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Tips and Tricks / Facebook Trick
« on: April 18, 2017, 02:49:16 PM »
Here is a good reference if you use Facebook to promote your store. It will display any image you choose, instead of Facebook randomly choosing an image.

They are call OG Meta Tags and are placed in the HEAD section of your store.

Template Support / Specials Start and End Dates
« on: October 18, 2016, 02:49:44 PM »
I have a customer that has a lot of specials. I enter an valid end and start date and all seems fine, but when I log back into the admin panel at a later time, under the promotions tab for the products it's been reset to 1/1/1970. Anyone else having this issue? I've cleared cache of course, but I'm baffled at the issue.

General Support / Successful 1.2.2 upgrade
« on: June 26, 2015, 03:40:38 PM »
Thanks for all the hard work guys, especially Dmitry who fixed a few issues today.

Here is what the successful upgrade looks like!

The only caveat is an error being generated, that makes no sense. 

App Error  Message status: critical Date:06/26/2015 04:08:43 PM Number of repetitions:14 Error: cannot to load config.xml of extension coupon. in /home/bigzbeve/public_html/ on line 527

I had no coupon, so it seems to be an error with the core somewhere.

The error caused no issues, but I have not tried to create or use a coupon, but it's on my list to do!


If you have done any customizing, make sure you back up the altered files, this upgrade will change the style.css, page.tpl, footer.tpl and product.tpl as far as I can see. Those are the only customizations I made and it changed them back to the default. Simple to get the customizations back, I had them backed up in a seperate file.

General Support / Stripe Problem
« on: June 13, 2015, 01:35:50 PM »
I've just built a new store and I'm using stripe as my payment system.

I'm getting the following error:

2015-06-13 13:26:03 - error:  AbanteCart core v.1.2.2 Class 'Modelextensiondefaultstripe' not found in <b>/home/bigzbeve/public_html/</b> on line <b>100</b>

I have it up and running without a flaw on 1.2.1, not sure what's going on here.


The value the is on line 100 core>engine>loader.php in 1.2.1 is on line 113 in 1.2.2.

Hope that helps with the fix ... I assume that the extension is looking for a value on line 100 when it was written for 1.2.1 and it's moved in 1.2.2 .. I'm just sayin'

General Support / Products Showing More than Once
« on: June 06, 2015, 12:32:56 PM »
I have several instances of a product showing up in the same category twice.

In the admin panel, under products or categories, they are only listed once.

And the products, when clicked on, go to the same product page, so it's not like there are different copies of the products in question.

Any ideas guys?

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Update++++++++++++++++++++

I checked DB and nothing is duplicated there either.

I have noticed that if I change the sort option on the category view, it changes which products are duplicated. Very strange.

General Discussion / Great Complements From a Customer
« on: May 06, 2015, 03:09:41 PM »
We recently opened our shop online, and we also distribute our wares locally, which is leading to more sales from the web-store.

I got one of the nicest compliments today from a customer when I was visiting one of the locations to re-stock.

She said:

"I love your soaps and I went to your website to buy more, because you don't have all the types in the store. Since we live in a remote area (our little town is 60 miles from the nearest mall) I do most of my shopping online.

I've gotta tell you that your store not only looks great but it was the one of the easiest purchases I've made online. Checkout was a breeze (I'm using stripe) and the order confirmation was immediate! I'll be back many, many times."

I'm thrilled she loved our soaps, we've been selling them locally for years, but it was her comments about the ease of shopping and checkout that really made me glad I chose AbanteCart Cart as my eCommerce platform.

Thank you guys, for developing such a great platform ... it's only going to get better from here!

Tips and Tricks / Featured Prodcuts Title Upgrade
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:46:49 PM »
I love AbanteCart so much, and in this post I'm going to show you how to change a little CSS to make the titles on Featured block on the home page stand out.

First, take a look at what I mean. You will see that I darkened the text, increased the size, made it bold and added a shadow.

Next, just follow the marked up image below if you want your Featured Titles to look like mine. You can add as much or as little as you want, it's up to you.

SEO / Rich Snippets Greatly Improve Rankings
« on: May 02, 2015, 08:45:06 AM »
Recently Google upgraded it's algorithm and one of the things its doing is giving more weight to what they're calling "Rich Snippet Markup". I have added an easy "Rich Snippet Markup" to my home page in the form of a title done in h1. Previously, h1 mattered, but now it's even more important. There is a ton of rich snippet markup that can greatly enhance your rankings and we'll get into those in another post.

Take a look at my home page and you'll see that I've added an h1 page title to the header instead of using a logo in the upper left hand corner. This is what is known as a "Rich Snippet Markup" and very valuable to your ranking.

I have attached an image to show where I place the code within the template. Keep in mind, this requires a little knowledge of html to accomplish. If you don't feel comfortable doing it, then find someone to help you.

Much of the code you see in the image is not necessary, just the table structure and the h1 is all that is really necessary, the rest was inserting the humming bird pictures and css to shadow the text.

As I've said, I'll get into more "Rich Snippet Markup" in another post, since it requires a more advanced knowledge of html, but it's definitely worth the trouble (even if you need some one to do it for you) to get a leg up on your competetion with regard to SERP!

Support / Site Map
« on: April 28, 2015, 02:14:58 PM »
The current site map generated by the template is in .php

Is is possible to generate a site map in html. Bing and Google no longer recognize site maps done in php.

