Policies

Licensing Policy

Our software modules are licensed per domain name and one license allows you to run the module on one live domain name and one test domain name. The license logic validates the primary domain name in the url giving you the ability to setup and run the module on multiple sub domains and child portals for your domain name. For example, if your live domain name is mywebsite.com then you are able to use the module on the following domain Urls using a single license:

  • www.mywebsite.com
  • mywebsite.com
  • test.mywebsite.comup
  • dev.mywebsite.com
  • mywebsite.com/childportal1
  • mywebsite.com/childportal2
  • mywebsite.com/childportal3
  • etc, etc.

This will allow you to use the same license file for your test domain and your live domain. After you purchase a license the next step is to request your license key here The license request form has the following two domain name fields:

  • Live Domain - Your live (production) domain you will be running the store on (i.e. MyWebsite.com)
  • Test Domain - Your test domain needs to have a sub domain like one of the following:
    • test.somedomain.com
    • dev.somedomain.com
Exchanging Licenses

Please take the time to choose and type your licensed domain names carefully before submitting your license request. Only one re-issue is allowed per order ID. If you need to change your license to another domain name, you need to contact our customer support and request a license key reissue. There is a $50 reissue fee. Our licensing department will send you a new license key to be used with your new domain name. Please note that you must remove the software from the old site before installing it at the new location. *License reissues are granted up to one year of your purchase date.*

Upgrade Policy

All software licenses include 3 months of free upgrades from date of purchase. After 3 months, Smith Consulting offers the following options to get the latest software releases:

  • Smith Cart Maintenance Plan - Click here to view
  • 50% discount within 6 months of purchase date - Email support@smith-consulting.com with your purchase receipt to receive a 50% off coupon.

The Maintenance Plan is the most economical choice for companies who wish to provide their online store with all of the advantages that the latest features released.This plan provides unlimited access to the downloads page throughout the year to ensure you always have the latest version of the software available when you need it. As we continually update our products adding new features and security enhancements constantly, it is recommended that all customers try to stay fairly current on their versions. Issues that have already been resolved in current builds and cannot be easily patched in older versions may require an upgrade to the latest build. Our support department cannot provide custom bug fixes for obsolete builds or customized deployments. Our Maintenance Plan provides access to the latest releases.

If I purchase custom programming, is my upgrade included?

Custom programming quotes do not include upgrading the latest package/source code unless otherwise specified on your work authorization. The regular upgrade rates apply to custom programming projects.

Support Policy

Smith Consulting offers a number of free support options including the following:

How can I purchase additional support?

If the free resources we provide aren't meeting the demands of your business, Premium Support provided by our in-house team of experts is available. You can purchase the yearly Premium Support subscription directly from our website, here or contact the Sales Department by emailing sales@smith-consulting.com. During business hours you can also start a live chat or call us at (949) 218-9600. Our Premium Support subscription is $250 and is billed yearly.

What is included with a Premium Support subscription?

With a Premium Support subscription, Smith Consulting offers direct access to our Support Deptarment including:

  • Help Desk
  • Email Support
  • Phone Support
  • Setup and Configuration Guidance
  • Live Chat
Other than Premium Support subscriptions, what is offered for setup and configuration assistance?

Smith Consulting offers a number of different types of support, including:

What type of support is available if I use a Smith Consulting Hosted Solution?

Any customer using a Smith Consulting hosted solution, such as having a Smith Consulting hosted SmithCart, receives unlimited free Email Tickets for the lifetime of their subscription. There's no hardware costs, no hassling with software updates and no commitment.

How do I get in contact with the Support Department?

To reach the Support Department your ticket must be submitted to our Premium Help Desk or contact the support department by emailing support@smith-consulting.com. All tickets, regardless of the type, must be submitted this way.

What kind of turnaround can I expect for a support ticket?

Smith Consulting's support staff responds to issues in the order they come in and makes every effort to respond as soon as possible. Premium Help Desk tickets submitted before 1pm PST will receive a response on the same day. Premium tickets submitted after 1pm PST will receive a response on the next business day at the latest. Customers taking advantage of our Free Support options can always expect a response within 3 business days. In most cases our responses are much quicker than this; however, we do give priority to requests from clients with Premium Help Desk access. Customers should understand that response times are based on a number of factors, including workload, severity and complexity of issues, and many other factors.

What happens if I purchase support and my issue turns out to be a bug?

If you open a support ticket with our staff and the issue is a verified bug in the latest release, you will not be charged to fix the issue. If you discover a bug in an earlier release which has already been resolved in the latest release you will be advised to upgrade to the latest release. We release new versions with bug fixes, security patches and new features which provides a level of protection for your ecommerce site. Customers on earlier versions are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a recent release to ensure your store is as up to date as possible.

What support is offered on custom programming projects?

Custom programming quotes do not include upgrading the latest package/source code unless otherwise specified on your work authorization. All custom programming projects have a warranty of 30 days. Any issues reported within 30 days will be addressed. After the warranty period is expired, custom projects are considered closed and signed off if we have not been made aware of any issues. Issues reported outside of 30 days will be treated as new issues. Priority support is available to troubleshoot new issues.

What support options are available for obsolete releases?

In order to devote as many of our resources as possible to moving the product forward, we can only fully support the latest version of each edition of the software we provide. While we try to offer help to all of our users, customers on earlier versions are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a recent release, and may seek assistance regarding configuration & how-to questions, in the community forums. With the release of SmithCart v6.50, we made a decision to focus all of our software development and maintenance efforts on support for DotNetNuke 7.0.2+. We will no longer actively developing Cart versions compatible with DotNetNuke 6 through bug fixes or enhancements. Smith Consulting provides Maintenance Plans to ensure customers have access to the most recent features and bug fixes. Smith Consulting does not release updates for obsolete products. That being said, customers on older versions of our products are encouraged to upgrade to the most recent release as subsequent releases not only offer new features but may include changes to how specific pieces of the product works, thereby eliminating issues seen in older versions of products.

Refund Policy

For Software / Modules / Components Smith Consulting will provide refunds within 30 days of purchase if a significant bug or issue is found. We encourage all customers to review documentation and preview modules at www.smith-consulting.com before purchase. We also have trial versions for several of our modules that are available before purchase. We do not issue refunds or credits for any source code packages, support credits, subscriptions, module maintenance plans, premium support, custom programming projects or after license keys are generated. All subscriptions must be canceled within 30 days to avoid further charges.