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  1. Dan Cole

    newsletter never be able to send out

    You can use the existing built in email functions but Steve is right it needs work and I to am surprised there are no better options that can be used within osC. It is an area that is critical, if you intend to succeed as an online marketer. I use the built in functions for smaller transactional mailings...ie anniversary coupons, new product mailings, review requests etc but I use an outside service for bulk mailings for many of the reasons Steve has mentioned. I'm always concerned about providing customer data to outside services but this is once instance where I bend a little. I do use a double opt-in subscription routine for our bulk email subscribers, to ensure that those emails are welcomed and not treated as spam. If you are located in the UK, Steve can probably help with anything you might need to do regarding the GDPR rules and what you might need to do, if anything, about providing data to external service providers. Dan
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    APACHE AH01797 error message

    If your admin directory is still named admin as shown in your error messages be sure to sort that out before you get to far along. It's an unnecessary security risk. Dan
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    Advanced Specials

    Just wanted to chime in about this add on again. A lot of the products we sell are MAPPed items, so specials are often controlled by the manufacturers, and vary in both the amount and duration a promotional discount can be offered. In the past, this has required a lot of time and effort to set up and manage properly, given the number of products we offer. We used Advanced Specials to manage this process for Black Friday and it made the whole process a breeze. We could even set the specials up, days in advance, and they were just applied to the products automatically when the time arrived. If you find yourself in a similar situation, with lots of specials to manage, I would highly recommend this add-on. From a design point of view the add-on could use some work but once your figure out how things are intended to work, it is a real time saver. A big well done to all those who had a hand in the development of this add-on over the years. It saved us a ton of time already and should allow us to offer other specials throughout the year, many of which we've not bothered with in the past, because of the work involved. THANK YOU. Dan
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    Consolidated site on "Theme's"

    What he said....I completely agree. 👍 Dan
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    Digital education

    Welcome. Are you using osC or wondering if it will do what you want? If the latter, maybe you could give everyone an indication of what exactly it is that you're looking to do. Dan
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    Advanced Specials

    I just installed this add on to set up some Black Friday specials and noticed that the "echo $start_date;" statement on line 368 hasn't yet been removed from the file specials.php. The echo is printed on a blank page so you're left with the impression that the add-on doesn't work. I thought I'd post about this for anyone else who is struggling to get the add on to work...just remove or comment out line 368 and it's all good. Dan
  7. I think Henry (WhiteHat) and Gary Walker (?) both did some work on this as well. Dan
  8. I don't know anything about MS2 besides that it is ancient but I would think that the expiry date is stored in your database. If you can track it down you should be able to change it. Dan
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    Please review my site

    The original thread has been hidden....please note that the guidelines provide.... Dan
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    Managing your Products

    Just wondering what everyone is doing to make sure their product information, images, prices etc etc are kept current and up-to-date. Has anyone developed a systematic method of reviewing and keeping on top of their items, categories etc. For me it seems to be quite a hit and miss process. I usually spot something amiss, take a quick look and update an item or two and get back to what I was doing. With hundreds or thousands of products there must be a better way. What are you doing? Dan
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    SSL can't add to basket

    It was nice that you came back to report on it. Often people don't do that and as you pointed out, it looks like their plea for help went unanswered. Dan
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    SSL can't add to basket

    So I guess it wasn't an OS Commerce problem? Dan
  13. The link for Edge is in the signature file in Garys post above and the link to Frozen is in your signature file. 😁 Dan
  14. Did you have a look at admin->configuration->images?
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    Managing your Products

    @greasemonkey I'm not really sure where this is going myself Scott...it's a bit of a journey rather than a destination but the more I fiddle with it the more useful it is. The code itself is really rough around the edges and is very much an early work in progress. It also adds a bunch of fields, to some of the database tables, so unless you have a test database I would be concerned about giving the code to anyone. Having said that I know you know your way around osC and would take suitable precautions, so if you want a copy to play with, send me a pm with your email address and I'll zip it up for you. I would certainly welcome your input and suggestions. Dan
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    Managing your Products

