CS-Cart Video Tutorials
Lesson 1. How to Install CS-Cart Shopping Cart Software
A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step. The installation is the first step in handling ecommerce software. This is a step by step instruction for the CS-Cart installation process. It takes only around 10 minutes to install the CS-Cart program on a web hosting and the process is easy and intuitive.
Lesson 2. How to Install New CS-Cart Add-ons
If you lack something with the CS-Cart ecommerce software solution, you can easily fix this by add-ons. Various features, user-friendly interfaces, and easy installation processes — this is what defines CS-Cart add-ons. Here’s a step by step guide for the CS-Cart add-on installation process. It takes only around 5 minutes to download and install an add-on from CS-Cart Marketplace and the process is easy and intuitive.
Lesson 3. Backup and Restore in the CS-Cart Web Store Solution
The first rule of any computer user is “backup your data”. From this video you will learn how to backup data in the CS-Cart ecommerce site builder software, what’s the difference between files backup and database backup, and how to restore the data if anything went wrong.
Lesson 4. CS-Cart General Settings — Part 1
Before launching the ecommerce store it would be smart to tweak some of the online store settings according to your preferences. This is the first part of the CS-Cart General Settings Guide. In this video we explore some of the basic settings our webstore builder has and explain what the Default Location is used for.
Lesson 6. CS-Cart General Settings — Part 3
Before launching the web shop it would be smart to tweak some of the e-commerce store settings according to your preferences. This is the third part of the CS-Cart General Settings Guide. In this video we finish our tour around general webstore creator settings and learn new things about Users/Cart settings, Proxy server setup, and Search options.
Lesson 7. CS-Cart Appearance Settings — Part 1
This is the first part of the CS-Cart Appearance Settings Guide. Appearance is not just the way you web store looks like but how convenient it is. That’s why appearance settings in CS-Cart ecommerce shop software change not only the storefront but the Admin panel, too. In this video we speak about appearance settings of the admin panel.
Lesson 8. CS-Cart Appearance Settings — Part 2
This is the second part of the CS-Cart Appearance Settings Guide. Appearance settings determine how user-friendly your ecommerce storefront can be. If the storefront is convenient and everything is at hand, then online customers would be more likely to buy something from your web shop. In this video we speak about appearance settings of the storefront.
Lesson 9. CS-Cart Appearance Settings — Part 3
This is the third and final part of the CS-Cart Appearance Settings Guide. Appearance settings include a number of settings to organize product lists on an online storefront. Using them you can create a unique layout for products on the storefront. There is also a common settings section related to date and time format, notifications, and specifically Email templates mode that defines the look of emails and documents in the internet store.
Lesson 10. CS-Cart Settings — Checkout
In the CS-Cart web store builder checkout process can be tweaked in any possible way. You can disable guest checkouts to make checkout process more rigorous and thorough, or lift all restrictions and accept orders even without shipping and payment methods to be selected. The choice is yours.
Lesson 12. CS-Cart Settings — Logging, Reports, Settings Wizard, and Licensing Mode
This video is related to several topics: Logging — what is supposed to be written in logs; Reports — date and time format of sales reports; Settings Wizard is a step by step instruction to quickly set up all essential settings in the CS-Cart shopping cart tool; Licensing mode — choose between a full license, or 30-day trial mode.
Lesson 13. CS-Cart Design — Overview
This is an overview of design features of the CS-Cart shopping cart application. All design features in CS-Cart software are found under the Design title of the Admin panel. Themes, Layouts, Templates, Email templates, Documents, Menus, Product tabs. All together they create a unique storefront, where Themes determine the outer look, Layouts — the inner structure, Templates — for precise look tweaking, Menus — to organize information into short consistent lists, Product tabs — to organize the information about a product on a product detailed page.
Lesson 14. CS-Cart Design — Themes & Styles
Themes in the CS-Cart online shop system determine the general look of the storefront. It controls both layouts and styles. By changing theme you drastically change the whole look of your web store including its structure. Styles are less invasive, they only change the color, fonts, and other minor look features. Besides that the default Bright theme can adjust to any type of the screen, so customers can easily buy from your internet store on phones, and tablet PCs.
