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Celebrating Our Customers’ Success

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 in News and announcements

Hello!

In 2018, we got a bit closer to our dear customers—had some cool interviews, discussed the future of online marketplaces, and shared insights.

There are hundreds of successful eCommerce marketplaces built with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor worldwide and we just couldn’t miss out on wishing them to prosper and soar to new heights!

Some of our customers, marketplace owners, achieved exceptional results with their marketplace projects in 2017-2018. To celebrate their success, we prepared handmade souvenirs for them, with a Russian touch :-) These are exclusive hand-painted Matryoshka dolls. Each Matryoshka represents the connection of the CS-Cart brand with a particular marketplace brand.

We sent the souvenirs to Morocco, Poland, Egypt, UAE, Germany, and Indonesia. Recently, Matryoshkas have reached their destinations:

Our customers’ success stories will soon appear on our website, so we recommend to check them out once they’re published.

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.9.3 Are Here

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello!

We have released CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.9.3. When the last digit of a version number changes, we call that version a patch release. Patches fix errors in the code and introduce subtle improvements. That’s why it’s hard to name this update after any specific topic—instead, we advise seeing the full list of changes in the documentation.
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Talk to CS-Cart at E-Commerce Berlin Expo 2019

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 in News and announcements

Hello there!

E-Commerce Berlin Expo is one of the most massive and important eCommerce events in Europe. This year it will gather 5,000 visitors and 150 exhibitors from the leading eCommerce software development and marketing companies.

The event will take place at Station Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, on February 20. CS-Cart will be there at booth D1.2.

You can meet there Head of CS-Cart Europe Fotis, CS-Cart Chief Marketing Officer Paul, and Head of the CS-Cart Sales team Alex.

Our guys will tell you everything you want to know about how to start an eCommerce marketplace with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor—our top of the line and the most feature-rich software for marketplaces.

You’ll find out about the best practices in running an online marketplace, amazing cases—live marketplaces built with Multi-Vendor, add-ons, best hosting, and more.

Our team will teach you how to open a successful marketplace—your own Amazon or a small market for local vendors. Your Multi-Vendor marketplace can be as big as you want. You will also learn how to attract vendors and customers and how to work with them.

If you are a Web agency looking for a reliable and easy eCommerce Software we will be glad to introduce CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor to you and discuss a potential partnership

Come to see CS-Cart at E-Commerce Berlin Expo—B2B expo and conference for e-commerce service providers.

Date: February 20, 2019

Location: Station Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6

Booth: D1.2

Things to Remember in 2018

By Yan Kulakov, Saturday, December 29th, 2018 in News and announcements

Hi!

We hope your 2018 was successful!

CS-Cart team wishes you all the best in 2019 and would like to give a brief overview of the things to remember in 2018.

The highlight of the year was Multi-Vendor Plus launching on the world stage. It’s an expanded edition of the standard Multi-Vendor with additional features and a mobile application.

This year, the CS-Cart marketing team got to know our clients better thanks to the video interviews they conducted. Multi-Vendor users in Belgium, Germany, Poland, UK, Canada, USA, India, UAE, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt, and Indonesia helped us state who our client is, the reason they’d chosen our product and what their big job is. The results are impressive.

Our client is a student who has saved money for a startup, a developer who has already created marketplaces around the world and now wants to develop ecommerce at home, and a holding company representative who sees great prospects in an online marketplace for scaling up the business.

We’re known for the best value for money and the full feature range out of the box, one-time fee and lots of ready-to-use add-ons. Users also point out excellent technical support and the possibility of customization as important factors in choosing an online marketplace platform.

We’ve analyzed the interview results and highlighted the 3 reasons to launch an online CS-Cart Multi-Vendor marketplace:

  • To help the local vendors and retailers start selling online, expand coverage
  • To make their own Amazon with more favorable conditions for sellers, to save the world from the oppressive giant marketplaces
  • To be one’s own boss, to get financial independence

The results set the development vector for 2019. We’re going to exceed customer expectations and offer optimal solutions for online business, as always.

Introducing Performance Booster for High-Load Online Marketplaces

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, December 17th, 2018 in News and announcements

Hello!

An eCommerce marketplace is a bigger deal compared to a traditional single-seller online store. A marketplace can have hundreds of thousands and even millions of products. For example, Amazon offers 480 million products in the US only. Daily visitors exceed 6 million. ShopClues, which is based on CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, has 53 million products. This is a huge load on the website and the servers.

