This is a companion blog to my previous The Changing of the URL blog post. I’ll be covering the scenario where you’re moving a site that you’ve developed in some hidden corner and now it’s ready for its public debut. Ideally, you’ll have a hosting package that has plenty of space and allows you more than one database so if anything goes terribly wrong you’ll be able quickly and easily to back out.
We all know the feeling. Whether it’s hosting or trousers, the time comes when you know you have to make a change. If your trousers are too tight you can try eating less or, heaven forfend, admit defeat and move into a bigger pair. Hosting, similar: if your site attracts lots of visitors there is only a certain distance that slimming down by optimising the settings will take you. Sometimes you just need a host with a bit more to offer.
Safe and Sorry? So you want to take payments on your website? But you don’t want to hand over payment collection to PayPal or Stripe? You really want the responsibility of handling people’s credit card details? I’d strongly advise against it, but if you really must, read on… PCI Compliance All people handling card payments mus be PCI compliant. The full term is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Prestashop is great. Prestashop is brilliant. I’d thoroughly recommend anyone contemplating an eCommerce venture to consider basing it on Prestashop. Having said that, like all software it has bits that could be better: foibles, quirks, call them what you will. A little tweaking here and there can help keep the Prestashop experience in the realms of the stellar and superlative Two tips follow. Disable this module: Merchant Expertise This is a so-called gamification module that is supposed to make your online retailing experience fun.
Around about the beginning of June I received a phone call asking if I could help complete a website for someone who is selling guitars online. Naturally I was intrigued and arranged a meeting at the earliest opportunity. That person turned out to be Uli Jon Roth. Sky Guitarsis the website I have helped him create. A project with a difference. Unusually for me I came into the project part way through its gestation, so a number of aspects were already fixed.
If you’ve read any of my previous outpourings you’ll have noticed the constant refrain of “Update early, update often.” Especially with web facing software. Out there on the Internet an army of malicious beings waits to exploit a chink in your armour for their own nefarious purposes. Whether to spread smut, viruses or to drain the bank accounts of innocents, it’s a rough world out there. The teeming mass of malefactors will not hesitate to take advantage.
Unless it is abandoned, all web software is continually under development and being improved. Sometimes we might wish developers would keep some of their “improvements” to themselves, but that is a topic for another blog! It’s incredibly difficult to talk version numbers without sounding terminally geeky - but that’s the situation we find ourselves in. Please indulge me… Already running Prestashop? Then it’s highly likely you’ll be running the 1.6 series.
Who is the strongest? Who is the best? I have been through a few e-Commerce solutions in my time. I have toiled at the cliff face of Actinic when it was based on Perl. I have rolled my own shopping carts in Perl and PHP. I have dallied in the dystopic realms of osCommerce and swam in the waters of Zen Cart. And finally, having tried them both, I plump for Prestashop in preference to Magento.