Happy New Year 2016!

Thanks to all who were following the development of Webasyst in 2015! This year has been mega-productive for us!

Happy New Year, dear friends!

For Webasyst, 2015 has been one of the most productive years in the company's entire history. We have released lots of new products and keep growing even faster:

Plans for 2016

Even more has been planned for 2016 :)

With the release of Tasks and Files apps, we have actually completed the transition of the key collaboration functionality from the old Webasyst platform, removed from sales in 2013, to the new framework and have thus turned the new Webasyst into a convenient environment for organizing corporate intranet and online collaboration. For the upcoming year, we are planning to introduce important collaboration and CRM-focused features to make Webasyst even more effective for online company management, and for communicating with your teammates and clients.

Shop-Script 6 also awaits major updates! We keep tracking your ideas and suggestions and are going to implement many of them in the next year, including some interesting features for those who want to manage an online store while being on the go. Recent update to Shop-Script 6.3.0 gives third-party developers the opportunity to create quite sophisticated plugins, so you can expect really many great online store addons from our developers community in 2016, too.

Stay up to date with our news to find out what else we will present to you in the upcoming year!

Happy New Year 2016!

Specially for the New Year occasion, we have updated our collection of 2015's best products published in Webasyst Store — do take a look.

Best of 2015

Look at the collection of best apps, plugins, and design themes published in Webasyst Store in 2015.

Today we have introduced several new pricing options, which will allow Cloud users to work with Shop-Script 6 and other Webasyst apps, including new Files and Tasks, as well as Webasyst CRM apps, on most profitable terms, i.e. without app hosting fee or license purchase requirement.

Get 20% of orders paid in Webasyst Store to your bonus account

Effective today, any purchase made in Webasyst Store; e.g., an order of a design theme, plugin, app, or widget, will automatically return 20% of the order price to a special bonus account, from which you can pay for Webasyst Cloud hosting.

For example, if you have ordered a design theme and a several plugins in Webasyst Store for an amount of $200, then $40 will be credited to your bonus account. For example, on the "Pro" plan, you will be able to extend your Webasyst Cloud account for a couple of months absolutely for free.

New plan "Pro + CRM"

We have added new pricing plan "Pro + CRM", which includes free hosting of Shop-Script 6 and all Webasyst CRM apps, i.e. Helpdesk, Hub, and Mailer apps, and "Contacts PRO" plugin.

The new plan costs $29/mo. Like with other plans, a 20% discount also applies if you pay for 12 months at once. Thus, on the new plan, if paid for one year, your account will cost you only $23/mo.

Updated "Premium" plan

On "Premium" plan, hosting licenses of all apps developed by Webasyst are now totally free! The new "Premium" plan means having all great Webasyst functionality at the minimum price without license purchase requirement.

Note: Since February 1, 2016 the monthly fee on "Premium" plan will grow from $59 to $79. The prices of other plans will not be changed on February 1, 2016.

Archive plan "Mini"

The "Mini" plan ($3/mo, 1 GB, no paid apps included) has been moved to archive. If this plan is currently selected for your account, then you can continue to pay for it as before. However, after switching to a different plan, you will not be able to return to "Mini" anymore.

Please welcome our new Files app — own cloud file storage for teams. The app allows you to upload and store all your team's files and data in one secure place and to customize who can access and what.

Designed for teams, the app automatically handles access rights when you upload new files. Your teammates will automatically get access to the uploaded file according to the initial access rights setup, so you won't have to bother about sharing settings every time you upload something.

The app is available for just $79 per license (one-time fee per server; unlimited users and files) or $5.99/mo in Webasyst Cloud.

See details: https://www.webasyst.com/store/app/files/

Buy now

Meet Webasyst TV, an entirely new mode of the Webasyst dashboard created to be displayed on 4K and Full HD TV screens.

In one of the previous updates we added a personal dashboard and a widget platform to Webasyst. Today's release of Webasyst TV gives completely new life to widgets. Now every owner (administrator) of a Webasyst account can create a Webasyst TV dashboard with a collection of most interesting and useful information about the company's current operations and display it on a large TV screen on a wall in an office or a conference hall.

It is a perfect way to stay up-to-date on whatever goes on in your company, to motivate your colleagues, and to simply surprise your office guests!

How it works

Webasyst TV works in any modern web browser. Webasyst TV is a web page with a set of Webasyst widgets. The page is optimized for streaming to 4K and Full HD TV screens (with recommended ratio 16:9).

