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  1. Well it's been a long week. New ventures meant I needed a more suitable web shop solution than the manual input Wysiwyg web builder I have used for the last three years. I have had 'proper' shopping carts in the past, but the web has moved on a lot in recent times with far more people using mobile devices to access content nowadays. The Wysiwyg web builder meant I had to design different layouts for different screen sizes by hand, which was a total drag. I have lost count of how many shopping cart solutions I have looked at over the last couple of weeks, but found many that no longer had viable download links (never a good start) and discovered many obsolete programs still out there, that are no longer developed and with subsequently no support network. During my forays I found out that my XAMPP server that allows me to test websites locally on my own computer was utter crud after recent 'upgrades', so moved to a WampServer which is wonderful in comparison. Anyway I eventually drew up a list of potential shopping carts. The one feature I wanted above all others, was an easy checkout process. Hesitation, confusion or complexity is no good for quick cash flow. Those in business will tell you, there is no business till you have the customers cash in your hand. The offerings I looked at included Woocommerce, Zen Cart, Opencart, Abantecart and of course Cubecart. All had their plus and minus points and some features which will appeal some some people, but not others. What did surprise me though is the flaws I found with some of the bigger players out there. Woocommerce I just found weird and confusing, Zen Cart still looked very dated and out of touch with its customer base, with many of the free community shared plugins conflicting with each. Most surprisingly of all Opencart seems to have created endless problems with its 'twig' modules in version three. Even the 'fix patch' didn't work and I couldn't even get one compatible skin (theme) to install without a plethora of error messages. Would I really want that on a live server? Answers on a postcard to..... That left it as a direct shoot out between AbanteCart and Cubecart, both of which are good programs with similar features and to their credit neither of them 'fell over' during testing. Looking at the programs on my offline server setup though, AbanteCart had nearly three times the number of operating files to Cubecart and more importantly a footprint of nearly 80mB, compared to Cubecart's sprightly 27.6mB. Where that becomes important, is if like myself you have more than one site on the same server space. Anyway before this turns into a saga, I had to do a lot of research and had a few long computer chained sessions often going beyond midnight these last few days. Making a bad choice with ecommerce software has the potential to make or break a business. I decided to go with Cubecart over everything else, as I found it very easy to work with. I didn't find it a stressful experience as unlike many others, it just worked flawlessly and did what it was supposed to do. I particularly like the fact you get a core program and just add the bits you want instead of being burdened with a pile of stuff you'll never use. From the front end view, the customer has a layout that is easy on the eyes, is straightforward to navigate and the checkout process is trauma free (and quick). That's the whole point with shopping carts though (or should be). Cubecart won't tick everyone's boxes, but having done the endless research, there are a lot of products out there that simply aren't fit for purpose. Been a long week, but time for a cold beer and unwind session....
  2. Thanks for your detailed reply @NiteFox. I think that in 2021 asking for a customers gender when buying a software download is somewhat inappropriate, as indeed asking for someone's date of birth. From a practical perspective, for those of us with Paypal business accounts, there is no way on earth we would compromise security by giving a third party confidential business data, especially with identity fraud being such an issue nowadays. In much the same way that people stay away from 'Login with Facebook' etc. Note to @Al Brookbanks: All you need from customers for digital downloads, is a name, email address and country in line with other digital delivery. I am sure your current setup is denying developers significant revenue, which in return is hindering future development of cubecart. What is ironic, is that cubecart is not used in this buying process, which seems odd when Abante and other cart vendors actually use their own products to sell 'add on' products? The way a business responds to feedback from its existing or potential customers, determines the integrity of that business. Cubecart is a great product, but I hate to see any business venture losing out on sales.
  3. I would have been interested in buying this skin, as was exactly what I was looking for. However when I came to purchase this item via the cubecart site, I am presented with a Paypal window that states that a range of personal information including my date of birth, plus many other items of irrelevant personal data would be made available to cubecart. Not quite sure what type of PayPal that is, as am only used to regular Paypal or Paypal Express, but needless to say I won't be allowing that level of intrusion into my privacy and I'm sure most other buyers wouldn't either. Perhaps this is something to be looked at, as it must cost developers a large amount of lost sales?
  4. Thanks for your help with this 'bsmither', it is very much appreciated. Your fix has worked perfectly and I am all sorted as regards the phone input field now. Am finding CubeCart is ticking most of the boxes for me, so am happy to join the forum.
  5. Hi this is my first post so be nice. I am currently evaluating Cubecart to run my own sites with. I have managed to alter the phone field from being a required field by changing the cubecart.validate js script, so all good. The one thing I am struggling with though is removing the actual '(required)' dialogue from the Phone input box, so the customer knows that not a required field now. Any help/advice/suggestions would be great. I am using the latest version 6 with the standard foundation template. Thanks...
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