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Built-in Features / Options – required status working incorrectly
« on: May 01, 2016, 10:59:22 AM »
 Testing in version 1.2.6 (both on my tests sites and on your demo site)
The required switch does not appear to have an incorrect result.
Testing conditions:
Selectbox,  Multiselectbox, CheckBox,  Checkboxgroup, textarea 
All enabled all of the above with all set with NO default option checked – which then shows the lowest sort order within the option box on product page for customer
All have REQUIRED selected – this is verified by the red asterisks on the product page for customer
ONLY the checkbox and textarea will give a message for the need to be selected.   
Selectbox, multiselectbox and checkboxgroup automatically use the default selection.
The same result on the ordering is observed even if the required field is off.   
I have tested with having the global option set with required on and off,  and alternating the individual option with on and off,  the results are identical
So the question is what use is the required field for most options if the required selection by a customer selects for them?
 See attached for what shows up on my testing.
Am I missing some thought process here in how a required field should work?

Extensions and Add-Ons / zero balance requiring payment method
« on: April 22, 2016, 02:42:02 PM »
This was an issue back in 1.1.7  I think,  but it was fixed previously.  Seems it might be back again there is one payment -  installed,  it has been working flawlessly for many months.

In applying a credit to an account thatreduced the order to zero  I am getting 
Error: payment method required.

You can see by the screen shots that system has identified that there is a payment account noted but the previous fix to ignore zero balances seems to be broken.

this is a 1.2.6 Abantecart Version


Extensions and Add-Ons / authorize net api updating
« on: April 20, 2016, 12:28:37 PM »
there are some AuthorizeNet api updates coming up  -  want to be sure you are aware and can get the default AuthorizeNet extension in compliance if changes are necessary

Here is the link for more info about changes that just came in today - with time frames for implementation


New Features Discussion / add cloning to forms
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:55:12 AM »
The latest version of forms manager is quite excellent.   If you could add a cloning (replication) routine to an existing form - that would make it spectacular IMO. 

There are lots of times when a user has a basic form and then needs just a small field addition or change for a different form to be used .  So they have two different forms for slightly different purposes.  Some forms are quite lengthy, so re-building from scratch takes quite a bit of time.

Thanks for considering this.


Opinions / What Version are you using?
« on: January 19, 2016, 04:27:24 PM »
Hello fellow AbanteCart users.  As I relatively long -time user of AbanteCart (since 1.1.7)  and a frequent poster on the board  I have often wonder what we're all using for our current versions. 

Please take a moment to respond to the survey.  It may help admins and volunteer posters give better help,  and perhaps help extension writers to know how many versions to support so more can benefit.

Thanks for your time to respond.


In a new install using Softaculous  when working on the permissions I have no admin/system/backup/

Is this the expectation on a new install now?

Also I see all the file permissions are now being set to 755  except for config.php

still indicate 777 and a recent post on forum,4197.msg18284.html#msg18284  suggests 444 for config.   This is becoming a bit confusing -  and permission settings need to be correct for functionality and secure.   Can you please update the docs?


General Support / v 1.2.5 Admin Grid on orders has wrong link
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:01:50 AM »
In v 1.2.5  when on Admin for Sales/ Orders  the link for Order Details returns to Storefront Home page.

Please post file/line to correct this.


Tips and Tricks / making a billing invoice
« on: August 08, 2015, 12:51:39 PM »
Here's what I would like to be able to do:

As an administrator acting on behalf of a customer need a way to take a phone order for an account holder  all the way thru to  just before payment.  And then either have the customer log into their account to complete the confirmation and pay,  or email them the invoice which has a link back so they can pay.

What I need is some way to have an option for payment as "billing" or "Phone Order" with a condition of waiting payment.    This option of billing should not be seen on the payment selection by the customers,  but available to the admin.

Am I missing some thing that is already available within the cart to do this?

Or do I need to see about making a way to do this?  I didn't see anything in marketplace extensions that seemed to do this.

thanks in advance for your feedback

New Features Discussion / options need cost field
« on: July 29, 2015, 04:53:47 PM »
There is no place to input cost of an option on a product..  Please consider adding that as a field to the next verison.  Preferably it would be a stated value and not a modifier as the selling price is.

Just a field that labeled cost,  and an input of whatever the cost for the item is.

eg.  base item  1 lb   price  10.00  cost 5.00

option item      2 lb   modifier +$7   cost  8.50  (not a modifier,  but a flat cost figure)


Security / decrpyting and recrypting passwords
« on: July 28, 2015, 03:52:58 PM »
I find I need to re-do a database that has passwords for accounts -  some were using one Salt key,  some were using another

I would like to decrypt the passwords and then reset them with all the same salt key.   There are a lot of them,  and the customers will NOT be happy if they have to do this themselves, lots of really old, crotchety  customers on this site - who complain about everything -  so would be great if I could get this done behind the scenes.

You have any guidance on doing this?


New Features Discussion / Replace captcha with ReCaptcha
« on: July 28, 2015, 03:26:30 PM »
Hi,  please consider replacing the current captcha with the recaptcha from Google.   It seems a lot friendlier and much easier on tablets,  phones,  any of the touch screen devices.    I am seeing it used on a lot of sites I access,  like MailChimp etc.

Thanks for at least thinking about it for future release.


General Support / 1.2.2 upgrade issues - Repository is flawed
« on: June 23, 2015, 04:13:13 PM »
Hello,   as a user of Abantecart since version 1.1.7  I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable of how your process works.   But since since version 1.2.0  the upgrade routines have been seriously flawed.

