Four Community-Suggested Features to Land in CS-Cart 4.2

Hi!

Today, I’d like to tell you about some cool new features to land in our next major release, CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.2. These goodies will bring more user- and SEO-friendliness to CS-Cart, to help your business bloom and your profits grow.

Since these features have been suggested by the members of our awesome community, we are extremely happy to include them in our software.

Responsive Design

Making CS-Cart’s storefront more mobile-friendly was suggested in April 2013, back when CS-Cart 3 was the latest major version and the visual framework behind our storefront was 960.gs.

A lot has changed since then. We’ve switched to Twitter Bootstrap, which has made it much easier to develop a responsive storefront theme, and we’re happy to announce that CS-Cart 4.2 will play well with screens of all sizes.

CS-Cart Responsive Design

Google’s Rich Snippets

You’ve probably seen those little chunks of text under every Google search result. They’re called “snippets,” and they help users better understand what a particular site is about and why it’s relevant to their search term.

If you mark up your webpage in a certain way, Google can go further and create a rich snippet—a special widget that will show detailed information specific to your page. For example, a product page can contain its rating and reviews. This information can be shown in a rich snippet.

Google Rich Snippets

Adding the support of rich snippets in CS-Cart was suggested long ago, and we’re happy to finally implement it in our next major version.

Improved SEO Name Policy

As for now, if an item in your store has an SEO name, this name must be unique across the whole catalog and across all types of items. Some users have reasonably pointed out, however, that this behavior can be somewhat restricting.

For example, currently, you can’t have two subcategories with the same SEO name—even if they are in different categories—because the resulting URLs would be unique (e.g., mystore.com/men/pants and mystore.com/women/pants).

Starting with version 4.2, the SEO name policy will be improved to allow duplicate SEO names; only the whole URL will have to be unique.

UPD: Automatic Canonical URLs to Avoid Duplicate Pages

Another great improvement in our SEO add-on in version 4.2 are automatically generated canonical URLs. This info will help Google and other search providers avoid duplicating pages during indexation.

E.g, mystore.com/pants and mystore.com/pants?size=M will be considered the same page, not two different ones.

The 301 Status Page Redirection

CS-Cart 4.2 will introduce an easier way to move a product, category, or page from one URL to another. Using the standard 301 HTTP status, your store will be able to seamlessly redirect a visitor to the new item location, as suggested in our UserVoice.


You are very welcome to share your ideas about how to improve CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor. If you happen to find a bug, please report in on our bug tracker.

Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook, as well as our YouTube channel, for the latest news about CS-Cart software.

14 thoughts on “Four Community-Suggested Features to Land in CS-Cart 4.2

  • February 20, 2014 at 02:30
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    Hello.

    Thank you for your work!

    Please inform:
    When will CS-Cart 4.2?
    Can we now see demo for CS-Cart 4.2?
    Where can I download CS-Cart 4.2 for local installation?
    Which version of Twitter Bootstrap used in CS-Cart 4.2?

    • February 20, 2014 at 17:24
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      Dear Katrin,

      Thanks for these questions.

      At the moment I cannot give you any estimation on the CS-Cart 4.2 release date. Before CS-Cart 4.2, there will be at least one minor version in the 4.1.x branch.

      We normally update the demo store on demo.cs-cart.com as soon as a new version is released.

      You will be able to download CS-Cart 4.2 when it’s released.

      Regarding the Twitter Bootstrap update, I cannot give you any information, it’s just too early to say.

      Thanks!

  • February 20, 2014 at 11:26
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    Greath, but I have same questions like Katrin. Mainly when we can expact 4.2?

    • April 7, 2014 at 15:18
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      Hi,

      At the moment, I can’t give you any estimation on the CS-Cart 4.2 release. We will make an announcement as soon as we have any information to share.

      Thanks!

  • February 27, 2014 at 20:23
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    Hi – With all these features which I think can wait for sure I think ebay or amazon integration should be you’ll num one priority. Rather wasting all the time putting these features out I would rather work on ebay or amazon integration functionality which will definitely in-crease you’ll sales, bring more customers + it will help us on ther other side to sell more. But I guess you guys really don’t care …. and I am sure the answer will be “we are working on it” or else if you need this feature please pay us $6K anyways. I guess I am good with 4.1 it self.

    Thanks

    • March 11, 2014 at 17:01
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      Hi,

      The features mentioned in the post have been suggested and, more importantly, supported by the community. This means these features are desired by the CS-Cart storeowners. This is why we are so happy to happy to include them. Of course, we’d love to be able to add every single feature suggested by every CS-Cart user, but among those we have to chose the ones that are supported by the most community members.

      We’re also glad to say that one of the mentioned top priority tasks is already done: the eBay Synchronization add-on is available for purchase.

      Thanks!

      • March 26, 2014 at 07:54
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        Put a Voting Poll out there and see

        1 – eBay & Amazon Integration
        2 – These list of features

        Let see who wins, trust me this eBay Synchronization is no use for my store I won’t able to track my inventory real time everything needs to be track manually lot of hassle specially someone who have over 20K products .

        Thanks

  • March 29, 2014 at 21:02
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    Any update on 4.2? we are waiting to migrate from ******* for the URLs to get sorted.

    • April 7, 2014 at 15:20
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      Hi, Andrés,

      I cannot give you any dates now, sorry. We will share the information about the CS-Cart 4.2 release as soon as we can.

      Thanks!

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