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Posts posted by 14steve14

  1. If the truth be known your hosts upgraded their system to the latest php version, unless you agreed to the upgrade without checking that your code would work.

    Before it happens again, start development of a new store using the latest CE version of oscommerce then you should not get the problem again. As things keep changing you will have to make the move anyway sooner or later.

  2. 16 hours ago, honda4 said:

    Zahid, Yes I can see the sales per customer, but I have a recall for a product, I do not have the correct tools. It's not often, but well.

    If I could I would build a tool in which I could enter the productname (which is a partnumber in my case), and the tool would give me the customername-date ordered and ordernumber.

    And maybe total sales - very maybe per period 🙂

    Search the addons area. I had the exact same problem with a recal, and found one that did what I wanted. It did need some modification to for the admin page style as it was an older addon, but I cant give you the name as it will mean me advising people to use an old addon and that is not the done thing apparently. But there are several there already to do what you want.

  3. There is an addon that I use called stocktaking cost which is here https://apps.oscommerce.com/50HQp&stocktaking-cost.

    It can export to CSV and you can select categories that are not listed, but that has to be done manually. I generate a full report then edit that report for what I want. It does need the initial page layout, and the closing page layout to be changed to match that of the latest pages, but nothing too serious and the changes can be compared to almost any other admin report page.

    Its a lot less risky than messing with your database if you are unsure of what you are doing.

  4. Message Gary he may sort something out for you. I have the working code on my test site but after all this time have yet to upload it to the main site. The main thing I wanted was the stock levels deducted on the sale of a bundle, which it does and it wont allow a bundle to show id stock levels are out of one of the required parts.

    There is a need to create a whole new product called the name of the bundle, but adding products to it is easy once done.

    Like I say give Gary a message.

  5. The trouble with this old oscommerce code base is that it is so old no one is interested in it outside this place. HPDL is not here. Gary is trying to do something but it will never really work as he openly admits. There needs to be a move away from this old fashioned code and go to something new. There is only so long that something can be kept alive before the sticking plasters start to fall off.

    Sorry to say that, but coding something from the ground up using laravel is probably the best way forward. Start afresh and get people interested from outside. No current addon would work with any new code so everything needs to be written from the ground up, so why not start again. The answer to that is that no one coder can do everything on his/her own, and the more people you get involved the more discussion takes place as everyone has their own agenda and nothing gets done.

  6. @JcMagpie I do like the look of some of the laraval based stores that I have looked at. A quick google search found a few. Like you say that may be the way forward. The trouble is that as it is new, there will be a learning curve for anyone involved.

    I have been saying to deaf ears for a long time that any new ecommerce package will need to give store owners what they need to operate effectively a store in todays world, not 10 or 20 years ago as some do. If they have to be bought and paid for then so be it. There has to be a way for the original developers who put a lot of time and resourses into the software to make some money from their efforts otherwise they wont do it.

  7. Its good to see any new cart being developed but it must give store owners what they want to run a business in todays world. The problem with any new cart is that it has to attract developers first so addons get coded, then it has to attract store owners. One without the other will not work. Store owners will not move carts unless they can get what they want and if its not available they will either stay where they are, or look at something else.

    Developers also have to learn to listen what store owners want, rather than what they can give store owners. Store owners know their business and what that business needs, developers dont.

    Store owners have to get out of the mindset of only using something if its free. If they were to invest in the software more development work can be done and the product improved.

    Its a vicious circle that is hard to get right.

  8. 1 hour ago, ce7 said:



    hi Steve,

    thank you very much for your reply.
    i never can send email or newsletter out from oscommerce backend. with or without addons, basically what hostpapa told me is that when i install oscommerce, i put the owner name and email address, oscommerce will it it "owner name" <email@mywebsite.com> which is not fit with the email format, and causing the problem, so need to change to only email@mywebsite, not "owner name" <email@mywebsite.com>

    if i changed, i can only send email, not Newsletter, as hostpapa told me, their services not support email attachment and newsletter format...i think it is rediculous. So i change the server and took more then a week to A2, but just now today i tried, even change email format, i can not send email out at all....

    and one thing annoy me so much is that you have to register customer enable to use the email, i thought should be able to manual just copy and past email to the email column....

    been use oscommerce for couple years,  but feel quite frustrated, i am thinking to change to different shopping cart system that have easier function for email/newsletter and template design....

    many thanks!


