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Mongoose

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#280005 Throwing In The Towel With Cs-Cart Addon Development

Posted by Mongoose on 02 July 2017 - 04:15 PM

Well if I may add I have also had very good experiences with the people from eCom Labs, CSCartRocks and a few others. Hungryweb is doing great work also as does Fotis from DVS.gr and not forget Tony B. (ez-ms.com) but the latter ones suffer from what I believe to be some what of a disadvantage as they are all third party developers as in the sense that  they are not offsprings of Simtech the parent company of CS Cart which is an advantage by itself, also the higher tax burden for the latter ones (US and Europe).

I plan to stay with CS Cart as long as the trend is still going the right direction. PS that is just my take on things.

In general I have no real bad experience with anyone of the developers, small and large. I just consult eCom Labs a lot more. PS I do not have shares in that company (LOL).




#276375 Paypal Alternative Needed As A Merchant

Posted by Mongoose on 02 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

Well I can give a reason why we do not recommend 2CO. 2CO does not want any customers who sell dietary supplements, any related to vitamins and possibly sports nutrition and dietary supplements based on herbs.

 

Great for IT services and all but not in our line of business.




#273028 Server Choice For Cs Cart Ultimate

Posted by Mongoose on 15 March 2017 - 07:13 PM

I would at least start with a VPS if you are a serious with starting your e-com webstore and get yourself a decent SSL installed or do it yourself.

WHM/Cpanel are the panels I personally have the best experience with and I used on our VPS which is based on CentOS 6.8 on a XenServer.

I have 10 GB of dedicated memory assigned to this VPS.




#271429 Siteground hosting is a disaster!

Posted by Mongoose on 22 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

But when you buy a VPS, you don't get a VPS.  You get an instance of a shared environment.

I.e. commands like ps, uptime, df, etc. are all disabled because they don't want you to see that "your server" is not really private.

 

Their support is excellent, but there is a degree of deception in what you get for what you thought your purchased based on standard industry definition of terms like VPS (I.e. virtual PRIVATE server).

 

 

Tony

 

I am trying for over 2 years now to get a partner on board who is willing to share our bare metal unmanaged XenServer which currently holds 4 virtual private servers sharing 64 GB and 2 500GB SSD's. I posted this here and elsewhere but no response.

Now i must say I am not certified hosting provider nor a linux systems administrator but I know my way around it and getting an expert onboard who is willing to invest time and can chip in a few bucks each month would do it for us.




#270343 Store Upgrade Available Till June 2017 - Store Upgr Notification Says Different

Posted by Mongoose on 07 February 2017 - 04:33 PM

The temp workaround Martfox did not do it for me.




#265138 General Questions About Server Management

Posted by Mongoose on 28 November 2016 - 02:49 PM

 

I don't want to be rude, but it sounds like you don't have enough experience with Linux systems. We use CentOS 6.x and 7.x on our servers without any problems and disadvantages. It just works as expected.

 

I am no snowflake so I do not perceive your answer as offensive, I appreciate some honesty. 
I do not have that much experience that is true. In a way the GUI of Windows has spoiled me. If would certainly appreciate link to a handbook / linux cookbook Server Management for Dummies if that exists. Sofar no such luck on my part.




#265082 General Questions About Server Management

Posted by Mongoose on 28 November 2016 - 10:31 AM

By the way I see very often that Russion CS Cart theme and or addon developers use Ubuntu and the tutorials I see in the CS Cart documentation regarding how to install CS Cart on a VPS usually involves using the command line while operating on a Ubuntu VPS. Is there a special reason why ? 




#265072 General Questions About Server Management

Posted by Mongoose on 28 November 2016 - 10:05 AM

I'm sorry to hear that. I'm totally agree that information about condition are very necessary before any work would be paid. I apologize for misunderstanding from our side and we'll try not to repeat this mistake once again. However, we're not working with control panels such as cPanel, ISPManager, Plesk and so forth for several reasons:

 

- Control panels compiles their own versions of software, often without security patches from software's vendors such as Microsoft, RedHat etc.. Software versions are either terribly old. We're worried about security and do not want to maintain possible vulnerable systems and couldn't guarantee our clients, that all will be fine.

 

- Configuration and log files in non-standard locations. Control panels also totally ignore all the conventions of the host operating system and does it's own thing, that makes diagnostics and support incredibly difficult.

 

- Custom and complex configurations aren't possible because it wan't factored into the design of control panels. Sometimes we couldn't do anything because we know that control panel will override what we have done. Absolutely impossible to use software configuration management tools like Ansible, Puppet, Chef etc. on the same reason.

 

Please don't get me wrong. These products does a amazing job at making complex tasks much easier for people that aren't interested in administration skills. Of course they might be useful, but unreliable on production environments. 

 

A few questions and a critique on that what you said Gleb.

 

What do are actually saying here:

 

 

 

Please don't get me wrong. These products does a amazing job at making complex tasks much easier for people that aren't interested in administration skills. Of course they might be useful, but unreliable on production environments. 