I am reporting that the current upgrade to 1.2.2  is also flawed.   Here is the message:
  Error: Cannot download file. Repository error or invalid extension key. Try one more time. If problem persist download file in your order history and install manually.

I have tried this on 4 different accounts,  on two different servers, both configured to run the 1.2.1 versions.   File permissions are all correct,  server requirements are all correct.   Even a virgin install of a full 1.2.1 (with all settings correct)  fails and gives the same error message.

And yes,  if I go to the Source Forge and download the upgrade file and run it as an Extension upload it does install.   But if you are going to make us all do that,  then make your link to that location perhaps - 

Please, please try and do better with this stuff -  Abantecart is a really nice cart,  but geez these little screwups on the upgrade are dismaying.


I submit that either your repository is flawed OR the link in the click  for the upgrade is wrong.

In either event your previous instructions that the upgrade needs to be manually done is unacceptable.   As the providers of a really good ecommerce software,  your continual inability to get the upgrading process less flawed is tarnishing your reputation as good software.  You can do better than this to those of us who support and have previously trusted your software.  Please revise your procedures to provide all the users with a more flawless experience.

BTW,  I did want to say how nice the More Extensions button to the marketplace with the version Information triangle is.   That is very useful.   Good improvement. 

General Support / Blocks/cart -won't keep the info
« on: June 17, 2015, 09:46:22 AM »
on version 1.2.1  (the site that has issues is this block)  I have now found how to remove the information that was previously stuck (wouldn't delete).   Now the cart holds the selected products as long as the session is open.   But when the site is closed-  does not matter if they are logged into their account or not,  the items in the cart do not remain.   

Where is the information for this stored in the DB?
Do I need to replace the file(s)  that control this action?  If so,  which ones?

This is the block info:

 Block Text ID cart Controller blocks/cart Block Templates :blocks/cart_top.tplblocks/cart.tpl


In tracing out the issue that I've post about over the last week -  I have finally found that it seems to be with input in to the db table_customers, field_cart. 

If I delete what is in that field,  the stuck cart items that won't let us remove them disappear.
I believe this is a holder from the 1.1.9 to 1.2.0  upgrade that was lacking some areas for a good upgrade.

My question now is what is the field in a 1.2.1 or 1.2.2 cart suppose to have in it?
I have some with NULL (which is the structure default), some with a:0:{}   and some with entries like this

which I assume is the info for when a customer comes back and wants to continue on.

What do I need to have in the column to clear it all out?   is it NULL?

I have 210 entries of 1129  that have something in that field other then NULL,  and I need to clear them out.  Is NULL what I need in that field?

Next question -  with the 1.2.0+ versions are we cleaning out the cart when they leave with items in their cart?  Have you changed the process since 1.1.9?


Hello,  as it is well known the upgrade from 1.1.9 had some issues.   I thought with your help thought we had resolved most of them,  by altering the items that were missing etc.   But it seems there are more that are continuing to emerge.   I had a post about how to find incomplete orders and was surprised to find there is a status in the newer versions that has that.  Although I have asked a couple of times for help in getting that back  all is quiet so far.   

I just finished looking at 6 of my 1.1.9 upgrades to 1.2.0 and 1.2.1  and NONE of them have the Incomplete status in the list.
And I am having an issues with one site that is causing customer ordering problems  as there were incomplete orders that were in the 1.1.9 version and those items cannot be removed via the remove button.  I again have asked more than once for help on where / how to clean the db of these cause I can't figure out where that info is stored.  But so far no help is forthcoming. I have spent days and many, many hours trying to overcome the 1.1.9 to 1.20 upgrade and still finding issues. 

So here's my request for all of us who come from the 1.1.9  versions -  how do we get EVERYTHING in sync with the new versions.  What as the writers of Abantecart do you say is the BEST way to get everything in our carts back into our systems for 1.2.0, 1.2.1, 1.2.2?   We use your upgrade routines  and as you know the 1.2.0  has issues.   We look to you for either a fix in the routine that we can re-run or precise instructions on how to get our installations back in prime working condition. 

By installing the backup.php in 1.1.9,  enlarging my my php.ini file in the installation location and ensuring that the database prefix is set to ac_  the updates link , 1.1.9 to 1.2.0  works.  Then the subsequent 1.2.1 also works.  This will leave both the old defalut-html5 template and the old default template -  so one needs to alter the layout -table and make the suggested adjustments in the settings for config url.    I have gotten this process down and it works.

But this week I discovered there are still missing pieces in the upgrade -  to wit the incomplete and the order issue with customers who had items in a cart as it was updated.  And I have no clue what else may be waiting to erupt.

Do we need to make virgin installs and transport our db via dump, - that would also mean we need to Change our Salt key on the new install or the existing customers and admins can't log into the accounts.  Do we just FTP all the 1.2.1 files except for config  in to our existing installs?

So, Admins  this is my serious plea to give us AbanteCart users some reliable information in how to get our 1.1.9 cart updates to whole condition.   Precise how -to instructions, please.   Even better would be some routine that all users can easily run as not everyone is adept at some of this.

Thanks for reading -  And hopefully thanks for giving us all a solution that really works. 


PS:  We all make mistakes on occasion.  But reputations are enhanced or eroded by how we correct our mistakes.  Please take this as an opportunity to enhance AbanteCart's reputation.

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