We’re glad to inform you that CS-Cart 4.6.1 Beta is now available. Those who belong to the Beta testers group can download it from the Beta testing folder in the File area of Help Desk and use it in the Trial mode. If you’d like to test the upcoming version, but aren’t a part of the Beta testers group, please let us know via Help Desk.
The beta version isn’t meant for live stores: you can’t upgrade to or from the beta. You just download it, install it, import your data, and see how the new functionality works. We’ll cover the most important additions below:
Product Variations [Beta]
CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.6.1 will have a new add-on called Product Variations [Beta]. This add-on allows you to create variations (child products) based on a product’s options. Each variation has its own name, price, weight, quantity discounts, a set of images, etc.
Previously, options could only be grouped as option combinations. Each option combination could only have its own CODE (SKU), number in stock, and one primary image. The price and weight of a combination weren’t specified directly, but rather generated from the price and weight of the original product and from the modifiers added by options.
The documentation has a few articles about the new functionality:
• About the Product Variations [Beta] add-on
• Working with product variations
• The differences between option combinations and product variations
Multi-Vendor: Vendor’s Own Styles and Layouts
Previously vendors couldn’t use edit layouts and styles at all. Now store owners have the choice whether or not to allow vendors to edit styles and/or layouts. That ability is limited to the vendor’s own pages and products, but it still allows each vendor to stand out.
For more information, please check the article about allowing vendors to edit layouts and styles.
CS-Cart: Separate SMTP Settings and Robots.txt for Each Storefront
Previously, different storefronts in CS-Cart always used the same robots.txt file, even though they could appear as independent stores to your customers. The same applied to SMTP server settings. Starting with CS-Cart 4.6.1, you can specify SMTP server settings and robots.txt instructions separately for each storefront.
We hope that you like the new functionality of version 4.6.1. We’re looking forward to your feedback in this topic.