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Gifts from Japan

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 in Articles, Inside CS-Cart, News and announcements

Hi!

Our partner from Japan, Tomotaka Nakayasu, has published the full CS-Cart Manual.

The manual is on Japanese, so CS-Cart users from Japan will understand CS-Cart and learn how to configure it easily.

To celebrate the Manual release, Mr. Nakayasu sent gifts to us. On August 21, we got the package with awesome stuff from Japan.

In the package we found CS-Cart kimono, and it made our day! Everyone wanted to try it on and take a picture. Maken was the lucky one:

Also, the package contained CS-Cart stickers with a lovely clean look. Now, most of laptops and personal computers in our office have CS-Cart logos on them:


We’d like to thank Tomotaka Nakayasu and his company, Frogman Office, for the lovely gifts!

We hope that this CS-Cart Manual will do much good for CS-Cart store owners from Japan.

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10 Years in E-commerce: Onwards and Upwards Together

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, August 7th, 2015 in Articles, Inside CS-Cart, News and announcements

The story of Simtech, our company, started on August 2, 2005, when we made our first sale.

During these 10 years, Simtech has evolved from a small start-up to a corporate group that develops CS-Cart and builds custom online stores for the clients throughout the world.

In 2015, we proudly look at the results we have achieved since 2005: over 35,000 stores work on CS-Cart in 170 countries.

To remember this year, we celebrated our 10th anniversary not as the CS-Cart team, but as fearless treasure hunters!

To get the treasure we had to go through trials and prove ourselves just as in the Fort Boyard game show!

We Tested Our Intelligence

Our guy and the Master of Sticks were picking one, two, or three sticks in turns up from the table. Who picks the last stick—loses.

We worked out the right scheme and won:

We Tested Our Resourcefulness

Filling three tubes with water using a cloth doesn’t seem a hard challenge. The problem was—filling tubes with water squeezed out of a cloth takes time. And we had time to fill only one tube.

Our guys did just fine: first they filled the biggest tube and then other small tubes from the big one:

We Tested Our Courage

The challenge was to get a coin from the bottom of a vessel filled with hissing cockroaches and worms.

Our girls did the job without batting an eyelash:

We Tested Our Stamina

Two bottles of water, two tough guys, and a rope.

Who touches the rope first—loses:

We Tested Our Strength

Winning at tug of war is a piece of cake if you work as one team. Especially when the strongest guys are in your team.

Tug of war was the final trial:

Finally, we got our reward—small bags with the precious treasure:

After the trials, everyone was exhausted and hungry. It was high time for a banquet:

The banquet was over, but the day wasn’t over yet.

Since we’re all sports fans, we spent the rest of the day playing volleyball and bumper ball. Pushing everyone around and rolling all around was a hell of a fun!

Meantime, the sun disappeared below the horizon, and it meant the end of our trip.

These “Fort Boyard” challenges didn’t seem too hard because that day, on August 2, 2015, we completed the hardest one—10 years on the e-commerce scene.


We’d like to thank our customers for their support and loyalty to CS-Cart. We greatly appreciate it!

Soon we’ll get the official pics from our photographer and share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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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.

Translate CS-Cart the Easy Way

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 in Inside CS-Cart, News and announcements

Hi,

In this post, we’d like to tell you about a new and more convenient way to translate CS-Cart. We present to you CS-Cart Translator—a brand new tool for collaborative translations for the CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor software.

CS-Cart Translator

Why?

In short, it’s because we love our clients. Our clients come from 170+ countries around the world. We want our software to be easy to use for anyone, and in their native language. This is why having a robust and convenient translation tool is so important—it’s our key to better customer service.

Previously, introducing a new language to CS-Cart meant that some contributor would take the full responsibility of translating all text in CS-Cart. Then, that person would submit an SQL dump for the CS-Cart team to validate and include in the next CS-Cart version. If there were errors, we would return the dump to the contributor and ask them for a correction. The contributor would resubmit the translation, and the process would repeat until no more errors were found..

If that sounds complicated, it’s only because it is. Apart from that, there was no reliable way to verify the translation quality for some languages (nobody in our office speaks Greek or Chinese, for example).

With the new CS-Cart Translator, contributing to a CS-Cart translation is much easier. Now, anybody can add a new translation for a particular text bit or correct an existing one right in the browser. No more messing with SQL or needing to have a special CS-Cart installation just for translating. All you need to use CS-Cart Translator is an account on the CS-Cart Community Forums.

All submitted translation suggestions will be regularly checked by native-speaking validators, and every new CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor release will include the latest approved translations. You can also download the latest translation for any available language in the .po format right from the project website (switch to the language and click Export at the bottom of the page). A downloaded .po file can be imported into CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor 4.0.2 and later.

By the way, we plan to give free licenses annually to validators and most active contributors, so get involved!

Check out our quick guide to CS-Cart Translator in the developer docs.


This project has just been released, and there will surely be lots of room for improvement. This is where we need your help. Feel free to share your opinion and suggestions here in the comments section.

We also encourage willing contributors to apply for a validator status, which will give you the right to approve (or disapprove) and edit the submitted translation suggestions. Also, your own translation variants will be approved by default. If you’re interested in becoming a validator, contact us at sales@cs-cart.com.

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Thanks!

Small things that do matter: new features in CS-Cart 3

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 in Inside CS-Cart

Hi!

Major CS-Cart 3 is currently under super-intensive development. Although our main forces are now concentrated on the major features like multi-store functionality and new look and feel of the customer area, there will be a number of smaller yet quiet interesting features I’d like to mention. Those features mainly aim to improve usability of the admin panel and give more control in some specific occasions.

Color Coded Order Screen

Color coding is a very convenient way to speed up order processing. It’ll be possible to assign any color to a particular order status. Having orders coded this way you are far less likely to make unintentional order modifications.

Color Coded Orders

Subscribers Export/Import

Having a huge mailing list transferred may be a real mess as far as there is currently no way to automate it. Luckily, in the upcoming release this problem will be solved: it’ll be possible to save a newsletter subscribers list as a CSV file as well as restore data from such a file.

RSS Feed Add-on

This add-on explains it all by itself. The long-awaited feature, it’s been among the top requests in our UserVoice. It will be a customizable add-on that’ll make it possible to provide customers with the latest news and product information in RSS 2.0 format.

Show Bought Products from Selected Orders

This is another highly-user-voted feature to be included in the next version. It will allow to select multiple orders and get the list of products purchased within them. It’s super-convenient, for example, when you need to see how many and what items have been sold in a particular period of time. But not only in this case: orders are flexibly filterable and so are the purchased products!

Get Purchased Products for Selected=

Taxes for Payment Surcharges

It came to our attention that the powerful CS-Cart tax system does not cover some specific situations. In some European countries taxes must be applied to surcharges by law, and in CS-Cart 3 it will be possible to set up taxes to fit that condition.


Unfortunately, it’s impossible to develop all top-voted features at once. Features differ in scale and resource-consumption, and normally the dev team does one major and a number of smaller minor tasks simultaneously. The main large-scale task for now is Multi-Store functionality, so the others like Invoices and Packing Slips Editing have to be put in queue.

Stay tuned to our blog to get the latest dev news about CS-Cart. Good bye and take care!