We have released version 4.18.1 Beta. It will be useful to:
add-on and theme developers—they can test their products in advance to prepare for 4.18.1;
the merchants who are interested to see how the new version will work, and what they’ll have to do during the upgrade.
The key feature of CS-Cart 4.18.1 is the reworked admin panel. Our goal is to make it look easier to work with, and more familiar to new users. This requires not only changing the style, but also reworking—or even reinventing—parts of CS-Cart functionality. And we’d like to make the transition smooth for our clients and partners alike.
That’s why CS-Cart 4.18.1 includes the first steps on that path:
A new style to make the admin panel look more modern and less complicated.
Rearranged menus in the left sidebar. Many things went to “Settings” in the bottom left corner.
A reworked “Products” page, with new filters instead of “Advanced search”.
Most pages in the admin panel still remain as they were before, albeit with the new design. We’ll be reworking them one by one in future versions in accordance with your feedback.
These keys will only have one upgrade: from 4.17.2 SP1 to 4.18.1. Once the testing is over, we will disable these keys. When you enter and save them, you’ll no longer need to keep the storefront closed. But it’s best to open it after step 4.
Install the upgrade. After the upgrade you’ll see notifications about the changes. They’ll tell you what to do and check next.
Thanks, @ecomlabs! That covers almost everything that we’re adding to PayPal Checkout in CS-Cart 4.18.1.
One thing that CS-Cart 4.18.1 will simplify is the answer to “Which PayPal integration should I use?”
The current integration (the one getting the new features) is part of the “PayPal Checkout” add-on.
All other PayPal solutions (most of them labeled as “legacy” by PayPal at this point) will remain in CS-Cart for as long as they function, as part of the “PayPal legacy payments” add-on (currently called just “PayPal Payments”).
Thank you both. There’s still much to do about the admin panel before we release 4.18.1, but it’s nice that we’re apparently on the right track with this change.
New Authorize.net hasn’t been implemented yet. I promised you we’d include it in CS-Cart 4.18 if all went as planned. However, the start of 2024 has been anything but. A lot of our effort had to go into finalizing the admin panel and solving a major security issue in all CS-Cart versions, past and present. More on that security issue in another topic.
That said, I’m still keeping Authorize.net in mind for future versions. However, it is now harder to for me to say which version it will be a part of.
CS-Cart 4.18.1 doesn’t officially support PHP 8.2 yet. However, we are aware of PHP version lifetime, and realize that PHP 8.2 (and possibly 8.3) is a must for CS-Cart this year.