Shop-Script 6

We are super excited to start shipping Shop-Script 6 today!

All-new comprehensive analytics tools provided by Shop-Script 6 are best-in-class among all existing ecommerce frameworks, and we are thrilled to continue our work on the new version and to deliver even better updates in the future.

Shop-Script 6 is free for developers and $249 (one-time license fee) for establishing a live commercial online store. Check out the demo, download the source code, or purchase a license.

Upgrade for all Shop-Script 5 users is free! Install the update via Installer app in your Webasyst backend — with just a single click.

New Shop-Script 6 is coming on March 25, 2015

We are super-excited to announce the upcoming release of Shop-Script 6 — a major update to Shop-Script 5 which we announced earlier. It's going to be the most functional and useful Shop-Script update yet!

  • Shop-Script 6 all-new analytics tools will be best-in-class compared to any other existing ecommerce platforms.
  • The update will be free for all Shop-Script 5 users!
  • With this update, we shall make the base Shop-Script license price even lower — just $249.
  • Shop-Script 6 will be compatible with all existing plugins and design themes for Shop-Script 5, and will install via Installer app with only one mouse click.
  • The new version will be released on March 25, 2015.

Early access

Check out the new Shop-Script 6 on its promo site: http://6.shop-script.com
Here is an invitation code for all our blog subscribers and followers to access Shop-Script 6 source code, download, and check out the live demo: SS6EARLYBIRD

The full list of new Shop-Script features: http://6.shop-script.com/#whatsnew

Can't wait for March 25? Just a few days are left!

Two whole years have passed since the very first release of Shop-Script 5. On February 12, 2013 we announced the first developer version of Shop-Script 5 for all who pre-ordered this new product, and one month later the official release became available.

During these two years, Shop-Script 5 has been being constantly enhanced and developed. Here are some interesting statistics as of February 18, 2015:

Big update to be released in March 2015

Right now we are working on the next big update for Shop-Script 5 which will be available next month, March this year. Here are some of the new features that will be added with this upcoming release:

  • Completely revised reports to facilitate the analysis of what products are selling best, which of them yield the most profit, where do customers come from, and how well your marketing investments are returned
  • Automatic rounding of prices converted from other currencies
  • Detailed information on how the discounts were calculated for each individual order
  • Improved product search algorithm
  • Multiple user interface enhancements
  • Separate design theme "Mobile" developed specially for mobile iOS and Android-powered devices
  • Automatic connection of orders to existing registered customers based on matching email address, even if the customer is not authorized (optional setting)
  • Much, much more!

All the suggestions which you have sent us during these two years have been taken into account for the development of this big upcoming update. If you still have interesting ideas for improving Shop-Script 5, and made more convenient and efficient, please feel free to add them by commenting on this blog post or add them as new topics in our support hub. We are always interested in receiving your suggestions and feedback, and we always review them as we work on the next update.

Happy New Year 2015!

Thanks to all of you who followed the development of Webasyst in 2014! During the past year we have completed an enormous amount of work and are very optimistic about our platform's future.

Results of 2014

Some up-to-date statistics:

  • Total number of Shop-Script 5 licenses is more than 5,000. The number of online stores hosted in Webasyst Cloud exceeds 1,000.
  • 505,618 updates of apps, plugins, and design themes installed via Webasyst Installer during the year.
  • Over 850 developers have received access to Shop-Script 5 repository.
  • Webasyst support team has processed over 26,000 customer requests.

Plans for 2015

  • In Q1 2015 we shall release a major update of Shop-Script with numerous extremely useful features including completely new sales reports and dozens of hot functions which you requested before.
  • Effective January 1, 2015, we shall discontinue customer support to users of the old version WebAsyst Shop-Script.
  • We shall open a new partner program for regional resellers and will work on expanding the distribution of Webasyst across the world and on its localization to other languages.
  • A special Helpdesk+CRM solution based on Helpdesk, Hub, Mailer, and Contacts PRO will be offered which will enable online store owners to provide customer support at an absolutely new, higher level.
  • Some more useful apps will be released to make Webasyst an even more convenient and flexible CMS+intranet system.
  • The global Webasyst developer and designer community will keep growing.

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We promise: The coming year will be even more interesting! Follow our news, and have a happy New Year!

Please note that Webasyst support team will be processing customer requests at a limited rate from December 30, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The normal operation of our support service will be resumed on January 5, 2015 (which is Monday).

If you are planning to submit your custom app, plugin, or design theme for publication in Webasyst Store, then please be patient as you may receive no feedback from the moderators from December 31, 2014 through January 12, 2015.

