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Dan Cole

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#1753384 Website down - need to set up a temp site - any help?

Posted by Dan Cole on 16 February 2017 - 20:55

Duplicate threads....also see...

 

http://forums.oscomm...help/?p=1753324

 

Dan




#1753179 Dashboards

Posted by Dan Cole on 10 February 2017 - 21:43

@frankl

 

The help desk emails module connects to our email account with imap_open and checks for unread mails, nothing else (just a heads up to go to the email program and answer some emails lol).

 

Very interesting Frank and like Gary I didn't know that was even possible.   I think this would make for a awesome iBar module....would you be willing to share the code?  I know you have it hard coded currently but maybe we could turn it into an iBar module.   A little TODO LIST module would be pretty cool too but I'll leave that for another day.

 

Dan




#1752558 Dashboards

Posted by Dan Cole on 23 January 2017 - 17:02

This contribution has now been uploaded to the addons area...the support thread and link to the package can be found here.

 

A number of community members helped move the development along and in that regard I would like to express my appreciation
and thanks to:

Bill aka ecommunlimited
Scott aka greasemonkey
Omar aka Omar_one
Juanma aka piernas
Carine aka Bruyndoncx

 

Many Thanks...

 

Dan




#1752554 [Addon] iBar Dashboard Modules

Posted by Dan Cole on 23 January 2017 - 16:48

This addon is designed to add small information modules to your 2.3+ administration dashboard.

Four modules are included in the initial release.

iBar New Customers Module - Compares the number of new customers for a specified period with the prior period.

iBar New Orders Module - Compares the number of new orders for a specified period with the prior period.

iBar Reviews Module - Alerts you to pending reviews.

iBar Order Status Module - Allows you to monitor a particular order status.

More modules and upgrades are planned for future releases.

The development thread can be found here.

A number of community members helped move the development along and in that regard I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to:

Bill aka ecommunlimited
Scott aka greasemonkey
Omar aka Omar_one
Juanma aka piernas
Carine aka Bruyndoncx

The iBar Dashboard Modules package will be posted in the addons area and the link to it will be posted here shortly.

Dan




#1752252 Dashboards

Posted by Dan Cole on 16 January 2017 - 16:53

@bruyndoncx  @piernas  Wanted to say thanks for taking the time to develop those sql queries.   I think I'll just query the orders table but the queries you produced will be very useful as I add a separate page to pull up the details of the orders requiring attention.  Time well spent.

 

So thank you. :thumbsup: 

 

Dan 




#1752247 Call to undefined function tep_gridlist_build()

Posted by Dan Cole on 16 January 2017 - 14:55

Hi Dam, thanks for your attention.

If I tell you the truth, I do not know where it came from ... in catalog is the file topsellers_products.php and I do not know if I copy it from the old version 2.2, if it is not from the 2.3.4 I delete it and that's it, that's why I asked for.

Regards

 

It's from some add-on - it's not from a stock version of osC.

 

Dan




#1752165 Amazon Juggernaut

Posted by Dan Cole on 14 January 2017 - 03:59

@John W

 

On a side note, CNN is reporting that Amazon is adding 100,000 jobs with full benefits ranging from entry level to higher tech and sales.  There are some in Florida, so I checked out the Amazon jobs site.  Wide variety of jobs available.

 

That is certainly a big plus on one side of it...on the flip side I wonder how many jobs they've have effectively eliminated?

 

Dan




#1752163 Dashboards

Posted by Dan Cole on 14 January 2017 - 03:44

Looks nice @piernas Juanma.   Since those earlier posts I've made a fair bit of progress using bootstrap 4 with the introduction of flex.   There is still lots to do but it is shaping up nicely.  If you'd like to have a look PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy.  Knowing that you've already been down this path I'd welcome your comments on what we've done so far.

 

Dan




#1752142 Amazon Juggernaut

Posted by Dan Cole on 13 January 2017 - 18:47

More on Amazon and the threat to brands. 

 

Implications of Amazon's Dominance for Brands.

 

Dan




#1751752 Dashboards

Posted by Dan Cole on 02 January 2017 - 18:32

Our thread on Dashboards got me poking around on the web to see what sort of bootstrap dashboards others were using and I came across what I'll refer to as an InfoBar Dashboard.   Here is a screen shot of one that I found and really liked.

Attached File  DashBoard.JPG   24.56KB   1 downloads

I can see where this type of Dashboard bar could be very useful....it might consist of a collection of similar styled dashboard modules that can be turn on or off depending on what a particular shop ower might find useful.   As a proof of concept and to see if my copy and paste coding skills were up to the challenge, I developed the following module.  You just install it like you would any other module...no core changes...well almost none...I discovered that bootstrap and font awesome weren't active on the admin side of the shop so I needed to adjust template_top accordingly.  
 

Attached File  iBar-Customers.JPG   13.53KB   13 downloads

What do you think of the idea?

Dan




#1751727 Newsletters Subscribers Manager - Oscommerce 2.3 & 2.2

Posted by Dan Cole on 01 January 2017 - 00:57

For anyone who is following along I have the double opt-in routine working now. :)

 

What I did was to modify the subscription thank you page so it would generate a subscription key that is written to the newsletter subscription table along with the subscribers email address etc. The thank you page advises the subscriber that we use a double opt in process, explains that they will receive an email that needs their confirmation and finally sends the subscriber an email with a confirmation link that has the subscription key attached.  I followed Garys @burt lead in generating the key.  I hate reinventing the wheel.

 

Clicking on the link the subscriber receives opens another page, the subscription table is updated to indicate that the email is confirmed and the subscriber is informed that the process is complete.   

 

It works pretty well if I do say so myself.

 

Dan 




#1751711 Dashboards

Posted by Dan Cole on 30 December 2016 - 21:20

@bruyndoncx  They are definitely used to monitor KPIs but I think you can use them to follow and monitor anything you'd like.  This seems to be a common definition.

 

 

A business dashboard is an information management tool that is used to track KPIs, metrics, and other key data points relevant to a business, department, or specific process. Through the use of data visualizations, dashboards simplify complex data sets to provide users with at a glance awareness of current performance.

 

Dan




#1751573 Happy Holidays!

Posted by Dan Cole on 24 December 2016 - 13:37

Merry Christmas everyone.  All the best of the season to you and yours.

 

Dan

 

PS: Question for Heather....@Mort-lemur

 

where are all the xmas hats this year ???

 

Does Gary's flower pot count?   :D 




#1751503 Addons

Posted by Dan Cole on 22 December 2016 - 15:10

Funny how things hit you when you actually try them....I was so looking forward to the options Gary added for the users name in the Key Review add-on until I installed it.   At that point it seemed to me that those choices just added some confusion to the process so I reworked it to present it the way I wanted it ie. no choices....First Name, Initial for Last Name and Town.  KISS was the answer for me.

 

While I was at it, I added an HTML email asking customers for the reviews....this is what I came up with.

 

Attached File  review_email.jpg   241.28KB   3 downloads

 

Dan




#1751490 SEO and Website Themes the big companies are doing now.

Posted by Dan Cole on 22 December 2016 - 12:29

@discxpress I think the steps in the thread Frank referenced is the way I would proceed....in fact I'm about to do that myself.  I have a new server going on line and it will be HTTPS from top to bottom.

 

Dan