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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


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


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.

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


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.

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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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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