CS-Cart 3 RC Released

G’day everybody! And the topic does not lie — the 3rd version of CS-Cart has reached the release candidate stage! Which means that the final release is on its way pretty soon.

New Storefront Design

The release candidate includes all the features that will be present in the final version:

  • Completely new storefront look and feel
  • New 960.gs based layout manager
  • RSS Feed add-on
  • Watermarks add-on
  • Import/export subscribers
  • Refreshed installer
  • Lots of small improvements

Also, CS-Cart 3 RC is already available in Ultimate edition with multi-store functionality. Basically this is the final version, the work to be done further is mostly bug fixing and flaw polishing.


The RC download links are available in this thread on our forum. You should be registered and logged in to be able to access this page and download the installation package. There will be several RC updates in the future, which all will be available for download in the same thread. Keep up with the news in our Twitter and Facebook to know when the latest RC update is on.

CS-Cart 3 Ultimate Edition configuring is explained in detail in the configuration guide.

Please, remember that this is not the final release and the RC is not supposed to be installed on live stores.


The release candidate may contain bugs. We do our best to find and fix them all, but the bug reports from the users are priceless: they usually reveal some things we couldn’t’ve even thought about.

The best place to post any bug reports is our special bug tracker. Use your regular forum login data to sign in.

We are happy to get any feedback in Twitter and Facebook too, as well as on our forum.

Good luck trying the new release! Let’s make CS-Cart a better tool together.

UPD: When the final release is out, we will introduce a special script to migrate database from CS-Cart 3 RC RC to the final version.
So you can start filling up the database in the RC — you will be able to transfer it to the final version when it’s released.

99 thoughts on “CS-Cart 3 RC Released

  • February 15, 2012 at 20:56

    Do you have an estimated timeframe as to when this will be available in the final release?

    • February 16, 2012 at 10:34

      Hello Brandon!

      The actual release date depends on the user feedback we get about the RC.

      Generally speaking this is a matter of 1-3 months, depending on how long it will take us to polish up all the flaws.

  • February 15, 2012 at 20:58

    Also, one glaring thing that’s missing is category photos on the category pages. A straight category list is ridiculously old-fashioned and boring.

  • February 15, 2012 at 21:05

    One other thing I was hoping to see was customizable CSS such as easily changing the button colors, etc. Unless I’m missing that, it looks like it will still be a pain to customize button colors, nav bar colors, etc.

    • February 16, 2012 at 10:41

      Actually, in the new block manager you can assign custom CSS-classes to any block.

      Go to Administration -> Blocks, click the cog icon on the block we want to customize.

      In the setting dialog there is a User-defined CSS-class field where you can type a custom class name. The class itself is simply added to styles.css.

      It is possible to use custom CSS-classes on a whole grid as well.

      • February 16, 2012 at 18:20

        But that doesn’t allow me to change button colors, does it? And will that allow us to change the background color of the main navigation bar? In the past I know these were setup as background images, not straight CSS colors.

        • February 17, 2012 at 12:06

          All button colors, as well as the main navigation bar color, can be changed by modifying the styles.css file.
          In the base skin they are defined with background images, but you can remove those and configure the background as you wish with regular CSS.

          • February 17, 2012 at 21:03

            I know you’re really trying to make this work … but just a straight color won’t look quite right. I use a WordPress theme where we can easily change button colors. What they did is create a mostly transparent image with a hint of gradient that is applied to the buttons to give it a finished gradient look. Then, when we change the bg colro (with a color picker) it still looks like a nice professional button because the image is still there to give it the finished look. All we did was change the bg color.

            • February 20, 2012 at 19:41

              Huh? This has absolutely nothing to do with CMS . . . I just happened to mention WordPress, but it’s a templating style, not a CMS function. And CS-Cart is a template-based shopping cart.

  • February 15, 2012 at 23:01

    Is searchanise implemented yet on the demo site? Because the search doesn’t appear to be any better.

    • February 16, 2012 at 11:00

      Searchanise is currently disabled for the demo stores. There appeared some compatibility issues that need fixing.

      We may will enable it later.

