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So when customers use Paypal Express, has anyone been able to see the Abantecart shopping cart also in the Paypal payment?

I have never been able to get that part to work even though I have read that the cart should pass over to Paypal.  Works in Paypal Standard though for me...

I don't think there is a clean way to do this.  For a pre-order, you can put Pre-Order in the title of the item and let them pay and buy it, but it's not perfectly clean.

For ETA, I change my Out of Stock message to the ETA date for that particular item.

Support / Re: Layout-Customer Block Missing
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:01:55 PM »
llegrand, Iv'e got the fix.  ;D

1. Log into your database and go to the "ab_block_templates" table.

2. Find the row entry you want to show up in the block list.
(In your case it's "blocks/breadcrumbs.tpl")

You'll notice in the column "parent_block_id" some of the values are set at zero. This column enables the blocks so you can choose them from the "Adding block to section" screen or the plus sign. The "parent_block_value" determines where the block will be made available.

3. Edit the row entry "blocks/breadcrumbs.tpl" and set the value of "parent_block_id" to "1".

4. Go to "System/Cache" in your carts admin section and clear the cache.

5. Go back to "Design/Layouts/" in your admin and either click on an empty block in the "header" section or the plus sign. You'll now be given the option to add the bredcrumbs to that section.

I don't know what all the available values are for the "parent_block_id" column, but do know when I set the row "blocks/breadcrumbs.tpl" to "1" it was available for the header section.

I'm going to assume the available values for the "parent_block_id" are 1 thru 8 because there are eight sections in the layout panel. You'll have to experiment to see if it works that way.

I did notice in the "ab_block_templates" table there were multiple rows that shared the same template name but had different "parent_block_id". I assume this was so a specific block could be used in multiple parts of the layout.

Hope this helps you.

The solution I posted is not any sort of hack. The way the layout and blocks currently work is to keep novices from placing blocks in places that they won't fit or would look bad.

However, AbanteCart failed to set the values for the blocks they placed in the default installation layout to a value that would allow them to be restored if they were to be deleted by a user from the admin. Not so much a bug but a mistake made by AbanteCart.

All they have to do to fix the issue is to change the values in the MySQL file in the installation directory.

Apparently, you do have the knowledge to go back in and research/post a fix for an issue you ran into.  That's great!

If you look at my first line:
ME: "I don't disagree with you that you should be able to add that back and the developers have probably seen your note as well"

I actually AGREED with you that you should be able to add it back so I don't know what you are actually disagreeing with me on respectfully, but again, I do stand by my other point (maybe this is what you disagreed with) that if you don't know a thing about what you are doing at all with any program/tech, Abantecart, you name it, you will run into trouble and problems if you delete things randomly even if the program lets you do so.  (if you can't drive and don't know how to start a car, maybe don't turn off the engine?). :)

I deleted some shipping statuses since I didn't need them, I added them back, no biggie...If you can't add it back or fix it, don't delete stuff in general if you have the option to disable it from the interface...That's all...

(Are we just two grumpy guys who just like to argue here?...I'll shutup now btw.)

Support / Re: Layout-Customer Block Missing
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:20:52 PM »
I don't disagree with you that you should be able to add that back and the developers have probably seen your note as well...(this is similar to me deleting my order statuses and having to add them back later (I don't think you can "disable" order statuses)...and it's strange you can't add the customer block back, but if you delete something instead of just just disabling it, just expect more problems down the line if something else depends on it.

That said, the benefits of Abantecart is the ability to change many things compared to many other tools so if someone isn't very familiar with PhpMyAdmin or basic web hosting admin tools, I'd honestly suggest considering other solutions because you will run into other issues (eg: changing file permissions, upgrades, etc...) where you really should know these things.

This is all my humble opinion of course and from looking/reading all the messages here, using this (and I think many other carts), requires some time to run and maintain.

In regards to turning stuff off and adding it back, did you try to just DISABLE a block instead?  That's the round circle icon.  I think this issue hasn't popped up before because if someone wanted to turn something off, they'd just disabled it and not outright delete it.

Support / Re: Layout-Customer Block Missing
« on: March 20, 2016, 11:54:05 AM »
Guessing here, but you might be able to just add that block_id back to the block_layouts table and see if that works...

General Support / Re: Remove items from cart
« on: March 14, 2016, 10:10:59 AM »
Maybe popup blockers or something is blocking it?  Try a different browser as there should be an editable filed for quantity and a trash can icon to remove the item I think.

General Support / Re: Missing Images
« on: March 13, 2016, 10:13:47 AM »
Actually, these are the image paths:

/storefront/view/default/image/stars_1.png , stars_2.png, stars_3.png, stars_4.png, stars_5.png

Note: default or default_html5 for v. 1.2.0

Maybe overkill, but you can download 1.2.0 here and just copy the images back:

You may want to check if anything else is missing also from your site if those are not there (maybe something happened?).

Installation and Configuration / Re: Need help with upgrade
« on: March 11, 2016, 07:05:03 PM »
I have changed all the files I am suppose to 0777 & it still does not work. This is beyond frustrating. I did go from 1.1.9 to 1.2.0
I have not updated any further than that at this point. Do you think updating to the next versions would help any?

I highly doubt upgrading further would help since whatever is wrong would translate to future versions and may lead to other problems down the line.  Did you try the auto-update or manual?