We are excited to announce a terrific update for Blog and Photos apps, which will make these apps even more powerful for bloggers and photo publishers.

New in Blog 1.3.0:

  • New "Mirror" editing mode: see real-time blog post preview as you type!
  • Full integration with Photos app: all photos uploaded via Blog app's WYSIWYG editor are now uploaded to Photos app, which allows you to use comprehensive photo management tools such as photos editing and on-fly thumbnail generation.
  • Photo album attachments: the ability to dynamically embed photo album content in any blog post.
  • Multiple functional and user-interface related improvements.

New in Photos 1.2.0:

  • New album navigation with support for beautiful album covers (demo).
  • Integration with Blog app: view and edit images uploaded via Blog app's WYSIWYG editor.
  • Full support for Retina displays in Photos app backend.
  • Multiple functional and user-interface related improvements.

The update for both apps is available for free via Installer app within your Webasyst backend.
If you are new to Webasyst, create an account in the cloud or download and install Blog and Photos apps on your server.

If you are using a customized version of one of free stock themes, some modifications may be required for activating new features such as photo albums attachment and album navigation. See the full list of design theme changes in this update:

Blog design theme changes:

Photos theme changes:


We have released Hub, a multi-purpose tool for organizing an open feedback section on your website. This will help you to establish close connections to your customers in the form of a forum, a knowledge base, a question-and-answer center, a new ideas discussion and bug reporting page, or user guides and related materials — all in one app!

Hub will enable your clients to find answers to their questions directly on your website, without contacting your support service, vote for other clients' comments and answers, and participate in discussions.

Below are some examples of how you can use Hub on your own website:

Please share your ideas and suggestions on further development of the new Hub app either in the comments section below, or in a separate hub in our Help section. We plan to make the app so effective that you never want to turn back to any forums. Our Hub app will allow every website and online store to create their own open and efficient communication center for customers, to ensure that answers to customers' questions are always easily available, so that website owners can spend minimum time on providing customer support.

Thank you for your feedback and valuable suggestions!

The new app is provided free of charge to developers on GitHub. To receive access to the repository, please sign up. Access is granted automatically.

Hub's ordinary price is $149. Until the end of this week, through December 5, 2014, the new app is available at a special launch price of $89! Buy now »


Effective January 1, 2015 we will discontinue technical support and other consultations to users of old versions of all WebAsyst family apps including WebAsyst Shop-Script, Help Desk, Files, Mail, and other products.

You may continue using the purchased licenses without any limitations and you can download the latest versions of old apps in your Customer Center account at any time. However, should you need any support on those products on January 1, 2015 or later, you will be able to receive it only in the knowledge base on our website and not from Webasyst support service.

Outdated versions of WebAsyst apps were removed from sale in September 2013, and since that time we have been working on our new software platform, Webasyst framework and the new Shop-Script 5. Today Shop-Script 5 is a very feature-rich platform for creating an online store. Since its first release in March 2013, we have made available over 60 updates for this product by adding new useful functionality with each update. By the number of built-in functionality, setup flexibility, and conformity with the requirements of modern web standards, Shop-Script 5 is far ahead of its previous version. The ability of easily extending its basic functionality by means of numerous plugins developed by our partners makes the platform really flexible and powerful.

Webasyst has been updated to version 1.3.0.

Framework update and improved user inteface wa-1.3.css

The most important changes are improved user interface of the framework backend and newer versions of basic system components.

  • Single font selection rules have been applied to Webasyst backend and Default 2.0 design theme.

    For navigation elements and titles font family Helvetica Neue (Trebuchet MS and Arial in Windows) is used, for other text Lucida Grande (Lucida Sans Unicode in Windows). In previous versions primarily font families Lucida Grande and Arial were used.
  • All graphical elements in backend have been optimized for Retina displays: icons, userpics, dialogs, Webasyst backend login form, etc.

    Now it is much more enjoyable to work with Webasyst on Retina displays; e.g., on iPad or on MacBook Pro!
  • jQuery library used in Webasyst backend has been updated to jQuery 1.11.1. Previous version jQuery 1.8.2 remains available in the distribution package and will be removed only after all available apps, plugins, and design themes are updated to use newer jQuery versions. We shall additionally inform you in advance when outdated jQuery versions will be removed from the framework.
  • WYSIWYG editor has been updated to Redactor 10.
  • Minor errors have been fixed.

Apps update

Shop-Script 5, Site, Blog, Photos, Mailer, and Helpdesk have been updated to ensure compatibility with new framework version Webasyst 1.3.0.

