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Your Own Page Layout in CS-Cart 4.3.1

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 in Articles, News and announcements, Tips and tricks


Today we’ll tell you how to make your own layout of each storefront page in CS-Cart 4.3.1.

CS-Cart layout

In CS-Cart, store admins arrange storefront content. They do it on the Design → Layouts page of the administration panel.

The Design → Layouts page shows available layout pages. Each layout page consists of four containers: Top panel, Header, Content, and Footer. These containers have blocks that carry content. Customers see blocks’ content on the storefront.

Layout page

To learn more about layouts in CS-Cart watch this video tutorial.

In CS-Cart 4.2.4 and earlier, layout pages inherit blocks in Top panel, Header, and Footer from the Default layout page. It means that the store admin cannot manage blocks in these containers in a particular layout page. That’s why all storefront pages in 4.2.4 have a uniform layout.

In CS-Cart 4.3.1 we unlocked the Top panel, Header, and Footer containers on all layout pages. A store admin is free to add, replace, or delete blocks in these containers. By doing this, the admin creates a unique layout for each store page.

For example, compare the Products layout page in 4.2.4 and 4.3.1. In 4.2.4 the containers are locked; in 4.3.1 they are unlocked:

4.2.4 vs. 4.3.1

To unlock a container, click the Set custom configuration link on it:

Set custom configuration

Blocks will appear in the container. For example, to remove quick links from the top panel on the product details pages, switch to the Products layout page and deactivate the Quick links block:

Block deactivated

We’d like to hear your opinions about this new feature. Do you find it useful for your store? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Five 1-year CS-Cart Licenses Giveaway

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, February 19th, 2015 in News and announcements


We’ve already started CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta testing.

Your feedback is valuable to us. That’s why we announce a special contest to motivate beta testers.

We’re giving away five 1-year CS-Cart licenses!

Free CS-Cart Licenses

The Reward

Each bug report brings you closer to the prize.

At the end of the beta testing, we will pick five most active and contributing testers and reward each of them with a 1-year CS-Cart license.

How to Win

To win a license, test CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta and report bugs.

The more reports you submit, the higher your chance to win a 1-year CS-Cart license. The more severe the found bugs, the more valuable they are, the higher your chance to get the prize. We’ll ignore duplicate bug reports. The tester who posts a bug first, scores.

In order to take part in the giveaway, register an account in our bug tracker. Bug reports only from registered testers will have the value in our contest. This will guarantee fair play and help identify the winners.

Important: Please use only the official bug tracker to report bugs.

Ready Steady


It’s not necessary to install CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta to participate in the beta test. You are free to use the online demo of CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta for testing.

Why Test CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta

  1. It’s fast. On the same hardware, CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta works faster than CS-Cart 4.2.4. We optimized SQL queries and cache engine to achieve speed boost.
  2. It’s fast as hell. In CS-Cart 4.3.1, the storefront loads fast due to JavaScript optimization and lazy image loading.
  3. Storefront test

  4. See how fast your store can be. If you feel like testing your live store with CS-Cart 4.3.1 Beta use the store import feature—no license obligations needed.

We highly appreciate your feedback. It helps make CS-Cart even better.

You are welcome to ask any questions about this contest in the comment section.

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Good luck!

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CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor 4.2.4 with PayPal IPN Support Released

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, November 27th, 2014 in News and announcements


We’re happy to introduce you to another minor CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor release.

Meet CS-Cart 4.2.4 and Multi-Vendor 4.2.4!

CS-Cart 4.2.4 PayPal Realex

In addition to improvements and fixes (see the changelog), this version includes PayPal IPN support and a new Realex payment method.

PayPal IPN

We have been working closely with our colleagues at PayPal to make your experience with PayPal in CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.2.4 even better.

IPN, which stands for Instant Payment Notifications, is PayPal’s message service that sends notifications when a change in a transaction occurs. In 4.2.4, we use PayPal IPN to synchronize order status in your admin panel with the corresponding transaction status at PayPal.

For example, when a PayPal transaction is complete, your store will receive a message from PayPal IPN that will update the associated CS- order’s status. In the PayPal add-on settings, you can choose how PayPal statuses should correspond to the ones used in your store. Handy!


Within a week, all store owners should see the update in their admin panels’ Update Centers. If you don’t want to wait, you can download the package manually from your Help Desk account’s File area (you must have an active upgrade subscription).

As always, we’re happy to hear your ideas on the UserVoice. If you have an issue to report, feel free to do so using our bug tracker.

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Black Friday Sale

By imac, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 in News and announcements

We announce our Black Friday Sale to be officially over.

If you couldn’t take advantage of our offer, please, don’t worry. There’ll be some other offers for CS-Cart licenses and our services in the future.

Stay tuned!

Softaculous for Simplified CS-Cart Installation

By dshmanatova, Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 in News and announcements, Tips and tricks

Good news, everyone!

Installing CS-Cart is now easier than ever! We are happy to announce that you can now install CS-Cart using Softaculous, which will save you a good deal of time.


Why Use Softaculous for CS-Cart Installation?

Softaculous is an auto-installer service that offers a great variety of apps. Now that CS-Cart has joined the list, here are the advantages for you:

  • Softaculous saves you time.

    You don’t need to download CS-Cart installation files, unzip them, or do anything else with them. All you need to do is go to Softaculous, find CS-Cart in the list, and click Install.

  • Installing CS-Cart is simple.

    You only need to provide FTP or SSH access and access to an empty database.

Detailed Instructions

For your convenience, we have prepared detailed instructions on how to install CS-Cart with Softaculous. Please refer to our Knowledge Base.

We’re keen to know what you think about this new opportunity. Feel free to share your opinion and ask questions in the comments section.

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