  • February 16, 2012 at 00:12

    Sorry for so many comments, but I’ve been putting v.3 through a workout and keep noticing things. I find it unfortunate that you have shrunk the width of the site by sticking to the 960 standards. That means that actual usable space is only 940 px when screens and resolutions are only getting bigger for the most part. That standard was developed in 2008 and hasn’t really changed. But a lot has changed on the web and the devices accessing the web in the last 4 years.

    • February 16, 2012 at 11:15

      No problem Brandon, your comments raise some interesting points that might be helpful for other users, too :-)

      The 960.gs framework is still a very popular solution across the web, and it’s really not that old-fashioned as you describe it. It is used by lots of major sites and it doesn’t seem to lose its audience. It is elegant and powerful, and that is why we use it in the first place.

      Anyway, if you wish to override the default layout width settings, there is such a possibility allowed by 960.gs itself. There’s a detailed information on the 960.gs official website

      • February 18, 2012 at 02:09

        Can you name a top 25 eCommerce site that uses this standard? We sell office supplies and I know the top 3 office stores in the US don’t use this standard. I hate that it shrinks the amount of space available. And if we resize as you suggest, that will mess up the blocks functionality I assume.

        • February 20, 2012 at 10:55

          Dear Brandon,

          As you can see here in the Top 25 Best E-Commerce Sites of 2011 list, 23 of 25 sites use a limited-width layout.

          It is of course, doesn’t mean there is namely 960.gs involved, but it is clear that these page could be created with 960.gs, and 960.gs is primarily designed to be used to create such pages.

          The matter of full-width layout with 960.gs has been widely discussed already (stackoverflow gives some really helpful tips).

          There’s also a thing called Adapt.js, which might come in handy, too.

          Still, as you said, custom modifications you make may lead to unpredictable layout changes.

          • February 20, 2012 at 19:44

            I’m not talking about limited-width layouts vs. full-width layouts. I don’t have a problem with limited-width layouts. I have a problem with the fact that the 960 limited width layout is SMALLER than the current CS-Cart fixed width. In other words, we’re going backwards since we have less screen real estate to work with. Fixed width is VERY common, my point was that 960 is NOT when it comes to real eCommerce sites. Give us fixed width, but it would be much better if it was at least as big as the current fixed width size.

          • February 20, 2012 at 19:46

            Also, that is laughable that you would give me a link to the top 25 best ecommerce sites based on someone’s opinion. I’m talking about the REAL top 25 best ecommerce sites based on SALES which matters a whole lot more than someone’s opinion on design. It doesn’t matter if a designer likes a site, it matters if the customer likes the site and buys from it. And with less screen real estate to work with, we will be more limited as to the layouts we can show.

            • April 16, 2012 at 10:18

              Dear Albert,

              You contribution is very welcome, I do think this add-on will be found useful by many. I have posted the link to your add-on in our Twitter for more people to know.

              Thanks a million!

  • February 16, 2012 at 01:31

    And where do we report bugs? For example, the quick links and menus sections in the admin panel under “design” are redundant.

  • February 16, 2012 at 01:33

    This is not a very touch-friendly design. For example, if I press on a main nav link, it takes me to that link instead of allowing me to select a subcategory from the dropdown box.

    • February 16, 2012 at 11:30

      Good point!

      Just tested it on a touch-screen device, and this is indeed a little inconvenient. Still, it doesn’t appear to be a big trouble either.

      Changing the menu reveal behavior might make the interface slightly more touch-friendly, but far less convenient for desktop-users. which is a far bigger audience.

      Still, for mobile device users there is Twigmo, which integrates perfectly with touch interfaces.

      Anyway, there is some touch-screen optimization to be performed later on. Thanks for the hint!

      • February 16, 2012 at 18:26

        I think we need to distinguish between “touch” and “mobile”. For example, an iPad doesn’t need a “mobile” experience, it needs a “touch-optimized” experience. In fact a pure mobile looking interface would really shrink the look and functionality of a site on an iPad.

        And that is short-sighted to say that there are a lot more desktop users. Touch devices will outnumber desktop devices in the near future. And as your customers keep trying to tell you, Twigmo is not a good solution. It’s buggy and not very elegant. I much prefer a touch-optimized experience all the time and not have a separate mobile/desktop/iPad experience.

  • February 16, 2012 at 13:01

    Wow! I always thought the front end design let the product down, especially since the control panel was refreshed. This looks pretty good straight out of the box, great work.

