Archive for September, 2018

New Import in CS-Cart: Faster, Feature-Richer, and Friendlier

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, September 28th, 2018 in News and announcements


You have to keep your store’s catalog up to date: update the quantity, names, descriptions, images, add new products. In a small online store with 100 products, you can do it all manually. Just open product editing pages one by one in the admin panel and edit product properties.

For larger online stores the manual method doesn’t work. Just imagine how much time you will need to change descriptions for 5000 products!

Product import solves that problem. By using import, you can update a thousand product catalog in a couple of minutes. You get a file with products from your supplier in CSV or XML format, upload it to the store, set up the import and launch it. In a couple of minutes, your catalog is updated.

This is the perfect case.

But in real life, different suppliers send files in various formats and with various structure. Often, column names in the supplier’s file don’t match product property names in CS-Cart. And this is a crucial aspect—if column names in the supplier’s files don’t meet CS-Cart’s requirements, import might be finished with errors. Then you’ll have to correct errors manually.

To make the import run smoothly, you had to open supplier’s files in Excel or LibreCalc and change column names so that they match product property names in CS-Cart.

With the new import, you no longer need to edit column names every time. You just create an import preset for a particular supplier once and use it for next trouble-free imports.

The new import also works with modifiers—functions that change the imported file content without you involved in the process. You can also schedule import via CRON and import all product images in a single file.

We’ve prepared a video presentation—it explains the advantages of the new import and shows how to use its features.

Watch how the new import works

You are welcome to discuss the new import in the CS-Cart forum.

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How Downtime Can Threaten Your Sales

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 in Guest posts


Ron Gyst is a blogger, author and design enthusiast. In addition to writing about building business online, Ron is also a freelance graphic designer with 8 years of experience in this field.

The online sales market continues to demonstrate stable growth. Given the high availability of web building tools and platforms like CS-Cart, this market still has a long way to go to reach the top. Buying and selling goods and services online offer tons of convenient options for both online store owners and clients.

The growth of the world hosting service market has resulted in the appearance of numerous hosting services. They utilize equipment and software that keeps websites ticking. Clients are interested in signing up with reputable and conscientious services, who operate nonstop. Uptime and downtime are number one criteria of the quality of service.

There are versatile pieces of user-friendly self-hosted shopping software like CS-Cart and CS-Cart Vendor. These are feature-rich online store and marketplace builders installed on a server and aimed to help create an e-shop. Users can download it on their devices and benefit from numerous functions and options. Such software as CS-Car is tuned specifically for e-commerce and allow online store owners to run their business with nothing but a tablet in their hands. They continue to do well until there is a downtime. Once it comes, the business stops and hard times begin.

CS-Cart is Integrating with Blockchain-Based Customer Identification Technology by Omnitude

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 in News and announcements


We’re happy to announce that we’re partnering with a blockchain development company Omnitude to integrate with their digital identification technology called Omnitude ID.

Omnitude is a British company offering blockchain solutions for businesses. Omnitude’s customers include Williams Martini Racing, The Maltese Government’s Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Luxury Goods and Food Retailers, and other companies.

One of their key solutions is Omnitude ID (OID)—a blockchain technology that allows for single sign-on to websites and a self sovereign identity. With a single sign-on, a customer will only need to sign on to the Omnitude ID system once and then easily access any CS-Cart based e-shop that supports OID.

The customer’s data such as credentials, addresses, and banking data will be stored securely on the distributed network of the Omnitude’s blockchain. Customers will decide themselves what data to release to vendors and who can see it. This technology will not only guarantee security for customers and vendors but also greatly help to comply with GDPR regulations and reduce fraudulent transactions.

Another cool feature of Omnitude ID is eliminating fake product reviews. Customers trust product reviews much more than TV and Internet ads and media. Sometimes vendors write fake positive reviews to boost sales and competitors write bad reviews to make damage. Fake product reviews will also be eliminated with the help of OID—only customers who have Proof of Interaction will be able to post feedback.

We expect CS-Cart to be the first and only shopping cart software integrated with this blockchain identification technology.

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Infographic: The Future of E-Commerce

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 in Guest posts


5’3 ray of sunshine and chocolate addict. As the Head of Marketing and Content at Subscriptionly Ana uses every opportunity she gets to learn from others and then share the knowledge and generate fun and informative content. She is a Toronto born world traveler, hungry for knowledge and ready to make a difference in the marketing world.

When English inventor Michael Aldrich created the notion of electronic shopping in 1979 we should have assumed it would be the market-changer and breakthrough discovery that would change shopping for decades to come.

Now, almost four decades later, e-commerce is a vital part of our everyday lives. Since it’s critical for business as well, our team gathered around an amicable project called Subscriptionly, where we went the extra mile and researched the web for future e-commerce trends. All researched data is summarized in the infographic below.

5 Reasons Why Your E-Commerce Business isn’t Performing Well on Google

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 in News and announcements


Jenny Harrison is a passionate marketing and business blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking B2B and B2C marketing related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently she is associated with an Orlando based SEO Company ‘PNC Digital’. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

We see several e-commerce stores being created on daily basis and while some of them are successful others fail to be successful. With global e-commerce sales expected to reach $2800 billion in 2018 according to Statista, e-commerce businesses are the ones to be taken seriously in the present market scenario.

E-commerce business owners use various marketing channels to market their products or services online. With Google being one of the major players in the market, it is of utmost importance that your e-commerce business does well on Google. We’ll take a look at some of the reasons why an e-commerce business might not be doing well on Google:

Expert Tips: Factors to Consider While Integrating Payment Gateway into Your Mobile App

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, September 7th, 2018 in Guest posts, Tips and tricks


Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and 2 years of work experience in a mobile app development company Appinventiv, Bhupinder is focused on making technology digestible to all. Being someone who stays updated with the latest tech trends, she’s always armed to write and spread the knowledge. When not found writing, you will find her answering on Quora while sipping coffee.

From paying for an Uber ride to ordering groceries from Instacart, buying products from Amazon and booking a movie ticket from BookMyShow, we all use mobile apps for doing payment one way or the other. But, have you ever wondered how do these apps provide this functionality? How these apps let e-commerce brands accept payment via debit/credit card or third-party sites?

The one-word answer is—Payment Gateway. A Payment gateway, in layman’s language, is a service provided by e-commerce app service providers that empowers processing of credit cards or payments via third-party portals for faster and seamless payment experience.

Sounds exciting? Eager to integrate a payment gateway into your mobile app? Before you look forward to fusing a payment gateway into your existing or new mobile app, it is necessary that you know the different factors that can influence your decision. Taking the same idea forward, here I’m sharing the factors you should consider before incorporating a payment gateway into your application:

Infographic: Stories of Brick and Mortar Giants that Went Online

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 in Guest posts, Infographic


Josh Wardini, Community Manager at Webmastersjury

Big brand stores all seem to be offering their clients an online option these days. And, if you consider that the value of the ecommerce market is trillions of dollars annually, this should come as no surprise. All of America’s top 11 retailers have an ecommerce site for their clients.

How successful are these sites? That is something that you can check out for yourself by reading through the infographic that provided. It gives an interesting insight into how well these companies are doing both offline and online.

It could challenge some long-held assumptions that you may have. We are bombarded with messages about how simple it is to run an ecommerce store. The statistics below show that you can make money, but it won’t be overnight.