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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


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


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


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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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


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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CS-Cart Licenses September Discount

By Denis Borisov (CS-Cart), Thursday, September 12th, 2013 in News and announcements


Today we’d like to announce a unique opportunity for our clients to get an additional CS-Cart (formerly CS-Cart Ultimate) license with a 30% discount off its regular price ($345) and save $100.

Beginning September 11, 2013 each CS-Cart license owner who wants to run more than one CS-Cart instance, can purchase another, a so-called “additional” CS-Cart license just for $245 (make sure you are logged in to see a discounted price).

But that’s not the half of it. If you would like to have more than one storefront in your CS-Cart installation, you can also save $50 with the purchase of each CS-Cart Storefront license that is available at a 20% discount and costs just $195.

This offer is valid till September 18, 2013, so do not miss out the opportunity to purchase an additional CS-Cart license or a CS-Cart Storefront license at special discounted prices.

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

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CS-Cart Editions Change Names

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


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