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  1. Yes, this is what I'm after. So how would I go about showing just the items that are in stock now? If i've created a category called "in stock now" how do I go about getting all the products that have stock to go into that category? (assuming they're already in other categories - I don't want to manually change each and every product to include this new "in stock now" category - I just want them to automatically be in there) From a store management point, a "virtual" category should be created (aka "sale items"). This will require software changes the "viewCat.inc.php", and also a link added to your template. The viewCat.inc.php script is also used to generate the "sale" item list (a virtual category), and so would make sense for this to work for the "in stock" category. This is above what can really be achieved here, so you will either need to code it yourself or ask a developer to code it for you. Jason
  2. I would recommend it. But, my advice would be to see how much it will do "out of the box". I remember CubeCart3 needed a reasonable amount of customisation (3rd party mods) to get usable. CubeCart4 requires less customisation- -perhaps a few tweaks, but generally its much more feature rich. If you have 5000 products, how are you going to enter them into the system? Even copying and pasting supplier text (not recommended as you'll get hit for duplicate content by search engines!), will still take quite a bit of time to add each product. At very least, you'll be looking at 5000mins..about 10 days of solid work, probably double that. If you're drop-shipping, then this is a difficult thing to do well. You're at the mercy of your supplier/drop shipper, and there will be many people on ebay selling the same gear. Back to cubecart, I can't comment on the other carts - I tried Zen and OSc a few years ago, they may have improved. CubeCart does have a strong community, with the cubecartforums.org site providing an army of 3rd party developers who provide a wide range of modifications and templates (free and commercial), and also 1-1 services. So... you can install CC4 for a 30 day free trial. I'd recommend this, but not going too far - just upload a few products and get a feel for it. Ask questions here - you may get "this is not part of the core code, and will modifications..." with a pointer to cubecartforums.org Its also worth searching, as some features are commonly requested. In closing, I'd consider your business needs first and create a business plan if you've not already done so. If you can't program, you may need to budget for some paid assistance if you need more than the basic cart. I suggest that most other carts will need tweaking in some form.
  3. Yep - after re-visiting the site just now, the logo needs to go more up-market. I don't often get much left-over wine...! lol Overall - a nice site, and I really hope it does well!
  4. Looks good. I'm a big fan on good Wine - so have bookmarked They seriously need to dump the intro movie... It took ages to load, only to view a static slideshow with some music. Is the music actually licensed for website use? If not... the PRS will soon get in contact for their fee. Its not too expensive to licence music for a website, so worth considering to be legal and not face copyright problems in the near future. I don't know why some people insist on this. Its ok(ish) if there is some actual content (video with voiceover) or comedy value .. but a few pictures like this could be done in JQuery with some nice annotations, which would have helped SEO and been much faster to load. On the site; Customer Quotation, could be better styled. Lots of simple CSS based exampled online - look for drop quotes. Basic styles/colours are not really in keeping with the store/logo colours. This mainly shows up on the basket/checkout. Good content for each category text. and generally I can see lots of work has gone into this. Jason
  5. This will apply to ALL products. If this is ok, then you'll need to edit viewProd.tpl I don't have the file to hand, but you should see the price as a variable in the file, and you can replace this with your text. Jason