 

Is it that you regard Cpanel as rubbish for any production environment and any UI control panel out there ?

 

If so what yet fool proof easy way of doing is there to manage your and and I mean yours Gleb prefered Linux server if you lack some knowledge and or experience with managing it from the command line.

 

I know that CentOS has for instance it's own control panel have you tried that one and if so what is your view on it.

Secondly the main issue with Linux distributions is that one time this works another time it does not, Windows is much more consistent in that regard and that is why I think I am using Cpanel with all it's imperfections however I am willing to be openminded for a better solution.

As long as it the manual does not keep changing from one time to another as happens with Linux distributions in general. What works in versio 6.8 might now work in 7.0 in case of CentOS for instance.

 




#260857 Original Art Marketplace In Spain

Posted by Mongoose on 06 October 2016 - 09:48 AM

Yeah very nice design, just a site note - do you sell to non native speakers as well, if so you may want to add a second language.




#257009 Help With Server And Shop Upgrade At The Same Time

Posted by Mongoose on 12 August 2016 - 12:44 PM

Not sure if you already have a solution for your hosting issue but if you like I can setup for a hosting account on our dedicated box in Switzerland. I have more than enough capacity left.




#252176 Cscartrocks.com

Posted by Mongoose on 03 June 2016 - 05:43 PM

Well all in all there are many fine people here in the CS Cart community and a specially in the developers community but a special mention must go out to Louis and CS Cart Rocks.  CS Cart does rocks especially compared to Magento in my honest opinion.

At any rate Louis has one of the best addons money can buy. We got his One Step Checkout. Money well spent we noticed. I would recommend however that you buy his One Step Checkout together with the Google Auto Complete addon. That will make it so much easier on your customers.

PS if you need a fix on one of his addons, he fixes it almost the same day. Check out his addons.




#252174 Cart-Power Reviews

Posted by Mongoose on 03 June 2016 - 05:31 PM

I believe as a business person myself it that if you treat your customers right, your customers will treat  you right. Well in general that is true, not always though as I guess all of us here might have experienced once in while.

 

But as in this case we, my wife (and business associate) are usually the customers here at the forum and we had a few issues with our CS Cart over the past three years but always they were resolved by either the developers of CS Cart and in many instances third party developers like Cart Power.

In general this community has been very generous to us from all sides, fellow customers like us, the 3rd party developers and the cs cart developers themselves. Who would have said that back in the 80's that we would say that about a Russian based ecommerce platform and with a developers community that is really diverse but with a solid natively Russian speaking developers community. 

Cart Power this in stance deserves our praise in handling our issue with the Graceful theme we license from them. We upgraded from V4.3.3 to V4.3.6 in the past week and with that we already have gotten some help from one of Cart Powers fine staff members. This friday morning / afternoon another one of  them help dus fix an issue with the this theme which is by the way one of the faster 3rd party turnkey themes that work straight out of the box. The theme was originally matched to a V4.3.2 store but since we upgraded to V4.3.6 it needed some fine tuning. 

This was all done right, not quite in jiffy but that was my fault setting the the security measures a bit too strict to have developers help us out. 

At any right thanks again staff members of Cart Power for getting us back on the road again.

 




#247741 Cart-Power Graceful Theme

Posted by Mongoose on 10 April 2016 - 03:54 PM

All in all I am very pleased with the Graceful theme however like I am missing a few things that are essential for a better ranking of our store.

 

1. <h1> and <h2> tags

Right now if I try to implement a h1 tag the font is so large is breaks the design completely, I need more control over the <h> tags than I have now. What is the best practice in CS Cart and the Graceful theme to adjust the <h1> and <h2> tags for instance for use in the WYSIWYG. It is just too large.

 

2. the customized search field

You helped me with the searchfield to overwrite the Graceful search field but it not as good as the one of the default Responsive theme search field.

 

Can you assist ? Not asking for free aid.




#244088 Must Have Seo And Sem Addons For Cs-Cart

Posted by Mongoose on 26 February 2016 - 06:26 PM

What do you consider the top 5 must have addons for seo / sem purposes. 

 

If you sell any of them can you tell me in 150 characters why I must buy a license from your company ?

 

Looking forward to the replies.

 

Yours truly,

 

Anthony




#233919 Cart Power - Graceful Theme

Posted by Mongoose on 31 October 2015 - 09:05 PM

A webstore is never complete done and there is always something
to be desired from a customer point of view or even from the view of
the store owner.
 
In our case there was something to improve and that was the searchbox.
Out of the box Graceful is a wonderful theme but the searchbox is sometimes
overlooked by customers.
 
In our case customers let us know that they really lost the good old
search box on our site, the one that was so very traditionally located
in the header. Our new site based on CS Cart lacked that initially in
the design but thanks to the great efforts of Cart Power it is back
in plain sight.
 
Of the many turnkey themes we employed using CS Cart this is for us a clear winner.