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  1. Also: - You seem to demand a very narrow set of Condition labels e.g. New, Used. Turin shroud would be "Used" but that isn't really good enough. I'd like to formulate my own condition labels, or at least expand the available list of given labels to bring them in line with, say, the labels available on eBay, e.g. New, New - Other, Used, and *blank* for antiques. Personally l'd also add "New - Oldstock". - As for route to PCI compliance, l meant maybe recommend a 10-minute route to compliance e.g. use a PCI compliant payment provider and a dedicated PC, job done. - Please understand that at least one *MAJOR* online marketplace is widely thought to be constructively dismissing its bric a brac sellers in favour of global retailers, penalising them here and there because bric a brac is generally a nuisance so my point is: there is going to be a big influx of people looking to set up their own website shops to mirror their existing online marketplace shop. That paradigm isn't being much considered, l feel. Consider that most people will attempt to do it manually, rather than pay up front (or even merely trial) a cart 3rd party add-on that could, maybe, should do the job automatically, but it'd help to be a computer scientist to get the ball rolling etc. No ... most people will attempt to do it manually first off. So that's where l'm coming from. I want to manually mirror my online marketplace shop, by setting up a website shop using CubeCart or any other cart. I shall still perservere. I'd like to eventually submit a trip report for how l got it up and running, if indeed l ever succeed. Bye for now!
  2. Quick question: In my own template upload spreadsheet, l see a column called "Short Description" which l am going to fill with the subheading of my existing online marketplace listings on another site. Example: Title: SuperGadget Mk. II Limited Edition Subheading: Tested, this is way better than Mk. II for just a small premium extra. One small issue found with the battery compartment - see pictures. So, for "Short Description", l want to use the subheading as given above ^^^ Good idea? Edit: i forgot to explain: I don't know how the "Short Description" column even made it into my upload spreadsheet. I had to construct the upload spreadsheet by hand so l may have been confused and added that column surreptitiously because l can't find it listed on the cheatsheet you linked to.
  3. Firm but polite criticism here: I see little consideration here for people that want to bulk upload an inventory, especially one that already exists on, say, an online marketplace. What l would have hoped for would be: - A template bulk upload spreadsheet, really this is essential. I guess this table, put into spreadsheet form, with guidance notes and all: https://support.cubecart.com/knowledgebase/article/View/32/41/how-do-i-use-the-bulk-product-import-tool - Privatisation of SKUs by default (but hey ... uploader can check box if he wants it visible on the actual advert), only to be made visible in system notifications (i.e. "Your item has sold - ship now" eMails) - because on my existing online marketplace, they don't reveal SKUs so l made the SKUs tell me when the item was first uploaded etc. etc. and l really don't want customers to see this type of info, it makes a product look bad if they see it's been available for 8 months with no buyers. - The spreadsheet would allow for multiple categories to be selected for a single inventory item - The spreadsheet would allow for one category to be the "main" category (although personally l don't care for this) - The spreadsheet would allow for image filepaths to be given for inventory items, with one of those images being the main image. - The image filepaths can point to stuff in any folder of your server, e.g. your existing images folder that you already use for your existing online marketplace inventory that you are trying to mirror on your own website - Any image size must be allowed. Too big for PHP to cope? I can't get my head around that but okay, then auto-resize, don't involve me in it, just make the software do it. Remember, if you already have an existing online marketplace, you have a zillion images already done. CubeCart is saying: "existing images? What existing images?" You know that sinking feeling when you realise a situation is pretty much untenable and out of your control? - A synopsis of PCI DSS compliance (user is no longer under eBay / Amazon's wing now, when setting up own website shop), not a curt knowledge base article. An idea: explain legal obligations for a small business online shop and give one suggestion for *quick* compliance for a small business online shop, which l'm guessing would be: * Separate computer for online business * Regular updated antivirus and firewall software & regular malware scans on the machine * Regular password changes esp. after a techie visits in person * Use a managed 3rd party payment provider, and what this actually means, plus example providers too, and how to ensure they are actually PCI compliant * How to obtain regular cart patches * Recommended business insurance companies and plans - Offer a free panoply of your own boutique security challenges that are required to authorise any changes to the online shop e.g. upload a photo as security key plus myriad other challenges (probably not gonna make a huge diff if online shop isn't actually handling payments themselves) * Show how to quickly rollback in event of disaster (l'm thinking manually restore a folder backup as the most simple solution, l just now noticed you also recommend a prog called Beyond Compare, and you also offer a paid cleanup service, good stuff) * Hide the identity of the cart brand if possible (probably not much use but l just thought it might be an extra layer) - Feature request subforum requires a separate account to be created? Serious? Too much bother.
