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Posts posted by 14steve14

  1. Dont use the built in newsletter system. At best it is rubbish and may cause your site to be blacklisted as newsletters can be marked as spam by some customers. Depending on the number of customers you wish to send newsletters to, you may also have to figure out a way to send emails in batches as most hosts have limits on emails that can be sent in a day or hour. It would be better to export your customers details to a program like mailchimp and send newsletters from there.

    But to answer your question it will send newsletters to the address customers use yo sign up to your site with.

  2. 46 minutes ago, Heatherbell said:

    @14steve14 We were in a similar boat but now signed up to SagePay as a payment provider (they take care of SCA) and to Barclaycard for a merchant account (variable charges but about 1.4% max).

    May have to look at something else and may even move away from oscommerce. It will be a shame, but may be a necessity. We currently are a small online shop and paying for merchant accounts and monthly costs would probably mean a price hike. I do use PayPal and may have to turn off Stripe until something is sorted.

  3. This only relates to payments as far as I am aware. Hopefully some of the payment modules here will be updated before then, but as its been asked many times before, I doubt they will. I wait to be proven wrong. I know Gary has tried to contact HPDL about this. I have been receiving emails from one of my payment providers for a while now about this. I think any payment processors like PayPal who deal with payments on their own site will have already made changes. Those like Stripe that use a payment form on the store will need to be changed.

    Most other ecommerce packages have the changes ready to implement. I tried to find someone to update the Stripe payment module, and no one was interest on here or even on a freelancer site.

  4. 10 minutes ago, LeeFoster said:

    I'm on Edge bs4 and I suspect the same. Just don't want to hard code css changes and break it in mobile view.

    You are right. I have just tried and regardless of what I try  I cannot replicate the layout I had in Frozen. Something somewhere must have changed. I have had a quick look through the module files and the template files and they look very much the same. . I will have to dig deeper.

  5. 50 minutes ago, LeeFoster said:

    No code changes?

    The only code changed was mentioned in the original thread you found. It was CSS added to the user.css file to control the length of the image placeholder. I did also add some padding to the buy now button as I wanted to make that intl a module which would have had padding in it but that has been done now in the latest version.

    I am about to try the same thing on the latest Phoenix version so it will be interesting to see if it still works.

  6. 12 hours ago, LeeFoster said:

    What changes did you have to make to achieve this? I've got the below module and trying to get it under the price and add to cart button.


    Lee, it was just a case of playing with the sort orders and the widths as explained in the original post.  The gallery was set to 6 and everything else was either 3 or 6 apart from the product name that was still 12. Here is an image of the settings from admin.


  7. 54 minutes ago, Druid6900 said:

    Yes, I'd have to agree.

    The shipping and payment modules would PROBABLY work, but, I have thousands of items and we are looking at a lot of paid person-hours to put them all back in. It's not really worth the effort or expense.

    I guess it's a fine program if you're just starting a store, but for an established one, it's a deal-breaker.

    I recall going for MS2.2 to 2.3.1 using a series of scripts to convert the initial database and they worked perfectly.

    I dont understand why its a deal breaker. It would take someone that knew what they were doing a few hours work to transfer the relevant database tables to a new database. I had someone do it the last time i upgraded from ms2 to BS Edge and the cost was a lot less than I thought it would be. Not every table needs to be transferred. it is probable something that many could do themselves but I have no inclination to mess with my database, its been working for too long.

    As to converting your addons, that may take a lot longer, but  most software needs updating at some point and if you rely on your store to earn money then what ever money is spent on your store is a business expense and should be factored in to your pricing. Think of a website upgrade and a repaint of a bricks and mortar store. Most payment modules will work as far as I know. The big problem will be updating them for the latest strong customer authentication updates next month. The admin side has been left and is still very much the same as all the BS versions and even as far back as 2.3 versions so admin mods will require no modifications hopefully.

  8. 4 hours ago, Hotclutch said:

    That might be a vision, but the CE is far from that stage ,and i doubt it ever will be. Last time i checked there was code being added to the template files even.

    So my point remains in that to update to a newer version of the files you just over write the core files that you have with the latest version ones. It does not matter if the core files are being changed or added to as thats what updating will do.

  9. As long as you know what you have changed it's fine. I thought the idea was that updating the software is a case of replacing the core files. If you alter core files you will have to alter them again when updating. I keep a record of the changes I make to the language files so they can easily be changed again after an upgrade. At the end of the day it's up to you what you do and how you do it. 

  10. 10 hours ago, ArtcoInc said:

    @Heatherbell Very nice and useful! 👍

    It should be pointed out that, while the current school of thought is to avoid 'core file' changes, both Language and Template files are NOT considered 'core files', and as such, we can modify these all we want.


    What should really be done is to create a new module with a different name and upload it. Then remove the current module and replace with the new one. That way keeps core code files safe for when updating the site with a full file upload overwrite.

  11. Contact @burt by message as he did something in his 28 days of code which he initially did for me. It allows you make up a new product of a bundle of items from items already in stock. If a bundle is sold it reduces the items individual stock levels, to a point where it will not allow purchase of a bundle in one of the items are not in stock.

  12. 38 minutes ago, eaglik said:

    Has anybody got any updates, tricks or soluitions to making Stripe payment module and Oscommerce work properly to satisfy the upcoming "  Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) " rules being introduced in September ?

    I have been using Stripe within my OSC shop for about a year now and other than a slightly longer wait for payment than some other services it seems to work well and I cannot fault them ( I know others complain but I have had no issues to date )

    I had a poke around the web and cannot find an obvious answer ( or not understand one if it is there ! )

    Some people mention some add ons but again am not sure to what they refer to and whether they would help with this issue or not

    I am happy enough to exchange some beer tokens for the right help if somebody knows how

    I tried a while ago to get a developer to recode the module, but not one that I could find would actually do it and allow the code to be released on the forum for free or donations. In the end I gave up. Hopefully something will be done before the deadline as I got another email today from Stripe letting me know I needed to do something. All we can do is wait and see.

  13. @Mort-lemur This looks like it could be a great help. Never really thought about this sort of thing in the past.

    When I discontinue a product I move it to a hidden category for a few months just in case I bring the product back or an alternative one from another supplier.  This should make the job so much easier.

  14. Google have similar tools to show percentage of mobile use. If someone uses Analytics and is not using a mobile version they should look to see what numbers are viewing their site using a smaller device. It surprised me when I initially looked.  Knowing your desired customer base also helps.