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CS-Cart Editions Change Names

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, August 29th, 2013 in News and announcements

Hello,

We have a small but important update for you today.

Starting on September 14, 2013, the CS-Cart Ultimate software will be officially called CS-Cart.

CS-Cart Editions Renamed

Since the Professional edition was discontinued in the latest CS-Cart 4 release, CS-Cart Ultimate has become our flagship software. All the great CS-Cart features (except for multi-vendor functionality) are combined in this edition.

We noticed that if somebody refers to “CS-Cart”, they most certainly mean the CS-Cart Ultimate edition. So, we decided to keep it simple and leave the unnecessary title overboard.

Additionally, CS-Cart Multi-Vendor will be called just Multi-Vendor or Multi-Vendor by CS-Cart.

Note that this renaming does not change anything but the name—all valid licenses remain valid, all active subscriptions remain active, etc.


If you have any questions, feel free to use the comments section.

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Thanks!

UPD: The official CS-Cart Multi-Vendor title will be simply Multi-Vendor.

CS-Cart 4 Final Is Here!

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello,

Today, we are extremely proud to present to you the final release of our latest product—CS-Cart 4.0.1.

CS-Cart 4 is a long-awaited release with many hot features. This version is more powerful, faster, and easier to customize than any previous CS-Cart version.

This version also denotes a new turn in the CS-Cart evolution—more community-driven, flexible, and stable. It is the first step in our big plans for the future.

CS-Cart 4 Final

Overview

In our previous announcement, we already described some of the CS-Cart 4 features including the real-time theme editor, new installer, and more.

Thanks to the feedback we’ve collected since the first beta release, we have polished the release and made some important improvements, such as re-organizing of the administrator’s area for easier and more logical navigation.

As promised in the special offer announced earlier, the three most active beta-testing participants will be rewarded with Ultimate licenses. We will reveal the winners soon.

CS-Cart 4 Final: Themes

There are additional features to describe. We will tell about them in our next posts in this blog.

The full list of changes can be found in the changelog.

Editions, Modes, and Pricing

CS-Cart 4 is available in two editions: Ultimate and Multi-Vendor. Professional edition has been discontinued according to our plan to simplify our edition policy.

CS-Cart Ultimate can now be purchased with only a single storefront to fully replace CS-Cart Professional. It can be easily scaled up to any number of storefronts if required.

In this version, we re-introduce the opportunity to use CS-Cart software for free with the Free mode in Ultimate edition. In this mode, you have access to a limited set of eCommerce tools suitable for small and early-stage businesses.

Both CS-Cart Ultimate and Multi-Vendor can be used in the Trial mode (available only once per person). This mode does not require a license but provides access to all CS-Cart features for 30 days. After the trial period is over, you can either purchase a license or switch to the Free mode.

Here are the new prices for both editions:

  • A lifetime CS-Cart Ultimate license with one storefront costs $395, and an additional storefront for an existing CS-Cart Ultimate license costs $245.
  • CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is now available only on an annual subscription basis for $590. Access to software upgrades during the year is included in the price.

CS-Cart 4 Pricing

Russian Build

The same editions are available in the special Russian build as well (but we temporary do not sell new Multi-Vendor Russian Build edition licenses.) As usual, it includes additional Russia-specific eCommerce tools. See the full changelog for the Russian build.

Get it

Download CS-Cart 4 from the official website.

Purchase a commercial license for Ultimate or Multi-Vendor to unlock the Full mode.

If you are already a license owner and have an active upgrade subscription, you can download your own installation package directly from the File Area in our Help Desk system.

Upgrade from CS-Cart 3

A CS-Cart 3 installation cannot be upgraded to version 4 via the built-in Upgrade Center, but it will be possible to copy the most essential data (products, orders, users, etc.) from a CS-Cart 3 database to CS-Cart 4.

Data will be imported with a special add-on in CS-Cart 4; we are currently working on it. In other words, at the moment (on the date of the CS-Cart 4.0.1 release), data cannot be transferred from CS-Cart 3 to CS-Cart 4. The data import add-on will be included in one of the next minor CS-Cart 4 releases.

Raw CS-Cart 3 templates are not compatible with CS-Cart 4 because it uses a different theme format. The new themes can be easily customized with no need to manually edit any CSS or template files. We will publish a guide to creating CS-Cart 4 themes in the near future.

Most custom CS-Cart 3 add-ons/modules are not compatible with CS-Cart 4 either and require adaption.


You are welcome to ask any questions regarding CS-Cart 4.0.1 right here in the comments. We’ll be happy to answer.

If you find any bugs, please use our bug tracker to report them.

Tune in to our Twitter and Facebook to get the latest CS-Cart news.

Twigmo 2.5: Speed Boost and More

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 in News and announcements, Twigmo releases

Hi,

Today, the Twigmo team is happy to announce the new version of the CS-Cart mobile-friendly kit—Twigmo 2.5.

This is a maintenance release introducing some polishing and optimization, as well as a few new features.

We have improved the Twigmo mobile front-end in two ways: price modifiers are now shown near product options, and customers can now set their own product price right in the mobile store:

Twigmo 2.5: Price Modifier & User-Defined Price

Additionally, user device recognition has been improved. It now takes much less time to recognize a user device, and the common CS-Cart logs are no longer crammed with HTTP requests.

See the full changelog for the complete list of changes.

Add-on Upgrade

If you are a Twigmo 2.3 or 2.4 user, you will receive a notification about the available add-on upgrade in your CS-Cart admin panel. You can start the upgrade from the Twigmo add-on settings page; the rest is done automatically.

To upgrade the Twigmo add-on from version 2.2 or earlier, follow the manual upgrade guide.


