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Cloud computing is now big business and it is rapidly becoming apparent that it has the potential to change the way that people live and work.  One of the areas that has been able to take advantage of all that cloud computing has to offer is Ecommerce.  Shopping online is just growing and growing, with many people now preferring to do all of their shopping online, from groceries to Christmas gifts, mainly because it has been made so easy to do.
 
Why is cloud computing used in Ecommerce?
 
Cloud computing has the ability to help companies to cope with more online activity.  As more and more people spend time shopping online the retailers are able to use more than one server and ensure that they have enough resources to cope.  For example, in the lead up to Christmas they can have more resources to cope with the expected increase in demand.  After Christmas the additional resources can be removed until they are needed again.
 
The cost savings of cloud computing can be significant in ecommerce as companies only pay for the services that they use.  There is no need for investment into software or hardware because that responsibility is on the cloud provider.  For most companies this can be far cheaper than having everything in-house.  Cost savings can then be passed on to the consumer, allowing the company to offer their products and services at a reduced rate, attracting more customers.  
 
The very nature of cloud computing means that smaller retailers are able to access the same resources as larger companies.  Ecommerce has been made much more affordable for businesses thanks to the benefits of the cloud and this in turn has benefits for consumers, ensuring that they have many more options when it comes to shopping online.
 
Cloud computing is also a great way of ensuring that business can continue regardless of what is happening within the company’s building.  If there is a power outage and a business is hosting its own servers then this means that nobody can access websites to place orders, but by having servers elsewhere orders can still be placed regardless of any problem within the company itself.
 
Choosing the right provider
 
With so many providers out there it is important for companies to choose the right provider.  Companies such as Infor have established themselves firmly as leaders in the cloud computing field.  Charles Phillips, chief executive officer, runs the third largest software company and it has an international reach with customers in more than 125 countries.  Mr Phillips has also served on the boards of a number of well-known institutions including the New York Law School and the American Museum of Natural History.
 
Apps like Abantecart.com can be very useful for businesses, particularly when budget is an issue.  This is a free app for Ecommerce that has been developed by enthusiasts who raised funds by way of donations and from advertising.  The app offers an expandable shopping cart and there are now a number of extensions available. The app is easy to use and there is support available for those who need it.  There is also the advantage that the app is rapidly evolving according to the needs of customers.
 
Opting for cloud computing might seem to be a major decision but it is one that companies all over the world are making every day.  With the progress that has been made in this field the transition is much easier than it used to be and companies can begin to reap the benefits immediately.          
  

AbanteCart 1.2.4 is now released

New version 1.2.4 of AbanteCart is now ready for use. In this new version 1.2.4 we focused on overall improvements for admin usability, such as template management, settings wizard, global search and quick commands. Additionally, AbanteCart 1.2.4 now include system condition check functionality, this is to improve stability of site functionality and report server & system related issues.

New Features and improvements highlight:

  • New template management page
  • Quick starter wizard to help with most common settings.
  • Commands in global search
  • System condition check

Core:

  • AConnect improvements
  • New stack trace function for logs
  • Session security improvement
  • replace is_array for better performance
  • better layout XML load error handling
  • System condition check to warn changes on OS that effect AbanteCart stability
  • ACart fix related to #235

Storefront:

  • Product embed code fixes.
  • Embed fix for jQuery loaded at the end of the page
  • 0px value replaced by 0 in css-files
  • category menu fix #225
  • Removal of misused cookie and improve first login message
  • Main page promo section improvement

Admin:

  • New template management page
  • Improve global search and add commands in connection to voice commands
  • implement of Resource Library into CKEditor. Added ability to paste in CKE SOURCE-mode
  • Mark multilingual fields with the flag
  • Resource Library fixes related to deleting of resource from edit-page and preselected type on search result
  • Resource Library deleting resource fix
  • cloning product fix #209
  • Resource Library multi mode, save'n'apply button improvement
  • Resource Library single mode fix related to drag and drop
  • Layout management improvements.
  • textarea product option improvment
  • changes related to template cloning and devtools
  • Styles and images cleanup
  • Implement new documents site cross reference

Initial install:

  • Quick starter wizard to help with most common settings.
  • added additional check for multibyte functions support (mbstring)
  • optimized demo images
Various bugs fixes and UI improvements

Where to download AbanteCart 1.2.4? 

AbanteCart 1.2.4 can be downloaded at Google Drive or on our Github repository. Download ZIP


What about older versions?

