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  1. There is a thread here on one of the errors, but dont know if your code has already been changed as it refers to an older version Cant help with any of the others though.
  2. I know this is an old post, but I would like to thank gary for this post. It took some finding, but I was glad that it showed up. I wanted to disable all payments methods aparet from payPal for all non UK customers and this worked. Thanks @burt
  3. As it works for most of the time i wuld startlking outside of oscmmerce. Ask your hosts to find what happened at that time. Speak to paypal and get them to check their logs. Also speak to the customer as it may be something they use or did.
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    Please Review my Website - comments are welcome

    I have not reviewed a website here for a long time as all site designs are down to personal preference but the sliders and all the different boxes on the product pages distract the buyers eyes from the products that the site is trying to sell. On the home page the slider in the main content of the page should be a lot slower and also the full width of the page. The one in the header should be removed as all the information should be available somewhere else on the site. That would also tidy up the search box area. By removing all those sliders will get your main content above the fold and the site can do what it is hopefully designed to so, and that is sell products. Its a long scroll on a phone to even see a product. Put your site in here and run the test if you havent already. https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly Then put it in here and correct all the errors. https://validator.w3.org/ More recent ideas on sliders at https://www.commercegurus.com/image-sliders. There is also some good information on the yoast website about how they are not that good for SEO. Whilst they work in a few cases, one on a page is not too bad, but here there is too much of a distraction. Saying that though, how many people actually land on the front page of your website. Google analytics will tell you that. I did notice that the fonts are not all the same in the product descriptions, and I dont quite know why there is a large image under the descriptions. Does it need to be there. As all websites are a work in progress this isnt too bad a start. What it really needs is customer feedback and refining over time once the site is live. What I would do is to spend some time doing research on competitors sites and see how yours can be made better than theirs.
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    Content Module - Page Heading

    Each of the content modules usually consist of three files. A main file, a template file and a language file. Look in your includes/languages/english/modules/content/index/cm_i_title.php file and make the changes there.
  6. If the bugs are being reported to Gary, not a team, then he may decide to add them into the core code. But at the end of the day its his choice whether they get added.
  7. I have done a quick search of the addons and cant seem to find anything like this. I have tried one that didnt work at all and just kept giving loads of errors so I gave up. This is the one that I have tried http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/6902 What I need to do is to find out when a particular product was sold, and to who it was sold. This may seem silly but I sell electronic components and a supplier of mine has contacted me about a safety notice on a product. I have sold only a few of the particular batch, as I have lots of them on the shelf, but I need to know who bought the other items. I can also see a benefit to this type of addon for other reasons, but for now it would be good to find something to save me having to go through hundreds of orders to find one particular product name since I bought a thousand of the items. Can anyone offer any help or advice please.
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    Report or tool to show when product was sold

    Many thanks to all for the help. I have lots to try and mess with so I will be having a busy weekend.
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    New install messing about.

    What exactly are you having doubts with? Its harsh to blame a product when you are trying to use something that is not compatible and from a third party. That's not oscommerces fault. I hope you chose a theme with free support so they should be the ones you are talking to as they supplied you something that does not work. Hopefully you have found out that the community version of oscommerce is responsive, and is also module based so you just upload the files to the correct place and then install and activatee the addon using its settings. Couldn't be any simpler although you do have to change the way you currently work. There are loads of addons currently created for this version of oscommerce and in the true sense of open source, you can produce more to fit your needs if you wish and release them for others to use. Why the fixation that you need a theme. Do a search for bootstrap themes and you will find many. Most of the store look can be changed by changing or adding css. Not difficult, even I can do it.
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    IIS report php-cgi exited unexpectedly

    If people really want to know what devices people are using to view a website the owners should sign up for google analytics, or similar services. It will save all the guessing and speculation what people are using to view a website, although I do believe that they may not all be 100% accurate. It will also depend on your customers. I was surprised to find that only 22% of my customers used a mobile device and a further 18% use a tablet, so nowhere near the 80% quoted above, but my customers are of the older generation due to the hobby, but that may have been 40% of customers who may have gone elsewhere because the site was not mobile friendly. Can I afford to loose that many of my customers because the website is not responsive, of course not.
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    category control in Admin

