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Expert Tips: How to Choose Hosting for CS-Cart

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in Articles, Guest posts, Tips and tricks

Hello!

Our friends from Simtech Development shared another useful article by their hosting and security engineer Gleb Goncharov. This time Gleb tells about different types of hostings and about how to choose the right one for CS-Cart. (more…)

How to Increase Conversion with On-Site Search

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, October 12th, 2017 in Guest posts, Tips and tricks

On-Site Search is Your Customers’ Personal Assistant

They say that running an offline store and online store is absolutely different. Probably in some cases. But there are basic things that are canonic for both ways and cannot be neglected.

Imagine yourself searching for some boots or a dress. You come in the store with thousands of products and there is no one there! You start searching without being sure that this store even has something you need or at least something close to it. What are the chances you will buy there? Nobody knows.

But if you have a personal assistant by your side who can shortcut you to the product or help you with variants that can suit your needs, you are more likely to make a purchase.

Your on-site search is the personal assistant that grabs a visitor by the hand and leads to the product. This is the best tool to organize visitors journey in your store.
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7 Keys to E-commerce Success This 2017

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, March 13th, 2017 in Articles, Guest posts, Tips and tricks

Keys to E-commerce Success this 2017

Hello!

Presenting you a guest article by Kenneth Sytian, the web designer and the owner at Sytian Productions. He’s sharing with you 7 keys to e-commerce success in 2017.

Kenneth Kenneth Sytian of Sytian Productions is a web designer from the Philippines. He is the owner and the driving force behind the company. Kenneth has been designing websites and developing web apps for more than a decade.

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Template Editor in CS-Cart 4.4.1: Edit Emails, Invoices, Packing Slips, Gift Certificates, and Order Summary in the Admin Panel

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, November 14th, 2016 in Articles, News and announcements, Tips and tricks

Template editor

Hi!

In CS-Cart 4.4.1, we’re presenting a long-awaited function: a visual template editor. It allows for editing emails, invoices, packing slips, gifts certificates, order summaries in the admin panel.

We’ve divided the editor into two menus. In Design → Email templates, admins edit emails; in Design → Documents—invoices, packing slips, gift certificates, and order summaries.

Editing Email Templates

In a CS-Cart store, both customers and administrators receive email notifications. Customers receive emails about their shopping and admins about store management.

Email is a great tool for establishing personal and valuable communication with your customers. It’s great for persuading them to visit more, buy more, and it also helps in keeping them loyal to you. So it’s important to ensure your email notifications are personalized and match the style of your e-commerce business.

Before CS-Cart 4.4.1, you couldn’t see the full list of email notifications for your store, which meant that you couldn’t modify notifications to make them personalized and perfectly fit your business. But now, CS-Cart features a template editor, which allows you to edit email notifications in the admin panel—and without programming skills.

Check out how to edit emails in this video:

Editing Documents

The new template editor allows you to edit invoices, packing slips, gift certificates, and the order summary email. We call these “the documents”.

In the editor, you can configure these documents so that they meet your country standards and match the visual style of your store.

For example, editing invoices is a must-have feature for most store owners. Different countries have different official invoice standards. To issue invoices officially, you have to configure your invoice to meet official standards. With the new template editor, you edit your invoice right in the admin panel.

Check out how to edit these documents in this video:


Hope the new template editor will make your store management easier. Comments are much appreciated!

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Upgrading Is Now Safer Starting with CS-Cart 4.4.1

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, November 14th, 2016 in Articles, News and announcements, Tips and tricks

Safe upgrades

Hello!

Keeping your store software up to date is a must. Every CS-Cart release not only enriches your store with new features but also improves its security.

Of course, it’s up to you whether to upgrade your store or not. But often upgrading is necessary. For example, a carrier updates its API and so now some shipping services don’t work for your country. A payment service updates its security protocols and now your favorite payment method doesn’t work in your store. In these cases, an upgrade will make those work again—we continually update shipping and payment integrations in CS-Cart over time.

So that you can easily keep your store up to date, we’re offering one year of free upgrades when you buy the license. To receive upgrades after that first year, you should buy an upgrade subscription for one year more for $160.

Upgrading is a technically complicated process. Sometimes it fails because of a particular server configuration or if a store is deeply modified.

In CS-Cart 4.4.1, we’ve made upgrading safer. Now, you can upgrade to newer versions without worrying about breaking your custom storefront theme or facing conflicts during upgrading. We’ve achieved this by changing the logic in theme upgrading and by adding a core file changes detector.

Custom Themes Won’t Break after New Upgrades

A theme defines the appearance of your storefront. Usually, store admins use either the built-in Responsive theme or develop a custom one. Admins often prefer the latter because with a custom theme a store looks unique.

CS-Cart 4.4.1 ships with two themes: Responsive and Bright. Responsive is the “parent” theme. We call it “parent” because all other themes—Bright or any custom—depend on Responsive and use its templates.

Themes

Previously, upgrades updated templates in the Responsive theme plus the templates in a custom theme fetched from Responsive. As a result, a custom theme could break down after the upgrade.

Starting from CS-Cart 4.4.1, upgrades only update templates in the Responsive theme and don’t affect any additional themes. You won’t have to worry about your custom design when upgrading any longer.

You Can Track Changes in the CS-Cart Core

CS-Cart has a convenient architecture: the core defines the basic functionality and add-ons extend it with advanced features.

When extending the CS-Cart functionality, developers should add new features via add-ons only. They shouldn’t modify core files because any core changes can break a store or provoke conflicts during upgrading. Moreover, any feature added by modifying the core stops working after the next upgrade.

Actually, your core could always be modified even though you likely didn’t realize: it could happen when you ordered a feature from a third-party developer. The coder extended your CS-Cart by modifying the core—but after the next upgrade you lost that feature.

In CS-Cart 4.4.1, we’ve implemented a core file changes detector. This detector scans the CS-Cart core for changes automatically when you log in to your admin panel. You can also start the detector manually—find it in Administration → File changes detector. The detector warns you in advance that you have changes in the CS-Cart core and that you could lose them after the next upgrade.

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What do you think about these two improvements? Please do share your opinions in the comments!

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