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New Features Discussion / Adding new products one after another
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:59:49 AM »
I wasn't sure which category to post this in, as it could be support, a new feature request, or a customization issue.

This is more of an interface streamlining question.

When I have added a new product and have made my way through the tabs for that product and I'm ready to move on and add another product, I am forced to go back out to the product catalog list page because that is the only place the "+" button to add a new product lives.

Being forced to jump back out to the product listings page is an unnecessary extra step. What would be very helpful would be to have that blue "+" button to add a new product be visible within the individual product interface, regardless of which tab I was currently on, so when I'm ready to move on to the next product, I can do it from there.

Or if there were a way to have the "+" button also exist outside the product interface. For example, the icon row at the very top of the screen, is there any reason that one of the icons there couldn't be to add a new product? It would save time when working on the inventory.

Is there an easy way to accomplish this?

Thank you.

How-to questions / Re: How to add product quantities to category pages
« on: January 24, 2018, 10:35:49 PM »
Bumping this thread, since I didn't get a reply to my last response. Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: What is best hosting? A2? Fastcomet? Others?
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:35:19 PM »
I have the vast majority of the domains I own on a VPS, but for the purposes of this ecommerce project I wanted to get something separate. Since I initially wasn't sure which cart system I wanted to go with, I wanted a package that included Softaculous, so I could install, customize, backup, uninstall, reinstall, and experiment with different carts (AbanteCart, Prestashop, Cubecart, Open Cart, Magento, OSCommerce, etc.).

My other requirements were SSD, allocated RAM, a decent amount of diskspace and bandwidth, free SSL, and SSH access to be able to tweak without having to do everything via sFTP.

After doing a fair amount of research at and testing sales responsiveness and technical acumen prior to making a choice, I opted for HostRush. I signed up for their "Rush-1" package at $23.99 per year, pricing locked in moving forward. It has all the features on my wantlist (24GB SSD, 1.5GB allocated RAM, unlimited bandwidth).

I haven't gone public with my storefront, so I cannot speak as to the performance under traffic, but I installed and uninstalled probably a half dozen ecommerce installations in my experimentation and have encountered no performance issues. Everything has been spritely and nimble. No outages (that I'm aware of at any rate) thus far.

Thank you for the reply. I already have individual products set to auto-disable; it's the category visibility I wish to be able to control automatically.

SEO is not overly important to me, as the majority of traffic to the storefront will be sent from specific websites. I'm not relying on organic traffic; any organic traffic is a bonus.

Not sure if this is possible or how complex it would be to implement. If this feature already exists, my apologies but I did not find the appropriate settings in Admin.

Rather than displaying categories in menus, the site map, etc., based upon a manual setting in Admin, it would be great to be able to show/hide categories and subcategories dynamically based upon whether there are in-stock products assigned to them.

This would make managing storefront display much easier, as when a category gets sold out, it simply disappears from the store front until such time an active in-stock product is assigned or re-assigned to that category.

Thank you.

How-to questions / Re: How to add product quantities to category pages
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:08:35 PM »
Thank you for the response. I have tried implementing this in several places, but the variable is not populating. No number, no text, nothing. For example if I surround the echo command with parentheses, all I get on the page is "()" regardless of the category or subcategory shown.

I tried posting a code snippet in this post, but I get an error message "Sorry, you are not allowed to post external links" so somehow the php code is being interpreted here as an external link.

How-to questions / How to add product quantities to category pages
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:51:21 PM »
Doing a search on this forum finds that this question was asked as early as 2013, but I cannot find that it was ever addressed.

On category pages where subcategories are shown, how do I display the number of products within each category next to or below the subcategory link?

I'm not talking about variations or options, just the number of discrete products within that subcategory and its subcategories, i.e., recursive total?

For those storefronts with a large number of categories and subcategories, this is useful for the customer when shopping.

Thank you.

Excellent, thank you!

AbanteCart resizes all product images to make them perfectly square and pads either the sides (for a vertical image) or top and bottom (for a horizontal image) with white. My product images all have black backgrounds, so this does not look good.

How do I change it so that the image resizing uses black instead of white for the padding?

Thank you.

Support / Re: Newbie question: global layout changes
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:48:04 AM »
I interpret that answer as "no", that all layouts need to be repetitively edited one by one, even for global elements that you want to be on all layouts.

Sigh. Major shortcoming. There needs to be a "master page" or "master layout" feature, where individual page layouts stem from the master.

Support / Newbie question: global layout changes
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:41:37 AM »
Good morning,

I've installed Abantecart v1.2.12 and thus far I like what I'm seeing... however I'm finding something rather nonintuitive: How do I make a change to ALL page layouts, e.g., global changes to the header or footer areas?

Changing "Default Page Layout" does nothing, which was the first thing I tried, thinking that changes madethere would filter outward to all other pages.

Am I going to have to manually make all my customizations to all of the page layouts one by one? I hope not.


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