Archive for June, 2016

Grab the Store Import Add-On for CS-Cart 4.3.7 and 4.3.8 on the Marketplace

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, June 30th, 2016 in News and announcements

Hello!

We’re happy to let you know that you can now download the Store Import add-on for CS-Cart 4.3.7 and 4.3.8 on the Marketplace.

What is Store Import?

When we release a new version of CS-Cart, we recommend that you upgrade. Upgrading to newer versions ensures your store’s good performance, security, and feature richness.

You have two options to upgrade: via the Upgrade Center or Store Import. The first way is a good option when you’re upgrading to the new CS-Cart version from one of the recent versions. But if you’re upgrading to the latest version from a super old one (2 or 3), you have to use Store Import because it’s impossible to upgrade from these old versions via the Upgrade Center.

Store Import is easy and safe: you install the new clean version of CS-Cart on your server and import all your actual store data to this new CS-Cart installation. You don’t risk anything: if something goes wrong during the import, you still have your actual store up and running.

Starting from CS-Cart 4.3.7, the Store Import add-on doesn’t come with the CS-Cart installation package—we moved the add-on to the CS-Cart Marketplace. Why? Distributing the Store Import add-on separately from CS-Cart installation packages allows us to dedicate more time to polishing the add-on and release new versions of Store Import more often.

How to Download and Install

Download the Store Import add-on from the CS-Cart Marketplace—it’s free. In the description, you’ll find all the necessary information about the add-on, including the installation and import instructions.


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Introducing Fixed Price for Upgrade Subscription

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, June 9th, 2016 in News and announcements

Since now, the upgrade subscription price does not depend on the number of storefronts or anything else

Hi!

When you buy a CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor license, you get a free 1-year access to upgrades. This means you can get new CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor versions for free throughout that year, during which we release at least 4 new versions. All of them fix issues and most of them add new must-have eCommerce features to your store. After the first year, your upgrade subscription expires and you’ll need to purchase another to continue getting new features and fixes.

We haven’t previously published the exact upgrade subscription price because the price depended on a number of factors, including the number of storefronts in your store. You could calculate how much you had to pay for the upgrade subscription from our Upgrade Policy, of course, but we realized that could be hard to find on our website.

We considered we had good reasons for the old pricing policy, but now we realize it was confusing for you. From now on, we’re making it totally transparent, easy, and convenient. The upgrade subscription price is now fixed: a 1-year upgrade subscription for CS-Cart costs $160 and for Multi-Vendor—$385. You can buy the subscription in this special section of our shop:

Why Should You Upgrade?

As long as a website grows and evolves—it lives. To keep alive and to compete with other web stores, your store must stay fast, feature rich, and secure. We’re constantly monitoring the eCommerce market to stay fully cognizant of the latest eCommerce influences. That’s why our upgrades allow your CS-Cart store to evolve together with the eCommerce market.

If you follow our blog, you might know about our improvement directions—performance, feature richness, and fixes. No matter whether you use CS-Cart 1, 2, 3, or 4, an upgrade always has something to boost your store. Listing all the advantages of the upgrade from different CS-Cart versions could fill a thousand-page book! But here are the most important:

