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Introducing Multi-Vendor 4.6.1 Featuring Theme Editor for Vendors

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hi!

Meet a new Multi-Vendor release—Multi-Vendor 4.6.1.

The new Multi-Vendor version has all the new features of CS-Cart 4.6.1, plus one killer feature for vendors.

Vendors can now use the Theme and Layout editors to change the look and feel of their micro-stores! (more…)

Introducing CS-Cart 4.6.1 with Product Variations

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in CS-Cart releases, News and announcements

Hello!

We’re proudly introducing to you the new big CS-Cart release—CS-Cart 4.6.1.

In this news post, we’d like to focus on the major, strongly requested feature—product variations. Of course, we’ll briefly review other new features—version 4.6.1 is rich in new functionality. (more…)

Choosing a Mobile App for Your CS-Cart Store

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, October 28th, 2016 in Guest posts

About the author:

Alina works as a content manager at Simtech Development. She is constantly writing CS-Cart e-commerce tips and tutorials in the corporate blog and Facebook group. Follow Simtech Development on Facebook to get to know about the latest articles and news.

Mobile comprises of 34% of all ecommerce transactions worldwide, and it is expected to grow to over 50% in 2017. What is more, 85% of consumers today prefer a mobile application over a mobile website. But does your business need a mobile app and how much is it going to cost you? Let’s make it quickly and clearly.

After surveying representatives from 12 leading mobile development companies, Clutch established the cost of building an iOS only app to be between $38,000 for low functionality to $171,000 for high spec app. High cost is one major reason we advise against building native apps for your business.

We adhere the idea that if you aren’t a pizza delivery company or taxi it’s not so important to invest money in a mobile app, because in most cases it doesn’t not worth it. Firstly you need to determine user preferences and decide whether you really need it or adaptive mobile version will be enough for you.

Anyway as our clients often ask us about mobile apps for CS-Cart, I decided to review the most popular mobile apps for CS-Cart and mobile app builders.

Applications for CS-Cart

Twigmo

Overview

If you are already a CS-Cart store owner you should definitely know that CS-Cart has its own mobile commerce Twigmo. Twigmo is a set of tools to make CS-Cart store mobile-friendly for customers and merchants.

Twigmo is included by default in CS-Cart starting from version 2.2.1. If you are a CS-Cart user, just log in to your admin panel, go to the Add-ons page, activate Twigmo add-on and connect your store to the Twigmo service. Note that you are able to create your own mobile app in the Platinum plan for $39 a month.

The add-on is fully compatible with the CMS, so it has a lot features in comparison with other applications.

DEMO

Key features

  • Twigmo includes 11 themes to make your mobile site even more awesome.
  • Works on iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 and Android devices.
  • Fully multi-lingual.
  • Supports custom product/category blocks, product options, profile management.
  • Supports one-page checkout.
  • Push notifications about new orders.
  • Ability to manage multiple stores.
  • Ability to track statistics, orders, products and customers via filters and search.
  • Ability to edit orders, products and customer data.
  • History of recent events in the store.

Design

The application design looks similar to the mobile version of the CS-Cart website except the navigation menu and footer, which are moved to the sidebar.

Pricing

Mobikul

Overview

The Mobikul will convert your CS-Cart Store and Multi-Vendor marketplace into a mobile application.

By using this Mobile Application your customers can easily visit your store with their android phones and tablets. They don’t need any laptop or desktop to visit your store, they can use all the features of your store from the mobile application.

Not only your customers but also your sellers can use various features by using their android phones and tablets with this mobile app.

Mobikul CS-Cart Mobile Application is a pre-build mobile app—you just need to configure it with your CS-Cart store through RESTful (web service), change the app name, replace the app icon and banner with your store icon and banner and release it on the play store.

DOWNLOAD THE APP:
Mobikul CS-Cart Multivendor
CS-Cart Mobile App Builder

Key features

  • Well integrated with CS-Cart.
  • Informative and interacting shopping app with fast and intuitive response.
  • Supports default CS-Cart shipping methods.
  • Supports PayPal, Authorize.Net, Stripe, PayU.
  • Supports phone ordering, cash on delivery, fax ordering, money order, and personal cheque as payment methods.
  • One-page checkout.
  • Option of gift voucher, promotional and coupon code have been provided.
  • Feature of push notification over the devices has been provided.
  • Well configured and easy to use at the admin end.

Pricing

The add-on for CS-Cart costs $499 and for Multi-Vendor the price is $599. Note that the free support lasts 3 months after the purchase.

Design

The design is quite simple and will suit your CS-Cart store regardless of the products you sell.

Apptuse

Overview

Apptuse is focused on crafting elegant and native shopping apps for businesses and individuals. The online tool creates an elegant mobile shop app with your existing CS-Cart store with our ready to use integrations. With Apptuse you can create an Android or iOS app instantly without writing a single line of code.
This lets you have a complete native app that integrates with your existing store inventory and makes managing your store hassle-free.

