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1-Year Licenses Discontinued

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 in News and announcements


We have collected the sales statistics of CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor licenses. Unfortunately, the 1-year licenses didn’t gain popularity with our customers in 2014 and 2015.

After much debate, we decided to stop selling new 1-year CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor licenses and concentrate on the lifetime licenses.

Do These Changes Affect the 1-Year License Owners?

No, the existing 1-year CS-Cart / Multi-Vendor license owners will not be affected.

If you have a 1-year CS-Cart / Multi-Vendor license, you continue using it as usual and prolong the subscription on the same terms as you did. In other words, nothing will be changed for you except the ability to buy an additional 1-year license—if you decide to open a new store, the only choice is to buy a lifetime license.

Do I Have Time to Buy a 1-Year License?

We’ll stop selling the 1-year licenses on August 10. You still have time to buy a 1-year CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor license if you want. Of course, if you buy a license now, you’ll get all the support and ability to prolong your license in the future.

A 1-year CS-Cart license offers more features for less money compared to a lifetime CS-Cart license:

  • A 1-year CS-Cart license costs $195. Meanwhile, a lifetime license—$385.
  • With a one year access to Facebook App you can embed your store into your Facebook page to draw more customers. The subscription costs $90/year if ordered with a lifetime license.
  • The eBay Synchronization add-on allows you to sell your products on Ebay. You pay $125 for the add-on if you have a lifetime license.
  • With Twigmo Mobile Storefront your customers feel comfortable browsing your store from mobile devices. A 1-year CS-Cart license includes a one year subscription to Twigmo Basic plan which has a mobile storefront, a mobile app for admins, and the visual editor. The Basic plan costs $90/year if ordered with a lifetime license.

With a 1-year CS-Cart license you save up to $495 compared to a lifetime CS-Cart license on the first year of subscription.

Although a 1-year Multi-Vendor license doesn’t include the Facebook app, the eBay Synchronization add-on, and Twigmo, you still save up to $860 compared to a lifetime Multi-Vendor license on the first year of subscription.

Note, that a 1-year license doesn’t include the subscription to Searchanise Pro. With a 1-year license you get the Searchanise add-on that works for stores with 25 products or less. If you have more than 25 products and want Searchanise features, you should buy their Pro or Enterprise subscription separately.

If you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments or in the CS-Cart Forum.

Thank you.

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CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.3 Released with Upgrade Center Improvements

By imac, Thursday, June 25th, 2015 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements


The CS-Cart team is happy to announce another minor release of CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor.

CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.3 is a scheduled maintenance release. It fixes several minor issues discovered since 4.3.1 and improves the Upgrade Center:

  • a couple additional checks were added to make upgrading more stable;
  • if the translation for your store’s language is missing in an upgrade, English is now used as a fallback, so you won’t have missing texts after upgrading;

See the full changelog on our site.


If you have an active upgrade subscription, you’ll get a notification about the new version in your admin panel within a week. Click on it and your store will be automatically updated to the newest version.

In 4.3.3, we had to temporarily exclude the Store Import add-on.
If you’re upgrading from CS-Cart 2 or 3, use the Store Import add-on to migrate to version 4.3.2, and then upgrade via the Upgrade Center.

We greatly appreciate any feedback! Please share your ideas about CS-Cart improvements on our UserVoice.

If you find issues, report them to our bug tracker.

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CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.2 Released

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements


We’re introducing a minor release—CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor 4.3.2.

Since version 4.3.2 is a maintenance release, it’s composed mostly of bug fixes. Besides fixes, this new version has one functionality change—showing product filters on the home page.

Earlier versions had this feature, but we removed it in 4.3.1 because filters on the home page slowed down the store. At our clients’ requests, we’re bringing filters back to the home page. We have reworked these filters and now they don’t slow down the storefront.

    To add filters to the home page, create a special filters block:

  1. Go to Design → Layouts → Homepage and add a block:
  2. Switch to the Create New Block tab and create the Product filters for home page block:
  3. Name the block on the General tab, switch to the Content tab, and add filters manually:
  4. Select filters, click Add filters and close:
  5. Click Create:


License owners with active upgrade subscriptions will see the upgrade available in their Upgrade centers within a week.

If you have an upgrade subscription, you can download your own installation package from the File Area of your Help Desk account.

We greatly appreciate any feedback! Please share your ideas about CS-Cart improvements on our UserVoice.

If you find issues, report them to our bug tracker.

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Export and Import Extended

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in Articles, News and announcements, Tips and tricks

In CS-Cart 4.3.1, we’ve introduced a long-awaited feature: full export and import of option variants, combinations, and exceptions.

This feature is useful for stock accounting. For example, you sell a t-shirt model that comes in different colors and sizes. You need to track the exact number of blue t-shirts of size M at your warehouse. These t-shirts have a combination of two option variants: blue color and M size.

You can now export products with option variants and combinations in Administration → Export Data → Products:

CS-Cart exports data into CSV format, which any stock accounting software supports. Import the CSV file into your stock accounting software. You can now track the actual number of blue, medium t-shirts at your warehouse.

This feature simplifies catalogue updating. Imagine that you’ve received 3,000 products from your supplier. You’ve also received a CSV file with option variants, number of products, and descriptions. Without the new export and import feature, you’d have to add option variants, combinations, and modifiers manually. The new functionality does it automatically and saves you time.

P.S.: During export and import of product data, CS-Cart exports and imports these fields:

  • Options
  • Option variants
  • Option combinations
  • Option exceptions
  • Price and weight modifiers
  • Images and captions

We’d like to know what you think about the new export and import functionality. Does it simplify your store management?

You are welcome to share improvement suggestions on our UserVoice.

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Beta Testing Contest Winners

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 in News and announcements


At the beginning of CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta testing we promised to reward the most active and contributing beta testers with 1-year CS-Cart licences. The beta testing is over and we are ready to name the winners.

When choosing the winners we were taking into account the number and severity of found issues. According to the results, three four winners get 1-year CS-Cart licenses:

  1. nmb scored 17 issues. He is the most active beta tester.
  2. ilib is the second active tester. He scored 7 issues.
  3. demeldoo scored 3 issues. Although he wasn’t too active during the beta test, he helped us discover a severe issue after the release.
  4. We also give a 1-year CS-Cart license to gurdji. He scored 3 issues during the beta test.

Congratulations! Soon we will contact the winners to give away licenses.

All beta testers did a great job and found nearly 50 bugs in total. We highly appreciate their help in polishing CS-Cart 4.3.1. Thanks to their contributions we released CS-Cart 4.3.1 in time as we planned.

Although CS-Cart 4.3.1 has been released, there still could be issues. If you find any, report them to our bug tracker.

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