Countdown to the pre-release date of Shop-Script 5. Webasyst Moscow office, February 12 , 2013.
One month remains before we begin sales of Shop-Script 5 (on March 12, 2013), and today we have started to deliver the new product to those who have placed a pre-order.
This is a long-awaited and very important moment for us. We have been working on this version for several years. Even though development of the main functionality of Shop-Script 5 has taken us a little more than half a year, its main platform, Webasyst framework, has required considerably more effort and time for designing, research, development, and delivery to end-users. Shop-Script 5 is the result of our work over the last three years (since the beginning of 2010).
So, today we begin to deliver Shop-Script 5 to you and will complete the delivery in several steps.
Step 1. February 12, 2013. Developer version. Soft launch.
Within the next several days Shop-Script 5 will become accessible for all of you who have placed a pre-order or have purchased WebAsyst Shop-Script from December 12, 2012 though January 31, 2013. We shall offer continuously open access to the product to limited groups of our customers. First of all (effective today, on February 12th), the product will be delivered only to several developers who are well familiar with WebAsyst Shop-Script and the Webasyst framework (!); shortly after this first “test”, access will be granted to all of those who have placed a pre-order for Shop-Script 5. For most of our customers this will happen on February 13th or 14th.
We have decided to deliver the product to a limited number of developers at first, in order to test our updated application delivery mechanism for Webasyst apps and to try the data migration utility from WebAsyst Shop-Script to Shop-Script 5 with real data. By now we have tested the migration functionality with a large number of test online stores; however, we believe it necessary to run a number of further tests with real online stores. This is the reason we have opened access to the very first version only to developers who are already familiar with the framework.
If Shop-Script 5 is not yet available for installing in your Customer Center, please be patient, it will be there very soon. We shall inform of its availability by email.
As we wrote in the initial announcement of Shop-Script 5, the functionality of the first (preliminary) version of Shop-Script 5 does not contain several functions or modules. Among these missing functions are affiliate program, sales reports, customer account, mobile backend version, many payment and shipping modules currently available in WebAsyst Shop-Script, CSV import and export. We have not included these functions in this pre-release for the following two reasons.
I must admit that we have been short of time for transferring and thoroughly testing all the functions which we have developed during many years for WebAsyst Shop-Script. The product is very complex and there is no real reason for hurry. Development of several payment, shipping, and data import modules have not been completed, and we are working hard right now to make them available very soon.
Secondly, some key features of an online store (e.g., the affiliate program) have been implemented in the form of plugins and have been completely removed from the core of Shop-Script. It was an intentional act not to include many of such, completely developed, modules in the product distribution with the view to deliver them later as ordinary updates to the installed Shop-Script 5, similar to the way other modules written by third-party developers will be installed. All such addons and software updates are installed in one mouse click using the Installer application without interfering with the operation of your online store.
You can begin setting up your store, add any data, and modify design templates; all of this will be preserved when such updates are installed.
Our efforts during preparation of this pre-release version of Shop-Script 5 were aimed at creating a software platform for creating online stores and a developer platform for programmers. Exactly from this point of view should Shop-Script 5 be looked at today. The product already has all key elements which usually require customization for individual customer requirements: storefront design, plugins, shipping and payment modules (e.g., “Courier” and “PayPal” modules).
Developer documentation for Shop-Script 5 is available at http://www.webasyst.com/framework/docs/shop-script/. This new section currently contains articles about creating shipping and payment modules for Shop-Script.
Step 2. Plugins, design themes, documentation.
During further work on Shop-Script 5 will shall be mostly focused on how to make the product convenient for customization to satisfy various customer requirements. Shortly, we shall release several plugins, publish documentation on hooks (events), write a tutorial on creating your own design theme and integration of an online store with other framework-based applications, and will try to answer all your questions.
We are very grateful for all your feedback and suggestions regarding the development of Shop-Script 5. Please email us at email@example.com or post your queries in the dedicated forum section at forum.webasyst.net.
Step 3. End of February and beginning of March 2013. Plugins and functionality.
We shall release and deliver via the Installer all previously announced functions for Shop-Script 5. All updates and plugins are installed via the web interface in one mouse click.
Step 4. March 12, 2013. The start of sale of Shop-Script 5.
After the release we shall continue working on further development of Shop-Script 5 and will add more useful functions and design themes.
Among the key points which differentiate Shop-Script 5 and the Webasyst framework from everything we had before is the application and extension store, which we are planning to open on the basis of the Installer app. Third-party developers will become an opportunity to publish their own products (plugins, design themes, shipping and payment modules, applications) in the application store for payment or free of charge; these products will automatically become available, via the Installer, to any user of the Webasyst framework or Shop-Script 5. It would be a service similar to App Store and Google Play, for Shop-Script and other framework-based applications.
We recommend that developers consider Shop-Script 5 as a ready-to-use platform, which can greatly facilitate creation of online stores both as customizable software and as an out-of-the-box solution.
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As the head of the Shop-Script project I am happy to express my gratitude to the entire development team. During the last several months (especially last weeks and days) we have carried out a huge amount of work. It is a pleasure to work among those who sincerely desire to make a really high-quality software product.
I can see that we are about to release one of the best shopping cart platforms among those existing today. We have an excellent team and a real chance to achieve outstanding results. I hope that our plans and efforts will meet the expectations of our customers and will help them earn even more on the Internet, with greater pleasure.
Vladimir Tuporshin, Jr.
Head of Shop-Script project
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