Core upgrade from 1.2.3 to new version 1.2.4 is now available. All extensions for prior 1.2 should be compatible with 1.2.4

You can upgrade from admin section clicking on message about upgrade or using abantecart_upgrade_124 installation key in extension installation section.


Enjoy new AbanteCart 1.2.4 and stay connected

AbanteCart 1.2.3 is now live

We are very excited to introduce new "products embed" feature with new version 1.2.3. With AbanteCart 1.2.3 you can sell anything on any website. AbanteCart is easily integrated to any existing website. If you have CMS, blog, forum, static pages or social media pages, AbanteCart will work with all.

New Features and improvements highlight:

  • Easy embed codes to integrate AbanteCart into any existing website.
  • Ability to sell products on any existing website without AbanteCart storefront
  • New improve product images zoom
  • Product blurb or short description

Core:

  • Session security improvement
  • package installer minor fix related to mp-token check
  • Updated demo products

Storefront:

  • Embed code into any existing website with same page checkout
  • Added blurb (short description) to products
  • New improved product images zoom module based on EazyZoom
  • sorting fix for manufacturer's product list and specials ( Github #151)
  • category page pagination fix ( Github #151 )
  • retina related fix ( Github #140 )
  • account/create minor fix related to hooks
  • Product images and listing styling improvements
  • Improved Add to cart ajax
  • Fix for side listing HTML layout
  • Message to user if ads blocking is enabled in the browser
  • Add maintenance mode for response controllers and response message in Maintenance mode
  • Various other storefront style related improvements

Admin:

  • Embed code settings, preview and management
  • order totals recalc fix related to price formatting
  • Usability improvement if no payment is configured.
  • fix of pagination in jgrid reloading after batch deleting on a last page
  • reviews grid fix related to languages selection ( Github #147 & #156)
  • design/content grid fix related to languages ( Github #148)
  • menu edit select box fix ( Github #142 )
  • Coupon large amount total issue fix. ( Github #162 )
  • retina related css-fix of RL styles
  • resource library single mode fix ( Github #180 )
  • Resource Library Multilingual fix

Extensions:

  • 2checkout sandbox and language fixes
  • Updated Fedex shipping. Performance and rate calculation improvements
  • Forms manager contactUs form fix related to new fields sending via email ( Github #176 )
  • banner manager, setting fix for url target of text banner ( Github #177 )
Various bugs fixes and UI improvements

Where to download AbanteCart 1.2.3? 

AbanteCart 1.2.3 can be downloaded at Google Drive or on our Github repository. Download ZIP


What about older versions?

Core upgrade from 1.2.2 to new version 1.2.3 will available shortly. All extensions for prior 1.2 should be compatible with 1.2.3

You can upgrade from admin section clicking on message about upgrade or using abantecart_upgrade_123 installation key in extension installation section.


Enjoy new AbanteCart 1.2.3 and stay connected

AbanteCart v1.2.2 release contains new features and number of fixes and improvements. Details are listed below:

New Features and improvements highlight:

  • Admin order management improvements 1. Ability to add products with options selection
    2. Order total management & recalculation based on storefront rules
  • Resource library support for Retina images
  • Marketplace authentication and improvements
  • Number of UI Improvements for admin and storefront.

Updates and Improvements in more details:

Core:

  • Ability to access storefront models from Admin.
  • Cache improvements
  • added experimental Postgres db-driver. Incomplete.

Control Panel (admin):

  • added common controller for tabs building. Customer and customer group edit form tpl fix
  • global search fix related to total extensions
  • Improve HTTPS handling on admin.
  • Form manager improvements

Storefront:

  • checkbox and label position fix
  • added predefined product options when view product from checkout cart page
  • default template minor fix
  • Image resizing improvement for png format.

Extensions:

  • Liqpay is updated.
  • Form manager, add files support.
Various bugs fixes and UI improvements

Where to download AbanteCart 1.2.2? 

AbanteCart 1.2.2 can be downloaded at Sourceforge or on our Github repository. Download ZIP


What about older versions?

Core upgrade from 1.2.1 to new version 1.2.2 will available shortly. All extensions for prior 1.2 should be compatible with 1.2.2


Enjoy new AbanteCart 1.2.2 and stay connected

If you are template designer and developer you can earn extra monthly income risk free. We pay for your work and you still earn monthly commissions for selling your template in our marketplace. Qualified developers will get $500 for each template created. If you are interested, hurry and submit your profile for approval, as this offer is limited. This offer is only for first 10 approved template developers and expires May 31, 2015.