I don't know if the developers help with upgrades, but you might want to check with them to see if they take fees to help (I have seen them do paid custom work for some folks)...and if not, I am open to trying, but I am not setup currently for that, but could setup something on elance or something or discuss something via personal message.

Doing upgrade/update work has been something I've considered for a little while anyways.

Installation and Configuration / Re: Need help with upgrade
« on: March 10, 2016, 01:44:51 PM »
I decided to try the next upgrade in line 1.2.0 on my cloned site.
It seemed to upgrade fine but when I add a new product I cannot add any images to it or zip files.
I get the error  (error_Please check 'resources' folder permissions.)
I have upgraded EVERY file I can find (including all subfiles) to 0777 in resources & images. It still will not allow
me to add an image or a zip file to my product. Any idea what I am missing?
Thank you!

If the auto-update went fine, then you're probably half way there already.  Also, with Abantecart, you HAVE to apply each update individually so to go from 1.1.9 to 1.2.5,  you need to do 1.2.0 first anyways, then 1.2.1, 1.2.2...etc...

Maybe change the resources folder to 777 also?

I agree with you that you should consider and think about upgrading eventually sometime in the future since 1.1.9 is 2 years old now(?) and I'd only assume there are security fixes as well as the idea that most people would probably recommend you upgrade anyways if you ran into any problems in the future.  I also doubt anyone is developing any extensions for older versions due to limited use and general obsolescence right out the gate.

See if the permissions on the folder fixes it...

Installation and Configuration / Re: Need help with upgrade
« on: March 10, 2016, 09:37:40 AM »
o.k. that makes a LOT of sense. I am using 1.1.9 right now.
Where do I find all the updates that are in-between?
If you did not get the auto-upgrade to work, how did you upgrade?

Not sure what you mean by

it maybe easier to just start from the current version and try to rebuild the new version site to be like the old site.

Thanks so much!

Here's the manual upgrade docs:

You can get all the . point packages here (same as listed in the docs page above):

The upgrade, from what I have read 1.1.9 to 1.2 was a large jump so doing that one will be your biggest challenge since there is a high chance that things will just not work.  Even updating from 1.2.3 to 1.2.4 broke stuff for me since I made changes to core files and had to put some changes back in afterwards.

I always suggest doing testing/upgrades on a test site first since you WILL run into issues (for me at least, there were always problems).

If your site is completely stock, the upgrades should be pretty straight forward, but most sites aren't stock I don't think AND, the place you are hosting at probably will break stuff just regularly due to their own security changes, updates, etc...

When the auto-update didn't work for me for whatever reason (maybe my mysql table names are off, my hosting provider changes stuff, who knows), I followed the guide above and did the manual upgrade.  I am now (moving forward) only planning to do the manual upgrade since the auto hasn't worked consistently for me and I generally like to know what's going on anyways in case things break and I need to fix stuff (as you notice, using an open source platform keeps cost down, but you're sorta on your own...I have worked in the past as a linux/unix sysadmin, but have held roles in many aspects of IT from erp apps development, database, networking, don't mind the problems too much).

All that said, the manual update does miss things I've noticed so your version number will be off in the system (it doesn't update) as well as the upgrade package script not running so you need to run those in a certain order.

My comment on using the current version and try to rebuild means instead of even upgrading, just load the latest version and use/live with that.  Export and re-import all your data (need data cleaning which is a total chore) and try to make the new version look and work like your old site.  If you made a lot of customizations, have paid extensions, etc etc etc, those may not work anymore at all since they are usually tied to a version.

Installation and Configuration / Re: Need help with upgrade
« on: March 09, 2016, 06:05:00 PM »
What version are you upgrading from and to?  You need to upgrade every . point release and can't skip versions.

Please note that if you cloned your site, you will need to make sure all the live images are also cloned (copied) in the clone directory/folder setup.

I have not had luck using the auto-upgrade for whatever reason.

If you need to upgrade multiple times and versions, it maybe easier to just start from the current version and try to rebuild the new version site to be like the old site.

General Support / Re: Missing Images
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:35:21 PM »
I don't know if it has changed, but from 1.2.3, I think images default to:

I spent a lot of time today trying to debug this for a site, but can anyone else chime in on this option or is anyone using the Paypal Express Extension?  The cart contents doesn't show up in Paypal when a customer uses Paypal to pay on a site.  I have had experience on Abantecart version 1.2.3 -> 1.2.4 -> 1.2.5 and I haven't seen the contents passed in my testing and live experience so far.

I quickly tested the Paypal Standard Extension instead on my test site and checked out and it immediately had the cart contents passed to the Paypal sandbox site.

Is this normal and actually how it's supposed to behave?  From some of the articles I've read,
This constantly refers to Paypal Standard when talking about cart upload.
Comment many years ago from someone:
"Another thing that I'm not sure about is that in Standard you can pass the item information for each item and they can view that in Paypal, I don't know if you can do that with Express."

Is there a setting that needs to be "turned on" in Paypal Express or in Abantecart to pass the contents?  It does seem to show up when I click on the drop down when on the Paypal site when you're just about to pay.  It just doesn't list the contents after the fact when the payment is made.

Thanks for any pointers.

Thanks for the pointer!

Added to store.

Is there a place someone can point me to for setting this up?  I looked though the docs and didn't find anything talking about this.  I also clicked through my admin, but didn't see where to put this.

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