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  1. Thanks Don, was aware of that but I'm being a bit lazy really. I've got over 60 or 70 modules to add to osCommerce, and although I could turn off register_globals (and therefore not risk problems later on should things change) it means making modifications to almost every file of each of those modules. I'd much rather leave it the way it is with globals on, but want to assess how likely it is that TCH will change policy later on causing me even more work. Ali.
  2. Just wondering whether or not there are any plans to either turn register_globals off or upgrade PHP to a version that doesn't allow them to be on in the forseeable future? I'm just about to start work on a massive osCommerce based project (basically our own "loaded" version of it that we'll use as a starting point for stores that we develop) and even although osCommerce MS3 is due out any time now, it needs to be based on MS2 for the next year or so. My concern is that I'll build the store system based on register_globals being on and then a few months down the line suddenly find that all my clients stores need updating (there is an osC contribution that allows it to run with register_globals off, but installing it on a lot of heavily modified sites would be an impossibly big task) because something has changed at TCH. Can any of the team give me an indication as to how long the ability to have register_globals on is likely to remain? Many thanks Ali
  3. Hi, Maybe you've already found the problem as I've just tested it as follows: Ordering one item with a US address Ordering one item with a UK address Ordering two items with a US address Ordering two items with a UK address In all cases the shipping was correctly calculated both in the store, on the final confirmation screen and on the Paypal site. Ali.
  4. Hi Helpbytes, Sorry to hear that TCH hasn't turned out to be suitable for your needs. When a company hosts over 40,000 websites it's inevitable that there will be some dissatisfied customers, but I honestly believe that TCH has less than others. We run a webdesign business and virtually all of our clients sites are hosted by TCH as part of our reseller package - every single one of them uses SQL databases that work without any problems. During my working day I am nearly always working on the sites on the server and would instantly notice problems. In 18 months or so, I can only think of two major problems that have occurred - one was a billing problem just after I signed up ... it took a bit of sorting out, but they (Bill in particular) were very open in holding their hands up and admitting to having made a mistake - that was resolved to my satisfaction. The only other incident was a very long down time over a year ago - can't remember how long it was (maybe 8 hours or so) but information was available throughout the process of the problem being solved. Obviously I and my clients could have done without the downtime, but these things do happen. Whenever I submit a helpdesk ticket to ask a question or get them to change some setting or other for me, it's very rare that I have to wait more than 20 minutes for a response - never experienced support like that anywhere else. I consider TCH to be my closest business partner, and wouldn't consider going elsewhere. My reseller account is now as full as I want to let it get, so I opened a second account at the weekend without even looking elsewhere. Not saying your comments are unjustified, just pointing out that for every "bad" experience there's at least one (and in the case of TCH I suspect many more) good ones. Ali
  5. I'm a big fan of Paypal ... we've tried offering other payment methods, however the majority of our clients either prefer to pay by Paypal or aren't bothered how they pay as long as they can pay somehow. We had a merchant account at one time, but ended up cancelling it as it was so rarely used. There are a lot of scare stories about Paypal, and I've no doubt some people have had problems, but speaking from personal experience we've not had a single problem with Paypal in around 4 years of using them ... that's processing fairly high value transactions on an almost daily basis. I think some customers do still think that they need to become a Paypal member in order to send payments, but this is no longer the case so long as they go to the Paypal site via a shopping cart of some sort (which osCommerce stores do). The situation is even better for US vendors (it doesn't apply here in Europe yet) whereby sites can accept Paypal payments without the customer having to visit the Paypal site at all (not looked into this as it doesn't apply to us, but I'm assuming you'd need SSL for that). Also, as the clients that we design ecommerce stores for tend to pay us in Paypal, I tend to shop online using some of our Paypal balance - can't remember the last time I used a credit card online ... sure I'm not the only one. Just another 0.02 to add to the story Ali.
  6. There's an extension that does that too Displays Google Page Rank and Alexa Rating in the bottom corner of your browser. Details here. Ali
  7. Hi, I've not had to integrate 2co with osCommerce for a while now, but I'm pretty sure that problems which occurred when they moved onto their v2 system have all been resolved. Are you using the latest payment module in osCommerce? You can download it here Hope that helps, Ali.
  8. Yep, you got it. If you're happy with the standard osCommerce look then you don't need to do much more than add products via the admin area. osC will do everything else for you. Customizing it allows you to change the look and feel of the store. This can be done on a small scale with just a few tweaks to colours etc, or you can completely change it beyond recognition if you have the time (and patience) to do so. First thing to do though is set up a few test products to play around with - you can't do much harm (worst case scenario is that you reinstall it, which only takes a couple of clicks anyway). Have fun Ali
  9. Hi, Harald is the project leader of the osCommerce development team. His name is just there as part of the sample data - it just gives you a chance to play around with it to see how things work before you start configuring the store the way you want it. osCommerce is an "all in one" system, so there's no need for a separate shopping cart or anything like that. When you add products via the admin area, osCommerce will automatically generate whole new pages for each product. It's easier to see than it is to explain - best thing to do is to open two browser windows, have your admin area in one and your store in the other and play around with it to see what the various changes you make in admin do to your store. You can see some real examples of live stores on my website (link in sig) Hope that helps, Ali.
