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    osCommerce v4 demo

    Dinnae skim read, please! You're new here, so you won't know that I've been floating around the osC scene for quite some time (~15 years) and contributed code to a forked version of osC. I've also hosted and continue to host other e-commerce software. I was asking you specifically about osC v4 and Trueloaded. Not Edward. Regards, EJ (Coming across a peculiarity already during the installation of Trueloaded: "You don't have permission to access this resource." ... goes off to check logs and .htaccess.. mod_security block /usr/local/apache/modsecurity-owasp-old/base_rules/modsecurity_crs_41_xss_attacks.conf!)
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    osCommerce v4 demo

    Thanks to @MFleeson I've been pointed to the demo of TrueLoaded, which I somehow managed to sidestep (I assumed an offshoot of the semi-commercial) CRE. Now, this looks encouraging and certainly from the admin perspective it appears to be very comprehensive. I'll try an install of True. What I'd like to know from the developers @osCommerce-Official is the following: Will osC 4 be a re-badging of True and will True now be consigned to history i.e. no more updates? If osC4 has a considerable difference to the code structure, then will there be a 'smooth' migration path from True to osC 4? I don't want to spend too much time, constructing a migration path from my current stores to True just for it to be mothballed, with no path to osC 4.
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    osCommerce v4 demo

    Did you see the underlying code or the server specification?
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    osCommerce v4 demo

    For some strange reason, the developers want a 'phone chat in order to even see the demo! (Nobody here hard-of-hearing or deaf?) I'm interested in seeing what resources are required to run a small to mid-size store. What is the underlying code like, in terms of tweaks and customisation, to suit client needs? How about just releasing the 'alpha'/'beta' software, so that some of us with a strong osC background can properly see the progress and perhaps even make useful suggestions? I've tried out various e-commerce packages in a fruitless attempt to update my few though loyal clients. So far, there's only been one or two "close but no cigar" candidates. There tends to be shortcomings in them all but it's a question of what one can compromise with. Without actually trying the software, there's no real way to tell and no amount of screenshots/YT videos will really get to core issues. TLDR: release the code - even if only to a select group.
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    New management and osCommerce v4

    After skim reading.. I implore you not to follow anywhere near the Magento bloatware framework. I host a couple of sites for a client (because he was desperate to move from an existing host) and it is the worst bit of coding that I have seen in over 30 years of IT. The recommended OS level settings are insecure, the means of adding a simple module completely overly complex, the system overheads appalling and many other issues. If you can run on relatively high end server, think in terms of >6GB RAM, 100GB storage then you might get a mid-size store to run well. Any framework, if you must use one, should have minimal impact on daily operations of the store, take the features of the underlying OS into consideration and not consume vast resources in relation to the data it is presenting to the buying public. Even though in real terms, the cost of hardware has dropped, many smaller and mid-size store owners shouldn't need a large outlay to host their wares. If the e-commerce software requires large hardware (costs) then they will be better served by the likes of Shopify, Amazon et al. Stick with the original ethos of osCommerce, ZenCart, OpenCart etc. and try to maintain a lightweight platform. I have to lease a whole large VPS dedicated to those two mid-size Magento sites, whereas a dozen or so sites happily consume half the amount of resources on another VPS, with 1,000 more products and much more traffic. I don't tend to have a lot to say and I am frequently controversial but there's a little of what's on my mind. If the chosen programming language (please not the dumbing-down "App") makes any syntax sense to me then I may be able to assist. Good luck with the venture. (I continue to effectively host a propped-up "old" mostly stable osCommerce derivative/fork for a resilient few) [Edit] I've just back read it's YII framework sitting on top of composer. This is not a good sign as composer is one part of the Magento nightmare! 😢
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    PI Call for Price Button

    Just a small comment. I prefer a value of -1 for "Call For Price", which leaves zero for the possibility of Free products. Some store owners might have a promotion where there's a giveaway when another (range of) product(s) is purchased. I have one client that does exactly that and showing a Free product encourages further purchases (sometimes). I does however, mean that shop owners need to pay attention that they enter a price when adding a new product!
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    SMTP with authentication on Phoenix 1.0.5.0

    @ecartz Interesting: I read the Go PRO to support Phoenix opening post three times before coming to my wrong supposition. @burt Think, osCmax I argued for modularisation, simplification and reduced bloat, among other things there, for years. If I've confused you with someone else, then I apoligise upfront - it's an age thang (so I tell myself). We're venturing off-topic however.
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    SMTP with authentication on Phoenix 1.0.5.0