  6. The easiest way to verify a site under google is to use the HTML file method. When you try to verify your site, you'll be given an option of a META tag, or a HTML file. The META tag is a bit messy (IMO), as you have to edit the store main template file, to add some code just for google. The HTML file, is much neater, just upload the file (they supply this as a download) to the root of your store - and click "verify". This is ONLY for Google, so Yahoo/MSN won't take any notice. Looking at your site, it appears you've enabled the SEO mod (built into CC4, or 3rd party mod on CC3), but not correctly installed the .htaccess file so when I click on your category, your webserver is giving a "404"/url not found. Details of installing the .htaccess file can be found by searching the forum. Best advice for being listed; -Signature link (I see you're linking to the site in your signature here) -Ask local supporters to link to you from their websites/blogs/facebook -Ask if you can add a signature link in any other forums you frequent - read the rules/ask before you do it. -Submit a sitemap to ensure Google/MSN etc are aware of every page on your site -Google Base Product Submission I hope this helps, Jason
  7. Providing there are no modifications that have added/altered the database, this should be fairly straight forward. Firstly, check with the host that there are no back-ups you can use. If all the files have been deleted, you will have lost the product images. If some files remain, run an account backup before starting - you may need some files later, and these may be overwitten. I would suggest installing CC4 (ie, get it up and running), then use myPHPAdmin to overwrite the database with your backup. This should be fairly quick and painless. Jason
  8. vokf

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    It is acceptable in this forum to link to your CubeCart store. See Mysty's signature. You can add a link to your store in the user control panel and then edit the signature. Every post you make/reply will automatically include a link to your store. This forum will be regularly crawled by the Bots. If you are active in other forums, check the rules - and if allowed (some do not, some require a link back from your site), add a signature link there. As you gain more experience with CubeCart, you may be able to help others (if you have the time), and regular posting will keep your visibility fairly high. Note: Links to non-CubeCart stores are removed Jason
  9. To do this, you'll need the weight for each product, enable the Royal Mail shipping option - and then enter the latest data for the shipping Rates. This is normally in the format; start(g)-end(g):priceband, start(g)-end(g):priceband.... so.. 0-199:2.00, 200-500:2.50,500-1000:5.00 (0-199g = £2, 200-500g=£2.50 and 500-1000g=£5)... You enter this in the shipping set-up for Royal Mail. (I don't have a CC3 store to look at right now, but I'm very sure this is how it works- you may need the ISO code for UK, which is GB CubeCart will add Tax/VAT. Be aware that you cannot charge this unless you are VAT registered (falsely charging for VAT is an offence). You'll need to set the Tax rate in CubeCart, and name it VAT. Then ensure all items have their tax rate set to VAT (some items can be reduced VAT, or VAT exempt). At checkout, the customer will see the Shipping, and final cost, with VAT exposed. Hope this helps, Jason
  10. Hi, you really need a different template - or at least to drastically change the size of the Legend one. The Legend template is fixed-width, and so a few things need tweaking before it will accommodate the larger thumbnails, its not just a single tweak. To edit the template, you'll need an understanding of CSS and XHTML - this will be more than a simple tweak, and so I will point you to the documentation project over at CubeCartForums.org - and which explains how the template system works. You may be better with a full-width template. My personal advice is that 200px is a bit too large for Thumbnails and 150px is more reasonable, and will not take up so much of the page (remember that some people are using 1024px wide netbooks) Jason
  11. Hi, All CubeCart templates use CSS for layout/formatting, and so you'll need to be familar with this . For each template/skin, there will be a CSS folder that contains a few files, you'll need to look at these and tweak to suit. In /skins/yourskinname/styleSheets/layout.css, you'll find the following at the top of the file; body { margin: 5px; background-color: #ffffff; background-image: url(../styleImages/backgrounds/pageBg.gif); background-repeat: repeat-x; background-position: top; } This will set the entire page background to pageBg.gif, and it will repeat across page page. I would suggest reading the Documentation project over at CubeCartForums.org, as this explains the template structure far better than I can offer in a forum. If you are not familiar with CSS/XHTML, then you may wish to consider one of the free or commercial templates. All 3rd party services are over at cubecartforums.org (link in my signature). Jason
  12. Please ask the developer directly for support, or ask over at CubeCartforums.org for advice. This forum is to support the unmodified product only.