  4. Regarding uploading inventory: I thought the downloadable inventory data was all of the inventory data, right? So, the upload data would have to match that, right? So, l thought l could make a spreadsheet for inventory upload that matches the columns in the download spreadsheet. Am l doing something very wrong here? Also, with my own product upload spreadsheet, how do l assign multiple product categories to one single item?
  5. Hi there bsmither, Can you suggest an external database utility that can get the job done?
  6. Hi there, thank you for letting me know that CubeCart will self create a meta-title. May l ask: - How would l upload such a spreadsheet? I didn't think it was at all possible to even upload one. - l'm guessing cat_desc is meta-description? - I downloaded a bulk download spreadsheet showing only my test item. That spreadsheet was only an inventory spreadsheet, nothing to do with category uploads, BUT my point is: that spreadsheet had proper English headings for the columns (e.g. for "cat_id" as you call it, it has "Master Category ID"). So, at least for the category ID, are "cat_id" and "Master Category ID" interchangeable? Of course it's no effort for me to write either but l'm just wondering why the difference in column headings for the same thing. Look forward to your reply
  7. Hi there, I wish there were a quicker way to add categories, rather than one by one. Some shops may have a large amount of categories, and the categories may be copy-pasteable directly from a parallel eBay shop (at least, via a text editor to format it ready for pasting directly into spreadsheet) I'm thinking: allow upload of a spreadsheet, where the headings are: ID --- Arrange --- Visible --- Status --- Category --- Name --- Meta Title --- Meta Description Finally: How important is it to have Meta Title and Meta Description for a category?
  8. Thank you. Another solution: use your current GPS as an authentication key in whatever security solution is used. That way, you can quickly know if you were hacked because hopefully you would know where you were at a given time. Problem then would be if the last given time and place were just erased. Maybe the malicious user will suss out your returns address is in a specific suburb of Bristol. OK so make sure never to authenticate GPS from that suburb, and set it to reject any updates done where you secure the update by authenticating from your returns address's GPS or near. The list goes on and on. All about layers, l guess?! Anyway, please let me know of any useful Snapshotting tools e.g. Deep Freeze or whatever, i'd like links please?
  9. Can i have a link to Deep Freeeze? Also, do you think it's possible to completely erase mention of which cart you are actually using? (So that known exploits will still require a lot of legwork to find a website to use them on) Or would that take away end customer's trust in the transaction? And / or could a malicious user suss it out anyhow?
  10. Thanks, it all seems obvious now. I just thought a hacked cart would be a broken cart but evidently not so. So what do you think of my [obvious-as-hell] Snapshot button, as a means for counteracting these things? Obviously it'd be wholly or partly dependent on the use of a very long checksum
  11. OK i think i have an idea what it entails now. I just googled a specific cart software and what happened when it got hacked. I gather in a recent famous example (with another cart software), it's something to do with SQL databases being injected with code that steals card details. So, my next question, apart from further pending answers to the first question: Can't somebody create a Snapshot button so that when you're done uploading new inventory items, you press Snapshot, and that takes a snapshot of your entire shop's backend filing system, including the databases, so that anything new is rejected? The risk would be, l suppose: - Losing an entire inventory creation session because you forgot to Snapshot - Hacker snapshotting what they have added (but at least it'd be easier to roll back the changes. In fact, every day you might be able to roll back to your last inventory creation session, so that anything not legit in between then and now, gets rolled back) Thank you, just seen your reply
  12. Hi there, Just curious, and want to do some risk assessment - what are the risks in a shopping cart website application getting hacked? What exactly tends to go wrong? I'm not necessarily referring to CubeCart. I have tried to Google but didn't find what l was looking for.
  13. One more suggestion: Allow user-created list of item conditions e.g. "New - Other" or "For Spares / Repair" or "New Oldstock" Or at least, add these to the existing list of 3 condition options on the pulldown menu
  14. Hi there, I'm unable to leave suggestions in the suggestions forum, l'm unsure why. I'm being asked to create a new account. I feel l've created enough logins so far, really don't want to make yet another one for a forum l've already registered for! Here are my suggestions: - Must be possible for buyers to request the total for a group of items in one basket. That's an approximate way of giving bulk buy / combined shipping to my buyers on the fly. - SKU should be made invisible to buyers, but visible to the seller in all eMails sent to the seller about any item - Must be possible to specifiy a completely different route for the images, instead of the cart's own dedicated images folder. I already have a very large amount of images on my allocated server space. They are used by my eBay adverts (inline, within the HTML). - And finally: allow people to post in the suggestions forum without having to make yet another account. Suggestions are your lifeblood!
  15. Hi there, with that suggestion, l was saying: request total, because it won't be the calculated cost. It will be me offering a special unique deal to the person. It cuts out the need for programming the basket to automatically give multiple purchase deals and whatnot. Instead, l decide there and then what the total to pay shall be. Thank you for this information.
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