Category Archives: ecommerce

Google marked the site as malware

My client reported to me that his Joomla site has been marked as malware by Google and in Firefox and Chrome the users are alerted to avoid visiting the site. At first I assumed someone might have flagged the site as malware just to have fun or out of curiosity. But I still went ahead and did my little detective work and learned that a malicious user might actually have posted something creepy in the forums or in comments. After regorus searching through the database for scripts for hours I couldn’t come up with any. Then I researched a little more about the problem and learned that hackers are finding ways of inserting an iframe content on popular cmses like joomla, wordpress and drupal with ease. So my next step was to download the whole site on my local computer and do full directory scan for keyword “iframe”. Turns out, there where plenty of instances, most of them were pure hidden iframes to some malicious urls.

One at a time I removed them and then uploaded the files back. I then requested a review in Google Webmaster Tools and the next day… voila… the site was back normal.

The lesson I learned was to insist my clients to keep their sites up to date on software upgrades and backup daily.

At the end I felt quite happy to knock this one down.

Painful TemplateMonster Templates for osCommerce and Zen-Cart

I’ve experienced it over time after time. TemplateMonster.com does not upgrade their template to work with latest ecommerce packages. This has been a real pain to most of web developers looking to use template monster designs for their osCommerce or Zen-cart projects. The worst thing is, there is no customer support team that can answer your questions at templatemoster. Continue reading

Moving Add-To-Cart Button in Zen-Cart

Ok this one is pretty and you will be able to move the button with its box all around the page. Just edit the template file tpl_product_info_display.php found in /includes/templates/<templatename>/templates folder of your zen-cart installation.
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Best Open Source eCommerce Script

One of the worst thing I have to deal with in my job is choosing the right eCommerce Open Source eCommerce Script for the project. There are many online store scripts that can do wonders but all are limited either in functionality or flexibility or ease of deployment. I am talking about well known scripts like OsCommerce, Zen-Cart, SugarCommerce, and X-Cart. These scripts offer great features right on, but it can get really messy if you are not good at programming.

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