I can generate one easily, but I'm thinking about those that don't know how to do it.

Tips and Tricks / Give Your Header Some Flare!
« on: April 19, 2015, 10:45:58 PM »
There is a simple line of code you can add to your style sheet to give a nice shadow to your header and it'll seem like it's 3D.

Check it out here

If you'd like to add it, it's as simple as falling off a log.

Follow this path storefront>view>default>stylesheet>style.css

Add this line of code to line 261 in the header section. (You'll need an editor like notepad++) It's in the first group of code after the hack for the header /*----------Header----------*/

Code: [Select]
box-shadow: 0px 10px 5px #888888;
Here is an image to help.

Enter a carriage return at the end of line 260
Code: [Select]
background-color: orchid; then enter the box shadow code on the new line created, line 261.

Save and upload and viola, you have a new looking header!

General Support / Product Edit Issue
« on: April 17, 2015, 11:08:08 AM »
I have noticed that on the product edit page of the Admin Panel (1.2.1), one must input a weight, even if there is no shipping or flat rate shipping is selected.

It won't prevent the product from being added, but it gives an error and is highlighted in red if one does not input a weight, even if it's 0.0005 or less!

Just a minor tweak, but could cause a newbie to question things.

General Support / Stripe Bug
« on: April 15, 2015, 08:32:56 PM »
I recently found a bug with the Stripe extension. When you have a product that requires no shipping, the extension will not process credit cards, it runs into a technical error. Otherwise, the extension is flawless!

I PM'd Pavel about this, since he did such an excellent job creating it and within a day he posted a fix!

Thank you sir, job well done. The fix is flawless now for No Shipping required.

Here is the fix link!

This fix will really help everyone using the Stripe payment extension, especially those selling downloadable digital products or (like my customer) selling tickets to a live event online.

SEO / Getting Ready for Googles New Algorithm
« on: April 08, 2015, 11:26:12 AM »
The following are excerpts from a newsletter from A2 Hosting.

As an experienced SEO guy, this is some important information and needs your attention.

Get Your Site Ready For These Google Updates
Google is constantly tinkering with their algorithm. They update it over 500 times per year on average.

Many of their updates are pretty minor. However over the course of the past few weeks, Google has two very important algorithm updates that you'll want to make sure you're prepared for.
Death Of Doorway Pages
Google has recently announced that they are cracking down on the ranking of doorway pages.

What is a doorway page?

Google defines them as:

"Doorways are sites or pages created to rank highly for specific search queries. They are bad for users because they can lead to multiple similar pages in user search results, where each result ends up taking the user to essentially the same destination. They can also lead users to intermediate pages that are not as useful as the final destination."

Google's New Mobile Ranking Criteria

This week Google announced new mobile based criteria which will affect your search result ranking for users searching from a mobile device. This makes sense, Google wants to return higher quality mobile pages to users on mobile devices. But it means if pages on your site aren't responsive or the responsive design doesn't meet Google's criteria, you may see those pages drop in the results.
 Fortunately, Google has provided a tool which you can use to check your site. It will let you know what you need to improve on your site in order to avoid being penalized when these new criteria go live April 21st.

Is It Time To Stop Link Building?

We've been warned about the potential dangers of link building schemes for years. Most site owners are well aware of the threat of having their website blacklisted by Google and avoid such schemes. Natural, white hat link building is still OK, isn't it? According to a recent Google+Hangout, it sure sounds like Google is telling us that link building should be avoided.

Google Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller was asked, “Is link building, in any way, good?” His answer was quite interesting...

SEO / Google May Not Longer Announce Algorithum Updates.
« on: April 06, 2015, 08:35:36 AM »
Has anyone else noticed that we’ve been seeing fewer algorithm update announcements from Google in recent years? That Google’s PR campaigns about changing search results has been quieting down?
If you have, rest assured: you’re not crazy.Two Reasons For Fewer Google Algo Update Announcements I don’t think that Google will ever kick back, put up their collective feet, and stop updating. So why the drop?
 1. Mind Control: Google Wants To Change SEO Behavior First, Google doesn’t make those big announcements just to ensure sure that all their friends in the SEO community are on the same happy page. They announce algorithm updates because they want to change SEO behavior.
They want black hat SEO's to just go away.

In that regard, fewer updates means Google sees less of a need to change our behavior. Have they beaten the SEO world into submission? Whipped us into shape? Or just stopped caring if we’re on board?2. Conditioning: Google Wants To Switch To Constant, Imperceptible UpdatesGoogle search results are always gettings smarter. The changes in results are becoming deliberately more subtle and more intuitive, such that most users hardly notice them at all. If Google’s algorithms are in the early stages of learning, they can easily make small, undercover changes on the fly.
The number of unnamed and unconfirmed updates bears this out. Just last month, SERP-trackers and webmasters noticed some major shifts in search results, but Google has yet to officially confirm the update. Are those relatively minor updates unannounced because they’re not worth the PR effort, or because Google didn’t intend for us to notice?

General Support / Admin Panel Quick Stats
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:08:26 AM »
Haven't seen this before, but then I'm new to the 1.2.1 admin panel.

I did a test order a couple of days ago to make sure I had things set up correctly. That was Thursday.

However, in the quick-stats in the admin panel it's still showing as new orders today. (Sunday)

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