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Biancoblu last won the day on May 23 2014

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    I am an opera singer and an alto baroque recorder player, I recently started taking an interest in studying the clarinet as well, more precisely Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A, K622.

    I am also a self taught artisan jewellery maker since 2006.

    I take a great interest in all things related to coding and always take pleasure in trying to make changes to my osC shop. The learning curve is steep and I therefore often make mistakes. I will never thank enough my developer whose intervention on my shop has been, and still is, outstanding.

    I believe I am not allowed to promote a particular developer, but if you browse my site you'll soon figure out who that is. ;)

    ~ viam supervadet vadens ~
  1. Interesting idea. As with addons, language packs should be properly maintained and updated.
  2. What language packs would the installer display? There are tons out there and looking at my languages, some are either incomplete, contain awful orthography or even come straight out of google translate. I think there should be "official" language packs that were properly translated by people who currently speak the language and the installer could point to those. If you're looking to re-do the language section by having new language packs submitted, I volunteer to do French and Italian, admin, shop side, installer, whatever is needed, I can also do different versions such as "formal" vs. "non-formal". Whichever way I'll make sure the texts are complete and error free.
  3. The VAT rules depend on what country you're running your business from so that is what everybody needs to check before collecting IP's which in itself can go against the privacy laws, again depending on what country the business is located and what country the buyer is located. For example in Switzerland you need to make over CHF 100,000 revenue annually (approx USD 102,000) in order to be VAT registered therefore collect and pay VAT. Still speaking of my country, when selling abroad one cannot collect Swiss VAT on a product, even digital, that one is exporting, because the buyer will pay HIS country's VAT upon importing the merchandise. All this can get complicated as it differs from one country to another. Needless to say, my modest business is not VAT registered :lol: and to be honest I'm not unhappy about it.
  4. Thanks for both of your replies and I hope I haven't offended anyone, if I did, apologies. To clarify, I'm just asking questions that will surely seem stupid to devs but that are important to me, given that I am a shop owner, not a coder. I have never complained about osC moving forward, neither have I ever wanted "to pull back the shit that wanted to come out their ass" as @@wHiTeHaT so colourfully put it and I have always been the one to open my wallet whenever the need arose, which is not everybody's case. @@burt thanks for what you added to your post when you edited it, this way I feel a little less inadequate
  5. As a shop owner I have a few worries....please forgive the long post and all the questions.... I understand your wanting to move onto working on a version that meets today's standards and I'm all in favour of that, but in practical terms though this might risk to be an issue both for existing and new users regarding the lack of compatible addons. Unless users (existing and new) are willing to pay to have addons coded/recoded/upgraded, and we know this is not the case for the majority of users, then they will have to wait a long time before having access to the same variety of free addons that are available today. You say that v2.3 will still be alive along with the 7,500 addons, that's fine, so are you planning to have that PLUS v2.4 with its own addons as/when they become available? Or will v2.4 only be a vanilla install and users will have to take care of their own addons by having them custom coded? What happens to a user that's on 2.3 and wants to migrate to 2.4 keeping the addons? Is it feasible to convert it all to fit 2.4? Finally, what difference will there be between v2.4 and v3.0? I'm trying to understand if you're planning for osC to have 3 main branches: v2.3, v2.4, v3
  6. I don't know what osc version you are on, but you could try this I'm using it myself, it installs very quickly and works as it should. Should it not work for you, try posting on that blog, it's worth it. :thumbsup:
  7. Thanks for sharing this excellent way of featuring products :thumbsup: TBH it will probably take me like 25 more views of your video to get it right on my shop (hopefully), but it's great, I love it. :thumbsup:
  8. @@altoid Steve I've been using both an xml and a "human" sitemap for years, I found that ever since I started doing that pretty much all my pages got indexed very quickly. What I also do is I direct the search engine to the xml sitemap through robots.txt, in other words, as well as disallowing some pages, I also then mention the link to the xml sitemap which is obviously allowed. Don't know if that's the correct procedure but that's what I do. IMO sitemaps are definitely useful for SEO purposes. Not sure how search engines deal with edited pages (do they re-index each time they visit or not), what I noticed with my own site is that the edits sometimes get reflected pretty much immediately, sometimes not.
  9. I have been using osC for a long time now and am the kind of person that likes to try playing with code herself wherever possible, however, it soon became clear that my limited coding knowledge was never going to be sufficient in setting up and modifying my shop in the exact way that I wanted it to be. I have hired quite a few other developers in the past, none of whom matched my expectations either in terms of work quality or customer service. I have met Gary back in 2011 and decided to hire him initially for a template purchase/installation. The experience has been, and still is to this day, nothing short of outstanding. Emails are replied to very quickly, help, explanation and advice are always given with incredible patience, and the work is always carried out in the shortest possible time, with great attention to detail and with everything working exactly as it should. The work I have hired him for ranges from upgrading my old 2.2 shop to the 2.3 version, to template installation and design work, to securing of website, to custom coded modifications/addons, to general fixes, personalisations and configurations of certain features. I have bought his ebook as well, which I find contains tons of useful tips and tricks for anyone like me who's interested in learning the mechanics of osC. In the past I also bought his "osCommerce on localhost" package, a hassle free, super easy way of quickly installing osC on your home computer, which has been of invaluable help for me. In short, what Gary provides can be resumed in 3 simple phrases: fast, quality service outstanding knowledge and advice great honesty And all this at very reasonable fees. I can only wholeheartedly recommend him.
  10. Thanks for another great tut Gary, once this section builds up it will be excellent to have a whole series of video tutorials. :thumbsup: I too prefer the FTP method, in fact I so don't like define_language.php that I just deleted it from the site completely and removed the link from admin/tools. jmo.
  11. @@sembrouille Thanks, I'll have to try that :) .....will come back to let you know how it went.
  12. @@sembrouille Hi sembrouille, you mean I can add the alt tags into the the "HTML content (for pop up)" box? thanks for your kind words :)
  13. @@burt Hi Gary big list of things to do.....was wondering if you were planning to add a method for SEO url's that was flexible enough to cover everyone's preferences/needs? ie: with choice over url path structure, and how multilingual urls are built, etc? As we know there are currently various ways of dealing with SEO urls in the current addons that differ a lot from one another. Is it possible to add this kind of thing into the base, or would it have to stay an addon? Hope I made myself clear and sorry if I said some stupidities (am just a shop owner).
  14. @@burt About point 4. SEO someone already mentioned in the osC 2.4 thread, is it feasible though to add into the main codebase a flexible enough SEO Url method that would cover everyone's needs? for example the way multi lingual urls are built, the url path structure, etc. I personally would love to have (in admin) an SEO Urls section where I would just tick what I wanted, provided it gave enough choice over structure etc. But is that kind of thing feasible do you think?
  15. Just my opinion, I may be wrong, but I think that nowadays the really big thing is to promote yourself on the social networks, however, due to various occupations, I personally don't have much time to dedicate to that, and I certainly can't afford to hire an employee to do that. It seems that sites that have a big presence on social networks are regarded more highly by search engines and therefore have better positions. I find it very hard to get people to share your products on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, forums and such, or to like your FB page for example. What do the others think about that? Has anyone here bought FB ads and did that bring any results? Gary, as you know I have added a disqus box to my product pages, though so far it hasn't brought much activity, then again, I should be able to spend more time on disqus myself. In any case perhaps adding some sort of discussion option on product pages may help. Just a thought, am nowhere near an expert on SEO.