    Been playing with this, as time permits, and am getting to a point where it is starting to be of some use. Here is the entry point...sorry for the name (you'll see why in a bit). I couldn't come up with a better one at the time so if anyone has a better suggestion I'd welcome it. At this point it just lets me set what tasks need to be done, assign a priority to them and a date for when I last worked on it etc. It's basically just a TODO list. I also added some basic manufacturer information which you see in the right hand column. I got tired of looking for contact names, phone numbers etc. You'll also see that I added a few buttons to the bottom. This is where the system will start a add some value. At this point I've mainly focused on the Create Worksheet button. The idea here was to list some of the key information for the products for the particular manufacturer that was selected. Things like the margin, currency, the weights etc. A place to scan the data you have set up. Here is a little screen shot so you can see the direction it's headed in. It might be nice to be able to update those data points right on Worksheet page but I'm not that far along yet. The Show Categories button will generate a page similar to the Manufacturers page shown about so you can manage your products by category rather than manufacturer. The Exception Button will work similar to Garys Product Monitor. It will provide you with information about missing or undersized images, prices, taxes and pretty much whatever else you want to review. Here is another image showing the direction that is expected to take. At the moment is just shows whether or not there are any products for a particular manufacturer. I haven't really spent any time on it...I just set it up to serve as a reminder for what I wanted to do with it. This is still very much a work in progress but I thought it might be useful to show the general direction the idea has taken and ask for suggestions that anyone might have. Dan
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    which payment module do you use in your shop ?

    Authorize.Net and PayPal here. Dan
  18. The other option, if you are required to do this for some reason, is just to include it and build the cost into the goods. Dan
  19. This is a shop-owners installation of the Bootstrap version of osCommerce. It has been set up and is hosted by our very own Jim @@kymation :thumbsup: http://bootstrap.kymation.com/ I pulled it out of the "Upcoming Changes" thread so it didn't get buried and lost forever in there. If you want to have a look at it in responsive mode just load it up and resize your browser view to see how it responds. Resizing your window works in both FireFox and Chrome and probably others too, but I've only tested it with those two browsers. This is a community install and the products have been added by shop-owners on here. If you'd like to get involved and help out by posting some products please be sure to read these posts in the "Upcoming Changes" thread. http://forums.oscommerce.com/topic/400819-upcoming-changes/?p=1718971 http://forums.oscommerce.com/topic/400819-upcoming-changes/?p=1719048 As mentioned in that thread access to the admin area can be obtained by sending a PM to Jim. Our goal is to replace the old, dated images in the existing version of osCommerce so please post your best images/products and if they are not your own products please be sure that you have permission to do so. If we end up with more than we need I might come up with a bit of a contest to weed some out and ensure that we only use the very best of them. Thanks to those who have participated so far and thanks in advance to those of you who step up. Dan
  20. It has been awhile....3 years....where does the time go? I'm pretty sure Jim's build was simply a stock install so I don't think any add-ons were involved. If you like what you see have a look at a stock install of the version of osC that you're using to see if it does what you want out of the box. It maybe that you've made changes that are preventing you from getting the look/function you're looking for. Dan
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    Fake accounts

    If that's what they are doing, you are spot on as usual Rainer. The ones I've seen on my site were only changing, as I recall, the email address but if everything is being changed I see the problem. Dan
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    Fake accounts

    What do you mean by this Gergely? Won't you just limit how frequently one can access that page if you set up an action recorder module for it? Dan
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    2.4 Series

    I'm hoping that we've covered this often enough recently we'll not have to deal with it again anytime soon. I don't know about the other moderators but I'll certainly be less forgiving of this behavior on a going forward basis. Thanks for that Zahid...I found a few similar packages as I was researching this. I'm guessing that something like this was used in the add-on we were discussing. Dan
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    2.4 Series

    I dealt with/deleted the slider for both this reason and at the request of one of the authors of the posts that got a bit out of hand. Personal digs and attacks are not at all helpful and are in violation of the forum rules. Let's all take a deep breath before saving those posts and be respectful to each other. It makes for a much better community. Dan