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 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:

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 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, 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:

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: 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 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.

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:
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:

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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