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In Topic: Cart Tuning Review

16 October 2018 - 08:45 PM

Looks like they are out of business. Their website does not work




I just visited it, seems live to me.

In Topic: Local And State Taxes In Usa - New Supreme Court Ruling

27 August 2018 - 11:44 AM

Extrarius - Do you mind if I ask, who implemented/developed TaxJar into your Multi-Vendor store? As if my understanding is correct, with the current TaxJar add-on the api only allows for one vendor to claim nexus in each state. Or have you made it a requirement for ALL your vendors to sign up for a TaxJar account?




Hi bikes, sorry for the extremely late reply, my work schedule is very packed. We don't use the multi-vendor edition of CS-Cart so I can't answer your question in that regard. The only thing I can provide details on is that we purchased the addon from SimTech but then made several heavy after market modifications to it because the addon by default does not transmit completed orders to TaxJar, it only provides tax calculations. I haven't had a chance to provide feature patches back to SimTech yet to have this addressed.

In Topic: Local And State Taxes In Usa - New Supreme Court Ruling

10 July 2018 - 01:04 PM

It's doubtful that it will be limited to only large merchants given that the decision is left to the State to make and South Dakota is already chomping at the bit. We're not taking any chances and are implementing TaxJar this month to avoid any shenanigans.

In Topic: Free Amazon Cloud Hosting For Cs-Cart And Multi-Vendor

08 June 2018 - 08:52 PM

Cost is very expensive over $700 a month !!!! I don't have that large of a site 3500 products and 40K visitors a month.


If the price of AWS was more competitive with hosting companies it would be a deal but the cost and difficult interface it is not worth it for me.


This sounds like the instance is an on-demand instance rather than a reserved instance. Assuming you're only using one EC2 instance in the C5 family for the web site and an RDS instance for the database in the M4 family that's Mult-AZ this shouldn't be more than 230/month USD. I'd have that looked into.

In Topic: Free Amazon Cloud Hosting For Cs-Cart And Multi-Vendor

10 May 2018 - 01:42 PM

Maksim, I took a quick glance at the guide and it seems like a decent quick-start for someone who wants to try and get their feet wet with AWS at a lower level.


There's just a couple of things though that could be of use to the quick-start:


1. I'd note that because it's using the Free Tier as an example use case, that it is not recommended for running a production store but merely as a guide to gauge an understanding of AWS. I'd also emphasize that the free tier plan is only good for 12 months and if you've already used some free tier resources that clock already started, after which they will start changing for any of the T2 instances you use.


2. I see the guide takes the path of Ansible which is less complex than using AWS OpsWork or AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Because of this I recommend you look at this article as it discusses how to use Ansible with AWS System Manager which will centralize the process in a much more fluid fashion.


Note: We ourselves use AWS OpsWork but we have a much more complex setup with multiple VPCs, Load Balancers, VPN Tunnels, etc. We also use AWS System Manager Parameter Store to unify the CS-Cart configuration across our load balanced servers because of our ElasticCache, GlusterFS and RDS resources can change depending on maintenance cycles.


3. You might also want to consider possibly discussing using Amazon Route 53 rather than using your GoDaddy example as you can point out things such as EC2 instance health checks that can be tied into zone records, etc.


4. Finally you might want to discuss that if one was to go further with AWS they need to take serious consideration into using Reserved Instances, this will significantly lower costs versus using On Demand instances. 


Note: We use a combination of reserved and spot instances.