  • Your store can be fast and withstand high load. Performance is one of our priorities. CS-Cart 2 was quite fast but couldn’t serve too many customers at the same time. CS-Cart 3 was slower and could serve the same amount of simultaneous customers. The early 4.x versions were more feature rich but performance was not as we would wish. Starting from CS-Cart 4.3.1, we made a lot of performance improvements. The latest version, 4.3.8, is fast (over 90 Google PageSpeed points) and is ready for high load with PHP 7 support and full-page caching.
  • Compatibility with most hostings. Hosting providers keep their server software up to date: CS-Cart 2, 3, and the early 4.x versions might have compatibility troubles on new hostings and security troubles on old ones. CS-Cart 4.3.8 supports the latest server software, including PHP 7, and works fine and secure on most hostings.
  • Up-to-date integrations with shipping and payment services. Carriers and payment services regularly update their APIs to keep up with the latest shipping changes and security standards. In turn, we update integrations with those shipping and payment services so that they work fine with your store.
  • More features to increase your sales. The latest CS-Cart version offers tools to make the shopping process easier and increase your sales. You can assign payment methods to shipping methods, allow your customers to choose a shipping method for free shipping, create a blog inside your store, embed your store into any website, enable seamless checkout via PayPal In-Context Checkout, and more.
  • More features to brighten up your storefront. In the freshest CS-Cart version, you can modify the built-in Responsive theme without editing HTML and CSS code, change the product page template, edit storefront elements right on the storefront, and create unique layouts of every store page. Designing abilities here are richer than in CS-Cart 1, 2, 3 and early 4.x versions.
  • And more enhancements, including safer upgrades and painless migration to new versions via Store Import.

Of course, we don’t insist on your upgrading—it’s up to you to upgrade or not. But as long as your store meets present-day eCommerce demands, it keeps living and making the bucks.

If you have any questions about an upgrade, its benefits, or new features, feel free to ask us.

And One More Thing…

On May 20, we sent an email to all the CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor license owners, which contained three important CS-Cart announcements. In that email, we mentioned a poll for all our customers. The poll will help us collect your feedback and understand if we’re heading in the right direction.

This poll is ready and is waiting for you in your mailboxes. Each participant, who completes the poll gets a 30% discount on a 1-year upgrade subscription. With this discount, CS-Cart owners save $48 and Multi-Vendor owners—$115.

The poll is active till June 15. Check your mailbox now to participate in the poll and get your discount for the 1-year upgrade subscription!

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CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.8 Are Now Available

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hi!

We’ve released a patch—CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor 4.3.8—with payment, shipping, and SEO fixes.

What’s Fixed?

  • Canada Post and Australia Post APIs are up to date. The previous CS-Cart version used legacy APIs of the Canada Post and Australia Post carriers. New Canada Post users couldn’t use Canada Post at all because it just didn’t work because of the outdated integration. Less severe but still annoying issue occurred for Australia Post: it returned the wrong rate calculation results. In version 4.3.8, both carriers work fine thanks to the updated APIs.
  • The Authorize.Net payment processor is up to date. On June 30, Authorize.Net will make an upgrade to transaction processing: all connections to Authorize.Net will go through Akamai SureRoute first. We have updated the payment gateway URLs of the Authorize.Net processor so that it works after June 30.
  • The Rocketgate payment processor works correctly for guest customers. Before, customers who purchased products as guests and paid with Rocketgate were considered a single customer on the Rocketgate side. This was because all those customers had the same zero Customer ID. We’ve fixed this issue: now Rocketgate recognizes guest customers correctly.
  • Credit card validation works fine. Because of the outdated credit card validation, customers couldn’t pay with Sage Pay if they used a 13-digit Visa or some Maestro cards. Also, Diners Club didn’t work for any of the payment processors. We’ve updated the credit card validation rules. Now, your customers won’t have any trouble with credit card validation.
  • Product SEO names generate correctly. In this patch, we’ve fixed two issues in the SEO add-on: 1) product SEO names are not duplicated when you open a new category for the first time, and 2) they are not changed when you delete one of your cloned storefronts.
  • Shipping is always available for vendors even if it’s disabled for a specific vendor. In Multi-Vendor, you can disable shipping for a vendor. The earlier version had an issue: if you disabled shipping for the first vendor, it was also disabled for other vendors. We’ve fixed this issue and now you can safely disable shipping for one vendor without being afraid that it won’t be available for other vendors.

See other fixes in the changelog.

How to Get Version 4.3.8?

Upgrade your store on the Administration → Upgrade center page. We’re distributing upgrade packages in batches. Don’t worry if you can’t see the available upgrade in your Upgrade center right away. You’ll get it within a week.