You are very welcome to help us improve Twigmo by proposing new features and reporting issues.

Follow Twigmo on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest news first hand.

P.S. A new Twigmo skin will be released in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Special Offer: Get Rewarded for CS-Cart 4 Beta Testing

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 in News and announcements

Hello,

Public CS-Cart 4 Beta testing has begun.

Since your feedback is extremely important for us, we are announcing a special offer to motivate the beta-testers.

CS-Cart Beta Testing: Win a Free License!

The offer

Starting today and up to the CS-Cart 4 release day, every bug report you post brings you closer to winning a CS-Cart 4 Ultimate license.

At the end of the beta-testing period, we will handpick the 3 most active and contributing reporters and grant each of them a free Ultimate license with 2 storefronts. The more bugs you report, the higher your chances are to win the free license.

Don’t miss your chance! Start testing CS-Cart 4 now!

UPD: CS-Cart 4 is released, the testing is over, and we have our winners!

Here are their nicknames on our forum: nmb, ilib, and wartornskull. Thanks to their activity and feedback, we managed to improve CS-Cart stability.

Each winner will receive a CS-Cart 4 Ultimate license. Thank you, guys!

How to Join

Just download the Beta and start using it (only for testing purposes):

It does not matter whether you use CS-Cart Ultimate or CS-Cart Multi-Vendor; the bug reports value the same. Who posts a bug report first, scores; duplicate reports are not counted.

In order to participate, you will also need to have an account in our Bug tracker. Though it is possible to report bugs anonymously, only the reports from registered users will be taken into account; this is necessary to guarantee fair play and to be able to identify the winner.

Note: Use only the Bug tracker to report your bugs. We cannot identify the authors of reports sent from the Feedback form in the CS-Cart admin panel, so such reports will not count!


CS-Cart 4 is great software, and with your help, we can make it even better.

If you have any questions regarding this offer, please ask them in the comment section below.

Follow CS-Cart on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy testing!

CS-Cart 4 Beta is on!

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello everybody,

Today, we are very proud to present to you the results of the hard work of the whole CS-Cart team—CS-Cart 4 Beta.

Yes, this is correct; the version number is 4, not 3.1.1 as we announced earlier.

The reason is, that during the development, it became obvious that this release was much more significant than a regular minor release. By jumping straight to version 4, we want to show that this is a major upgrade, with features never seen in CS-Cart before.

This version is a huge leap forward for CS-Cart. We are extremely happy to share all these new features with you.

Can’t wait? Get it now!

UPD: April 30, 2013, Beta 2 has been released. The download links were updated.

Ultimate and Multi-Vendor Editions

CS-Cart 4 Beta is the first release to conform to the new edition policy.

That is, there are just 2 editions, Ultimate and Multi-Vendor.

CS-Cart 4 Ultimate is available in Free mode to replace the discontinued CS-Cart Community Edition.

CS-Cart 4 Ultimate with a single storefront is an extendible replacement for CS-Cart Professional.

Theme Editor

One of the killer features of this version is the built­in theme editor.

Now, you can customize your storefront in real time, and without a single line of HTML or CSS
code written!

Theme Editor

You can play around with colors, fonts, logos, and backgrounds, all in real time and previewed directly on your storefront.

You can activate the Theme editor mode via the CS-Cart 4 admin panel, under Design → Design mode. Note that in Ultimate edition you should select a store first.

New Admin Panel Look & Feel

In CS-Cart 4, we have greatly improved the administrator area:

  • Sleeker and more modern design
  • Re­arranged menus for easier navigation
  • Sidebar with search and additional functionality
  • One­page order creation and editing
  • Dozens of minor improvements

New Admin Panel Look & Feel

Thanks to the user feedback, we were able to make the CS-Cart admin panel better than it ever was.

Performance Boost

The new CS-Cart is dramatically faster than the previous version. By optimizing the storefront block management routine, we achieved a great performance boost. Compared to CS-Cart 2.2.5 and 3.0.6, CS-Cart 4 is up to 3x faster and uses less CPU.

CS-Cart 4 Performance Boost

Improved Installer

We have simplified the installer and added a convenient post-installation Settings Wizard.

The new CS-Cart installation process has just 2 steps, one of which is accepting the license agreement.

Right after the installation, you will be able to set up some general preferences of your store using a quick step-by-step Settings Wizard:

Settings Wizard

Suppliers Add-on

We received a lot of feedback and requests to add the suppliers functionality to the Ultimate and Multi-Vendor editions.

Now, we are happy to introduce the suppliers feature in both the Ultimate and Multi-Vendor editions as a special built-in add-on.

Developers

API

CS-Cart 4 Beta is the first CS-Cart version to provide an API to interact with a store.

We have extended the list of supported API objects since the last announcement, and now the following objects can be viewed and modified via the API:

  • Products
  • Categories
  • Users
  • Orders
  • Shipping methods
  • Payment methods
  • Statuses
  • Taxes

Developers are very welcome to read the docs with the detailed usage instructions and the object reference guide.

Add-on Adaptation

Despite some core changes in the CS-Cart architecture, the add-ons for CS-Cart 3.x are highly compatible with CS-Cart 4.

Refer to the adaptation guide for the detailed instructions.

Testing and Feedback

You are very welcome to download CS-Cart 4 Beta and test it. Please note that this is not a production-ready release; do not use it as a live store!

Also, note that CS-Cart 4 requires PHP version 5.3 or 5.4.

We are keen to hear any feedback. There is a floating Feedback button at the right edge of every page in the admin area; use it to send a message directly to the CS-Cart development team:

Feedback Button

Bug reports are also much appreciated.

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