Lesson 15. CS-Cart Design — Layouts. Part 1
In the CS-Cart shopping cart system layouts serve as a structure for online store pages. Using this tool you control what information and in what way will be presented on the storefront. This video is dedicated to main concepts of layouts: blocks and containers (also called grids). Blocks contain pieces of information like logos, product details, breadcrumbs, etc. While containers are used for a better page zoning. By juggling blocks and containers you can create design that would be the best for you.
Lesson 16. CS-Cart Design — Layouts. Part 2
In the CS-Cart web store system layouts serve as a structure for ecommerce store pages. Using this tool you control what information and in what way will be presented on the storefront. This time we speak about another main concept of layouts — layout pages. A layout page represents either a certain type of storefront pages, or a specific storefront page like checkout or cart pages. They are completely customizable to create a truly unique look of your web shop.
Lesson 17. CS-Cart Design — Menus. Part 1
Menus is a part of the Design section in the CS-Cart shopping cart application. They help to organize different types of content displayed on pages into short consistent lists. By using menus you can provide lots of useful information without occupying too much space on the storefront. This part of the two-part video is about general menu features and menu creation process.
Lesson 18. CS-Cart Design — Menus. Part 2
Menus is a part of the Design section in the CS-Cart electronic commerce solution. They help to organize different types of content displayed on pages into short consistent lists. By using menus you can provide lots of useful information without occupying too much space on the storefront. In this part of the two-part video we show how to add a new menu to the storefront through blocks.
Lesson 19. Products — Categories. Part 1
This is the first part of a two-part video about categories in the CS-Cart ecommerce shop software. Categories come in handy when you lots of products of different types in your web store. In this video we are going to discuss what categories are used for, what is their structure, and how to manage them.
Lesson 20. Products — Categories. Part 2
This is the second part of a two-part video about categories in the CS-Cart shopping cart platform. Categories come in handy when you lots of products of different types in your online store. In this video we are going to speak about category properties. For convenience, properties are grouped under several tabs.
Lesson 21. Products — Product List
Product List is a general name for all products presented on the Product page in the Admin panel of CS-Cart open source shopping cart software. Though it might seem that this page is just a list there are plenty of things you can do right on it without diving into product details. Learn about them by watching this video.
Lesson 22. Products — General. Part 1
In this two-part video we are going to overview the general product settings in the CS-Cart ecommerce store system. Filling the general settings is required to start selling the product online. This time we are looking at Information, Options, and Pricing sections of the General tab.
Lesson 23. Products — General. Part 2
In this two-part video we are going to overview the general product settings in the CS-Cart ecommerce shopping cart system. Filling the general settings is required to start selling the product online. In the second part we discuss Availability and Extra sections of the General tab.
Lesson 24. Products — Options. Part 1
This is another two-part video this time dedicated to options. Product options appear on the product details page on the storefront as selectable or input parameters to the product. In the first part we will take a look at the global product options. Global product options are found at Products → Options. These options are usually can be applied to lots of products in the web shop.
Lesson 25. Products — Options. Part 2
This is another two-part video this time dedicated to options. Product options appear on the product details page on the storefront as selectable or input parameters to the product. In the second part we will discuss local product options and option combinations. Local product options and combinations are managed on the Options tab of the detailed product page in the Admin Panel.
Lesson 26. Products — Shipping Properties
This video is about the Shipping properties tab of the detailed product page. This tab contains a number of product properties that are important for automatic shipping cost calculation in a web shop. We are going to show the correlation between these properties, shipping methods settings, and the final shipping cost.
Lesson 29. Products — Filters
Today we speak about filters functionality in one of the best web store software — CS-Cart. Filters are a part and parcel of any modern store. Using them online customers quickly find the products that meet specific parameters. The parameters for filters can be either the standard product fields or the extra fields defined in Products → Features.
Lesson 30. Products — Product Tabs
There is the Product tabs tab in the product settings, it determines what tabs would be used for the selected products in an online shop. Also on this tab you can change the content of tabs created manually on the main Products tabs page located at Design → Product tabs.
