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#185196 Seo Friendly Url For Filters

Posted by m33 on 05 June 2014 - 11:25 PM in SEO

Hi, I saw you have the color addon done. Nice Job. Did you still have plans to finish the SEO option for the filters? We're very interested in this.


#171203 Let's build a Crowd-Sourced Reviews Addon - Startup Style!

Posted by m33 on 08 November 2013 - 12:20 AM in Developers' Corner

We will release an amazon style review addon. It will have most of the features listed here. Thanks.

That's great news please be sure to give it the care and detail it needs. I actually work in the ratings and reviews world in my day job so if you want, I am willing to share my requirements and knowledge to get it right in exchange for access to beta and a full version. I can also provide the UI for the front end UX as well.

PM me if you're interested.

#170844 Let's build a Crowd-Sourced Reviews Addon - Startup Style!

Posted by m33 on 03 November 2013 - 12:13 AM in Developers' Corner

- allow customers to share photos of their purchase when they write reviews (this would be very valuable for shop owners)
- allow customers to vote for most helpful reviews, and sort by most helpful reviews on the front
- allow customers to share photos on facebook/twitter
- allow admin to reply to reviews
- allow customers to communicate with reviewer in the thread
- show all the reviews on a page
- show reviews in a block
- show category specific reviews on category page

Thanks for the input and I agree with your assessment. We definitely need reputation management and I love the photo share idea. So far, no interest from devs but not surprising. We may end up building this ourselves. If so, I'll let you know if we decide to license the final code.


#170333 Let's build a Crowd-Sourced Reviews Addon - Startup Style!

Posted by m33 on 24 October 2013 - 08:31 PM in Developers' Corner

The problem:
Let's face it, the reviews addon for Cscart needs help. I have been in plenty of UX studies where buyers consistently say that reviews are one of the most important things they need to see before purchasing something online (zmot proves this too). Inspired by the possibility of yotpo, but realizing their shortcomings with the cscart version (total afterthought) and the fact that ownership of YOUR reviews is shared between you and yotpo, I think with a few interested and talented peeps, we could do better and I mean like Chuck Norris better!

The Pitch:
Let's work together and build something really robust and.... free. (OMG!) The idea is that we build something that is similar to Yotpo but better for Cscart stores, self contained, self-owned (content-wise) and then share it for free for all users. Or at the very least, we could just share it amongst us contributors.

  • Back end devs with deep knowledge of Cs-cart
  • Front end devs
  • UI designers
  • Facebook app devs

I offer:
  • Program Management/PO experience for Ratings and Reviews at a major company for my day job. I get the nuances of the how and why of this stuff.
  • Complete technical requirements ( a crap-load written as of today)
  • UI Design ( if we don't get another decent designer stepping up)
  • Agile Experience

  • Warm and fuzzies
  • Github klout
  • Extra life credit
  • oh... and a robust Ratings & Reviews system that rivals anything out there.

If you're interested, post below with your skills. I'll set up a basecamp project and invite whomever wants to contribute. Or feel free to just chime in with some feature request for the addon.

#170329 Free Social Reviews Addon By Yotpo -Dramatically increase your reviews

Posted by m33 on 24 October 2013 - 07:52 PM in Third-Party Services

Hey m33,

I have checked this with our CS-Cart developer and he has informed me that unfortunately we do not support showing the Bottom Line (# of reviews and average star rating) in CS-Cart, I apologize for the inconvenience.

This, to me, renders the tool almost useless. Unless someone lands on the product page directly, which in some cases they will, no one will know what the overall rating for any product is in the catalog should they enter that page.

Is it because you just haven't developed it or is it because of a cs-cart limitation? Seems like a major oversight so I bet it's actually an issue on Cs-cart's side.

#170327 Free Social Reviews Addon By Yotpo -Dramatically increase your reviews

Posted by m33 on 24 October 2013 - 07:47 PM in Third-Party Services

I don't see how a thumbs up or down would be more efffective when buying a product. How would you choose between 10 TV's that all get a thumbs up? I think in this case Amazon is a better example than Youtube.

