Thursday, May 3, 2012

Finally an update to CFShopkart

I was doing bug fixes for CFShopkart since late last year and saving them for an update.  But then a hard drive failed that I had.  I had to piece together the updates from a backup I had and put it together into a package, but finally I got that done last night.  It's now uploaded to the site.  I also updated the MS Access database zip/rar file to include both 2003 and 2007 versions of the database since I have had a number of people emailing me about wanting an Access database.

I still don't think it's a good idea to use Access, but I suppose it's fine for a small store.

Still have more work to do on the framework/cms I'm working on.  It's going to be a little while longer since I'm also working full time on other things, but it's close!  Very close!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Finally! I'm almost done!

I've been burning the midnight oil....

See a preview of what is coming at

And don't forget to checkout the great Coldfusion Hosting I offer fellow CF devs.  Check that out here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another update

I've been working a lot. And I mean A LOT. The new framework for the open source CF Shopkart is in the final stages of testing and modifying. The initial release will NOT be a shopping cart, but a content management system that will be easy to add on to and modify without the need of taking a college class to understand it. No need to learn anything new. If you know CF, you will be able to use my 'framework'....actually I like to just call it base code because that's just how I see it, but technically I guess it could be called a framework. Anyway, it will probably be about 2 weeks before I post it, but it could get delayed longer if I end up getting a project I have been offered that hasn't been confirmed yet. I'll make an announcement here and on twitter when the code is available for download.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Where I have been

I've been spending a lot of time in doors this past week due to the heat and the fact that the A/C is broken in my car. I dread taking it in next week to hear how much it's going to cost to get it fixed.

Since I'm spending so much time in the house, and I've got a little breathing room while I wait on some data feeds to be set up for a client, I decided to belt out a blog entry. Besides, it's been since January that you have all heard from me (wow does time fly!), so I figured I'd better let everyone know what the heck it is I've been up to before rumors start floating around that Jon Wallen is dead ;-).

I have been quiet because I am working on several different projects as well as trying to keep up with support on CF Shopkart for my paying clients.

Some of you might remember about 3 years ago I launched a beta of both a little sitebuilder and a new version of CFShopkart (SE) that I had started on. I pretty much axed both projects after user testing because they were flawed in several ways, including how they were written. Well, I have been testing out a new interface and perfecting some code I wrote to make a flexible Coldfusion 'framework' for me to build pretty much any project on top of. This base-code is going to be the foundation for the upcoming new version of CFShopkart (completely rewritten from the ground up). CF8 will be the minimum version you will need to run this code on. It will not run on CF7. I still have a lot of work to do on this, so I probably won't talk much about it until fall of 2011. Once I have the foundation in place, it is my intention to open this up for other CF programmers to pitch in and help build a better CF Shopkart.

Thanks to all for your support and compliments.

Monday, January 24, 2011

News and Updates

Those of you who are hosting will see a change in February with your HOSTING control panel (not the store control panel). I've had issues setting up new domains in Helm 4, and it has slowed me down in setting up some new websites lately. It's really gotten frustrating. This past week I migrated 20 domains to CF Shopkart standard hosting and I had problems that made it take longer then it should have. Even though Helm is very feature rich, it is complex, slow, and buggy.

So a new, faster, simpler web hosting control panel is coming! The company I am partnered with for hosting services has sent me a demo of the control panel, and it looks fantastic. It feels very responsive, and is so much easier to use. I am finalizing the plan to migrate with them this week and going over some questions I had with them to ensure a smooth transfer.

There should be no interruption in service as we migrate each of you to the new hosting control panel. Those of you who do not access the hosting control panel (not the store control panel) need not even worry about this.

Some of you know I've been very busy lately. I recently joined a partnership out of Chicago and my task is to build a set of tools to help people market their business online. In the beginning these tools will integrate with Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and their will be a built-in auto responder as well as additional features that I'll list in a later post when some things are finalized. We are on schedule to start closed Alpha testing at the end of this month, with open Beta testing starting sometime towards the end of February.

Though I have been busy with that in addition to my usual work load, an update for CF Shopkart has been being worked on whenever I have a spare moment and I almost have it ready to post for download. Hosting clients have already got the updates, so you guys don't need to worry about it (I try to patch all my hosting customers sites whenever a bug is reported even if they are unaware of it). The update will send out some missing templates that didn't get put into the last release as well as fix a few bugs. I'm also trying to add a couple of requested features into this update. Of course, hosting customers will get the update first.

The forums are currently down, and the forum admin is MIA. I'm working on getting a new forum up and running so in the meantime please just send me an email if you are in need of help and I'll try to help everyone as much as I can.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Important Info about 005 update

It has come to my attention that for some reason in the latest update, some installation are unable to overwrite the Application.cfm due to permission issues on some servers.

Note: My clients do not need to worry about this. I have done this for you.

First, check to see if you need to update it.

1. Open Application.cfm in the root of your website.

2. If the following lines are missing near the top, then you need to update it:

cferror type="exception" template="#request.absolutepath#errorstop.cfm"
cferror type="request" template="#request.absolutepath#errorstop.cfm"
cferror type="validation" template="#request.absolutepath#errorstop.cfm"

To Update:

1. Download the 005 update on the site here:

2. Extract it and open the folder deploy/

3. You should see the file Application.cfm

4. Upload that to your website, overwriting the previous version of the file.

You can also get the new Application.cfm file from the latest download.

Note: You should also do the same update to the Application.cfm folder located in the /admin/ folder.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Update 005 here

Well is appears that there was a bug in the 004 update script so some of the last fixes didn't actually happen, though an important security fix did get applied.

I did update the 004 script and re-uploaded it, but many of you have already got the update so I put out the 005 update and just included all the fixes again from 004 just to make sure you all get them.

Here is what is fixed:

Update 5.5 005

- Fixes missing help doc
- Fixes a minor bug when viewing a category

Reapplies the update 004 fixes. There was a bug in the update script and some of the fixes did not get applied.

- Fixed session.productid not found when going to checkout.
- Fixed UPS Shipping calculations script where some variables were not named correctly.
- Fixed bugs in Multiple shipping points and alternate origin shipping address in admin control panel
- Fixed details not showing after product import.
- Updated image import feature when importing on imageurl column to only process 50 at a time to keep server from timing out and possibly crashing due to heavy use of the cfimage tag.
- Fixed a bug in importing categories where the ^ was left in the name of the category and you had to manually delete it from each one.
- Fixed bug when clicking on Clear Gateway settings so that you can now use the shopping cart with just a third party processor.
- Fixed broken image in wishlist widget and broken image in shopping cart widget on Linux.
- Adjusted product detail layout for better formatting as well as a few styles in global.css
- Fixed value for "is item shipped" under settings when adding/editing a product not saving.
- Fixed bug in validation script at checkout where when shipping was not needed it still said the form fields were empty.
- Added a couple more filters for auto-ban features.
- Fixed a couple bugs in the multiple file uploader.
- Fixed a few missing images in the admin on Linux.
- Fixed email item. It wasn't working.
- Fixed error when calculating taxes at checkout.
- Fixed data truncation error in stats logging when logging user agent.
- Fixed qryreviews.cfm error where variable DISP was not found
- Adding missing help document for enable stats logging under settings
- Added errorstop.cfm and extra error handling to Application.cfm files for added protection against vulnerabilities.