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  1. On the 25th May 2018 the updated General Data Protection Regulations comes into force. Well who knew anything about that. It would appear that the EU has or is about to change the way that people collect and store others data. This apparently supersedes the Data Protection Act in the UK. It has also been mentioned that when we leave the EU we will still need to comply with the regulations as the EU has made it worldwide somehow. Has any store owner seen a sensible easy to understand website that explains how this may affect store owners, or like me have you never heard about this until now.
  2. If you want to use oscommerce look for many posts with links to the community version called Frozen. Its the latest incarnation of oscommerce and is used in many shops, its just not official. Its the only version really supported here and the only one that has addons created for it.
  3. Let us know how you get on with this. Most things can be altered in oscommerce by adding to the user.css file so there is no real need to have loads of crappy looking templates or themes. There are also bootstrap themes that can be easily applied.
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    Where to start for newbie

    I dont wish to sound harsh, or to try to put you off, but if I was starting from new, I would avoid official OScommerce like the plague. Its old, its not been updated in years and it is not mobile friendly. It has loads of other faults as well, so too many to list here. There are better free ecommerce platforms out there. Well thats the official release anyway. What you will find on the forum is a version called community, bootstrap, edge, gold frozen and many other names, but they are all the same. Use one of the latest versions, frozen is the best and latest and you will have a decent website to start with. No need for templates as the CSS is easy to change. All latest addons created and developed are for this version rather than the official version, so that must tell you something. Like any new software it takes a bit of learning, but it is not that hard to pick up basics. This forum is great if you need help.
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    osCommerce website given refresh

    Funny how Harald is updating the main website but know where does it mention what is happening with the software itself. Shame really.
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    Why do you say that. There are so many supposedly good SEO companies out there or blokes at home that think they know SEO and they achieve nothing that someone cant do themselves with a bit of effort and work. Most of what a professional can do can be done with oscommerce easily so no need to pay. If there was an SEO company that had any conviction of what they can do will actually show a reward why wont they offer their service on a pay by results type thing.
  7. It would be up to the developers of the BS4 admin and the CE version to get together and discuss this. It is one area that Gary openly admits to not having the time to do too much with, but the code will have to meet his standards. The only problem I see with updating the admin are is that every admin module or report will also need to be updated. Thats a lot of work in someone fancies doing it, but none will. There is also no room here for another fork of the software. It just wont be allowed and any posts relating to it will be removed. May be there is potential for someone that wants regular updates to post the ones that are carried out on Github so the forum members can see what is being done. The CE version is constantly being worked on so there are loads of updates happening. We cant all expect one person to do it all.
  8. What do Nochex say. They would be the ones to ask.
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    Stripe Payment Module

    I have been trying to get the Stripe Payment module updated fora while, but can get no interest from anyone that knows what they are doing. Earlier last week I received the following email from Stripe. It now looks as if the current Stripe module will no longer work after 14th September unless there is an update. If the module is not updated, myself and others that use Stripe as a payment method will have to move to an ecommerce cart that has updated their payment system. Is there one developer out there that is prepared to update this module. I am sure costs could be discussed. I also assume that other payment modules will need to be updates also.
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    Stripe Payment Module

    @mhsuffolk Its a huge problem and one that I cannot see being sorted. As its a payment industry thing others are bound to have to be updated. I have tried to find a developer to update the stripe module and no one is interested. Tried on people per hour and only got unknowledgeable people wanting daft money or developers from oscommerce who are partners and wont allow to give the updated module to the community.
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    Your best bet is to find some really good current information on the internet. There are loads of people that think they know how to do SEO, but very few actually do. You have to find the ones that do, and that's not easy. Read lots and learn what the basics are. Google has some very good information and tools available to make your life a bit easier. Then try to get that basic information into every page of your site. Depending on the version you are using will depend on what addons you need to install.
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    Email queuing system

    @burt Gary I have been following this thread with interest. Love what you are doing it does sound good. If you want another tester I will be pleased to help if I can, Time is currently very short due to circumstances, but I may be able to input something.
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    Updated Stripe payment module

    I use Stripe as a payment method on my site and notice that the payment module itself has not been updated since 2014. The module works fine as it is so there is nothing to worry about. Stripe have updated their API recently and I was wondering if oscommerce was ever going to update this module.
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    App is not working in php 7

    None of the official versions of oscommerce will run in php7 as far as I know. The community BS version does. It can be found at https://forums.oscommerce.com/topic/396152-bootstrap-3-in-234-responsive-from-the-get-go/
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    Updated Stripe payment module

    @Heatherbell I have no idea. Maybe a quick google or even a search through the user manual or on Stripe. I dont use the proxy server setting on my setup.
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    bootstrap new install

    Thats the very reason I blocked the OP ages ago.
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    SMTP Authentication and OSCommerce

    The email system is not the best to put it politely. Use something that is designed to send emails like mailchimp. All you have to do then is to figure out a way to sync the subscribers, which is not too hard. It may also save your site from being blacklisted. Mailchimp allows you to send nice pretty emails and its free up to a certain level of subscribers.
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    Return to Top App

    Have a look in the addons area for 'back to top' or something similar as I think there was one done previously that may or may not work. Saying that anything done through the 28days will help move osc forward.
  19. Then update it then. If you cant do it, pay someone to and give something back to the community.
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    Email queuing system

    Whilst I have not seen what you are doing I have been following this thread with anticipation for anything better than is originally available. It sound like you are getting somewhere Gary. Well done. I would love to see a system where order status update emails could be written specifically for the update status replacing the standard 'your order has been upgraded to' emails. And the same with the 'new customer' or other emails. They are all a bit plain and do nothing for future sales. Like I say, cant wait to see where this leads as it sounds good.
  21. I enter my weights for products as 0.300 for 300g as that's the way the carrier does their weights. It just seemed easier to keep everything the same. I increased the decimal places to four in the database. Easy enough to change.
  22. Why not get rid of the Also Purchased box and use a cross sell mod that will only list the items you allocate. Seems much easier and may create more business. If you remove the product from the also purchased box what happens if someone buys a totally non compatible product for another reason, and you have the same trouble again.
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    Email queuing system

    Interesting idea if it could be made to work. I would like to send a pdf invoice say 5 days after the items were posted which could be used to ask for a review or what ever just to extend the sales process and to check to make sure that everything was ok with the order. I bet there are more ideas.
  24. @zefeena Love your rant. Most of us small businesses are in the same position. I certainly am. Here's what I did to get a development / test sore. First I created a new database and remembered the details that I used from within my hosting cpanel I then created a new folder in my root folder on my current live server. I installed the latest oscommerce version in to this folder which is possible using the standard oscommerce install files and the database details that were just created. I then password protected that complete folder using cpanel from my hosting. That stops the likes of google and other people accessing that folder. I have a host where its possible to setup different php versions on different files so I used php7.2 on this whole folder. I can now sit and play with the latest code. I can add and remove modules and code as I please and not affect my main site. I assume that eventually I wil lhave to update the database with all the products, customers and what ever when the store goes live, but that should be done quickly. If you feel unable to create the folder, database and install oscommerce try asking one of the better coders in this forum. It wont cost you as much as you think and will remove all the possible problems and stress. When the time comes I am sure for a small cost the database details can be transferred also. I did that last time and it was relatively cheap.
  25. Why dont you use headertags SEO which is supported, updated and maintained by the same person that also does the ultimate url addon. There is also a great support forum for that addon should you need any help. Hundreds use it and have no problems so it may be something for you to consider.