This is why you display what's called a "Net Promoter Score" which shows the number of people that recommended the product v.s those that didn't.

So in essence it would show "70% of 100 people recommend X product". I don't think the star rating will go away but I do think you'll start to see this concept play out in newer review systems.

#169983 Free Social Reviews Addon By Yotpo -Dramatically increase your reviews

Posted by m33 on 18 October 2013 - 07:30 PM in Third-Party Services

My question on this, is how do you display the star rating in the list view on the product catalog? People search using these views. The current addon displays the average star rating at the list view level in the catalog. How would we display to the visitor that this product has received X reviews with X stars in the list or grid view?

On anther note, it's been proven that boolean ratings are more effective than star ratings. This is why youtube, the second most searched site on the internet moved from star ratings to a simple 'thumbs up, thumbs down.' system. Have you guys considered this?

#164402 Way to whitelist Optimizely (AB Testing) for IFrame / X-Frame-Options

Posted by m33 on 27 June 2013 - 12:40 AM in Issues & Troubleshooting

Hey Novista,

Not sure if you've given up on this or not, but we experienced the same issue when trying to access the in-page data collected by Google Analytics.

X-Frame is actually your friend and the overriding recommendation is to keep the setting at "sameorigin" in the prepare.php file. There is an option to "ALLOW-FROM uri", but you might want to talk to your analytics vendor about their recommendations for this if there isn't a means (like there is in GA) to view the heat map and data on the live site instead of the analytics vendor's frame.

Not knowing how much research you've done independently, here's a blog post from last September that might help you understand the implications of removing or changing the settings for the x-frame - http://blog.wirhaben...-frame-options/.

Again, the best thing your analytics provider can give you is a means of viewing the in-page data on the live site as opposed to inside a frame in their analytics dashboard.


#163815 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 17 June 2013 - 06:43 PM in General Questions


After confirming that the updated_timestamp column wasn't included in the initial database install, I managed to find the schema and manually insert the column into the database. I sadly found the schema in CS Cart 2.2.5 and 3.0.3, but not in any other version I currently have on hand.

It looks like some CS Cart installs will actually skip certain parameters outlined in the schema.sql file found in the install directory. Even though the RSS addon is active by default on install, most users will probably never see this error unless they enable the category feed like we did.

Here is the query for those who might be experiencing the same issue -

ALTER TABLE cscart_products ADD updated_timestamp int(11) unsigned NOT NULL DEFAULT '0' AFTER timestamp

Thanks very much for all of the replies.



#163560 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 13 June 2013 - 05:22 PM in General Questions

kickoff3pm: We were previously running on CS Cart v.2.1.4 and went live with 3.0.3 in March after roughly 7 or 8 months in development. We initially used the Store Import feature in 3.0.3 to bring all of our data over but the feature ended up not working as advertised, so we had the CS Cart support crew port and upgrade our data. Everything has gone swimmingly with the exception of this piece.

What's sad is that the updated_timestamp column is not inserted into the database with a clean install of 3.0.x. We've tried this a couple of times and still have no results. Suffice to say there's an "insert" command that's missing either from the CS cart installation script or the addon's. And to repeat a point from earlier, it's confusing why the global feed works while categories doesn't. If you look at the XML in the link posted above, several of the products listed in the feed show the correct creation date (we added a few products last week and those are the ones at the top of the feed).

As for the CSV import, it can't really be trusted as it will skip or arbitrarily lose data. The feature isn't capable of merging rows, so it's not something that's going to be too terribly helpful to us at this point. Even if we were able to produce a CSV with the update_timestamp column, we already know it doesn't exist in our iteration so that's a piece that will be dropped on import since there's no place to put it and no schema to apply. Great thought though.

Anyone else? We're all doing a great job of pointing out the issues, but I unfortunately need to start talking actively about solutions.

#163511 date and time on reviews

Posted by m33 on 13 June 2013 - 03:09 AM in General Questions

You should be able to find what the class is for the timestamp on the reviews and set the CSS property to display: none;. That's probably going to be the most simple fix without making modifications to either an addon or the core.