  10. Yes, thanks Thomas, that's perfect Ali www.safershopping.org
  11. Forgot to confirm that the link to TCH is on the index page of the site. So, to summarise ... Site Name: safershopping.org URL: www.safershopping.org Type of site: Commercial Description: as in earlier post Link to TCH in place: yes Thanks, Ali
  12. Hi, Would be grateful if you could add www.safershopping.org which is a commercial website aimed at UK online retailers who would like to reassure their customers that they are responsible, trustworthy businesses. Thanks, Ali.
  13. Very nice indeed. Not sure how useful it would really be (or how it would affect performance) but nice .. very nice! https://lg3d-core.dev.java.net/ Just going to download it and have a play now Ali.
  14. Hi Wigoweb, You'll find a demo of a standard osCommerce store on the osCommerce site at http://www.oscommerce.com/osCommerce22ms2/ That's pretty much the way it'll look when you first install it, however there's loads of ways you can customise it and add to it. My site (see signature) has a few examples of how it can look when customised, although really the sky's your limit! Have fun, and if you get stuck at any point, I'm sure there's loads of us here that will help you out Ali
  15. Moved house a couple of months back to a very rural part of the country - no phone line, but no problem ... wireless broadband is available! Only problem was we waited nearly 6 weeks for installation! I had no idea how much I relied on the web for everyday tasks! Anyway, I back now - what's the longest period of time you've been offline for?
  16. Do the "lost" emails have anything in common? For instance, is it only ones sent via Hotmail that are going astray? Ali.
  17. Hi Lou, Yes, I agree with Thomas on that - don't know about the one provided in cPanel, but some of them even count every single "hit" on the site (individual page elements, images that have been viewed etc). That's how you end up seeing what looks to be impossibly high visitor numbers on some sites that you visit (x zillion visitors since last month etc). Much better to use one of the stats programs also included in cPanel (AWStats, Webalizer etc) as they provide you with a full breakdown of the figures and let you see what's really happening on your site. Hope that helps Ali www.vengavenga.com
  18. I've used Coppermine for a couple of my clients sites, and it does a pretty good job (not hard to set up either). Ali.
  19. I've tried a few of the ones listed and to be honest, I'm not impressed. Crafty Syntax and ones like that which run on your server aren't so bad, but the ones that rely on a third party have caused noticible problems ... in short if their server is slow, it makes it look as mine is as well (as every pages containing a live help link makes a call to the provider's site) Just my tuppenceworth! Ali.
  20. Yep, Tiscali here in Spainstarted doubling speeds of all ADSL connections for no extra cost a couple of weeks ago - mine was activated today. Was 2mbit, now 4 Would rather they kept it at 2 and halved the price though Ali.
  21. Hi Steve, Although I really do understand how annoying and upsetting this must be for you, frommy experience I really do think that TCH will do everything they can to sort this out for you quickly. As well as using a non-TCH email address when submitting tickets, it's a good idea to check back into the online ticket system to see if there's a response rather than relying on an email to arrive - I learnt this the hard way by waiting for an emailed ticket response for 5 days before realising that they'd responded to my ticket within minutes ... it was only the notification email that had gone astray! Anyway, hope you get this sorted out ... and really, I don't think anyone is telling you to "go away" - it's just that with something as urgent as this, they are much more able to help you quickly if you submit an urgent ticket than if you post in what is basically a discussion forum Cheers, Ali.
  22. Oh Raul, Now look what you've gone and done! I've tried two or three times to make the switch from Win to Linux, but I've never really got past the first hurdle ... there's always been some hardware issue or other. I've known that these issues would all be solvable, but when digging around on the net to find the solution I've realised that I just don't have time to play around with it ... back to MS every time Promised myself that I'd stick to what I know in future and not waste any more time with Linux ... Then you go and post a link to Yoper! So far, I'm resisting ... but the weekend is a different matter! Ali
  23. Thanks Andy & Rob - your suggestions didn't work "straight out of the box", but by combining the two and messing around a bit more they helped solve the problem completely Don't know why I couldn't see it myself! Just in case anyone else has the same problem and comes across this thread in a search .... > define('HTTP_SERVER', 'http://www.clients-site.com'); // eg, http://localhost - should not be empty for productive servers define('HTTPS_SERVER', 'https://www.my-domain-for-ssl.com/~clients-username'); // eg, https://localhost - should not be empty for productive servers define('ENABLE_SSL', 'true'); // secure webserver for checkout procedure? define('HTTP_COOKIE_DOMAIN', 'www.clients-site.com'); define('HTTPS_COOKIE_DOMAIN', 'https://www.my-domain-for-ssl.com/~clients-username'); define('HTTP_COOKIE_PATH', '/catalog/'); define('HTTPS_COOKIE_PATH', '/catalog/'); define('DIR_WS_HTTP_CATALOG', '/catalog/'); define('DIR_WS_HTTPS_CATALOG', '/catalog/'); What made it a bit more complicated is the fact that the store is a domain within my reseller account rather than my main account. Thanks again Ali.
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