    As I said in my previous post the inbuilt newsletter manager is not really useable. You have been blacklisted so all emails you do send may be marked as spam. This is one of the things that can happen as you have found out. Bin it. Forget all about it, and use something like the free version of Mailchimp. There is an addon somewhere that will allow you to export customer details and this includes just first, last and email address of newsletter subscribers. Import this list into Mailchimp regularly to catch any new subscribers, and send up to 2000 newsletters for free. Any more and the paid version will be required.

    Mailchimp allows you to create your own layout of newsletter, so a bit of time spent doing this is important. Its also easier to use than the inbuilt oscommerce system and will get better results for your marketing campaigns. In 2018 I started sending newsletters weekly rather than monthly and my turnover has significantly increased.

    You can sit messing about with a system that will never really work, or you can use something that does work and was designed specifically to send newsletters. I know what I would do.

  9. Frozen and edge both work straight away once installed if you turn on some of the modules. Unfortunately there are no instructions that say you have to do this but if you go to the admin area and go to modules-content you will find loads that need to be installed. The same with the header tag options.

    BS4 version although working, is a work in progress and there are very few if any addons for it yet, so anything you need you will have to code yourself.

  10. I think there is a lot more to it than just leave it as it is and it will work fine.

    Over 50% of mobile searches are now done using voice. The questions asked are different to those that are typed because the way we talk is not the same as the way we type. Google is prioritising voice search, so we have to make sure our sites are up to scratch and ready now.

    Even google has a good page on the subject. https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2017/03/14/google-voice-search

    There is a good site here with excellent explanations https://backlinko.com/optimize-for-voice-search

  11. Does anyone here know anything about Voice Search. With the increased popularity of voice search  assistants should anything be done on websites to help with this type of search SEO. There is not that much information on line that I can find quickly so thought  would see if any SEO experts have any links or ideas. I did find something that said Google would start to tailor searches towards voice assistants over mobile and laptops.

    Whats others views on this and is it something that store owners should be worrying about.

  12. 4 hours ago, nedragdnuos said:

    Hi, I am slowly in the process of rebuilding my shop with the latest CE version of OSC and have just installed your contribution as the very first addon after a clean install  on my XAMP testing server

    I am using the latest version of the addon that you just uploaded:

    PHP Version: 7.2.12 (Zend: 3.2.0)

    The zip file also appears to be missing the fancy version of the file for the schmick looking menu.

    Any help or suggestions would be great, I do not have any coding experience as such, but managed to muddle my way through my last rebuild in 2014 to a shop that is still working on php5.6, but obviously would like to rebuild with the latest.



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    If I am not mistaken you just need to find the code and add a ' and ' so that the code that is causing the error looks like the assumed code.

    Correct me if I am wrong.

  13. Personally I wouldn't use the supplied email manager. its rubbish at best and could cause problems if those that receive the newsletter mark it as spam. It could lead to being blacklisted which is not good. I export my customers names and emails and use something like Mailchimp.  There is no real good addon to link with Mailchimp which is surprising and so many people use it, but there is an addon to export customers details, which allows you to select only names and email addresses. Mailchimp is so much easier to use, tracks opening and clicks of your mail, and is free for the 2000 customers. All you then need to do is to unsubscribe customers on your site when they unsubscribe using the link in the newsletters.

    I used to believe that a good newsletter would do nothing for my business, but this year I have been sending weekly newsletters, and business is booming.

  14. 1 hour ago, mhsuffolk said:

    This is another example of unelected bureaucrats imposing their will on EU countries, look at GPDR and the cookie regulations if you want other examples.

    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.

  15. 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.