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Support / Re: Paypal ipn question..
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:42:32 AM »
I may be wrong.. but i dont think Abantecart will insert anything into your paypal account, therefore it must be added manually if you want to put something in the ipn section in paypal.

also from a previous post it seems the ipn is not needed for abantecart anyway..

so the question would be..

1:where did you get the information you thought you needed to add to paypal ipn
2:is it possible that what you are seeing was added previously for a different cart system?

just a thought


I have found that i need to place the meta code inside the head.tpl file.
All works as it should when i add

<meta name="ZOOMIMAGE" content="relative url path to image">

What i dont know is what and how i set the path to an image for the product?
I cant find any variable i can use?

any advice would be great :)

Kind Regards

Customization help / making a duplicate of the default html 5 template?
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:04:06 AM »
Can anyone advise as to how i can make a duplicate of the default template?
I have edited the blues to be green, also blues to be red.

I would like to create new templates i can import into other stores i.e. default5_red, default5_green

i dont see how to export and there seems to be more involved than making a copy of the folder and renaming it?

Many thanks

I am considering using zoom search to index several AbanteCart carts, the search program can also display thumbnails of its images in search results.

first though in the html of the products page i need to add some code so zoom knows what image to use.


If i am right AbanteCart creates smaller thumbnails of images, so on the products page i need to add the above code.

but what i am stuck with is how in php i would replace HERE-GOES-THE-IMAGE-URL.JPG with that products main image url?

my guess its using the

echo $something

can anyone advise on if this can be done and what the $something should be?

Many thanks

I have spent a long time going through zones and locations adding all countries and zones so i can use for setting up postage by weight, it took a long time to add this information.

I have installed a second copy of the script and use phpmyadmin to import the already completed data..

is there a way i can create a php file that i can run so that its easier to..

1:install a new copy of AbanteCart
2:upload a copy of my default sql file
3:run it so it populates the new database

going in and out of phpmyadmin takes a while :)

currently i use scriptaculouse to do my installs.

many thanks

General Support / Re: Resizing images automatically after uploading them.
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:27:01 AM »
For the moment i will keep an eye on the folders and resize manually if needed, looks like i can sync image folders and automatically resize and re-upload images over a set size at a later date :)

Thanks for the advice..

I thought i would just post this just in case it pops up for someone else..

I had issues when uploading larger photos so had to find out why..

in the php.ini file as it is when installing it stated this line :

max_upload_filesize =

I found that on my server setup i needed to use :

upload_max_filesize =


General Support / Re: Resizing images automatically after uploading them.
« on: October 08, 2013, 05:34:51 PM »
Thankyou, your input is always most welcome and i appreceate your opinion :)

I have as suggested used sites like you have mentioned before, for me i would use pc based Photoshop, snagit or similar.
Yes of course i can put forward this to clients.

I am not using the multi cart system, i decided to use multiple installs. thus users will have full access to each admin area (functions limited by their group).

Again here i am still learning the way things work, but i am working off a dedicated server with medium specs, and i cant get my head around why having the posibility of several large sized photos using up lots of bandwidth isnt an issue on the products page, when an alternative would be to simply have the option to upload, then resize the image before its saved to the server..

Trust users to resize images themselves, they dont and this causes repeated long loading times on each page view, if they want to wait an extra 5 minutes each image waiting to upload so be it :)


Do a one off resize to preset dimensions after upload and never have issues?

i read lots today about jquery and settings, looked at the files but couldnt get to grips with what did what and when :) i read one article suggesting it was possible to use the upload system and have the image resized client side?

then theres also the way in which images zoom and how much, they zoom in diferently depending on the dimensions of the original image uploaded.

Thinking about it, I know of two clients that will (Even if advised) will still upload large files when their supplier sends them to their dropbox...

If it is possible to use the already in place script but edit some settings like..

resize: true,
maxWidth: 800,
maxHeight: 800,

can some one in support take a look, its just not my area of knowhow ... but i learn every day :)

many thanks

General Support / Re: Resizing images automatically after uploading them.
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:24:53 PM »
Why not upload correct size from the beginning?
My current clients are not very computer literate...they will not be able to handle resizing images before upload... most will but this client wont without much trial and error.

You can use any image software on your computer to format, optimize and resize your images.
Thankyou, yes i have several, my clients do not :)

If really necessary, extension can be created to format uploaded images, but they way browsers work large image will be still uploaded first to the server before resizing.
Yes good to i dont know enough php to do this ? please advise on how i go about finding out more..

Why do you want your bandwidth and server work for you instead of your computer? :)
Unless i am seeing something different here, this is the biggest point i could make..
When i look at the source code for the product page it calls the original image when using the zoom feature..
4 images at 4mb each per product will make the server dish out 16mb for 1 page
i would sooner use a little server resources to process the image once after uploading than each time lose 16mb each time 1 page is viewed..