Lesson 32. Products — CSV Export & Import. Part 1
Using CSV files is the fastest way of adding and editing new products in a web shop. You can not just add and edit thousands of products at once but you can also select what product fields must be edited. In the first part we export already existing products and edit them.
Lesson 33. Products — CSV Export & Import. Part 2
Using CSV files is the fastest way of adding and editing new products in an ecommerce shop. You can not just add and edit thousands of products at once but you can also select what product fields must be edited. In the second part we import edited products back, and also add new products to the list.
Lesson 34. Customers — Administrators & Privileges
By default the CS-Cart shopping cart software has the following types of user accounts: Administrators and Customers. This video is about administrators and their privileges. You will learn how to create administrator accounts of different types, distribute privileges among them, and what the Admin Panel looks like for administrators with different sets of privileges.
Lesson 35. Customers — Customers & User Groups
By default the CS-Cart ecommerce platform has the following types of user accounts: Administrators and Customers. This video is about customers and user groups. Customers and user groups are closely related to each other. With user groups you can distribute sale offers, discounts and gifts among online store customers depending on their activity. This way you can award them for being loyal customers and encourage them to buy even more from you.
Lesson 36. Customers — Profile Fields
The CS-Cart shopping cart tool has a very flexible profile fields system which is nice for precise tuning of personal data that your online customers enter during registration or checkout. For example, you can leave contact information fields be available but not required but at the checkout on shipping and billing address step the customer will have to enter full personal data including country, region, city, etc. It is also worth mentioning that without some information post services do not accept orders, for example, zip or postal code.
Lesson 37. Customers — Redirecting Customers from Specific Regions to the Right Stores
In the CS-Cart ecommerce platform there is a feature that allows us to redirect online customers from specific regions to a separate web store created for a particular region. For example, there might a separate online shop for visitors from the UK and Canada, and another one for Australia and New Zealand.
Shippings & Payments
Lesson 38. Shippings & Payments — Shipping Methods
Shipping methods in the CS-Cart shopping cart tool are divided by rate calculation into two groups — manual and realtime. Manual calculation rates are set up by administrator and depend on the location, realtime rates are calculated automatically by the post service but require a license from the post service. There are also lots of settings for precise tuning of shipping methods. You can set up additional charges related to the cost of products, their weight and number of items. By the way, in case you work with manual shipping methods, cost dependencies for different regions become the general shipping cost.
Lesson 39. Shippings & Payments — Payment Methods
Payment methods in the CS-Cart ecommerce application are divided into two groups by processor — offline and online. Offline processors are used to process phone orders, checks and receipts. If you create offline payment method you can choose a template for it. Online processors are used for internet payments and bank transactions. In order to use online processors you will need an account of an online payment service, for example, PayPal or Amazon accounts. Instructions for setting up an online payment method are presented on the configure tab of the selected gateway. There are also lots of settings for precise tuning of payment methods that can be useful in different situations.
Lesson 41. Orders — Email Templates Editor
Starting with version 4.4.1, CS-Cart software comes with a built-in editor for the templates of email notifications. You can customize these templates according to your needs, or import the templates that were created and exported by someone else. The key features of the new editor are as follows — all notifications are now gathered in one place, easy notification editing, coding skills are not required, preview and test emails features, the Import/Export feature, and much more.
Lesson 42. Orders — Documents Editor
Starting with version 4.4.1, the CS-Cart shopping cart platform comes with a built-in editor for documents, such as invoices, packing slips, and gift certificates. You can customize the documents according to your needs, or import the documents that were created and exported by someone else. The key features of the new editor are as follows — both default and added documents can be edited via the WYSIWYG editor, all documents use one editing system, the content of documents can be managed by including conditions into code snippets, the Import/Export feature, and much more.
Lesson 43. Orders — How to Create an Order from the Storefront
This video demonstrates the most important process in the ecommerce store — the process of buying a product and submitting an order. The steps reviewed in this video are as follows — selecting a product, visiting cart page, checkout process, post-order actions and email notifications for online customers and administrators.