Pricing

Apptuse has 2 available pricing plans: Startup and Business. If you want to have a white labelled app and all inclusive package (for more information please contact Apptuse) the minimum price will be $399 per month.

Design

With a big amount of purpose-built content blocks, integrations and colors, Apptuse presents a number of different combinations.

Mobi-Cart

Overview

MobiCart is a fully managed SaaS solution, from web hosting, to updates and support.

MobiCart works on its own, or links up to your existing website. MobiCart integrates seamlessly with Paypal, ZooZ and Stripe to give you a range of payment gateways to implement. Cash on delivery is also supported.

Key features

  • User-friendly and clean interface.
  • Seamless integration with your current store.
  • CSV product importer.
  • Access to the source code.
  • Ability to import Twitter feed.
  • Ability to upload your company logo and choose your color scheme.
  • Ability to send unlimited push notifications.

Pricing

MobiCart has a very flexible system of pricing from Free Plan to Pro Plan. If you want to get access to the source code, it will cost you about $100 per month.

Contus

Overview

Contus M-Comm is a ready-to-go solution that lets store owners build branded, exclusive, native mobile applications which can be in perfect sync with the online store’s backend.

Key features

  • Feature of push notifications over the devices has been provided.
  • Integrations of 3rd-party tools, APIs and other technologies.
  • Seamless connectivity between your store and app.
  • HTML5 and CSS3 contributes for smoother UX on all devices.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Advanced promotional opportunities: discount coupons, daily deals, free shipping for regular purchases, special prices for registered customers and personalized shopping suggestions.
  • Multiple currencies.

Pricing

The cost of installation and full customization of the application is USD 9,500.

Design

The design is very nice and user-friendly, so that your customers will find it easy to swipe and click around to find what they want. Using superfast checkout with auto fillings, buying takes just a few minutes.

Mobile App Builders

Of course, there are solutions that will help you build a mobile app on your own. Mobile app builders allow you to create advanced applications for smartphones and tablets with no technical knowledge.

If your budget does not allow for a full custom app or you just want to try a mobile app on for size and test the app marketplace, these app building tools will help you get up and running.

Let us give you a list to check out some of them:

There is no doubt that a mobile app makes you accessible to customers at all times and increases brand recognition, but you see that it may hit your wallet. If you choose to use a mobile app, do not forget that you need to get a qualified support. Does this company provide support? Who will resolve bugs and issues that may appear at any moment? Clear these moments before the purchase.

What is Web Hosting and How to Choose the Right One

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, July 7th, 2016 in Articles, Guest posts, Tips and tricks

Hello!

Marco Mijatovic, Content Manager at First Site Guide, has prepared a cool infographic explaining a web hosting for beginners. This article will come in handy for the Internet newcomers and eCommerce beginners.

Marco is a professional writer and blogger. He will help you understand the power and reach social media for your blog or website. You can find him on First Site Guide and tweet the First Site Guide team @firstsiteguide.

Let’s assume you want to start your own company, or that you already have one, and the next step towards advancement is creating a website. What should you do? Well, you can either take a quick online course or a tutorial on how to make one, or hire a web designer to do it for you. After all it’s in your best interest that your online store, blog, or company website look really attractive and professional. However sooner or later the issue known as web hosting will come up, and people will start to ask you about which web hosting service company you are going to choose as your provider.

If you have never created a website and are relatively new to the whole thing, you might ask: “What is web hosting, and how does it affect my website?” Well, web hosting is very important for a website’s performance and its speed. For example, you can create an eCommerce website using a fast CS-Cart software as your platform, but the speed of your CS-Cart store will also depend on web hosting. If the hosting is not that good and fast—a page will still take much time to load and the user will probably leave and won’t even give your content a chance.

It’s basically a server where your website is located and depending on user proximity to that server its loading speed is either fast or slow. So, a good web hosting service should have numerous servers where your content is uploaded, so that all of the users around the world have a satisfying experience when browsing your website.

There are many more features and details related to choosing a web hosting service, and for someone who is a first time user, all of this can be really puzzling. Luckily, First Site Guide has designed an infographic that will show you everything you need to know about web hosting. Once you are well-informed it’s far easier to make the right decision and choose a provider that will meet your demands and goals. Once you are done, you will know what web hosting is, what a good provider should provide and the existing types of web hosting.


Hope you liked Marco’s article and found the infographic useful!

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CS-Cart Free Version Is No Longer Available

By Yan Kulakov, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 in News and announcements

Hi,

A heads-up that CS-Cart 4.3.7 no longer has the free mode.

Why?

Well, in analyzing the eCommerce market we understood that we need to focus on a single direction—paid professional eCommerce solutions. We arrived at a consensus that we need to work for those customers who are ready to invest in their businesses.

By concentrating our resources in that direction, we’ll be able to reach our goal—making CS-Cart a perfect shopping cart with the best support and service of all other eCommerce solutions.

Best Support and Service?