#163508 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 12 June 2013 - 10:08 PM in General Questions

Hi kickoff3pm,

Here is the URL that's automatically generated by the RSS addon - This is the URL for the global feed that is functioning, and it's the category feeds that are breaking down. I also just ran a test in my sandbox by creating a new product and seeing if it was added to the global feed. It indeed is, but the category feed still throws the error in question.

As to your suggestion of user groups and leveraging the newsletter feature, the alternative is indeed a great idea but it wholly defeats what we're after. We'll be missing out on a very large section of metrics and hence why we're using a platform like MailChimp for our email marketing. There's no effective means of tracking the actual impact of a CS Cart generated newsletter (i.e. bounces, forwards, social sharing, click by item, FB like, etc...), and again why we're using a third party.

Folks who will ultimately receive the emails have indeed signed up for our newsletter, but the point here is being able to target our audience with effective communications that are attenuated to their buying history. Going back to the conversation of automation, we are a small company and cannot afford the resources it would take to monitor customer purchases and then add them to pre-defined groups. Segmentation like this in MailChimp takes seconds instead of hours and days.



#163501 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 12 June 2013 - 09:16 PM in General Questions

VPS Node: We thought of that as well, but after uninstalling and then reinstalling the addon the feed throws the same error as to what's in the screenshot. Another piece that's been regressed is a fresh install of 3.0.6 and the same error occurs because no column called products.updated_timestamp is inserted into the database. It seems as though the RSS addon is what should have created the column on install, but that's not at all what's happening.

kickoff3pm: We have the global feed working just fine which is what makes the errors in the category feed so odd. Is your suggestion then that we abandon the CS Cart addon and instead work with a third party solution? Of all the third party stuff we've looked at there are a couple of dev houses that we've already had abysmal experiences with, so this isn't really something we're too keen on...

Our overall goal here is to automate our marketing emails via MailChimp by alerting customers who habitually shop in certain categories that new products are available. The best way to accomplish this is to make sure MailChimp is receiving the RSS/Atom feed by category. We're a small company, so every bit of automation we can accomplish is in our best interest because we're obviously a little too "in the weeds" to be effectively communicating with our customers on a regular basis.

If I were to manually insert the column for products.updated_timestamp, does anyone know what schema I should apply to it. Do we know if on save of a new product that the timestamp will store in the right place? Will I also be looking to make core modifications in order to get this to go?

#163497 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 12 June 2013 - 08:43 PM in General Questions

Hey Valentin,

There is no table for updated_timestamp, just timestamp. I've gone through several of the core files that relate directly to products and categories, but not one of them looks at that table except for the RSS addon.


#163490 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 12 June 2013 - 04:39 PM in General Questions

Hi VPS Node,

Th screen shot was in my reply to the thread. Here's the link again in case it isn't obvious -

I do need to resolve this fairly quickly, so any assistance is much appreciated.

Edit: Here too is a screenshot of the backtrace -

Given the files being referenced, I don't think it's a permissions error and after debugging for an hour or so there also doesn't appear to be any errors with the dynamic scripts.

#163452 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 12 June 2013 - 05:09 AM in General Questions

And seeing as how the "attach" function didn't work, here's a link to the screenshot - http://beatelite.com...rt_db_error.png

Thanks in advance.

#163451 RSS Addon Creating MySQL Error in 3.0.6

Posted by m33 on 12 June 2013 - 05:07 AM in General Questions

We recently decided to start automating a subsection of our marketing emails and decided to try and leverage the RSS addon and noticed that it might be in conflict with another addon and/or scripts in our custom theme. What we're noticing is that when the RSS addon has the selector for adding a feed to each category enabled, we see the MySQL error in the attached screenshot. Regardless if this option is selected or not, the global RSS feed works as expected but the feed fails for categories.

There are no custom modifications outside of the skin. The only custom addons we're currently running is a module we had developed that pulls a SoundCloud player into the UI. The player is available in both the category as well as the product pages. This shouldn't reasonably be in conflict with any of the other moving parts inside the framework, but the fact that it cannot dynamically produce an RSS feed by category is of great concern.

Any and all suggestions or feedback are welcome.