  13. Hi, It looks like you've enabled the SEO mod. This does require you to install the .htaccess file. As a test, switch SEO mod OFF (admin>general settings, scroll to end, set to "OFF" and save/update). If the test product works(which I expect) then you need to install .htacess file. If you're under Windows (on your PC), then create a text file using NotePad, and paste the following; ## Activate the mod_rewrite Engine RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (.*)$ RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule cat_([0-9]+)(\.[a-z]{3,4})?(.*)$ index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=$1&%1 [NC] RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (.*)$ RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule prod_([0-9]+)(\.[a-z]{3,4})?$ index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=$1&%1 [NC] RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (.*)$ RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule info_([0-9]+)(\.[a-z]{3,4})?$ index.php?_a=viewDoc&docId=$1&%1 [NC] RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (.*)$ RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule tell_([0-9]+)(\.[a-z]{3,4})?$ index.php?_a=tellafriend&productId=$1&%1 [NC] RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (.*)$ RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule _saleItems(\.[a-z]+)?(\?.*)?$ index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=saleItems&%1 [NC,L] Save the text file and FTP to the root of your store. Now, using your FTP client, rename the file to .htaccess If .htaccess already exists - rename it to .htaccess_bak (or similar) in case there are host specific settings. Please post back with your results. Jason
  14. Hi Bill, Just checked this on an older CC4 store, and all is ok - no errors. Obviously, no products are found, and the query is returned in the search box as "Carter\'s Girl" (ie, with slash added before apostrophe. I know CC will cleanse database queries(mysqlsafe() function from memory) - as an apostrophe is basically a delimiter for the database, and uncleansed queries are a common security issue. Adding the slash before this keeps it treated as part of the query. Is your store modified? Compare; includes/viewCat.inc.php with the original one from the original cubecart download. viewCat.inc.php contains all the search code, and also code for displaying the categories. If the file is different, find out what modifications have been applied, and contact the authors to fix the problem. Otherwise, post back! Hope this helps, Jason
  15. You should be able to download previous versions of cubecart from the download area. http://support.cubecart.com/index.php?_m=d...cid=0&nav=0
  16. Hi, yes, cubecart4 can sell either digital goods (downloads) or physical (books etc), or a mix of either. For the gallery, I'd suggest a siteDocument, which is a page you can edit within the cubecart admin area (you have have many of these). From there, you should be able to add YouTube/other flash based videos. Jason
  17. Have you applied any mods to the site? Run a full back-up and download to your home PC. Run a virus scan (remember to update your av definitions) Disable the SEO mod (if you have it applied) If your site is not modified, then; save /includes/global.inc.php Check /images/uploads and insure it only contains image files (and a single .html file) Check /images/uploads/thumbs and insure it only contains image files (and a single .html file) Check /language/en ensure it only contains; config.inc.php flag.gif home.inc.php lang.inc.php Providing the store is unmodified, then you can delete ALL other folders and files. So, leave; includes/global.inc.php (or re-upload later) /images/uploads/ /images/uploads/thumbs/ Then, download the latest Cubecart V3 and upload the CONTENTS of the "upload" folder to your site. If your original version was old, you may need to run the database upgrade script. Once this is done, copy the global.inc.php file from your PC to the site. Jason
  18. Hi Pringle, if you tick "include taxes", then tax set at your local level will be included in the price seen by customers. In the UK, that would mean a £100 product (excluding TAX) would be listed as £117.50 (UK TAX is 17.5 ) This is very country specific - many small UK companies do not charge TAX until their turnover exceeds a threshold (or they voluntary decide to register) Logo changing... You'll need to know FTP, and should therefore backup your store. I will then ask you to visit; https://support.cubecart.com/index.php?_m=k...;kbarticleid=33 Note: Keep the cAsE the same - so contentBg.jpg is NOT the same as contentbg.jpg Hope this helps, Jason
  19. Please read the documentation project over at cubecartforums.org - that describes the template system, and should help you. Jason
  20. http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=h...shchocolate.com Linux+Apache Assuming there are no major changes to the code, as I suspected on the 24th... its almost certainly a server "tweak" by their host that's broken it. Jason
  21. Hi, can you go to; admin>Misc>Server Info This will provide the output from PHPinfo Search for the value against DOCUMENT_ROOT The error is that it cannot write to the folder specified; /home/content/s/w/i/mystore/html/store/images/uploads/thumbs/ Now... this could be a simple permissions problem (which I think you've checked), or an incorrect root path in the global.inc.php file. It can be found in /includes/global.inc.php Can you also post 1 piece of information from this file? $glob['rootRel'] = '/'; (please do not post anythign else - this file contains senstive information) My guess, is that the hosting company has moved the store/tweaked their server, and this is causing your problems. Jason
  22. Dave, if you're moving to a different store system (ie auctiva commerce), then you'll need to review the product import features of your new platform. If they can take a CSV file, then this may be easy. However for a small number of products, it would be quicker to copy & paste. If you're simply moving web hosts (ie want to keep cubecart) then this is fairly easy. Jason
  23. Best to ask this on the site that discusses mods; www.cubecartforums.org
  24. Hi, it looks like you've fixed it :-) I can see your store online now. Please post back with any other problems. Jason
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