    1 question, if I was to install this and start developing a website which will be launched in the future will I be ok to use the normal update process via the control panel to upgrade up to the gold/live version or will I have to keep downloading from the forum?


    • February 16, 2012 at 15:18

      Hello Christophe!

      Thank you for the kind words, they are really appreciated :-)

      Answering your question, there will be no upgrade process from RC to the final release version. For a developer the release candidate should be considered more as a sandbox to try out the new features.

  • February 18, 2012 at 05:13

    Does this allow “Featured Products” “Newest Products” etc to still be placed on the front page via the admin menu by default?

    • February 20, 2012 at 11:02

      Hello Phil,

      Yes, surely, you can put Featured Products, Newest Products, or any other block on the front page, as well as in any other location.

  • February 18, 2012 at 05:15

    Another suggestion would be when someone sends you an email from the contact feature, when I receive it in my inbox, have it show who the email comes from (whatever the person entered into their email) instead of everytime someone uses the contact feature showing that it comes from my website. Its really hard to find anything if your looking for a specific persons email. Thanks

  • February 18, 2012 at 22:21

    I have no say for new release v.3 (Its “Awsome!” and kickoff!! YEhaaa!) Congrats!! I falling love with cs-cart since firstime use, just hate when

    1. upgrade part because need much work to do – if a lot of modification. hopefully there is easy way for upgrading CS-CART: version 2.0.15 to v. 3

    2. Expensive fee part :D

    3. Hopefully twigmo opensource and free for member since 2009 :”>

    Thank you team cs-cart

    • February 20, 2012 at 11:08


      Thank you for such kind words :-)

      The upgrade process is not yet fully developed. We are trying to make it as easy as possible to upgrade from CS-Cart 2.x to version 3. Which is quiet a task because, as you mentioned, there’s a lot of modifications involved.

      Twigmo add-on is a module with open source, you are free to modify it as you please :-)

  • February 19, 2012 at 00:58

    Greetings Cs-Cart,

    I’ve waited for quite a while to have the cart move away from the archaic table layout, and I cannot thank you enough for making it compatible with 960.gs. I also noticed that you’ve overhauled the UI elements to make use of image sprites, and the product pages now inherently support better web forms; highly appreciated.

    I must say that you’ve forced me into a position where I’ll have to convince my clients to wait for 3.0, I do hope it’s in the near future.

    A highly pleased developer,

    P. S. Will this be a paid upgrade? If yes, could I get an approximate about the charges?

    • February 20, 2012 at 11:26


      Thanks for appreciation!

      The final release is probably a matter of several months. Can’t yet be more precise, sorry.

      The 2.x to 3 upgrade will not cost you extra. If you have a valid upgrade subscription, you will be able to upgrade to 3 just as if it was any other version.

  • February 20, 2012 at 16:32


    What about APC compatibility?

    Thank you in advance.

  • February 22, 2012 at 10:44

    social media icons of products?

  • February 22, 2012 at 11:18

    There are many languages.but still no Turkish language :( :( :(

    • February 22, 2012 at 11:20

      Hello Serdar,

      May you be able to contribute the Turkish translation? We have special offers for the clients who help translate CS-Cart.

      • February 22, 2012 at 13:46

        I can help for Turkish language.

          • February 22, 2012 at 14:00

            okey.I sent message to

  • February 22, 2012 at 22:15

    Thank you for this great job. It will be better if you guys can combine around 20 css files to 1-3 css files, which will speed up page loading and be friendly for SEO.

  • February 26, 2012 at 17:09

    Hello CS-Cart,

    Well v3 looks impressive and I really like the mega menu out of the box. I’m just about to start a design to transfer my CubeCart website over to CS and I was going to use this mega menu http://codecanyon.net/item/css3-mega-drop-down-menu/126387 and code by hand as I want control over how and what people see in a menu.

    So, if I develop the website site using the current v2 using this menu will I have a problem upgrading to v3 of CS-Cart?

    Also I really like the image management ie. thumbs and image swop. is there a plugin or code to use now that will be v3 friendly?

    • February 27, 2012 at 11:42

      Hi Sergei,

      Integrating this megamenu surely involves template editing. The 2.x templates will be unusable in CS-Cart 3, so you will have to re-integrate this menu again.

