Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Update 5.5 Build 003 Now Available

This fixes a bug in the Category Import Feature and it also gives you the ability to delete all items from the catalog prior to importing, which is useful if you update your entire catalog with a CSV import from a drop-shipper.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Expanding the Community

I've been really looking into socializing my website and CF Shopkart. So I've been looking into Google Friends, and this evening I took some time to connect the site to it. It supports a lot of popular social site logins so you can join the site if you have an account on any one of the other websites Google supports. It only takes a few seconds to join and start interacting with the site.

One of the things I really like is the questions and answers box. I figure it will be a great way to get people interacting with each other who use CF Shopkart (or like Coldfusion). If you just don't feel like getting involved with the forum, but want to participate in the community then please join. If you are already in the forum, then consider becoming a member of the site.

To join the site, just visit the Community page and on the right side you will see I added some gadgets. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Update 5.5 Build 002 Available

An update was released today for Version 5.5. This will update you to Build 002.


- Fixes a small bug in admin login check.

An update already on the way!

Thanks goes to Ronnie for pointing out an apparent logic flaw in the way I have options inventory being tracked. It works great if you create just a single option for a product, but if you have multiple options for the same product a customer could end up ordering more then you have in stock.

I'm already working on an update to add more capability to the inventory tracking of options, and I began working on it this morning.

The plan is to leave the current feature intact, so that you can create an item and use it as an option for a simple way of tracking inventory. For more complex setups I'm building a new feature into the cart where you will actually build an 'inventory table' that will be used when someone purchases an item with options.

While the current method of tracking inventory will work for most people that just want to be able to track an option's inventory, this new method will work for people with more complex set of options. I will explain more in detail once I have it completed and the demo updated.

I am currently doing some work for a couple of my clients today, but when I have some time later this evening I will be working on this. Please let me know if you see any bugs so I can address those in the update.

Not sure what is going on...

I was using CFFEED fine for the past few days pulling the latest posts and displaying them on the front page. This morning I find the site was running an error despite the use of cftry and cfcatch. The error was saying "can't connect to the specified port" or something to that affect. I researched it a little bit and found out it has something to do with ports being blocked (possibly my host provider). I noticed that their site is loading a little slow and something was failing in their forum. So maybe it's just a temporary problem. I even tried a CFHHTP request to the atom feed and that worked but it went very slow and the load time was just too long for the front page.

It will be really frustrating though if the feed no longer works because they blocked something and didn't bother to tell me. I see nothing in their FAQ about CFFEED being blocked though. Time will tell. For now the blog posts are off the front page. I'll check later tonight and see if it's working again.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A couple of free cfc's

I created a new page on the site that will be a place where I will post some Coldfusion code that I write and want to share with you. I posted a couple of cfc's I wrote that you might find useful. Take them, add to them, improve them, and use them where ever you need to. You can see the page here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

CFShopkart 5.5 Available for download!

Finally, I have it posted! I posted it in three different compression formats (tar.gz, rar, and zip). Read the installation.txt file included on how to set it up. There is just one more step added to setup than previous versions: You need to set a master admin/password, and the default user/pass to get into admin is demo/demo. I am going to working on more documentation in the coming weeks.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ok, I have something I have to look at in morning.

Since people are looking at the demo I saw an error that got logged that deals with a new feature and it had to do with a session variable not defined. I thought I had a check in there for that particular one, but apparently I still have a flaw in the logic there. I am going to take a look at it in the morning and see if I can track it down and patch that before I post the release.

Access to 5.5 Demo Admin

As of right now you can access the demo control panel. I am still on track to get the download posted later tonight.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

List of 5.5 Features

I have posted a list of features included in version 5.5 here.

I added some more things to the demo and did some more testing and debugging this evening. If you were on the demo and got an error message, that is why. It's looking like I'm going to get this released tomorrow. Any other fixes will come in the form of an update.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Building the Demo Store

I have begun to build the demo store, which helps me go through and tweak things out before final release. You can see the demo store front on the Demo page. I do not have access available to the control panel yet, but I will be granting the public access within the next couple of days. I need to secure some things first before I go letting just anyone in there to explore.

The download is NOT up yet, because I am doing some final testing tomorrow while I post some stuff in the demo store. If I don't run into anything major, I will compress and post it for download tomorrow night!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hang in there! :-)

I'm ALMOST ready to launch the demo for 5.5. Today I'm going through the last couple of payment processors integrated to make sure they are okay. I am also going to check on the help context and add some more where needed.

Tonight I'm going to TRY to get the demo posted, but I need to make sure it's secure so it might not be visible until tomorrow.

I just had a client have me build a new (small) stats application for him since he needed something simple and customized. So I went ahead and put that into the 5.5 release yesterday. I also took some time to clear up the add/edit product forms. I've been adding more and more options to the product settings section and it was looking very disorganized. As I was editing products I realized it was getting more difficult to find settings so I organized them better.

In this release adding new payment processors should be a lot easier. You can now select multiple 3rd party processors and each has it's own settings stored encrypted in the database. I even created a form for the master admin to add/edit settings for the processors (it is hidden for admins and users). I plan to add additional payment processors through updates in the months to come.