    I use this addon but it may need an update depending on your osc and php version. https://apps.oscommerce.com/RnLn2
  12. I did add the following into the user css file. @media only screen and (min-width : 768px) { div.cm-pi-gallery { min-height: 600px; } } The 600 is the length that I did have to play around with a bit, and may need to again. I also think it helps having the description under the image and full width 12. It looked really silly otherwise.
  13. have been having a bit of a play with this on a new version of Frozen. I thought others may like to see the results. There have been no core file changes, and apart from a bit of padding in the button code nothing has been changed. The layout is created by using the method that Gary explained further up the thread. The product price will be played with later as I need to convert some code to make the layout different as I need to show customers the savings on the actual price and the buying price. The description is under the image disclaimer, as will be the cross sell products, recently viewed and the reviews and what ever else will be tagged onto the end of the page. These may even be placed inside Garys 28 days of code tabs so will have to see what looks best.
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    Mobile adjusted website?

    You have to create a new database, then run the installer that is included once it is uploaded to your hosting server. The database will be filled with test products and setting so you can see the store working. Then you need to set it up and activate some modules. Then you will need to transfer all your customer, order, sales and product data from your old database to the new one. If you cant do that, there are people here that will either help you or do it for you if you post in the paid for help area.
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    Mobile adjusted website?

    You really have two choices. None of them are easy. There is a mobile addon that creates another set of files on your system, but it is no longer being supported, and wont be. The second is to install the BS community version of oscommerce. There is a link in my signature. This does entail a complete rebuild of your current store, but that may not be a bad thing depending on how old your current store is. You will have to add all of your current addons again, but newer versions may be available. Then all you need to do is to convert your current database to work on the new files. The new BS version is so much easier to work with and in most cases, addons are just a case of uploading the files, and clicking an install button.
  16. I had this just the other day. Everything was working fine up to a few weekends ago. Then two orders were paid for but not recorded. Order numbers were passed to PayPal and in the orders list these numbers were missing. No emails were sent to either the store owner or the buyer. The items were still in the customers basket, as I was asking for help in emptying these baskets and completing the sale. It hasn't happened since, so I am assuming that it was either a website or PayPal glitch. Luckily the items purchased were saved at PayPal.
  17. Well stop trying to change something that cant be changed. This is a public forum and everyone of us here, and some have been here a lot longer than some, have a right to keep pointing out the obvious when people seem to take no notice of what is being said. All these pointless comparisons should also be removed as they serve no purpose. They are just your opinion which you seem to want to freely voice but others cant voice theirs. But never mind as lo g as your ooinion matters and no one elses does. As i said if you want to change something create an addon and do it that way. No matter what you keep on about it will not change the official version. If it could then this whole post would have a point.
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    Managing your Products