If you’re planning to go big, you need to make sure your marketplace will not slow down and crash because of the large number of products and simultaneous visitors.

This is what the Marketplace Performance Booster does—increases your marketplace speed and stamina. With the Performance Booster, you won’t need an expensive server to run your high-load marketplace on.

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eCommerce Expo Greece & Southeast Europe Tomorrow!

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, November 23rd, 2018 in News and announcements

eCommerce Expo Greece & Southeast Europe is the only event in Greece that offers direct contact and networking of exhibitors with a specialized audience from all over the country but the southeast European Region.

The goal of this year’s expanded and renewed eCommerce Expo is to present in two days (24-25 November 2018) the latest international trends in e-commerce.

CS-Cart Hellas and CS-Cart Europe will be present in booth 12, and will present all the new CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor features to the expo visitors. On Sunday, November 25th Fotis Kourmadas CEO of CS-Cart Hellas and CMO of CS-Cart Europe will present a workshop about Multi-Vendor Plus, giving greater and in-depth information on best practices and use of new features.

There is also a 2 Days Conference, with important speakers like:

  • Ilya Kretov, eBay General Manager, Russia, and Emerging Europe
  • Konstantin Kostadinov Viber (Rakuten) Head of Sales, CEE
  • Marcin Glogowski PayPal General Manager, Central and Eastern Europe

Entry to the eCommerce Expo Greece & Southeast Europe 2018 is FREE. The eCommerce Expo Greece & Southeast Europe 2018 will be held at the Zappeion Exhibition & Conference Hall in Athens-Greece from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th November 2018. Visiting hours are 11:00 to 20:00.


More information about the expo here.

Meet CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.9.2 with Technical Improvements

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello!

We have released CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.9.2. This is a patch release where we introduce small changes or fix issues. The full list of changes is available in the changelog; this article will cover the most important changes.

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor Now Support HTTP/2 Headers in Responses

This technical change will solve some possible issues with PayPal, Google reCAPTCHA, and other third-party services.

CS-Cart interacts with third-party services via requests and responses that have headers. Previously, CS-Cart always expected to see HTTP/1 in the headers of the responses. If the header contained HTTP/2 instead, CS-Cart couldn’t process the response. That could cause various problems: the status of a paid order didn’t change automatically even after PayPal had confirmed the payment; customers couldn’t pass human verification by Google, and so on.

This problem didn’t affect all stores: an HTTP/2 header in the response can occur if the server is configured that way. So, if everything worked fine and then went wrong without any obvious reason, it could be due to a sudden change in server settings. These changes may have occurred on shared hostings or servers with control panels.

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.9.2 address that problem: now the response will be understood even if the response header contains HTTP/2.

Unregistered Customers Can Leave Comments Once Again

In the previous version 4.9.1, users who didn’t sign in couldn’t leave comments. We have fixed this problem in version 4.9.2: now users will need to sign in only if the Comments and Reviews add-on has the “Only buyers can post” checkbox ticked. Otherwise, visitors won’t have to sign in.

To prevent spam, you can configure the Comments and Reviews add-on to make all comments (or only the ones from unregistered visitors) hidden by default. They will appear on the site only after the administrator’s approval.


The upgrades to version 4.9.2 are already available in your Upgrade Center. As usual, for the first few days, we limit the number of available upgrades and offer them on the first-come, first-served basis. If you don’t see an upgrade in your Upgrade Center, please try again later or in a few days.

Introducing Multi-Vendor Plus

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, October 11th, 2018 in News and announcements

Hello!

We’re happy to announce a new edition of Multi-Vendor—Multi-Vendor Plus. It has 7 extra features that are exclusive to this edition and not available for the standard Multi-Vendor.

Multi-Vendor Plus is an eCommerce solution for larger marketplace businesses with bigger income and budgets. It is also more expensive than the standard edition and costs $3,500.
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Meet CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor 4.9.1 with New Management Tools

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello!

We have released CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.9.1. This is a minor release, so its main purpose is to introduce new functionality without affecting backward compatibility. The full list of changes is available in the changelog; this article will cover the most important changes.
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New Import in CS-Cart: Faster, Feature-Richer, and Friendlier

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

Hello!

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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