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Special Offer: Get Rewarded for CS-Cart 4 Beta Testing

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 in News and announcements

Hello,

Public CS-Cart 4 Beta testing has begun.

Since your feedback is extremely important for us, we are announcing a special offer to motivate the beta-testers.

CS-Cart Beta Testing: Win a Free License!

The offer

Starting today and up to the CS-Cart 4 release day, every bug report you post brings you closer to winning a CS-Cart 4 Ultimate license.

At the end of the beta-testing period, we will handpick the 3 most active and contributing reporters and grant each of them a free Ultimate license with 2 storefronts. The more bugs you report, the higher your chances are to win the free license.

Don’t miss your chance! Start testing CS-Cart 4 now!

UPD: CS-Cart 4 is released, the testing is over, and we have our winners!

Here are their nicknames on our forum: nmb, ilib, and wartornskull. Thanks to their activity and feedback, we managed to improve CS-Cart stability.

Each winner will receive a CS-Cart 4 Ultimate license. Thank you, guys!

How to Join

Just download the Beta and start using it (only for testing purposes):

It does not matter whether you use CS-Cart Ultimate or CS-Cart Multi-Vendor; the bug reports value the same. Who posts a bug report first, scores; duplicate reports are not counted.

In order to participate, you will also need to have an account in our Bug tracker. Though it is possible to report bugs anonymously, only the reports from registered users will be taken into account; this is necessary to guarantee fair play and to be able to identify the winner.

Note: Use only the Bug tracker to report your bugs. We cannot identify the authors of reports sent from the Feedback form in the CS-Cart admin panel, so such reports will not count!


CS-Cart 4 is great software, and with your help, we can make it even better.

If you have any questions regarding this offer, please ask them in the comment section below.

Follow CS-Cart on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy testing!

CS-Cart 4 Beta is on!

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello everybody,

Today, we are very proud to present to you the results of the hard work of the whole CS-Cart team—CS-Cart 4 Beta.

Yes, this is correct; the version number is 4, not 3.1.1 as we announced earlier.

The reason is, that during the development, it became obvious that this release was much more significant than a regular minor release. By jumping straight to version 4, we want to show that this is a major upgrade, with features never seen in CS-Cart before.

This version is a huge leap forward for CS-Cart. We are extremely happy to share all these new features with you.

Can’t wait? Get it now!

UPD: April 30, 2013, Beta 2 has been released. The download links were updated.

Ultimate and Multi-Vendor Editions

CS-Cart 4 Beta is the first release to conform to the new edition policy.

That is, there are just 2 editions, Ultimate and Multi-Vendor.

CS-Cart 4 Ultimate is available in Free mode to replace the discontinued CS-Cart Community Edition.

CS-Cart 4 Ultimate with a single storefront is an extendible replacement for CS-Cart Professional.

Theme Editor

One of the killer features of this version is the built­in theme editor.

Now, you can customize your storefront in real time, and without a single line of HTML or CSS
code written!

Theme Editor

You can play around with colors, fonts, logos, and backgrounds, all in real time and previewed directly on your storefront.

You can activate the Theme editor mode via the CS-Cart 4 admin panel, under Design → Design mode. Note that in Ultimate edition you should select a store first.

New Admin Panel Look & Feel

In CS-Cart 4, we have greatly improved the administrator area:

  • Sleeker and more modern design
  • Re­arranged menus for easier navigation
  • Sidebar with search and additional functionality
  • One­page order creation and editing
  • Dozens of minor improvements

New Admin Panel Look & Feel

Thanks to the user feedback, we were able to make the CS-Cart admin panel better than it ever was.

Performance Boost

The new CS-Cart is dramatically faster than the previous version. By optimizing the storefront block management routine, we achieved a great performance boost. Compared to CS-Cart 2.2.5 and 3.0.6, CS-Cart 4 is up to 3x faster and uses less CPU.

CS-Cart 4 Performance Boost

Improved Installer

We have simplified the installer and added a convenient post-installation Settings Wizard.

The new CS-Cart installation process has just 2 steps, one of which is accepting the license agreement.

Right after the installation, you will be able to set up some general preferences of your store using a quick step-by-step Settings Wizard:

Settings Wizard

Suppliers Add-on

We received a lot of feedback and requests to add the suppliers functionality to the Ultimate and Multi-Vendor editions.

Now, we are happy to introduce the suppliers feature in both the Ultimate and Multi-Vendor editions as a special built-in add-on.

Developers

API

CS-Cart 4 Beta is the first CS-Cart version to provide an API to interact with a store.

