contains up-to-date articles related to CS-Cart installation.

From this section, you will learn how to install CS-Cart in different ways and on different types of servers.

You will also learn system requirements for CS-Cart installation, how to make your CS-Cart store more secure, and how to move your store to another server.

User Guide—contains articles on managing and configuring a CS-Cart store.

In the User Guide, you will find general information about the CS-Cart administration panel, its menus and settings, as well as particular instructions on CS-Cart configuration.

This section gathers articles from the Knowledge Base and the Reference Guide: articles with the “How To” prefix contain particular configuration instructions, and all the other articles describe menus and settings.

Upgrade CS-Cart—helps you understand the upgrade process and upgrade your CS-Cart store to newer versions.

From this section you will learn what the Upgrade center is and how it works. You will also learn how to build your own upgrade package and create an upgrade package for an add-on.

Developer Guide—contains essential technical information that helps programmers develop modifications and add-ons for CS-Cart.

From this section developers will learn about the CS-Cart Core and the CS-Cart API, as well as learning how to develop add-ons for CS-Cart and what development tools to use.

Designer Guide—has articles and particular instructions on design integration and theme development.

Designers will learn everything about the visual aspect of CS-Cart—CSS, layouts, templates, and styles that CS-Cart uses.

This section also describes what the CS-Cart Visual Editor is, how it works, and how to modify its functionality.


We hope that you can now easily find answers to your questions about CS-Cart all in one place. Eventually, we’ll update all the docs and add new ones.

As soon as we add a new document, we’ll let you know in our Twitter feed, so follow us not to miss new articles and instructions.

You are welcome to share your feedback about new documentation in this forum topic. We’re still polishing the docs and would appreciate your opinion about how to make them more convenient.

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