      Still, since CS-Cart 3 has highly customizable menu right out of the box I can see no good point in using a 3rd party. You can customize menu appearance any way you like with be assigning a custom CSS-class to it right in the block manager.

  • February 27, 2012 at 07:46

    that looks like opencart ????

  • February 27, 2012 at 15:12

    This looks good! Does CS-Cart finally offer volumeweight in the shipping module, EU VAT calculations, and paybycash / Ukash payments?

    I hope to start using my cs-cart license and possibly by more licenses.

    • February 27, 2012 at 15:16

      And also does CS-cart support shipping by the Dutch postal service: PostNL (previously TNT-Post Netherlands)

  • March 1, 2012 at 22:23

    Hello dear developers cs-cart. Our store oils, chemicals, motor oils and spare parts is actively looking for a system that is appropriate for the creation of our business on the Internet. Your system really came to us, but there are a couple of nuances that would have given us the green light to purchase your product.
    We sell the oil and butter of this product where a product has several varieties. Here’s an example:
    Engine Oil 10W-40 has a different canister-4L 10L 20L, that would not create a lot of products creates a single, where you can choose the displacement and send to the trash.
    We want to know whether the solution to our problem in your code?
    That is, the ability to add variety to the product part number and price of each variety, as well as import and export of these species through a system of import / export price lists.
    It is essential that the system would have felt that kind of product – is a separate product. Modification of prices in the parameters – I was not happy, given that the import and export prices in the base code is not provided, and manually edit the number of positions – it’s a waste of time.

    Pay attention to how this functionality is on the system Simpla (http://simplacms.ru/)
    If this problem will be solved, and I think that this functionality is useful not only for me but for other businesses, we will buy your system and will continue to use your services.

    Also, please consider the possibilities:
    1) The premises on the image of the goods Leibs “Action”, “Hit of sales”, etc.
    2) Ability to place blocks between the goods and the description of the goods. Very convenient place to add the action!

    I look forward to your reply, Regards Andrew.

  • March 2, 2012 at 11:43

    CS-Cart 3 looks great, I like the new layout and design. But just like what Brandon has pointed out, I don’t like the rather narrow 960 width too.

    • March 2, 2012 at 12:28

      Thanks Jasmine,

      I am happy you like the new CS-Cart look!

      There is a resource called Adaptive.js that may come in handy to make wider layouts in 960gs.

  • March 5, 2012 at 03:57

    Great look indeed.

  • March 5, 2012 at 10:15

    I want to display images like zappos.com or amazon.com, when choosing an option product options (color) will appear only as products of the selected color

    • March 7, 2012 at 16:25

      Oh no, I mean

      For example:
      A shirt with many colors, each color has a lot of pictures (front, rear, left, right …)

      – When I select the green jacket, the entire small images in the gallery will only be green image.

      – And when I choose the black image in the small gallery of images appear only in black.

      How to do it?

  • March 6, 2012 at 17:41

    I have been fiddling around with the CS cart RC 3 and I like it – getting used to all the features. Indeed has all things I need. However 3 things I wanted to know, 2 rather silly I guess:) Do pardon my negligence if I haven’t gone through the details yet.

    1) When I use the Design mode and try to edit a particular item, I get the error “Error
    Oops, something went wrong (parsererror). Please try again.” What could be the problem?

    2) While installing, there was a section which referred to changing permissions of some folders – I changed the permission of all the files in it as well? Did I do it right or I just needed to change the permission for the folders only and not the contents?

    3) This is quite important to me regarding top menu – I would rather like the top menu to hold not only category links but particular page links as well. Can this mix bag be applied to the top menu? I searched but couldn’t find an answer.

    Thanks in advance

    • March 7, 2012 at 15:02

      Hello Ben!

      Thank you, happy you like CS-Cart 3 :-)

      1) You should post this bug to the bug tracker. The developers will review and fix it.
      2) It is absolutely correct to assign the permissions to all the files in the folders, you did it just right. Actually, otherwise you must’ve experienced problems with file uploads etc.
      3) You can place a Pages block with the necessary pages just next to the Top menu block in the same grid. This could be an easy way to have both categories and pages listed in the upper page part.

      If you have any questions regarding these or any other points, feel free to ask!