To Shop-Script 5 users: New functionality will be added in version Shop-Script 5.3.0, we are now working on this major update and will tell you more about it a little later.

We have released a plugin for the Contacts app, which significantly enhances its functionality. You can quickly evaluate the difference by looking at the contact management panels shown in the picture below (before and after installation of the PRO plugin):

Important features of Contacts PRO

Advanced search by any field and various conditions including data provided by other apps; e.g., "find customers who ordered certain product within specified period". A search query can be saved as a permanent filter available in the left navigation bar for further use.

Field constructor enables you to add custom fields to contact profiles so that you can store additional information about your contacts, which may be required for your business needs.

Contact import from CSV files or simple text copied and pastes into a text field will enable you to quickly fill your contact database by transferring data from various address books and other sources.

Search and auto-merging of duplicate contacts helps to easily find contacts with identical email addresses or mobile phones and merge them to eliminate excessive records in your contacts database.

Online log of user and customer actions shows information about different actions performed in your Webasyst backend and in customers' online accounts: logins, logouts, adding and editing data, new orders, new support requests, registration, signup for newsletters, unsubscription from mailings, etc. This functionality will enable you to analyze online activity of your customers and employees to improve the overall efficiency of your business process.

Event planning in a common corporate calendar available to backend users.

Birthday list displayed on a calendar to help you remember the birthdays of all your colleagues, partners, and customers.

Email notifications on users' actions, birthdays, and scheduled events.

Notes can be added to any contact to store arbitrary text information about anyone.

Company is a new contact type. Person contacts can be associated with company contacts.

"On map" mode to let you view contacts' addresses on a Google map one by one or in groups.

Registration (signup) form is a tool for collecting contact information from your website visitors. They can submit their name, and email address or phone number. You can use these data to establish contact with your clients and thus create your unique contacts database to develop your business.

Special notes about transition from Contacts to Contacts PRO

After the installation of the PRO plugin, all your contacts and current settings will remain the same. Most basic functionality available in the Contacts app will also remain available with the PRO plugin. The most notable change is connected with contact categories. We have decided not to support categories, because in the PRO plugin we have introduced contact lists and filters, which offer more useful functionality and are a powerful replacement for categories.

In the basic version of Contacts there are two types of contact categories:

  1. System categories are automatically created, maintained, and completed by other Webasyst apps. For example, the "Store" category is created when the first customer places an order in your online store, and this customer is added to that special category. Similar to the store, the first registered author of the a comment in the blog is added to special "Blog" category.
  2. Custom categories can be created manually when you are using the basic Contacts app.

When the PRO plugin is installed, both of these category types are retained in the form of contact lists, and you can continue using the as before. However, once you delete any of them, you cannot restore it any more. Instead of that, you can run contact search by the conditions which were used to complete the previous category, and save your query as a permanent filter. A filter looks very similar to a category, but its internal operating principle would be different; a filter always displays up-to-date contact data returned at the time when you open a filter in your backend, while a category is completed and updated only when it is required so by the application it is connected with.

Example

Suppose a customer has placed his first order in your online store. This customer will be automatically added to the "Store" category. Later his order may be canceled. However, that customer will still remain in the "Store" category even though he has no new or completed orders any more and may even become your partner or colleague in the future.

Compare this behavior with that of a filter in Contacts PRO. Suppose that we perform contact search by condition "placed a new order in online store" and save this query as a filter named "Store (new order)". When a customer places a new order, he is taken into account by this filter and is displayed when you select this filter. When an order of such a customer is canceled, then the customer is automatically deleted from the filtered list. This is how you can use filter "Store (new orders)" to view an up-to-date list of your customers who have just placed new orders. Now let us create another filter "placed order which is currently in 'Completed' state". This filter will display all customers who have paid for ordered items and already received them.

So, instead of one system category named "Store" in Contacts app, you can set up an arbitrary number of various contact selection filters using Contacts PRO plugin; e.g.:

Placed order and chose shipping method "X"
Paid for order
Placed order which is currently being delivered
Purchased product "X" in September
Placed orders and sent support requests during past year
etc.

The purchase price of Contacts PRO is reduced at the start of sales: $89 $44.99.

This special offer remains valid until October 1, 2014.

Buy Contacts PRO now

Become one of the first users of this new software product! Contacts PRO will be the core component of the future Webasyst CRM, which we are currently developing. Your personal opinion and your suggestions will determine how the product will be developed and what features will be included in it.

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