Desperate for help with shopping cart site

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  1. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    Hi there,
    Can anyone help me to find out why this site wont operate properly.
    http://www.cccpatchwork.com.au
    I can get into admin but cannot add or delete items. I also cannot edit the front page now.
    This site was working fine and was moved to a different host.
    Would it be something to do with the permissions?
    I know little about php operations.
    Thank you
     
  2. StephanieCordray

    StephanieCordray New Member

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    What kind of errors are you getting? How old is the site? It could be some incompatibilities between php versions. It could be a number of things, really. The error messages you are getting will help figure out where the problem lies.
     
  3. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    Hi Stephanie,
    I have found that some of the permissions had not been changed over to 755.
    I have done that and now we can use the admin to add and edit items but it wont give permission to delete.

    Also everything looks ok but the shopping cart wont collect the orders as you click add to cart. It stays empty.
    This is the biggest problem.

    I really would appreciate any know how as i am not that experienced with trouble shooting programming stuff.:eek:


    Also the site was running ok recently until it had to be swapped to another host. The host apparently said they are compatible with this site.
     
  4. StephanieCordray

    StephanieCordray New Member

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    Which cart are you using? It's probably another permissions but one that isn't easy to find... but depending on the cart how easy it will be to fix... not that any are all that hard to work with.

    They probably are compatible. Most of them are. However, sometimes updated versions of mySQL have a problem with older databases... especially if your scripts haven't been updated in awhile. That's what makes for incompatibilities.
     
  5. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    The cart is WA ecart. I couldnt tell you how old the site is (not mine) but by the way the sit is constructed I wouldnt be surprized if the scripting isnt compatible?
    The images are showing etc but the cart just wont register the orders:eek:
    sorry about the delay in response. I have just subscribed to this thread so i can respond quicker. Dah
     
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  6. StephanieCordray

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  7. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    Oh dear. This is a headache. I did not create this site, nor do I have this cart program on my Dreamweaver. I do not know how to tweak unless I am pointed to the problem. I quess this one is beyond me but thank you so much for trying to help.
     
  8. StephanieCordray

    StephanieCordray New Member

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    Well... if you don't have the program, there's really not much you can with it... Have you talked to your clients about changing shopping carts? There are oodles of free ones out there with great technical support via forums and help documents.
     
  9. velvet

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    No not yet. I think they have spent their money with this designer 12 months ago and now have a site they had to move because the designer stopped working and since the move they haven’t been able to get it back up again. It is a COM site and I have suggested it could have been better designed but they are not really open to improvement as yet. I personally would like to build a Joomla or Mambo site for them with a blog or forum, and have it function as a better business opportunity for them, but to start again means more money spent. (Worth it though) *sigh* It could improve their business no end I feel. It hasn’t been optimised and the images are too heavy. Not to mention the design and text design discrepancies.
    I have emailed their first designer hoping for an answer from him.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2006
  10. StephanieCordray

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    Ouch, that is a bad situation, for sure. Why not build a prototype they can look at and get a feel for how things should work? I know it's time on your part but it looks like you're in a sticky situation. It might be worth it in the long run.
     
  11. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    Yes I was thinking of doing that as I was about to redo my own site with all that jazz on it so I could "kill two birds with one stone".
    That is not a nice saying is it? LOL

    I emailed their old web designer early this morning but no reply. 9.30pm here!
     
  12. StephanieCordray

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    Well, if the old designer quit working on the site, he'll probably be unresponsive to any kind of questions. I didn't take a really long look at WA ecart but if I ever upgrade from my version of Dreamweaver I might consider it since we work with a lot of shopping carts at times. However I wouldn't want people to have a hard time using it later. Most of our clients are web designers who hire us for the php stuff. Once we do the install, customize, and tweaking, we're usually out of the picture after about 30 days of support.
     
  13. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    I quite like zcart and it is free:p
     
  14. StephanieCordray

    StephanieCordray New Member

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    zen cart is also good, so is oscommerce.
     
  15. velvet

    velvet New Member

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    I think I will just stick to looking after e-com sites I create myself.
    No bugs - no hassels:rolleyes:
     
  16. zkiller

    zkiller Super Moderator Staff Member

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    i can only second the motion for oscommerce. very nice software package.
     
  17. velvet

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    I am fiddling with zencard at the moment. Have not tried oscommerce - looked harder? have you tried both zkiller?
     
  18. StephanieCordray

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    oscommerce has a lot stuff than zencart... some would say it's rather bloated... it really depends on what you need... if you need a simpler cart, I'd opt for the zencart... if you need more than zencart offers, try the oscommerce... both are very nice and easy to work with regardless of how oscommerce looks.
     
  19. zkiller

    zkiller Super Moderator Staff Member

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    i have not used zencart. i agree with stephanie that oscommerce makes a bit of a bloated impression. however, once you get it all setup and start working with it you start to appreciate some of the added features.

    however, like i said, i have not worked with zencart, so i have no real bases for comparison.
     
  20. StephanieCordray

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    zencart is basically a scaled down version of oscommerce.
     

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