Streaming from a web browser to a TV can be accomplished in two ways: either using an HDMI cable, or, if your device supports Smart TV and has Internet connection, by simply opening the Webasyst TV dashboard page directly in your TV.

How to start using Webasyst TV

Install the latest update for Webasyst and all apps. The update is free and is already available in your Installer.

To create a new Webasyst TV dashboard, click on "Customize dashboard" on your Webasyst account homepage and select "New Webasyst TV dashboard..." from a drop-down list (you must have administrative access rights to your account to be able to create Webasyst TV dashboards).

Add widgets to the dashboard and get its unique public link. Open the link directly in your TV, if Smart TV is supported, or connect the TV to your computer via an HTML cable.

You can create as many Webasyst TV dashboards as you want.

Where can I get widgets?

The list of currently available widgets is published in Webasyst Store at https://www.webasyst.com/store/widgets/.

Today we offer over a dozen of widgets, and their number will keep growing.

We invite third-party developers to create widgets for personal Webasyst and Webasyst TV dashboards!

Webasyst Store update

Today took place one more important but not so noticeable update of the Webasyst Store. We believe that the new design should make your shopping experience more enjoyable.

Send us photos of your Webasyst TV dashboards!

We would be happy to learn about your experience of using Webasyst TV and especially see photos of Webasyst TV in your office. Feel free to publish your photos in Facebook and Twitter with hashtag #webasysttv, or simply email them to us.

Since some time ago we have been receiving reports from Shop-Script users telling us about spam orders. Fake orders are being placed in online stores by automatic scripts (bots) rather than genuine customers. Such orders usually appear as if made by humans, because they contain "real" names, contact information (phone number and email address), existing products... But none of such "virtual customers" ever confirmed their orders!

Receiving a large flow of fake orders will certainly interfere with the normal processing of those placed by real persons. It is a sort of a DOS (Denial-of-Service) attack against an online store, which may be organized by various blackmailers or even your competitors.

We are glad to release update Shop-Script 6.1.1, which is aimed at resolving this dangerous issue. We have added a setting option to backend screen "Settings > Checkout" so that you can enable automatic anti-spam filtering. It works silently and is not visible to human customers, but registers all fake orders placed by bots. You can optionally receive email notifications of all filtered-out orders to be sure that you do not accidentally miss genuine ones.

Should this built-in hidden filter be not sufficient to protect you from bots' orders, then you can additionally enable CAPTCHA for the checkout, either the default one provided by Webasyst or reCAPTCHA by Google.

This update is already available for installation in your Installer. No changes are required for your design theme!

Default 3.1.0

In this update, we are also offering you an improved version of the recently presented design theme "Default 3.0".

Now the standard theme has more accurate appearance on tablets and smartphones, and also offers more settings options for changing the design of your site without directly modifying the source code of HTML templates. The updated version "Default 3.1.0" will make the process of adjusting website design more joy than ever!

We've been working hard on this update for several months, and today we are thrilled to make it finally available to everyone!

Webasyst 1.4.0: Live stream & Widgets

The key part of this update is the new Webasyst Dashboard, which automatically collects information provided by various apps installed in your Webasyst account and provides a catch-up on what was happening in your Webasyst account lately. The dashboard is available right on the main page of your Webasyst backend at yourdomain.com/webasyst/ immediately upon login.

Check out the demo.

Dashboards are personal and customizable. Every Webasyst user may customize his dashboard layout by adding his favorite widgets and following only his most used apps.

Widgets. For the very first release of the dashboard, we have prepared few widgets that will be very handy for day-to-day usage: weather, news feeds, orders and sales stats from Shop-Script 6, latest posts and comments from Blog, a slide-show from Photos.

In August–September 2015, we shall make widgets a public platform, which will allow every third-party developer to publish custom widgets on Webasyst Store. With time, this will enable Webasyst users to fill their personal dashboards with really useful content, and will make Webasyst even more integrated.

Live stream. The Live stream makes it easy to follow what's happening in your Webasyst account, i.e. track new orders, new signed up customers, new support requests, newly uploaded photos — all in one feed.

