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Re: eCommerce question

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gestroud wrote:
One of the authors on a site of mine is has a self-published book also - Politics & Patriotism: The Fisk Conspiracy. He has it listed with Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and sells it that way. I'll pm you his e-mail address and you could ask him how he went about it.


Much appreciated. I actually tried to convince her to sell it using LuLu.com (so all she'd have to do is cash a check), but she'd already paid for the printing so she wanted to unload the hard copies. We may be going that route for a second edition, though.
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Re: eCommerce question

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barryc wrote:
Why does she want to use those services in particular? Why not Paypal? It is cheaper than most credit card processing services and buyers can use either a Paypal account or pay directly by credit card. The funds in the account can be transferred to the owner's bank acct. at any time. For a single product, this would seem the simplest solution to me.

Barry


PayPal has a bad rep with her because she's seen it associated with too many scams. Not PayPal's fault, to be sure, but she's the customer so #OOPS#ed if she isn't always right!
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Re: eCommerce question

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gestroud wrote:
Possibilities:

Pricelist: https://xoops.org/modules/repository/singlefile.php?cid=43&lid=1216

or use a static content module like Content or CJAY-Content to create a one-page shop with a Buy Now link.


I think you can do that with 2Checkout, but I'm not sure you can with Monely. And I'm really interested in hearing if anyone's had good/bad experiences with them and how they work. Neither of their websites is extremely forthcoming on how one would go about actually getting paid, and neither offers any kind of telephone contact.
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Re: what the heck is a trackback in weblog ?

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DobePhat wrote:
no ones hearing me about removing trackback feature from templates? would this help in the slightest?

-thanks


I think that nobody knows the answer.

My take on it (which may be way off base) is that it would certainly reduce the attractiveness of your site to trackback spammers, and it would prevent you from having problems with your host if they prohibit links to porn on hosted sites and they don't care where they came from. (I've had a few clients run into that issue.) But I think the trackbacks would continues to accumulate in your DB, even if they aren't displayed. And whether or not your site is attractive to trackback spammers probably doesn't matter in all reality, because I'm sure they have some kind of spider or somethign that collects the URLs automatically.

Certainly, though, I'd love to get rid of them in the templates if I could. It really puts off a lot of visitors to see that crap.
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eCommerce question

I have a client who is a self-published author, and whose book is starting to take off. She now wants to be able to sell books through her website (which, of course, I set up using XOOPS), preferably using Monely.com or 2CheckOut.com to process credit cards on-line. It's just one product, so we don't need an entire OSCommerce-type store.

Has anyone used these services? How well do they work? And, are there any XOOPS modules for them? (I wasn't able to find any in my brief search.)

Merci!
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Re: what the heck is a trackback in weblog ?

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macmend wrote:
I tried banning those IPs as you said, Ace by putting the addresses in general preferences, however it does not seem to work!


You may be getting spammed by someone else, then. If you look at your server logs, though, you should be able to see a correlation between the trackbacks and a specific IP address (or specific IP range) and block that one. Certainly, though, do block the ones I listed because if they haven't got to you yet, they soon will.

So is the WordPress module actually freestanding, or does it basically serve as an interface to another site?
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Re: what the heck is a trackback in weblog ?

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macmend wrote:
Unfortunately restricting my blog to members only will not be the answer for me, and I have started the move to WordPress which I will have to do manually.

In the mean time, I use phpmyadmin to find the trackback part of the database browse it and then just empty that DB twice a day, its quick and simple.

There is a phpmyadmin module HERE

I haven't tried it as I have access via my webserver, but I tried and earlier version before I had webserver access and it was fine.


Try blocking those IPs I posted earlier. I haven't had a single trackback or comment spam since I did that.
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Re: what the heck is a trackback in weblog ?

I don't know how to edit it out (yet, although I'm working on it), but I do know that banning a couple of IPs will certainly help. In your general settings, find the "Enter IP addresses that should be banned from the site" window and enter the following:

^195.225.176|^85.255.113|^85.255.114|^85.255.115|^85.255.116|^85.255.117|^195.225.177

That should stop most of the trackback/comment spam if it's coming from the same source as the spam I'm getting, which from your description it seems to be. The spammer apparently has a fixed IP and is working his way up the IP addresses from 85.255.113.1 on up, incrementing them every day or two. He's currently in the 85.255.114 range, so blocking the 114-119 range ought to provide some relief for at least a little while. I'm a little nervous about blocking the whole 85.255.xxx.xxx range because I'm afraid that will block out some legit users, but so far I haven't had any trackback or comment spam since we blocked those IP addresses listed.
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Re: what the heck is a trackback in weblog ?

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limecity wrote:
ah crap. i got hundreds of post in my weblog by now. i might consider to move to xpress if there is a migration script.

but again it would be easier if I could just disable the darn trackback functions.


Did you find a migration script? I'm definitely looking for one. The blog spam has gotten out of hand on my site now
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Re: Table width in PiCal 0.84

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zeroram wrote:
Table width in 0.84?
piCal seems to insist on making a table with a width of 640 pixels. The problem is that I'm working on a site that can only handle a 570 pixel wide table in the content area.

I've gone through every single line of code in this thing, and I can't figure out where to change it to decrease the size of the table. Any help someone could give me would be appreciated. I'm fairly desperate.


There are a number of us who are having the same problem. I went through the code line by line and couldn't find it anywhere. Emails to the author were never returned. I'm getting quite frustrated with it!
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