If you’re a newcomer, please download the CS-Cart installation package and buy a license.


We’ll be happy to get your ideas on how we can enhance CS-Cart. Please share them on our UserVoice.

Report bugs to our bug tracker—be sure we’ll deal with all of them.

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PayPal vs. Stripe: Which Payment Solution is Best for Your Website?

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 in Articles, Guest posts

Hello!

Guys from Hosting Facts help you choose between the two most popular payment services—PayPal and Stripe. From this article, you will learn interesting facts about these payment services and their pros and cons. Cool infographic included.


Which payment solution is best for your business and your website?
We take a look at PayPal vs. Stripe.

If you run an online business, you need to accept payments. But getting paid via an online portal has all kinds of challenges. You need to make sure your solution is secure, functional, and easy for customers to use.

You can have a web payment solution custom built for your site, but software solutions have already solved the biggests challenges, and you can buy their services for a reasonable price. Two of the most popular are PayPal and Stripe. Websites around the world accept payments from these two companies.

Today, we’re going to explore PayPal and Stripe. We compare the two on a number of factors—fees, security, APIs, and more, to help you discover which payment solution is best for your site.

What do PayPal and Stripe do?

PayPal and Stripe both accept credit card payments online and in mobile apps. Both solutions can be seamlessly integrated with an existing website. The two aren’t new to this game—they process billions of dollars every year, are two of the most trusted solutions for accepting mobile payment.

What’s the Deal with PayPal?

PayPal was founded in 1998 by Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel and Ken Howery under the name Confinity. In 2000, Confinity merged with X.com, Elon Musk’s online banking company. Soon enough, X.com would focus exclusively on PayPal, which was generating significant interest and respect.

PayPal had its IPO and was bought by eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, and became eBay’s default payment solution. Today, PayPal operates all over the world. It has become an independent company again, spinning off from Ebay. PayPal moved $228 Billion dollars in 2014 alone.

What About Stripe?

Stripe is much newer than PayPal, as it was founded in 2010. Founders Patrick Collison and John Collison created Stripe as a turn-key solutions for web developers who wanted to integrate payment processing into their websites. Stripe stands out from the competition because of how easy it is for software programmers to use.

Stripe received funding from Y Combinator in June 2010, and quickly grew. In 2014, Stripe landed a major partnership with Apple Inc. to help power Apple Pay.

Pros to Paypal and Stripe

  • Easy to use for non-coders
  • Extremely secure and the security isn’t on you
  • Customizable to your brand

Cons to PayPal and Stripe

  • Transaction fee charges
  • Not designed for brick-and-mortar locations

Other Web Payment Solutions to Check Out

PayPal and Stripe are two favoured payment solutions, but there are others that may better fit your needs. Here are a few worth checking out:

Authorize.net

Authorize.net is a comprehensive payment solution, allowing you to accept payments online, via mobile, or at a store. Authorize.net is a very high quality payment gateway, and the 24/7 support is unrivalled. Your customers can use any credit card, or even use PayPal.

Fees: 2.9% 30¢ transaction costs, $49 setup fee, plus $25 recurring charge

Braintree

Braintree is a simple, robust way to accept payments or enable buying from almost anywhere—in your mobile app or online. On top of the full breadth of PayPal and Venmo customers, Braintree’s integrations give you access to multiple payment methods, simple pricing, security, and customer support.

Fees: Your first $50K in standard card processing volume comes fee-free. This applies to all card and digital wallet transactions not through PayPal or Coinbase. After you reach $50K, it’s 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction, with discounted rates available for businesses who process over $80k per month.

CS-Cart supports PayPal and Authorize.Net out of the box. Get Stripe and Braintree in the CS-Cart Marketplace.


About the author:

John is the CEO of Hostingfacts.com, a web
hosting review site that boasts human edited and tested reviews of hosting
companies from around the world. He loves to code websites, make them
visually appealing as well as improving them UX wise.

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