Shop-Script 6.1.0

Shop-Script 6 app got a nice and useful update too:

  • Social networks: Open Graph descriptions for products, categories, info pages, and storefront home page. Open Graph descriptions are used by Facebook and other social networks to provide page previews for links shared by their users.
  • SMS follow-ups.
  • Editable template for messages sent via "Contact customer" button; the template editor is available in Settings > Order states > Contact customer.
  • New stock update setting allowing you to choose how the available maximum number of product items must be limited: either only by main stock or by the aggregate amount available on all stocks (editable in Settings > Stocks).
  • Revised algorithm for generating file names of product image thumbnails, which preserves original file names for all thumbnails; the new setting is available in Settings > Product images screen.
  • In Customers screen, a convenient option was added to send a message to all selected customers using the "Send newsletter in Mailer" button.
  • New orders_collection hook was added to enable plugin developers to create custom order filters in store backend.
  • Fast price editing option available for products with one SKU directly in product lists.
  • Widgets displaying information about the last month sales, current orders report, and newly posted product reviews.
  • Multiple server-side and UI improvements.
  • Bug fixes.

Some changes were made to design themes. A detailed description on what was changed is available by this link: http://www.shop-script.com/help/4750/shopscript610-design-theme-changes/

All-new Default 3.0 design theme

The standard Default theme was updated to a new major version 3.0, with its appearance completely revised.

The new version has become more multipurpose and easier for customization, with much excessive code and files removed since the previous version. Special attention in Default 3.0 was paid to an easy start for new Shop-Script 6 users. We have added a handy sidebar for quick design tweaks and have made storefront homepage setup much more easy.

Check out Default 3.0 theme online demo.

How do I install these updates?

All these updates are free and are already available in the Installer app of your Webasyst backend.

The previous version of the Default theme (version 2.0) was removed from the basic installation package and is now available for free download in Webasyst Store.

Great news for all users of Webasyst Cloud! With pricing plans "Pro" and "Premium", you now have the free option to accelerate your website using CDN.

What is CDN?

CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a network of servers, spread across the world, which allows faster and more efficient distribution of content to website users. Content delivery occurs from the nearest CDN server rather than from your hosting company's web server, which may be geographically located far from a user.

Learn more details on how CDN works in article How to speed up a Webasyst-powered website using CDN.

How faster does CDN make a website?

From 30 to 70%! The actual increase of page loading speed depends on the amount of content of a particular website page, i.e. images, video, scripts, styles, etc. The more static content is used on a page, the faster a page loads with CDN.

In our tests, simply enabling CDN on promo site www.shop-script.com has reduced average loading time of the home page from 5.4 to 3.2 sec.

In Webasyst Cloud and on our main websites, Webasyst and Shop-Script 6, we cooperate with CDN77.com, one of the leading CDN providers.

How do I enable CDN acceleration in my Webasyst Cloud account?

It's easy!

  1. Log into your Cloud backend, open Cloud app, navigate to Site acceleration section, and get a CDN URL generated for your account (you may also get CDN URL in your Customer Center in section Hosting > your Cloud account > Site acceleration):

    Wait for 15 minutes, which are required to allocate storage space for your files on CDN provider's servers.
  2. Then simply copy & paste that URL to the Settings screen of the website, in your Site app, which you want to accelerate using CDN.

  3. Done! From this moment on all product images, photos, CSS, JS scripts, and other static content will be automatically distributed via CDN, which will reduce average loading time of your website pages.

The use of CDN in Webasyst Cloud is absolutely free and is available with pricing plans "Pro" and "Premium". No limitations are applied to CDN-generated traffic.

Can I use CDN acceleration on my own web server (not in Webasyst Cloud)?

Yes, you can. In this case you should choose a CDN provider and pay for their services. It may cost quite a lot for one website, more than any plan in Webasyst Cloud. In Webasyst Cloud, we have settled all technical and organizational CDN-related issues, so all you need to do is to simply enable acceleration in your website settings.

Is there any situation when I should not enable CDN?

We do not recommend you to enable it while your website is under development and you are heavily editing HTML templates, CSS styles, or re-uploading images. Enabling CDN acceleration will impede testing of your changes at this stage.

Once you have completed most of the works on your site, we strongly recommend you to begin using CDN. It is a simple yet effective method to make your website load faster.

A major update to Webasyst is coming this July!

The update will feature an all-new Webasyst Dashboard, which will collect the most important information from all your apps and display it on your account backend homepage.

The Dashboard is personal, which means that every Webasyst user (your team agent) will be able to fully customize its layout and add only those widgets which are important for his everyday work.

The Live Stream feed on the Dashboard will display a summary of every app's real-time activity so that you can stay up to date with what's happening in your company and your Webasyst account right now.

