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14steve14

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  1. You are a bit wrong in your above statement, as those regulations affect everyone not just those in the EU. Its those that sell to consumers in the EU. All of these have been good for both business and consumers. A business has had to make a few changes, but nothing that has been detrimental to their business. They were all created to make sure that businesses were treating customer information correctly. Now all consumers know that their information is safe, they know how it will be used, and they know that it is secure. Where is the bad in that. Only businesses that don't care have anything to complain about. Gary produced some really good modules for oscommerce which makes things really easy for the store owner. You also missed another important one off your list and that is discrimination. It comes into effect on the 3rd December. https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/faq/geo-blocking. And what about article 13. Its designed to protect those that create unique content, so what's bad in that. Only those that use others content illegally have something to complain about. If you use someone else's material then you should really pay for that use. Its not wrong, its just business. The worse one has been VAT MOSS and electronic services, but that was done to stop the big boys that ultimately affected smaller suppliers and should really be changed to let the small businesses off, or at least some leeway.
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    New products for the month of.......

    They are selected from all of the products in the database. You just select which ones show. You can also, in most cases, select the start and end date for when they are shown.
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    New products for the month of.......

    There are addons that allow you to change what is shown. Search the addons area for featured products. There are several. Depending on your version of oscommerce some may need altering but there are BS versions available. You will then be able to select which products show on the front page and also in some cases a new page that only shows the featured products. Select the right addon and its a simple case of uploading the files and clicking install and changing a few settings before you can start adding products.
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    Consolidated site on "Theme's"

    Can recommend these themes as I use one. @burt Gary even modified it to my liking by adding components from other themes. Great service.
  5. If clearing your browser cache does not work you host may have some form of caching on your server that may need clearing.
  6. May be a silly question, but does this allow the customer to only dissallow some cookies like the tracking cookies, but will stall allow for other essential cookies, or does it just dissallow all cookies. Does it also show a list of the cookies being used.
  7. Just grab a copy of oscommerce of what ever version you are planning to use, and follow the install procedure as you normally would but install into a folder or sub domain. As its all installed on to your hosting account in a folder, you just navigate to that folder, the same way as you would navigate to any site that is not in your root folder. The only difference being is that you must password protect the whole folder to stop others and the search engines finding it. You will also need a separate database so your hosting should allow you to have more than one database. I have a copy of my current site and a test site with the latest version. The copy site gets any changes done to it first to make sure that they work which keeps the main site operational and clean, and the latest version test site is literally just a play ground and future development site that one day could be used as the main site.
  8. 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.
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    Newsletter addon compatible with Frozen?

    I use Mailchimp. Gary did make an addon but he has never updated it to match their latest code. What I do its to export the customers that want the newsletter and then add those to the mailchimp list. Its a manual operation. Id just takes a while to manually get the two lists matching. There is an addon to export customers somewhere. There was an addon called mailbeez but thats not been updated for oscommerce for a long time. There may be a paid for one out there somewhere but whether it will work with frozen I have no idea. Apart from that I dont know of a working one that has all the bells and whistles.
  10. The payment processor costs have to be considered a business expense and should be included in your price calculations. Discourage people from using PayPal by offering other payment methods. I used to only offer paypal and not there are bank transfer and stripe. Lots still use Paypal but not as many as there used to be.
  11. If you havent altered any of the core files, then it should be just a case of uploading the new files to your hosts. You may have to turn off all the core modules first, then turn them back on again once you are ready, and you may have to check the databases are the same. That is about it in reality, but its not always that easy. The other alternative is to install a new set of files on your server, use it as a test development site and when ready copy the files across to your actual site. If you only install addons that have no core d=code changes things are made really easy.
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    Share your strategy for christmas

