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  • arlen
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Posted 17 September 2009 - 10:05 PM #1

My 1.3.5 templates are heavily modified, upgrades have been strictly manual and quite laborious. But I settled on my design long before coming to CS-Cart, and don't want to compromise the design of my site to fit a set of standard templates. If (when) I upgrade to 2.x I want to be smart about it this time. Lots of new tools, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.

I understand the 'concept' of having a My Changes addon, but not how it functions, and I'm not finding what I need in the documentation. I also understand the general info about precontrollers, postcontrollers & hooks provided in the "CS-Cart 2.0 architecture. Basic principles" document ... however I also understand from this forum that hooks aren't necessarily available for everything.

Could someone please clarify (or provide a link to info):

- Are simple changes in block layout saved carried over during upgrade from admin?
- Are changes made via the 'customization mode' saved aside in 'My Changes' and easily applied to an upgrade? Same for 'translation mode'?
- Is use of 'My Changes' principally for changes made via 'precontrollers, post controllers & hooks? What do you do if a hook doesn't exist?
- Are there any other 'recommended' methods to limit the amount of time required to upgrade for a heavily modified store?

Also ... is any one of the current templates cleaner (i.e. less html in the actual templates) than others? If I'm starting from scratch, I'd prefer to start with the cleanest slate I can.

Thanks in advance, and please forgive my ignorance, I've only been looking at this a few days.
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  • tbirnseth
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 05:35 AM #2

Maybe this link will help you: http://www.ez-ms.com..._your_store.pdf

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