I have spent the day searching for jquery topics on resizing images, however i know little php and no jquery..
so gave up for the moment :)


General Support / Resizing images automatically after uploading them.
« on: October 08, 2013, 11:34:01 AM »
I mentioned this in a previous topic however thought i would mention this again in its own thread..
i have a couple of issues..maybe its me being picky but never the less here they are :)

A:I have noticed that the product page and the zoom feature for images works differently depending on how large the original image was when it was uploaded, i wanted to make it easy for clients to not be to concerned about resizing images before they are uploaded.

B:the uploaded images retain their original file size thus its easy to start to take up lots of space when its not needed..(i know smaller thumbnails are generated - but the original image seems still to be used for the zoom)

For the moment i have edited the product page to use an open source thumbnail creator for the zoomed image (which creates and caches an 800x600 thumbnail of the original photo..this speeds up the page loading greatly..

My Request Please...

After we use the image uploader and the image gets saved into the resources folder can anyone advise how to take this image the have it resized to say 800px max (width or height maintaining aspect ratio) and re-saved?

why have a 4mb 3000x3000px plus file when a 130k 800x600 file works just as well?

Many thanks

Support / Re: Paypal ipn question..
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:03:14 AM »
if someone pays via paypal and buys 1 item does the cart then get told that it needs to reduce stock quantity by 1?

sorry, just trying to understand myself lol..

Many thanks

Support / Paypal ipn question..
« on: October 08, 2013, 06:00:36 AM »
Currently i have been using coffecups cart program, with this i needed to log into paypal and add an ipn address, get a token if i remember correctly..

If i switch to AbanteCart cart will i need to edit the ipn inside paypal, or does AbanteCart cart also send a return address?

Many thanks

Support / Paypal changes on the 7th October.
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:54:13 AM »
In a bulletin dated October 18, 2011, we announced that we were going to expand the number of IP addresses for to improve our site’s performance, scalability and availability. As part of this transition, we planned to discontinue support for HTTP 1.0 protocol starting October 7, 2013.

We have recently identified that this change may impact the ability of some of our merchants to perform IPN (Instant Payment Notification) post-back validation or PDT (Payment Data Transfer) posts to and This happens when the IPN or PDT scripts use HTTP 1.0 protocol and do not include the “Host:” or “Host:” header in the HTTP request.

Additional Details

Starting October 7, 2013, we will require all incoming requests to have a “Host” header which complies with HTTP 1.1 Specifications. This header was not required under HTTP 1.0. IPN and PDT scripts using HTTP 1.0 may start failing with “HTTP/1.0 400 Bad Request” errors after October 7, 2013, which will result in IPN messages not being validated successfully, or PDT scripts not being able to retrieve transaction information.

Action Required before October 7, 2013

Merchants need to update their IPN and/or PDT scripts to use HTTP 1.1, and include the “Host” and “Connection: close” HTTP header in the IPN postback script.

Example with Host as (please make necessary changes if you are using

// post back to PayPal system to validate
$header="POST /cgi-bin/webscr HTTP/1.1\r\n";
$header .="Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n";
$header .="Host:\r\n";
$header .="Connection: close\r\n\r\n";

The PayPal Sandbox has been configured to reject any HTTP requests without the “Host” header with HTTP 400 error. Merchants can use the Sandbox environment to certify the changes to their IPN and PDT scripts.

For more information on PDT and IPN, please refer to and For additional information or questions about this change, please contact PayPal's Merchant Technical Support team via



Sorry , as yet i dont know enough about the cart to know if the above notice will require any changes made to the cart..
So i thought i would add this to the forum to see..

Kind Regards

General Support / Re: Multiple Store Question
« on: October 06, 2013, 04:46:23 PM »
Thankyou, yes, for me its one of those situations where all of a sudden clients i have worked with now require carts..
For me i usually design quick static paged websites for small businesses in my area, seo isnt something i guarantee when designing the site, so far however i have done very well on their suggested keywords..

i am cought in to minds,

in one hand having their cart on their website domain name should improve seo, but theres no guarantees at all with thao IMO..

on the other hand creating the static pages as i already do and then off link to a website containing several local peoples carts (or direct to their cart) and also be able to display multiple vendors and their products in the main domain may actually increase visibility for my clients more than seo..

the website i have is called BidefordMarket and i would set up clients like..


What i would like to do would be to show the most recent products from all the above here..

For the moment though a set of simple screenshots on the above page linking to each cart would be fine and easy to do..

I am just about to look and see if when using a standard install of AbanteCart cart if its possible to create a completely empty page (white and empty) and then add just a "Latest Products" block to it..if i can do this i can randomize the page inside an iframe..Maybee lol

Talk soon

General Support / Does AbanteCart Cart produce an rss feed?
« on: October 06, 2013, 04:01:40 PM »
Does AbanteCart Cart produce an rss feed?
Can i call it to see it using a url address in my browser?

I did search forum but either rss is to short a term, or no one has asked about it..
Or.. i completely missed it in the docs?


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