Lesson 46. Orders — Shipments
After the order is processed it is time to ship the products. The CS-Cart software solution has a flexible shipment system that allows you to ship all products with one shipment or divide an order into multiple shipments that can drastically differ from each other, and send products one by one.
Lesson 47. Content — Pages. Introduction
Pages contain general information about your online shop, staff, special promotions, gift certificates, etc. So, it is important to know how to create, group, and manage content in your ecommerce store. This video shows how to create a new page and add it to a storefront.
Lesson 48. Content — Pages. Part 1
The next step in managing pages in your online shopping platform is to organize them into consistent structure called page tree. The structure is based on root pages and subpages. Root pages contain other related links under one title, subpages are assigned to root pages to create a structure. Subpages usually serve as content pages while root pages are just a part of table of contents. To place a page tree on a storefront we use layouts and blocks.
Lesson 49. Content — Pages. Part 2
After placing a page tree on a storefront there is still few things that you can use to manage web store pages. Add dynamic trees to root pages, or turn them into links to avoid empty pages. Add only the part of a tree that suits the desired page, and don’t display others. Also, you can just disable a block with a page tree on pages where this block is not required.
Lesson 50. Content — Languages & Translations
There are lots of ways to manage languages and translations in the CS-Cart platform. Even in the Admin Panel you can work with two languages at once — one is the interface language, another is the language of content. You can add new translations to your CS-Cart ecommerce tool via multiple sources including Crowdin platform, on-site content editing, and variables translated manually from the Admin Panel.
Marketing & SEO
Lesson 51. Marketing — Comments & Reviews
The comments and reviews add-on once installed can be found in many places of the online store. Store testimonials on the homepage, product ratings and reviews, category reviews if enabled, the feature to start conversations with administrators to discuss order details, and general comments for content pages — all these provided by the Comments and Reviews add-on. Watch this video to learn more about comments and reviews in the CS-Cart ecommerce application.
Lesson 52. Marketing — Promotions. Part 1
Promotions allow you to offer various bonuses to your online customers such as free products or discounts, if certain conditions are met. This video shows how customers can receive and apply promotions, what are the basic tools to manage promotions, and how to get to the promotions page on a web storefront.
Lesson 53. Marketing — Promotions. Part 2
Promotions are divided into two types — catalog promotions, and cart promotions. This video is dedicated to catalog promotions. Catalog promotions provide only discounts to certain products or categories. For example, all DVDs in the online shop have a 5% discount.
Lesson 54. Marketing — Promotions. Part 3
Promotions are divided into two types — catalog promotions, and cart promotions. This video is dedicated to cart promotions and condition groups that help to organize conditions if there is too many of them. Cart promotions allow you to set discounts and offer various bonuses: coupons, free shipping, free products, reward points, membership in a specific user group, etc. The list of possible conditions for those bonuses is bigger. The bonuses aren’t displayed in the catalog, but only on cart and checkout pages of your web shopping platform.
Lesson 55. Marketing — Abandoned/Live Carts
The Abandoned/Live carts section contains the lists of products that your web store visitors added to their carts and wishlists but didn’t purchase for some reason. Carts are saved for both registered and unregistered customers, but for registered customers, the products from the abandoned carts are automatically added to their carts when they visit your ecommerce shop again.
Lesson 56. Marketing — Newsletters
Newsletters is a powerful tool for organizing marketing campaigns. Create mailing lists and autoresponders, gather subscribers, prepare templates, and start sending newsletters to reach potential customers and raise sales. All the mentioned features are included into the Newsletters add-on.
Lesson 58. Marketing — Banners
Banners attract customers’ attention, notify them about offers and discounts. All in all it is a good addition to marketing features. Banners are provided by the Banners management add-on. From this video you will learn how to create banners, place them on an online storefront, and customize banners for separate pages.
Lesson 60. Marketing — Creating Automatic Discount Coupons for Customers
With automatic discount coupons you don’t need to create coupon codes by yourself each time the previous one has been used. It takes two steps to create an automatic discount coupon. First, we create a promotion with discount coupon. Second, we create a promotion that provides coupon codes.