Basic Rules.

  • Developer needs to qualify and get approval from AbnateCart first as this offer is limited
  • Template submitted is subject for review and approval before you get paid. See all the rules below
  • Design and code should be of high quality craftsmanship and comply with web technology standards.
  • Template design and images used in the template need to be free from any copyrights violations.
  • Template coding needs to qualify with standard AbanteCart extension development guide. Free of defects and bugs.
  • Template needs to be responsive to mobile interfaces and tables and support major browsers.
  • Template package needs to include basic help for installation and modifications if supported by template.
  • Template extension needs to be submitted to AbanteCart marketplace for review to start.
  • As AbanteCart pays for template development upfront (before sales), we need to recoup this cost. For this reason, initial commissions for sales will be 50%. Commissions will be set to normal once sales of given extension reaches $1000.
  • Developer will be responsible for providing help to customers who purchased their template. Failure to provide basic support and bug fixes to customer may result extension removal from marketplace and loss of ownership rights if AbanteCart did not recouped the cost yet.

If are to creating another web design masterpiece and get awarded for your creativity and hard work, contact us and qualify for this program. Hurry as this offer is limited for 10 first developers.


Great news for AbanteCart extension developers. AbanteCart team has worked hard to finish tools to simplify extension development process. New 1.2 version of Developer Tool is upgraded to latest version of AbanteCart and introduce new features.


New Features:
  • Template cloning feature.
    Now default template can be cloned with simple button click. This can expedite new template development as all the components automatically created and placed in proper locations. Developers only need to work on HTML and Javascript to give new template desired look and feel. Cloning can be dome in 2 modes. Full and partial clone. Full clone will copy all template related files such as TPL (AbanteCart template files), CSS and JavaScript files, where partial clone will only copy CSS and JavaScript files.
  • Export of layout.
    Now if you build template layout or blocks manually in AbanteCart and need to include this into installation of your extension/template, we can be done easily with a button click.
  • Project management
    Setting for extension you built can be stored and edited as a project. You can switch between projects.

    We welcome anyone to contribute and help making this Developer Tool even more helpful and fun to use.

    Download link: developer_tools_1.2.0.tar.gz

    GitHub repository link: Source Code developer_tools_1.2.0


    AbanteCart Dev Team

AbanteCart 1.2.1 is now released

AbanteCart v1.2.1 release contains new features, new payment and number of fixes and improvements. Details are listed below:

New Features and improvements highlight:

  • Unauthenticated customer support (Handling after login session expired)
  • Adding Wish list and cart page improvement
  • Stripe payment
  • Skrill Payment

Updates and Improvements in more details:

Core:

  • added disabling of apc inside php.ini of public_html directory (related to installation process)
  • AHtml changes. method convertLinks fix
  • added process of handling non-writable log-file in ALog class
  • Improved handling for store and settings (visual status)
  • Better handling for Free shipping set in the product
  • Fix for default PHP Exception handler (if third party lib used)

Control Panel (admin):

  • Shared downloads listing grid sorting by product count fix (fogbugz #28)
  • product edit form ui-improvement related to weight value
  • minor change of package installer page controller
  • menu grid fix. Now use icon instead html-code of icon resource-code to prevent grid breaking by non-valid html
  • backup process improvement
  • Highlight pages with disabled status.
  • Backup fixes.

Storefront:

  • checkout/shipping minor change of button placement
  • menu cache name fix
  • menu icon url fix related to https mode
  • minor URL fix in invoice.php
  • Login now remembers user name if login failed.
  • Case insensitive login name
  • Wish list and cart page improvement

Extensions:

  • Stripe and Skrill payment
Various bus fixes and UI improvments

Where to download AbanteCart 1.2.1? 

AbanteCart 1.2.1 can be downloaded at Sourceforge or on our Github repository. Download ZIP


What about older versions?

Good news, core upgrade from 1.2 to new version 1.2.1 is available. All extensions for prior 1.2 should be compatible with 1.2.1

You can upgrade from admin section clicking on message about upgrade or using abantecart_upgrade_121 installation key in extension installation section.


Enjoy new AbanteCart 1.2.1 and stay connected

AbanteCart 1.2 is finally released

We are very excited to announce arrival of new AbanteCart v1.2. Many hours has been spent in the past few month to design and develop new version of AbanteCart.

