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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!

New Twigmo Plans & Pricing and Upcoming Version 3 Release

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Friday, December 6th, 2013 in News and announcements, Twigmo releases

Hello,

Today, we would like to introduce to you the new Twigmo plans & pricing as well as the upcoming Twigmo 3 release.

Twigmo 3 will be based on a new framework (AngularJS) for better performance and faster development in the long run. Also, it will include a powerful visual editor (available on selected plans only) that will allow you to customize the mobile store look’n'feel easily and quickly so that it matches your desktop store design.

Together with the Twigmo 3 release this December in January 2014, the new plans & pricing will come into effect. The main point is that all Twigmo plans will no longer be product quantity dependent and will differ only in features. The new Starter free plan will be limited to one default skin and a mobile product catalog without checkout. The visual editor and all skins (up to 10 soon) will be available in the plan Plus and above. In 2014, we will offer the option (see the plan Platinum below) to have your own store application for iOS and Android.

Twigmo 3 Plans & Pricing

The new plans will be applicable to all Twigmo 3 users while Twigmo 2 service will be shut down after January 10 30, 2014. We ask all Twigmo users to upgrade to version 3 after it is released in December January 2014. A release notification will be sent by email, via the CS-Cart admin panel and published in this blog.

The paid plan users will be switched to the plan Plus at no additional charge.

Feel free to ask any questions below in the comments.

Thank you for using Twigmo!

CS-Cart 4.0.3: Fixes, Improvements, & Minor Features

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

CS-Cart 4.0.3

Hello,

Today, we’re happy to introduce to you fresh CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor releases, packed with many improvements and some minor new features. Please welcome CS-Cart 4.0.3 and Multi-Vendor 4.0.3!

4.0.3 is a maintenance release, mostly containing bug fixes and general improvements (see the full list in the changelog). Still, there are some items worth mentioning:

  • Category images are back!
  • The Euro and British pound are now supported by the Amazon Checkout payment method
  • New product block filling added—On sale (all products with active discounts)
  • New storefront theme preset—Reddish

CS-Cart 4.0.3 Reddish Preset

Upgrade

With an active upgrade subscription, you can upgrade from CS-Cart 4.0.2 or Multi-Vendor 4.0.2 via the Upgrade Center in your store admin panel. You can also download the distribution package from your Help Desk account’s File Area.

Please note that to avoid server overload, we will be limiting the number of upgrade package downloads within the first few days. All CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor store owners should have their 4.0.3 upgrades available in the Upgrade Center within the next several days.


As usual, we’re open to your ideas and suggestions for improvement. Feel free to share your thoughts and support other community members on our UserVoice. You can report any issues on the Bug tracker.

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CS-Cart SaaS Is on the Horizon

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 in News and announcements

Hello!

Today, we have some great news. We’re excited to announce a whole new branch in our CS-Cart product lineup.

The new branch is: CS-Cart SaaS—the cloud-hosted version of the CS-Cart software.

CS-Cart SaaS

What is CS-Cart SaaS?

CS-Cart SaaS is a cloud-based version of CS-Cart to be offered on a monthly subscription basis.

When you host your store in the cloud with our CS-Cart SaaS, you’ll never have to worry about software installation, maintenance, or upgrades—we’ll keep all the tricky business behind the scenes.

It’s the perfect choice for quick starters and for those who don’t like diving deeply into server configuration.

CS-Cart SaaS Sounds Great! How Much Does It Cost?

We’re very proud of our attractive pricing for our SaaS offer.

For example, our starter package (Silver) gives you unlimited traffic and a 500-product catalog—all for just $16/month! That’s a great bargain for a small-scale online business.

Here’s our full CS-Cart SaaS pricing:

CS-Cart SaaS Pricing

All CS-Cart features are available with any of these plans.

When is the Release?

CS-Cart SaaS is already serving our customer personal demo stores. You can try it now, absolutely free. Your personal demo will be 100% identical to what we will ship to our SaaS customers, so it’s the best way for you to see CS-Cart SaaS in action.

We plan to introduce CS-Cart SaaS to the general public by the end of this year. In the meantime, we’re going to complete further tests to ensure that our product is fully stable and reliable, and that it fully meets our customers’ expectations.

We’ll be making a special announcement when the CS-Cart SaaS service is available for purchase.

What Will Happen to the Regular, Downloadable CS-Cart?

Simply put, nothing. You’ll still be able to purchase the standalone version of CS-Cart and we’ll continue to develop and update it. We have no plans whatsoever to discontinue it.


After years of CS-Cart’s success as a stand-alone shopping cart solution, we are extremely excited to explore the new land of hosted e-commerce.

We’d love to know what you think about CS-Cart SaaS. Feel free to share your suggestions and thoughts here in the comments section.

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Thanks!

CS-Cart 4.0.2: Store Import, CDN Support, and More

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

CS-Cart 4.0.2

Hello,

Today we introduce the long-awaited CS-Cart 4.0.2 and Multi-Vendor 4.0.2 releases.

For a minor release, it has lots of new features, apart from the regular polishing and improvements.

Here are some of the great new features available in version 4.0.2 (see the full list in the changelog):

  • Store Import tool
  • Widget mode
  • CDN support
  • Fluid storefront layout out of the box
  • On-site text translation
  • UK cookie law support (read more about the law here)

Let me talk in detail about some of them.

Store Import

CS-Cart 2.2.4, 2.2.5, and 3.0.x users now have the opportunity to import the data from their stores to CS-Cart 4.0.2.

The Store Import add-on in CS-Cart 4.0.2 can transfer orders, users, products, settings, and other data from CS-Cart 3.0.x and 2.2.4/5. Since the storefront skin has been significantly reworked in CS-Cart 4, the skins from the previous CS-Cart versions cannot be imported via this add-on.

Store Import

We know that our clients have been waiting for this feature since the CS-Cart 4.0.1 release, and it is a great pleasure for us to present it to you now.

Learn more about the Store Import add-on in our Knowledge Base.

Widget Mode (Beta)

A CS-Cart-based online store can now be easily embedded into any web page. Just copy a few lines of the JavaScript widget code from a CS-Cart admin panel (it’s under the menu Design → Layouts) and paste it directly into your web page’s HTML source code.

Take your CS-Cart store with you, anywhere: to your blog, personal site, or company web page.

CS-Cart Widget Mode

Please note that some websites don’t allow external JavaScript files, so the CS-Cart widget will not work on such sites.

CDN Support

CS-Cart 4.0.2 allows you to use the Amazon CloudFront CDN to store your static content, like images, CSS stylesheets, and JavaScript files.

Content-delivery network (CDN) is a very useful technology that makes for faster content loading and better reliability. With this technology at hand, a CS-Cart 4.0.2 store loads faster because the CDN servers located all around the globe are closer to customer.


Active upgrade subscription holders (check the subscription statuses of your licenses in your Help Desk account) will be able to upgrade their CS-Cart 4.0.1 stores directly from the admin panel during the following 2 weeks.

CS-Cart 4.0.2 has a lot to offer, and we are very proud of it. There will be more posts explaining the features of this release in this blog, so stay tuned!

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