  • March 7, 2012 at 19:24


    On front of Cs-cart.com you have a slide with the new CS-cart and you have store 1 with one template and store 2 with other template. From what i see the default template for cs-cart 3 is the same from store 2 and i want to know if you will release the template from store1 (LAMOS).

    thank you

    • March 11, 2012 at 10:11

      Hi Sorin,

      The mentioned LAMOS template is merely a mockup at the time. It will be released later on.
      CS-Cart 3 will be released with 1 customer area template, which, though, you will be able to modify.

  • March 8, 2012 at 12:47

    Will CS-Cart 2.X users need to migrate their database to 3.X? Or is the migration script only for RC to Final?

    • March 11, 2012 at 10:07

      Hello Pete,

      Yes, database will have to be migrated from CS-Cart 2.2.4 to CS-Cart 3.
      A specially provided add-on will be used to accomplish that, you can read more in detail in this post.

  • March 12, 2012 at 21:03

    I just tweeted a suggestion for a Menu and Quicklink URL builder. This is SORELY missing!


  • March 13, 2012 at 20:16

    Turkish language file, ready for cs-cart 3.
    and would like to share


    Can provide support for the Turkish cs-cart?

    • March 14, 2012 at 17:03


      Thank you for your work!

      Please leave a message via HelpDesk so we are able to review the translation you made.
      If you are not a registered CS-Cart user, please use the contact form.

  • March 17, 2012 at 15:26

    any update about the DATE OF stable version?

    • March 19, 2012 at 09:23

      Hi Murat,

      The final release date is not yet confirmed, anyway it is a matter of several weeks now.
      We will announce the exact release date as soon as we can.

  • March 21, 2012 at 13:58

    The greater the number of categories, the list is enormous.
    Rather than a list, why not be able to select Ajax suggest?
    (And of course products)

  • March 23, 2012 at 09:45

    I just bought a professional license a month ago,
    when version 3 comes out, will i get free update?

    • March 23, 2012 at 10:37

      Hello Jamie,

      Yes, the update will be available for you for free.

      When you purchased the license you were given a year long access to new CS-Cart versions, updates and security patches free of charge.

      If you’ve got any further questions, I’d be happy to answer.

  • March 24, 2012 at 19:28

    Hi, i have a question, i am testing your RC3 version local and i found that the “quick search” and “import” features are not working as usual.
    I’m doing something wrong or is simply in the RC version?.
    Thank you and very nice work!

    • March 26, 2012 at 11:25

      Hello Jorge,

      The Quick search add-on is no longer supported in CS-Cart 3, it has already been excluded from the installation package. Its is to be replaced with Searchanise, a much more powerful tool developed by our company as well. It’s a service that both enables search suggestions and dramatically improves search speed.

      As for the Import feature, could you please be more specific on this one? What exactly seems to be the problem?


      • March 26, 2012 at 17:51

        Thank you for your answer, what I mean by the import module is that I tried to import a csv file and not done, i have it installed on a local server. Maybe i`m doing something wrong.

  • March 27, 2012 at 16:09

    Hi,i really like the new design and layout of cs-cart 3 Rc.But the only problem with the new version is that java script and css have doubled in size,on average a page is now 700 kb.Will it be less when you realise the official version.

    • March 28, 2012 at 11:19

      Hello Gerrit,

      Yes, there’s some CSS refactoring to come before the final release.
      Also, there a way to set up JavaScript files compression using the js_compression setting in the config file.

  • March 29, 2012 at 05:10

    Really impressed with the new default layout. Much better foundation to build on than the old one.

    You have come a long way in these years.

    I will evaluate it closer and probably upgrade instead of going with Magento. The filtering system design is way better.

    • April 2, 2012 at 09:56

      Hello Johan,

      Thank you for the kind words! If you have any questions regarding any CS-Cart functionality, do not hesitate to ask.

  • April 2, 2012 at 21:40

    What is the difference between the multi-vendor edition and the ultimate edition? I thought the ultimate edition was replacing the multi-vendor edition, but I see that there are downloads for both editions.

    • April 3, 2012 at 13:07

      Dear Chris,

      Multi-Vendor edition offers 1 shared storefront and separate administrator panels with separate order processing for vendors.
      Whereas Ultimate is all about 1 admin panel and multiple storefronts. Though it is possible to set up storefront access permissions in CS-Cart Ultimate too.