    Not really sure what your point is. Given that I host/support a few clients with predominantly open-source sites, I'd come under the £30/month tariff. That is a MASSIVE hit on what little profit that I get from my efforts; it's bad enough having to pay similar for WHM/cPanel plus CloudLinux costs. What I can offer are insights, suggestions and (non-expert) coding, from my long experience in hosting e-commerce plus even longer in IT support/development/consultancy. However, burt and I are often at polar opposites when it comes to concepts, so it does strain the relationship somewhat. I currently only have one fledgling low traffic, niche market site on Phoenix. Without some, what I (and shop owners) consider essential additions to the core, Phoenix struggles to replace other sites. It's not that I don't appreciate what is being done - far from it. I dare say other members may recognise me, from other forums where a combination of frustration, assistance and code submission are part of the open source landscape. I could go on but I tend towards elliptic. Is this criticism? No, just observation.
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    SMTP with authentication on Phoenix 1.0.5.0

    Found this on another thread and is commonplace with many hosts, in a poor attempt to thwart spammers.
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    SMTP with authentication on Phoenix 1.0.5.0

    I find some of the replies here a little strange; over the past few years I've needed to implement the SMTP contribution, rather than the default sendmail. Where multiple sites (users/domains) are hosted on the server, the SMTP option allows email to sent out using a specific email address, that corresponds to the store owner eg. sales@shop1.com. It's not appropriate to send from shop1@mainserver.com. Unless I'm totally blind/dim, I couldn't see a way to do that with simple sendmail. A 'local' login via SMTP authentication ensures outbound email comes from the user's domain, rather than the server's domain. This even works with the often broken WHM/cPanel send from a dedicated IP option. Thanks for the useful information above, guys. I'll start to look into the implementation shortly.
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    Have done a bit of CSS tweaking (I'm not great at it!). This cleans up the display considerably. usps.php
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    Edge VS Frozen

    Starting to hang together. Don't take this the wrong way: an observation, not a criticism.. It's currently an awkward situation for users with relatively new stores, or wishing to begin one. There doesn't seem to be a recent 'stable' osCommerce. I haven't had time yet, to look at a roadmap but a 'milestone' release might be useful. Just today I spotted a comment on v1.0.7.7 that looked to delete DIR_FS_CATALOG and nearly had a coronary. (Since rescinded, I believe.) I understand core changes are required to meet new demands but that one would have had a lot of implications. Thanks for all the effort, guys.
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    Edge VS Frozen

    Phoenix is the new Edge?
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    Hmm. Par for the course.
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    Panic over (for now, until USPS screw up their clientèle again!) I had done a blanket conversion to https (due to the enforced SSL fiasco!) and of course, USPS doesn't like that in the API - go figure. Until the next time...
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    I've made the following revision: Uninstalled/reinstalled then added all the required information back in. Still no USPS shipping showing. I did notice in Admin that it is displayed as "1st-Class Package Service - Retail" (and all others) rather than "First-Class Package Service - RetailTM". Is this relevant?
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    A quick question: Rather than uninstalling/reinstalling and having to update settings again, why is it not possible to just update the database field? Example: UPDATE `configuration` SET `configuration_value` =' 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, First-Class Package Service - RetailTM, 0, 70, 0.50, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, USPS Retail GroundTM, 0, 70, 0.50, Priority MailTM, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, Priority Mail ExpressTM, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, First-Class Package International ServiceTM, 0, 70, 1.50, Priority Mail InternationalRM, 0, 70, 1.50, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, Priority Mail Express InternationalTM, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00, 0, 70, 0.00' WHERE `configuration`.`configuration_key` = `MODULE_SHIPPING_USPS_TYPES`; (I've split the line for readability) I tried but it didn't appear to work, unless some caching was going on.
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    First, apologies for not being proactive on testing this. Your latest non-MVS version appears to be working fine for my client. Thanks very much for your efforts. All the best, EJ :thumbsup:
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    Your efforts are appreciated, as always. Best of luck. USPS forgets who the customer is.
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    Looks like your lovely US Postal Service is about to screw us over again... I've said it before and I'll say it again. You need to do a mass protest to them and get THEM to produce an official oscommerce shipping (sic) module. You Americans love to sue for the slightest thing, so why so reticent about this nonsense? (Rhetorical.)
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    This sounds like a sensible plan, to me. An alternative method, at a flick of a switch. Certainly for all WHM/cPanel VPS, I have curl installed by default and PECL is used frequently. EJ
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    USPS Rate V4, Intl Rate V2 (official support thread)

    Given the length of both threads, would it not be wise to start a fresh thread with clear guidelines?
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