osCommerce Phoenix Discounting

The following discounting modules are now available for Phoenix:

Better Together

Quantity Discounts

Discount Chooser

and also

Discount Preview

The free modules are in the osCommerce App Marketplace, with links on the help page on my site; the commercial modules are in my store (linked on the help page).

There is no Better Together Admin for Phoenix yet; if there is sufficient interest, I’ll create one. But Discount Chooser provides most of the functionality, so you’re covered.

Zen Cart Jerkblocker

Blocking spam account creation and contact us usage has become increasingly important for Zen Cart operators, as bad guy activity has only gone up in the past few years. But how to do it!

The approach I used was to look for particular things which were commonly associated with bad traffic. Account creation attempts with these characteristics error out, and contact us attempts with these characteristics are dropped. The result is Jerkblocker for Zen Cart. It’s available to all my support customers on request.

osCommerce is … back?

I’m a pretty skeptical fellow but I must confess to being impressed by some of the work that has been done in osCommerce Phoenix. In particular, building templates using content blocks enabled by admin was an inspired choice.

For modders, if you make the handful of changes described in my Phoenix Tweaks page, your old osC 2.3 code will likely work, but a better path is to adopt Phoenix standards and just update your code.

I have taken the latter approach in Better Together for osCommerce Phoenix. I look forward to updating my other osCommerce modules in the coming months.

New Query examples added to Zen Cart Delete Spam Customers

I updated the documentation for Zen Cart Delete Spam Customers to provide more examples for common spam hints that I am seeing from my support clients. If you are suffering from a deluge of spam from Russia, Ukraine or another country, please know that help is on the way! In addition to Delete Spam Customers, I highly recommend these mods for spam prevention:

Also, I’m working on a mod that will block account creation requests based on a variety of factors. It’s called JerkBlocker, and it will be available in August!

Reversing item order in the Zen Cart Shopping Cart

By default, items in your shopping cart in Zen Cart are shown in the order they are added to the cart. The first one is at the top, the second is below that, and so forth.

Generally this is desirable, but if your business involves taking telephone orders, especially of long lists of products, it’s easy to reverse it to show the last item added first instead. This can be useful for confirming as you add item by item.

Modify the file

includes/templates/YOUR_TEMPLATE/templates/tpl_shopping_cart_default.php

Look for

foreach ($productArray as $product) {

and change this to

$productArray = array_reverse($productArray);
foreach ($productArray as $product) {

And you’re done! Items will now appear in the opposite order – last added, first shown.

Abandoned Cart Recovery

Abandoned carts represent sales that you *should* have made that you didn’t – at least in some cases. So how can you close this gap?

Zen Cart has a tool called Recover Cart Sales that allows you to see when customers have walked away before completing checkout and contact them.

If you want to learn more about abandoned carts, listen to Bob Dunn (@BobWP) talk about why customers abandon carts. He does a nice investigation of possible root causes that gives you some food for thought as to improvements you might consider making.

Notify Patch for Zen Cart

This is a hot one. If you haven’t yet installed the Notify Patch for Zen Cart, please do so immediately. All my clients got this patch within 24 hours of the release. If you’d like this kind of service for your Zen Cart, please go on Zen Cart Support with me.

If you’re not sure what a patch is or why patches are important, you can read my article on Zen Cart patches.

Happy patching!

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