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The Joys and Joys of OS Commerce Contributions

One of the wonderful things about using open source software like OS Commerce is the opportunity to try the contributions provided by other users.

Our shop would not operate were it not for some of these contributions but as we are warned every time - contributions are used at your own risk.

To fix the lost orders problem we trawled the contributions lists for solutions and found a few. The easiest one to apply was the Alert which delivered a rather fierce pop message telling customers to make sure they come back from the Pay Pal site. What I didn't realise for a few days was that it also cut out the trip to Pay Pal and sent customers straight to their downloads without collecting any money. So that's been disabled now.

But fortunately the more complex but better engineered solution for Holding Orders has gone in like a dream and seems to be working well.

Prompted by this success we had a go at another longstanding problem of visibility of Orders from the Admin suite and here we found our way into another corner of the realm - the Current Version Store (CVS) - where the developers put up fixes and modifications to the main suite of programmes and with some trepidation we tried it out and Lo! that too is fixed.

After a couple of years you do get a bit rusty on the old PHP and MYSQL but it has started to come back.

Now we've got that sorted let's see if we can find a Bit Pass replacement!

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