Q: Can I cancel anytime?
A: Yes, you may cancel at any time for a pro-rated refund of your subscription.
Q: If my needs expand, can I upgrade my package in the future?
A: Clients can upgrade to a Corporate (dedicated server) plan as their needs exceed the resources included with a Small Business (shared server) plan.
Q: How much does CSC-Commerce cost?
A: Please see our Plans & Pricing page.
Trial Subscription Questions
Q: Can I keep my trial subscription store data?
A: Yes, this is possible in most cases.
Q: Can I change the site design/appearance with the trial subscription?
A: Absolutely. You can change the storefront skin, upload your logo, and make other changes via the CS-Cart admin area with a trial subscription.
Q: What can I do with the trial subscription ?
A: You'll have full access to all functionality with your trial subscription.
Q: How do I acquire a trial subscription?
A: Please click here to request your trial subscription.
Q: I've completed my review of my trial subscription and I'm ready to purchase a subscription. What's next?
A: Please click here to sign up for your account. Please call or email us to request the transfer of your trial subscription data to your paid subscription.
Q: Are hosting and e-mail included in the monthly subscription fee?
A: Yes, hosting and email are included with your subscription fee.
Q: Can I upgrade my email or storage capacity?
A: Yes. Please see our small business or corporate plans for details.
Q: Where are Granite Web's servers located and how is our data protected?
A: Our web servers are located in an industry-leading data center facility located in Michigan. All servers are protected with RAID redundancy as well as nightly onsite and offsite backups.
Q: Can I access my store from any computer?
A: Just about. CS-Cart works with all major web browsers, including FireFox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera and Safari, among others.
Q: Can I integrate CSC-Commerce into my existing website?
A: Yes, but it's preferred that you make CSC-Commerce your new website.
Q: Can I use CSC-Commerce as a stand-alone solution?
A: Absolutely. This is the preferred method of deploying a CSC-Commerce site.
Q: How long will it take to setup and launch my store?
A: This varies depending upon the size of the product catalog and the amount of time you have to devote to your site. Setup and launch typically takes a minimum of 3 weeks.
Q: Can I build my new online store while my other Web site is still live?
A: Sure. This is the preferred plan of approach.
Q: Can I use my own domain name?
A: Yes. If you do not have a domain name, we can assist you in purchasing one.
Q: Can I import my data from a spreadsheet into my CSC-Commerce store?
A: Absolutely. We'll also assist you with the first import. CS-Cart features advanced product import functionality to import your existing product catalog data.
Q: I've purchased my plan. Now what?
A: You will be contacted by one of our staff to help you coordinate the setup steps. You'll also be emailed our CS-Cart Getting Started Guide..
Q: My site is ready to launch. What do I do?
A: Depending upon your situation, this may vary. Please contact our technical support for assistance.
Q: Can Granite Web design my site?
A: Absolutely, That's how we started as a company, designing Web sites!!!!
Q: Does Granite Web offer logo creation, button creation or any other customer programming options?
A: We offer a full set of services to compliment your CSC-Commerce subscription. Typically, if it's not a service that we offer directly, we will have a partner that we can contact to assist you.
Q: Do I have to know HTML?
A: No. We can handle the header and footer customization during the setup. Everything else is easily managed via the CS-Cart admin area.
Q: Can I design my own site?
A: Sure. We can typically even implement your specific design for you during the setup process.
Merchant Account and Payment Gateway
Q: What is a merchant account?
A: A merchant account is a type of bank account that allows businesses to accept payments by debit or credit cards. A merchant account also serves as an agreement between a retailer, a merchant bank and payment processor for the settlement of credit card and/or debit card transactions.
Q: Do I have to get a merchant account?
A: NO, but if you want to represent yourself as a serious, professional business and would like to accept credit cards on your site, then you will need a merchant account.
Q: What if I already have a merchant account?
A: Ad long as your merchant account provider supports the Authorize.Net secure payment gateway, then you can use your existing merchant account.
Q: Does Granite Web offer merchant accounts?
A: Yes, we are an official Authorize.Net Reseller Partner.
Q: What is an SSL Certificate?
A: An SSL certificate is digitally "signed" by a certificate authority, such as Trustwave or RapidSSL, that web browsers already trust. This allows the web browser to verify the identity of a secure site before sending private personal information, such as bank account or credit card numbers.
Q: Does Granite Web offer SSL certificates?
A: Yes, and the first year subscription includes your first year's SSL subscription.
Q: What do I need to have in order to process payments online?
A: A merchant account connected to the Authorize.Net gateway, along with an SSL certificate.
Q: Can I use CS-Cart if I live outside of the United States?
A: Absolutely. CS-Cart is completely multilingual software. CS-Cart includes 8 languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, Dutch and Russian (some translations are partial). Additionally, the content of any CS-Cart pages both in the storefront and admin panel can be easily translated into any language, allowing you to add a new language in the CS-Cart admin panel on your own.
Site Traffic and Marketing
Q: How can I get high placements in the various search engines?
A: Cs-Cart contains a variety of Search Engine Optimization and marketing features to improve your search engine indexability and placement.
Q: Can Granite Web help me market my products?
A: You bet! We offer full service marketing and SEO services!
Q: How will I know how well my store is doing?
A: You can track your store's performance via Google Analytics (for conversion reporting) as well as AWSTATS and Webalizer stats for content reports.
Q: Can I suggest new features?
A: Absolutely, We love customer input, ideas, and suggestions. You can submit your suggestions as a support ticket or via email. CS-Cart was built on the suggestions and input from clients!!!!
Q: Do I get a discount if I purchase more than one subscription?
A: Absolutely. For clients with multiple stores, we can make provide special discounts.
Q: I am a web designer, digital agency or ISP. Do you have a partner program?
A: Yes. We are always looking for partners to help us expand our customer base. Please contact us for details.