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СS-Cart on Web World Expo 2015

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, November 6th, 2015 in Articles, News and announcements

Hi!

Web World Expo is an annual conference that takes place in Athens and gathers web and application developers, e-commerce solution providers, and e-learning service providers.

Exhibitors share their ideas and experience with each other and with visitors that want to improve their presence on the Internet.

Web World Expo 2015 took place in the Zappeion Hall in the center of Athens on October 24-25. Almost 50 companies from different Internet areas participated in the event.

Our long-term partner from Greece CS-Cart Hellas was one of the participants. They represented CS-Cart on the conference for the 3rd year in a row.

Report from the Expo

Fotis Kourmadas, the owner of CS-Cart Hellas, reports that the expo was successful: over 300 people came by to check out CS-Cart. Fotis talked with more than 50 people in private showing stores that work on CS-Cart, demos, add-ons, and themes.

Here’s what Fotis says:

Saturday, we hold a speech about Free shipping in e-commerce and how CS-Cart works with that.

Sunday was a day for all the store owners to visit us as they had a day off and had the time to come by.

Fotis shared a bunch of photos from the expo:


We’d like to thank Fotis Kourmadas and the CS-Cart Hellas company for their love for our product and for making CS-Cart more popular.

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Meeting with Our Partner from Australia

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, November 2nd, 2015 in Articles, News and announcements

Last week, we met Joe Manariti—our partner from Australia and director of SWiM Communications.

On the meeting, our representatives discussed with Mr. Manariti the future development of CS-Cart and the ways to make CS-Cart #1 among other e-commerce platforms.

Of course, we prepared gifts for our dear partner, so did Mr. Manariti: he presented us with an awesome Australian football kit—AFL ball, shirt, and two Kangaroos beanies:

Also, Mr. Manariti recorded a video message—he tells about his successful business based on CS-Cart implementations and his customers’ successful web stores that work on CS-Cart:


We’d like to thank Joe Manariti and SWiM Communications for the kind words and their loyalty to CS-Cart. Our parnter’s success is the best motivation for our team!

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6 Reasons to Choose CS-Cart for Online Business

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, October 9th, 2015 in News and announcements

Hi!

Our partner from Greece—CSCart.biz—shared a lovely infographic that illustrates 6 reasons to choose CS-Cart for online business!


About the Author:

Fotis Kourmadas
Owner and SEO at CSCart.biz and CS-Cart Hellas.

Our Headquarters Grows and Gets a Fresh Look

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 in News and announcements

Hi!

We are glad to tell you that our office grows and becomes more cozy!

Check out pictures of new rooms for our sales and partner relationship teams at Simtech Headquarters:


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CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.3.4 Released

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello,

We are happy to present to you another minor release of CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor.

Version 4.3.4 lets you assign payment methods to shipping methods, adds birthday promotions, and improves the Upgrade Center.

Other honorable mentions in the new version:

  • Right-to-left languages support makes CS-Cart more convenient for Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian speakers.
  • A new notice on the storefront warns customers if their browsers don’t accept cookies. If the browser doesn’t accept cookies, the customer can have issues with logging in and placing orders.
  • You can reorder products, categories, pages, and polls when you add them manually to the blocks in Design → Layouts.

    For example, when you showcase camping gear on your home page, reorder camping products to show tents at the top, sleeping bags in the middle, and backpacks at the bottom of the list:

  • Customers can sign up using emails that contain Cyrillic symbols and special characters such as !, #, $, %, and &.
  • Admins create backup files only in the “zip” format. We removed the ability to create “tgz” archives because they took too much operating memory during the archiving.

    Note, that we’ve restricted only the creation of backups in the “tgz” format. Other functionality related to creating and unpacking archives was not affected. You can restore the “tgz” backups, install add-ons packed in the “tgz” archives, etc.

See all the improvements and fixes in the changelog.

Assigning Payment Methods to Shipping Methods

In earlier versions, the checkout page showed even those payment methods that a customer couldn’t use with the chosen shipping method.

For example, your customers could pay only with a credit card when they chose shipping via FedEx, but they still saw other payment methods, such as check or cash on delivery, at checkout. These dummy payment methods confused customers.

In CS-Cart 4.3.4, use the Payment dependencies add-on to show only those payment methods that actually work for the chosen shipping method:

New Promotion Condition: “Birthday”

With the improved Age verification add-on, you can congratulate your customers on their birthdays with a newsletter and a personal discount:

  • To offer a discount or a free shipping coupon to your customers on their birthdays, create a new cart promotion and choose the Birthday condition for it:

  • Export user data with birthdays from your store into a CSV file, and then import it to MailChimp to create a birthday mailing list and send birthday emails to your customers:

Upgrade Center Enhancements

In 4.3.4, the Upgrade Center is safer and more informative:

  • Starting with version 4.3.1, an admin receives an email with a restore link after an upgrade. If the admin clicked the restore link by accident, the upgrade immediately rolled back.

    In 4.3.4 and higher, the admin has to confirm the restore. This improvement protects the upgraded store from an accidental reversion.

  • You will see useful information about installed upgrades under the Installed upgrades tab in the Upgrade Center:

    The tab will show the information after the upgrade from 4.3.4 to a higher version.

Upgrade

License owners with active upgrade subscriptions will see a notification about the upgrade in their admin panels within a week.

Click the notification or visit the Upgrade Center to upgrade your store.

Before upgrading to 4.3.4 you will upgrade to 4.3.3.SP1. This maintenance patch enhances the Upgrade center so as the further upgrade to 4.3.4 will go smooth.

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.


Tell us how we can improve CS-Cart on our UserVoice. We greatly appreciate your ideas!

Report any issues to our bug tracker.

If you have any questions concerning the upgrade, feel free to ask them in the CS-Cart forum.

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