      If you have any more specific questions about CS-Cart editions, please ask.

  • April 4, 2012 at 20:17

    Hi! Looks great!
    Any more news as to when it will be released?
    I wanted to purchase the multi-vendor edition, and do some customizations of the customer and vendor account. If I do them on the current version and then upgrade to version 3, will they be automaticaly taken into account? Or should I wait for version 3 to be released on have the customizations done then? Thanks!

    • April 5, 2012 at 11:08

      Hello Alexandra,

      CS-Cart 3 release is expected in the middle of April. We have a little delay in release date due to CSS refactoring and general optimization.

      I advice you to postpone your customizations till CS-Cart 3 is released. It is a major release, and the changes compared with CS-Cart 2.x.x are quiet significant, so your customizations will probably require adapting.

      If you have any more questions, I am glad to answer!

      • April 5, 2012 at 17:19

        Will searchanise be enabled by the time CS-Cart 3 releases?

        • April 6, 2012 at 15:03

          Hi Brandon,

          Searchanise is currently being adapted for CS-Cart 3. You can expect to see it enabled in CS-Cart 3.

          • April 10, 2012 at 23:02

            It sure doesn’t sound like this is going to be ready by the middle of April.

      • April 10, 2012 at 20:03

        Hello, Thanks.
        If I download now the version 3 and configure it like I want to, and purchase it when it is released, will the configuration be taken into account?
        I could do that and THEN have it customized?

        or should I wait til it is released to start working on its configuration?

        Thank you

        • April 11, 2012 at 12:04

          Dear Alexandra,

          You will be able to import products from an RC to the final release, we’ll release a special script to do it.

          Design and configuration are better be set up on the final version directly, for we can’t guarantee full compatibility between release candidates and the final version.

  • April 11, 2012 at 06:18

    I’m testing CS-Cart v3 multi-vendor edition these days and it seems to fit my need (almost). But I don’t understand one thing about the RMA add-on.

    I’m doing the following scenario:
    1) I order 2 items from 2 vendors (1 from each vendor)
    2) I change the order status to “Complete” to simulate the payment and the shippement
    3) As a customer, I request a return and refund from one article
    4) As an admin I receive this RMA request and I go to the *Action Tab* to change it to => *Approved* and recalculate the order.
    5) On the customer side, I can see that the return is approved under the “Return infos”.

    The problem is:
    – The total $ of this order is not recalculated (no -xxx$)
    – On the “Vendors Account Balance” I don’t see and -xxx$ for this return

    What am I doing wrong ? How to can make this simple scenario to work properly ?

    Thanks in advance :) CS-Cart is so cool !

    • April 11, 2012 at 16:40

      Hello Patrick,

      Actually, I have performed all your actions step by step and it all worked just flawlessly for me: the total has been correctly recalculated, as well as the data on the Vendors Account Balance page has been accurately changed.

      I can’t really see any reason for the issue based on the description you provided. Please, try it on with the latest RC and on a clean installation. If you will still be able to reproduce the issue, please post it on our bug tracker.

      Thanks a lot for your attentiveness!

      • April 11, 2012 at 17:54

        Hi :)

        I’m going to reinstall a try it again !

        • April 12, 2012 at 11:54

          Thanks Patrick! I could reproduce your problem.

          It seems that the issue occurs when there’s a free shipping involved. Otherwise the returned order cost is replaced with the shipping cost.

          There’s surely nothing you do wrong, and it’s a bug that needs fixing. Please, submit it on the bug tracker, you can even leave the link to your screencast.

          I am sure this bug will be fixed ASAP.

          Thanks again for your help improving CS-Cart!

          • April 12, 2012 at 15:26

            Hi Konstantin,
            Thanks for your answer! I can’t post on the bug tracker (The following errors were found: Your company has no active licenses) when I’m trying to create an account on your forum. I’m going to buy the license but when v3 is released. Can you post it for me ?


  • April 13, 2012 at 23:30

    I really like you new RC, it is very nice and looks great,
    one thing, what if the products weight is added on the products page (admin and store front), and then a total weight appears on the check out page, where at that time will be easy to calculate the shipping charges, as we all know shipping companies go by the total weight . it is just a suggestion.
    Again Good work, can not wait until the final release. :-)

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