    I am a bit like @Dan Cole and everything is a bit hit and miss. When replacement stocks arrive, I check all prices and also stock check just to make sure that stock levels are correct. If cost prices have risen dramatically I may even have a look for other suppliers at the time. If I leave it too long it all gets forgotten about until the next order. I also look at the product descriptions to see whether they could be changed or added to in any way just to keep them fresh. The same with the product images. This may sound bad, but if prices have risen lots, then I update prices similar products just so some dont look more expensive than others. When a new product arrives, I have already done my homework and have an idea of selling prices based on competitors prices and my buying cost, so its just a case of a bit of SEO work on the product names and descriptions, and the new products are added. I am currently going through the site and altering all the product description layouts. Over the years they got altered slightly and now I am trying to get them all to look the same. Its taking time, but customers seem to like it. I do have the margin report addon installed on my site so I can at least see how much profit I am making on individual items, and orders if necessary. I also have a report that lets me see how many of each item I have dold in a set period, so that helps with ordering stock.
  19. We have been waiting for years for the official oscommerce to be responsive. It hasn't happened, and you have critisised myself and others for running oscommerce down. We have all been here waiting for the promised changes to happen. What makes you think that something will happen in the next years to change the create account page. What you could, and should do is to create an addon that replaces the current pages and system, then others could use it on the official or BS versions if they wished. If you cant change the core code, change what people use by creating addons. If the first install instruction was to rename all the current files, uploading the new ones would be easy. Its great people making suggestions on how things could be improved, but you have to remember that no one here can make changes to the official version as you have heard many times. The only real way to make changes is through the addons area.
  20. 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.
  21. Those messages are not a lot to do with GDPR, they are more to do with the EU cookie regulations, which were brought in 2011. They gave people the right to choose whether they accepted cookies from the site being placed on their computer. You do not need explicit consent to place cookies on a computer which is why you can just ignore the tick box and it will go away. By using the site you are agreeing to their use. There is no way that you can find a persons identity from a cookie, unless it is a bad cookie. If you were concerned about them, you would click the policy details and read what cookies are placed on your computer. I take it everyone here knows that you have to list all the cookies that are used on your site in your privacy or cookie policy. GDPR is a totally different thing, but does sort of encompass a bit about cookies and their use.
  22. GDPR does not mean that you cannot keep personal data. It means that you have to explain why you need to keep it, how you will keep it, how it will be used, and how long you will keep it. There is also another silly bit of EU rules about VAT MOSS and electronic services, which says that an IP address can be used as one piece of non conflicting proof to show a customers location at the time of ordering, so you must be allowed to store and keep it. Again the phone number can be used if it is a fixed landline. I think those requirements are that information is kept for 6 years. GDPR is all about protecting peoples personal data, and transparency about what a business does with that data, which has to be a good thing. Its not just the silly warnings on the first page load that is GDPR, its all the changes to the T&Cs and the privacy policy that are needed. Processes within the business have to be applied in how data is stored, what will happen if there is a data breach, and much more. How many people have checked that their hosts are compliant, as they have access and store to all of your data? I bet not many, as many will just assume that they are. How many of us store owners have the facility to contact all of our customers should a data breach occur. Again not many. Most could use the inbuilt email system, but again how many would get past their hosts email limits and know which ones sent, and which ones didnt. Gary made many modules to help a business with these rules and regulations, and if you have not purchased them yet, get in touch with @burt Just as an aside, I got a GDPR email earlier in the week, as the business had just found out about the rules, and they were notifying me about the change in conditions and policies, and also whether I wanted to remain on their mailing list. Only a few months late. For those that are reading this post, and have yet to fully read about it, there is a shed load and a half of information here. UK site ICO GDPR pages There will be similar sites for most other countries all you have to do is to find them. Sorry for the long reply, but some still dont get it.
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    Google XML Sitemap SEO

    Thanks Jack @Jack_mcs , that fixed the one part. Appreciated.
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    Google XML Sitemap SEO

    Jack I am having a few problems with the manual create sitemaps feature. There is also a problem with the cron not working either. I have read and installed everything and checked and double checked the install. After the install when I go to http://MY_DOMAIN/googlesitemap/index.php all the files generate as they should. No problems there, so assume that everything is as it should be. When I hit one of two the manual run buttons in the admin area no files are created and a new browser page opens with the following url. https://mydomain/admin14/' . HTTPS_CATALOG_SERVER . '/googlesitemap/index.php. Which is not right.When going into the configure file HTTPS_CATALOG_SERVER is present and is my full website address so something must be wrong somewhere. I have spoken to my host about the cron job and they say that it should work fine as it is, so it must be a coding error. I can only believe what they say. Could this all be releted to the incorrect url above. Any help or advice you can give me would be appreciated.
  25. Why do you want ads shown on a site. That just takes customers away from a site, unless it is used as a revenue builder.
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