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#290808 Can We Create A Menu For An Admin User Group?

Posted by tbirnseth on 09 December 2017 - 07:39 AM

You could do it by creating an addon that presented the menu and then control it with permissions.

#290500 Meet New Update: Cs-Cart & Multi-Vendor 4.6.3

Posted by tbirnseth on 05 December 2017 - 10:38 PM

the update process (for a small store, that pay for this software) on shared hosting is impossible

Why would you run an ecommerce business on a shared hosting plan?  There have been numerous discussions about why this is a bad idea for years here on the forum and it is NOT recommended.


Regression  testing does seem to have regressed in recent releases.

#289048 Centos 6 Or Centos 7

Posted by tbirnseth on 19 November 2017 - 11:04 PM

thanks for the feedback.  Cpanel can chew some cpu/memory when it does daily reports and/or for some of the real-time service monitoring it does, etc.  But in reality, something is going to have to do this even it it's someone who generates it manually each day and service monitoring is a must in any environment.


I guess I'd be interested to see the same cs-cart installation on a cpanel managed versus non-managed site with exactly the same HW config...  I've been in this game a long time and you can get performance stats to tell you about anything you want to hear by simply being selective in what you reference and when you reference it..


Personally, I'll take some help with admin of a server environment (like a dedicated server or VPS) so I don't have to keep looking stuff up and/or having to do research to find the cause of downtime.  The biggest downside I've seen is when they do an update and it breaks something.  Just like cs-cart or any other application....

#288848 Add Option To Enable Or Disable Backup Before Update

Posted by tbirnseth on 17 November 2017 - 12:07 AM

It's been there since about 4.5.x or so...

#288722 Centos 6 Or Centos 7

Posted by tbirnseth on 15 November 2017 - 08:16 PM

Don't think it matters much other than the version of PHP that is available.  PHP7 should be available in both.

I'd assume that Centos 7 would have most recent security changes, updated cypher keys, etc. But 6 probably has those changes too.

#288419 Adaptive Payment "verified" Status

Posted by tbirnseth on 12 November 2017 - 07:00 AM

Working between 2 (or more) providers is always difficult.  Greatly appreciate your succinct analysis.  Your solution with Simtech seems like the right one.  I'm hoping this will be in the next release. 


It would be nice if there were other providers (other than paypal) that could collect a CC payment, provide an escrow-type service (which paypal dosen't) and then distribute funds to vendors on a delayed schedule (again, paypal doesn't, but Braintree [another paypal business] can) which is set per vendor and the timer-start driven from a specific status change in an order.  I.e. once a vendor ships an order, they get paid in 5 business days....

#287079 New Var As Order Total At Invoice

Posted by tbirnseth on 25 October 2017 - 08:18 PM

Agree, in my opinion the whole order_info array should be available by default


#286963 New Var As Order Total At Invoice

Posted by tbirnseth on 24 October 2017 - 05:11 PM

Thank you for the answer. In this case you should extend the list of order variables to add your custom variable



I.e. it's a royal pain in the arse to do a simple thing like add to the order_info data that is used in the new email editor....

#286453 4.2.3 Time To Upgrade, But Need Someone To Do

Posted by tbirnseth on 18 October 2017 - 11:11 PM

Also I worry about security, am I fine with my 4.2.3 version?  And finally I just need a fresh new look, my site looks like it was made in 1995  :-)

Not been many security updates other than the Google Recaptcha since your version.  And that can be applied as an addon.


Not sure you can blame the design issues on cs-cart.  Spend a couple hundred dollars to buy a nice theme and a front-end person to tweak it to your needs.  it should last you through many version upgrades if it's done right.


Consider the cost and learning curve of a new platform....  

#286438 How Can We Improve Cs-Cart?

Posted by tbirnseth on 18 October 2017 - 09:16 PM


Just changing DB Server to PostgreSQL won't make any difference. We checked this there is not "boost" at all.

I think I mentioned that the gains would be small if any months ago in another thread where this was brought up.  Almost all DB's are so well optimized now that the base performance difference is negligible.  The config of the underlying server has the greatest impact since DB's are all about memory and file-io.  Tuning the DB for a particular application or use-case is where one will see gains in DB performance.

#286365 How Can We Improve Cs-Cart?

Posted by tbirnseth on 17 October 2017 - 06:48 PM

I think this addon


should be available should be available from cart developer not from third party.

Why not rely on 3rd parties.  It keeps the core cost down and usually provide better service/responsiveness.  You can get a 3rd party developer to do an addon if there is a market for the addon functionality.  Addon products are cheap in the grand scheme of things.  Custom development (or core development) is not.  For business critical functionality, spending $50-100 (or other small amount) means nothing if it saves you time, reduces administrative cost and improves your accuracy.

#285442 Orderid Value In Block

Posted by tbirnseth on 03 October 2017 - 06:37 PM

Won't work with standard html block.  As Ecom states, using html with smarty is required to use smarty variables.

#285274 Different Banners For Each Language?

Posted by tbirnseth on 01 October 2017 - 08:06 PM

It is easiest and best practice NOT to embed text in images.  Text should either be an overlay our under/over/beside the image.  Then you would not need a separate image for each language.  But if you're using imagery with text in the image, you probably have no choice.

#284835 How To Create A "multi-Steps" Form Or Form With Two Columns?

Posted by tbirnseth on 23 September 2017 - 07:50 PM

Both would require some custom development.

#284801 Custom Profile Field Cannot Be Edited By Customer In Checkout Page!

Posted by tbirnseth on 22 September 2017 - 07:01 PM

I'm really surprised that this defect and several others that I've seen reported against 4.6.2 (that do not involve product variations) did not generate a SP release.  This defect in particular is only seen on checkout and lost sales result.  If a customer doesn't report it to the site administrator, it will just be seen as an abandoned cart and all orders will cease.  It is a critical defect that should have generated a SP release.