As we mentioned, our goal is to make CS-Cart the leading shopping platform among paid eCommerce softwares. It’s a big task we’ve laid out for ourselves over the foreseeable future, but we can share our short-term plans today:

  • Technical support based on SLA (Service-Level Agreement). SLA is an agreement between us as a service provider and a customer. This agreement will plainly describe the responsibilities and scope and quality of our support service, which will make the service clear and its quality measurable. This means our support team will react faster within the defined period in the agreement and will resolve customer issues satisfactorily.
  • Two new CS-Cart editions for the most demanding customers. These editions will be complete packages with unique features and premium support. Customers will be able to choose an edition that best suits their eCommerce projects. Stay tuned to our blog not to miss the announcement.
  • Absolutely transparent pricing. You will always know how much you pay and what for. For example, for upgrading a store that has several storefronts we now charge for each storefront. Previously, didn’t expect that and got confused. But no longer. We plan to improve our pricing policy to avoid such extra fees.

What Now?

Newcomers who start from CS-Cart 4.3.7 now have 2 options after CS-Cart installation: trying CS-Cart free for 30 days and buying a license. After a 30-day trial, they must buy a license to continue using CS-Cart.

Actual free version users with live stores continue using CS-Cart legally. But they miss out on 3 important things that guarantee security, feature richness, and no downtimes of their stores:

  • No upgrades to newer versions. It’s important to regularly upgrade your store to keep up with new features, optimizations, and bug fixes. We regularly enhance security and performance. For example, the latest version supports PHP 7 and full-page caching, which dramatically increase the speed and stamina of CS-Cart.
  • No support. Our support specialists are the guys we are really proud of. They can save the day and keep your store running without downtimes. With the free version, you’re on your own against store and server issues.
  • No must-have eCommerce features. With the free CS-Cart version you can sell, yes. But you cannot become a big player and compete with bigger online stores. The reason—the free version doesn’t have the most important eCommerce features that bigger stores have: cross-selling tools, customer reviews, reward points system, and more.

What Do You Get with the License?

As we mentioned above, the license unlocks must-have eCommerce features and allows you to upgrade and get professional support. Take a good look at what you get with the license.

Premium Technical Support

Sometimes you can encounter issues in the store or on the server. Some of them are minor and some can paralyze your store. The longer the downtime, the more money you lose. In this case, you need help ASAP. Our support team provides fast and professional help.

Before becoming a part of our support team, each candidate receives intense training. Each must pass a tough test to become a certified support expert. After their initial training, support specialists continue to improve their skills: they forward the most complicated issues to our architects and get the advice that solves the most complex of issues and keeps your business running.

Over 50 Built-In Add-Ons

The add-ons expand the functionality of your store and help increase conversion, average purchase size, and make your store more trustworthy and friendly in customers’ eyes. The free version only had 14 add-ons, but the license gives you access to over 50 add-ons, such as:

  • Cross-selling add-ons: Bestsellers & On-Sale Products, Buy Together, Customers Also Bought, and Required Products. These add-ons help you sell more to each customer, which increases the average purchase size. Use these cross-selling tools to offer more useful products to your customers.
  • Comments and Reviews. With this add-on, customers can post reviews for products and comment on the blog. Feedback from real customers makes your store look trustworthy and helps other customers to choose the right product.
  • Google Analytics. Metrics is essential for analyzing the effectiveness of your marketing. This add-on integrates your store with the Google analytic service, which provides detailed statistics about your visitors and gives a powerful insight into your store traffic. By monitoring the statistics you know on what marketing aspect you need to concentrate.
  • Reward Points. Thanks to this add-on, your customers get reward points when buying products. They can spend these points to pay for other products or reduce a product’s price. This tool motivates customers to buy more and makes them return to your store.
  • Newsletters. This add-on allows you to benefit from email marketing without using paid email services, such as MailChimp. Send newsletters to your customers right from your store.

Powerful Marketing Promotion System

The promotion system allows you to offer your customers bonuses, such as free shipping and discounts. To get a bonus, a customer must fulfill conditions.

CS-Cart has two types of promotions: catalog promotions and cart promotions. In the free version, you could only use catalog promotions that gave product discounts. The licensed version unlocks cart promotions that offer more bonuses and conditions:

Other Cool Features

One post isn’t really enough to talk about all the advantages of the full CS-Cart version, so here are a few extra cool features that we’d like to mention:

  • Multiple storefronts—connect additional storefronts and manage them via a single admin panel (you’ll need to purchase additional storefront licenses).
  • User groups—assign customers to user groups and set privileges for your managers.
  • Multiple languages and currencies—add as many languages and currencies as you need.

And much more…

Any Discount for Buying the License?

Yes! We offer a 30% discount coupon to current free version users, which will work until and including May 17, 2016. After that date, the coupon becomes inactive. We’ll send the coupon to all the free version owners via email within a day, so monitor your mailboxes.

The coupon code that you’ll receive in the email is for free version owners only. Please do not disclose the coupon code anywhere on the Internet and do not share it with anyone.

To buy a license using the discount coupon, click the button below, add the CS-Cart license to the cart, and enter the coupon code to the Got a promo code? field.