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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

Hi!

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.

Upgrade

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

Hi!

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:

Upgrade

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.


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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

Hi!

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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CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.1 Released

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello,

We’re happy to present to you the final CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.1 release.

CS-Cart 4.3.1 is faster and more feature-rich than any other CS-Cart version.

Speed Boost

CS-Cart 4.3.1 is fast:

  • SQL query optimization speeds up product search and filtering.
  • Optimized caching makes the search faster, if you call the same search twice. Storefront pages also load faster on the second visit because CS-Cart 4.3.1 caches the content during the first visit.
  • CS-Cart 4.3.1 supports Alternative PHP Cache. This technology speeds up PHP scripts on your server. Even well-optimized websites load with a delay because it takes time to execute PHP scripts. APC cache shortens this delay.
  • JavaScript code was moved to the bottom of pages so that the code doesn’t slow down page loading. Store pages now load faster on the first visit.

Functionality Improvements

Thanks to the community feedback during the beta testing, we’ve fixed nearly 150 bugs. Check out the changelog for all improvements and fixes.

Multi-Vendor: Fully Featured Vendor Storefronts

In Multi-Vendor 4.3.1, vendors make their own fully functional storefronts with categories, filters, search by vendor products, and more. Vendor pages in previous Multi-Vendor versions lacked most of these functions.

A vendor page in Multi-Vendor 4.3.1 looks like a vendor page on eBay or Amazon:

Vendor Page

New Blog Add-on

The Blog add-on lets you create a fully functional blog inside your store. Keep your customers informed by posting news and special offers in your blog.

Blog Add-on

Upgrade Center Refinements

The Upgrade center in CS-Cart 4.3.1 has become more user-friendly. The Upgrade center will guide you through the upgrade process, showing the process in detail.

We improved backup and restore. If something goes wrong during the upgrade, you’ll be able to roll back safely.

Export and Import Enhancements

In CS-Cart 4.3.1 we’ve introduced a long-awaited feature—export and import of option variants, option combinations, and option exceptions. This feature simplifies catalog updating and 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 options: blue color and M size.

Export product data with option variants and option combinations from your store. Then, import this data to the stock accounting software. You can now track the actual number of blue, medium-size T-shirts at the warehouse.

Bestsellers & On-Sale Products Add-on Expanded

New functionality allows you to show similar products on a product details page. We’ve also added an ability to create pages with all bestsellers, on-sale, new, and final sale products.

Bestsellers Add-on

Other Enhancements

CS-Cart 4.3.1 has a bunch of smaller enhancements, including:

  • Faster checkout
  • Easier navigation
  • Custom layout
  • Your own logo and favicon for each style
  • Displaying products immediately after choosing a filter
  • Ability to define a user group for a user via API
  • Improved protection from CSRF attacks
  • API 2.0 by default

How to Get 4.3.1

Download the CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor installation package.

Purchase a commercial license to get all features and support. Before purchasing a license, you can try CS-Cart or Multi-Vendor for free for 30 days. You can use CS-Cart for free even after the trial, but you’ll only have access to a limited set of features.

If you already have a license and an active upgrade subscription, download your personal installation package from the File Area in your Help Desk account.

Upgrade

License owners with active upgrade subscriptions have two options for upgrading from 4.0.1 and higher to 4.3.1:

  • Upgrade center. Go to your admin panel, Administration → Upgrade center, and click Download Install.
  • Store Import. To upgrade from CS-Cart 3.0.6 and earlier (except the Community edition) to the current version install CS-Cart 4.3.1 and import your store.

Please ask any questions regarding CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.1 in the comment section. How do you like the new features? We greatly appreciate your feedback!

If you find a bug, report it to the bug tracker.

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