The Dashboard has been one of the most anticipated features since the very first release of Webasyst Framework, and we are really happy to finally deliver it to you this July!

Exciting news today! Webasyst is back with brand-new Webasyst and Shop-Script websites, and upcoming plans are thrilling!

In summer 2015, we will release Shop-Script 6.1.0 update with some cool new features which will make Shop-Script a better ecommerce platform for international merchants. Then there will be the release of something totally cool (that we cannot disclose for now, but it's highly anticipated!). In fall 2015, please expect our new app for managing projects and tasks. It's all going to be just awesome!

As many of you know, during last few years, Webasyst was busy developing Webasyst PHP Framework and Shop-Script ecommerce platform focusing primarily on Russian market. Historically, our team had many customers in Russia, and so that was a great way for us to increase development and innovation efficiency by focusing on that primary region. Our team has done an incredible job of making wonderful products during last few years, and we are really thrilled to start shipping them to you now.

As for now, let us leave these two pictures for the history:

And these two as well:

We have released new design theme Mobile, specially created for modern iOS and Android-powered smartphones.

View the new design theme in Webasyst Store: http://www.webasyst.com/store/theme/mobile/

Mobile theme is free and supports most of currently available Webasyst apps: Site, Shop-Script 6, Blog, Photos, Hub, Helpdesk, and Mailer.

Design theme Mobile will be a great supplement to your website's main theme. Enable it for mobile devices in site settings to immediately make your website more convenient for smartphone users!

How to try

Open this URL in your smartphone: https://demo.webasyst.com to see how it looks.

If you have an iOS or Android-based device, Webasyst will automatically switch to the new Mobile design theme. If you use a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop PC, standard design theme Default 2.0 will be displayed.

Who should use it?

We recommend Mobile theme to all users whose websites are not yet optimized for mobile devices.

At least this will make your website more user-friendly to smartphone owners whose portion among active website visitors has been growing at an enormous rate in the past years.

And, more important, Google recently announced that effective April 21, 2015, availability of a special website version optimized for mobile devices will be taken into account as an important ranking parameter in search results.

If your current design theme already supports mobile devices, then there is no need to switch to Mobile theme right away, you may continue using your own theme. Should you be not quite satisfied with your current theme's mobile version, the new Mobile theme would be a great solution for you.

If your Webasyst-based website is not yet optimized for mobile devices, we suggest that you start using it immediately to increase the website's overall efficiency.

How to start using the new theme

It is very ease to begin using design theme Mobile. Log into your Webasyst backend and select the app for which you want to enable the new theme. Navigate to screen Design (Storefront) → Themes, find the Mobile theme in the list and click its name. The theme will be installed automatically. Upon installation, click on Start using Mobile theme and ensure that option Apply this theme for mobile devices only is enabled when you do so. Done!

If you cannot see the "Apply this theme for mobile devices only" option, first update Webasyst framework to the latest version available in the Installer.

Should you skip the theme connection dialog shown above for any reason, you can still select the new theme in your website's settlement settings, in section Site → Structure or on individual apps' Design (Storefront) → Settings screens.

After this change, the new design theme will be applied when someone opens your website on a smartphone.

Use of the Mobile theme complies with all recommendations by Google for websites displaying device dependent content, it was developed in accordance with Schema.org markup guidelines, like all other basic Webasyst themes.

Extra bonus: Simplified design theme update routine

We have one more excellent news for you today! We have added the option of simplified design themes updates to Webasyst framework.

If you have not modified any template file in your design theme and have changed your website appearance only via the Settings screen (such changes are stored in manifest file theme.xml), then your theme is automatically updated to the most recent version once you install an update via Installer!

Should you have modified at least one design template file, then automatic update is not applied, and Webasyst will offer you to quickly replace all non-modified files, will automatically add all new files available in the newer version, and will also offer you to update modified files of your choice.

If you have a very customized design theme and do not want your changes to be lost because of an update, do not worry! You are in complete control of the update process; nothing important will be overwritten or lost without your input.

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As always, we are looking forward to your comments and suggestions!

If you have noticed that something does not work properly on your mobile device, please tell us in the comments below or post a bug report in the "Help" section. Note that the new design theme was developed for iOS and Android-powered smartphones and is not recommended for use on desktop computers. The theme also lacks special optimization for Windows Phone, we shall add it in one of the next releases.