    Every year we give all customers a free product during December. Its usually something really silly and which only costs a few pence to buy. We have given away sample sign sheets which included some of the scale signs that I sell which cost us nothing but a bit of time, a free downloadable scale model kit which again cost us nothing as it was a model that we developed, a free keyring that had the website and contact details on, this year we are giving away 100 6" rules which we were given for free by a supplier. We have done an advent calender in the past with special priced products every day, and we always give a free product to the first person to place an order on Christmas day. This year I am planning on changing the stylesheet of the site to make it look a bit Christmassy. I do always have a large Christmas based image on the index page wishing all customers a \Merry Christmas, so we do try to do something different.
  13. I wish I had your money to pay someone to make basic colour changes to my site. I may not be able to code, but I can do the basics.
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    Checkout confirmation blank white page

    This has been going on for far too long and your shop is now totally broken as you say, but was working fine. Stop everything you are doing and start from a good known working copy of your site. If you dont have good backup copies, ask your host whether they have, most good hosts keep backups for 30 days. Upload a working set of files from when your site was working. That should get you back to something that is working. At least you will be able to take orders and satisfy your customers, they are the most important thing to you now as currently they are going elsewhere. Once you have your site working, upload another set of files in a different folder, change the configuration files and use this set of files as a test environment. You can then start loading the files for the invoice that broke the site away from your actual store. Once you have that working as you want, you can add the files you have altered or overwrite the whole set of files. Never play with your live site and keep regular full site backups. You should also keep records of what files you have altered as it will make things so much easier if things go wrong.
  15. I was going to say something similar to this but didnt risk putting my head on the chopping block as a few people still advocate changing core files.
  16. I may be wrong but if you want an updated Frozen version you should be using Edge as explained above, unless I am reading it wrong. Failing that you need to go to github and find out what has been changed on the latest version of Edge and change your site to match. .
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    which payment module do you use in your shop ?

    Does anyone know for a module for Square. They only charge 2.3% per transaction with no other charges hidden or seen so its not too bad, its just that I cant see any modules.
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    Facebook like/share

    Isnt these a box that can be turned on or off in your admin/modules/boxes which can be turned on or off to display in one of the left or right columns.
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    which payment module do you use in your shop ?

    When I started the website 9 years ago I only used PayPal standard. It was easy to set up, and customers love it. I have recently started to use Stripe as its cheaper than paypal, but its a PCi nightmare. I wish the payment module could be updated by someone that knows what they are doing using their latest code. I looked into using Sagepay or one of the other payment processors, but always got scared of the long contract terms, but they are considerably cheaper to use. I also offer bank transfer, but few customers use it.
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    Fake accounts

    @honda4 Could you post the altered script you added that was based on Johns code, and where you placed it. It may then help others.
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    which version to download

    @MrPhil Bloody autocorrect.
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    which version to download

    Please read the advice already given. Its all good. Stop worrying about what may or may not happen in the future. If you choose to use OSC in any form, that is up to you, but do expect there to be an official update any time soon. There hasn't been one in the last few years, so it wont happen soon. If you want to use osc use the BS version that is now at Frozen. Its PHP7 ready, and hopefully someone on these forums will update things as they change. Its the best you will get. Whether it will be developed further by anyone is up to them. You, me and everyone else will just have to wait and see what happens as no one knows yet. If you dont like what is happening here, find an alternative. There are plenty to choose from.
  23. Although there are bundled products addons available you may be better off using a cross sell addon, or something that allows a customer to buy two items together at a discount price. Something like the better together addon, but it may require some code changes to bring it up to date. May be do a starter bundle that includes all the safety gear that is needed for a particular product. Forcing someone to buy something that they may already have will loose you customers, but its up to you what you try to increase sales.
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    Geo-Blocking Regulation

    If downloads have some manual intervention in their creation they are not covered by the VAT MOSS requirements. So it a file in manually attached to an e-mail, then manually sent, then the regulations can be bypassed as its no longer classed as an electronic service. I could then sell to the whole of the EU with no problems and no discrimination, but I think the best thing to do is to carry on as I am.
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