We have extended the list of supported API objects since the last announcement, and now the following objects can be viewed and modified via the API:

  • Products
  • Categories
  • Users
  • Orders
  • Shipping methods
  • Payment methods
  • Statuses
  • Taxes

Developers are very welcome to read the docs with the detailed usage instructions and the object reference guide.

Add-on Adaptation

Despite some core changes in the CS-Cart architecture, the add-ons for CS-Cart 3.x are highly compatible with CS-Cart 4.

Refer to the adaptation guide for the detailed instructions.

Testing and Feedback

You are very welcome to download CS-Cart 4 Beta and test it. Please note that this is not a production-ready release; do not use it as a live store!

Also, note that CS-Cart 4 requires PHP version 5.3 or 5.4.

We are keen to hear any feedback. There is a floating Feedback button at the right edge of every page in the admin area; use it to send a message directly to the CS-Cart development team:

Feedback Button

Bug reports are also much appreciated.

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CS-Cart 3.0.6 Released

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, February 14th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

PayPal & USPS

Today, we introduce CS-Cart 3.0.6 – a maintenance release with several important improvements and bug fixes:

  • PayPal processing security has been improved
  • A serious bug in the SEO add-on in the Ultimate edition has been fixed
  • USPS shipping integration has been updated to fit the latest service changes

Since the mentioned features are very popular among CS-Cart users, we decided to put thеse patches together and publish them as a separate release.

This release is available in both international and Russian builds.

The patches for the PayPal and USPS issues are also available for earlier CS-Cart versions. Registered users can download them from the File area (in the Updates section) in their Customer Help Desk accounts.

Upgrade

An upgrade can be performed via the Upgrade Center in the CS-Cart admin panel (Administration → Upgrade Center). For instructions, follow the guide in our Knowledge Base or the video tutorial.

Since this version is similar to the previous one, upgrading from CS-Cart 3.0.5 should go quickly and smoothly, without causing any file conflicts.

The number of upgrade package downloads is limited within the first few days to avoid server overload. If you do not see the upgrade available in your CS-Cart admin panel, just wait. The upgrade should be available for all CS-Cart store owners in the course of a week.


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CS-Cart 3.0.5 is Released

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Greetings!

CS-Cart 3.0.5

Today, we have another minor CS-Cart release to introduce to you.

CS-Cart 3.0.5 is a maintenance release; it includes mostly bug fixes and improvements on the existing functionality. Lots of new features (some of which are mentioned in this post) will be introduced later, in the upcoming CS-Cart 3.1.1 which is currently under intensive development.

Nonetheless, several new features are included in CS-Cart 3.0.5 Russian build.

See the full changelogs for both international and Russian builds on our site.

Upgrade

An existing CS-Cart 3.0.x installation can be upgraded to the latest version via the Upgrade Center in the CS-Cart admin panel. The number of upgrade package downloads is limited within the first few days to avoid server overload, so if you do not see the upgrade available in your CS-Cart admin panel, please wait. The upgrade should be available for all CS-Cart owners by the end of this week.

CS-Cart 3.0.5 is also available for download for all valid license owners from the File Area page in their Help Desk accounts.


We are open to your ideas and improvement suggestions. Use our UserVoice to post new suggestions, or to vote for the existing feature requests.

Submit any bugs found to our bug tracker.

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Data migration Special Offer Re-Opened

By Konstantin Molchanov (CS-Cart team), Thursday, January 10th, 2013 in News and announcements

Hello!

Last November, CS-Cart and the service Cart2Cart had a special offer for those migrating from a different shopping cart to CS-Cart.

Cart2Cart

This was a success, and we are pleased that a lot of merchants have actually used the discount and migrated their online shops.

We keep receiving requests from those who heard about the offer only after it had already expired.

And today, we are happy to announce that the special offer is re-opened!

Starting from today, and up to February 10, 2013, Cart2Cart is giving a 30% discount for anybody migrating from one of the supported eCommerce platforms to CS-Cart.

Enter this special code on the Cart2Cart checkout to activate your discount: CS-CART-GIFT

Also, CS-Cart will compensate up to $400 off the migration cost to those who redeem the discount code.

Read the full offer conditions in the previous promo blog post.

This is a limited time offer, and you should contact us no later than February 15, 2013 in order for you to receive your discount. Enclose your Cart2Cart migration number, date, and total, as well as the CS-Cart edition you want to purchase.


Read more about Cart2Cart pricing and service conditions on the official website.