Version 1.2 is the best work we have ever done with new improved UI and 100% mobile interface for administration and for storefront. Many features are introduced in new version. Check AbanteCart v1.2 out in the demo or download your own free copy.


Where to download AbanteCart 1.2? 

AbanteCart 1.2 can be downloaded at Sourceforge or on our Github repository. Download ZIP


Feedback and ideas 

First of, we would like to thank users on the forum who provided valuable feedback. We have considered most of suggestions and apologize if we could not accommodate all the requests and suggestion. 

We continue to look for new ideas and features to include in future versions of AbanteCart. Please continue to suggest new ideas on our forum.


What about older versions?

Good news, core upgrade from 1.1.9 to new version 1.2 will be available soon.

As for upgrade of extensions, we have tried very hard to preserve backward compatibility, but since we move to Bootstrap and HTML5 admin, some extensions will require update for HTML part. We are working on upgrade instructions for developers. 


Enjoy new AbanteCart 1.2 and stay connected

AbanteCart 1.2 Beta is released

We are very excited to announce release of new AbanteCart v1.2 beta. Since last announcement of alpha version we have made a number of fixes and tests.

Version 1.2 is the best work we have ever done with new improved UI and making AbanteCart 100% mobile ecommerce solution.

We are looking forward to know your opinion and feedback on our product and report any possible issues or suggestions.


Get involved and help us make AbanteCart 1.2 bug free prior of its production version release. Everyone can join the effort to try, test run and help our community efficiently resolve any outstanding issues.

Where to download AbanteCart 1.2 Beta?

AbanteCart 1.2 beta can be downloaded on our Github repository. Download ZIP

How to help?

We are looking for help testing AbanteCart 1.2 to find any bugs that might have been missed, locating any text typos or misspellings or missed translations.

In addition to testing, we welcome suggestions to further improvements. If improvements do not require substantial rework, we can include in this release or add them to next once.

How to report an issue?

If you do encounter an issue with AbanteCart 1.2, please report it by registering on our bug tracker and our team will work on the issue. Please check first if an issue you have found hasn't already been reported or resolved.

Feedback and ideas

First of, we would like to thank users on the forum who provided valuable feedback and helped transition from Alpha stage to Beta.

AbanteCart 1.2 is closed for any new features at this time, but we continue to look for new ideas and features to include in future versions of AbanteCart. Please continue to suggest new ideas on our forum.

What about older versions?

Good news, core upgrade will be available with final release of AbanteCart 1.2.

As for upgrade of extensions, we have tried very hard to preserve backward compatibility, but since we move to Bootstrap and HTML5 admin, some extensions will require update for HTML part. We will work on upgrade instructions for developers.

NOTE: Even though, majority of the problems in AbanteCart 1.2 beta has beed resolved, we do not advise installing AbanteCart 1.2 on a live stores just yet. The official AbanteCart 1.2 version will be released in mid December and will be ready for live stores.

AbanteCart 1.2 Alpha is released

We are very excited to announce arrival of new AbanteCart v1.2 in the alpha state. Many hours has been spent in the past few month to design and develop new version.

Version 1.2 is the best work we have ever done with new improved UI and making AbanteCart 100% mobile ecommerce solution.

We are looking forward to know your opinion and feedback on our product and report any possible issues or suggestions.    


Get involved and help us make AbanteCart 1.2 bug free prior of its production version release. Everyone can join the effort to try, test run and help our community efficiently resolve any outstanding issues.

 

Where to download AbanteCart 1.2 Alpha? 

AbanteCart 1.2 alpha can be downloaded on our Github repository. Download ZIP

 

How to help?

We are looking for help testing AbanteCart 1.2 to find any bugs that might have been missed, locating any text typos or misspellings or missed translations. 

In addition to testing, we welcome suggestions to further improvements. If improvements do not require substantial rework, we can include in this release or add them to next once. 

 

How to report an issue?

If you do encounter an issue with AbanteCart 1.2, please report it by registering on our bug tracker and our team will work on the issue. Please check first if an issue you have found hasn't already been reported or resolved.

 

Feedback and ideas 

First of, we would like to thank users on the forum who provided valuable feedback. We have considered most of suggestions and apologize if we could not accommodate all the requests and suggestion. 

AbanteCart 1.2 is closed for any new features at this time, but we continue to look for new ideas and features to include in future versions of AbanteCart. Please continue to suggest new ideas on our forum.

 

What about older versions?

Good news, core upgrade will be available with final release of AbanteCart 1.2.

As for upgrade of extensions, we have tried very hard to preserve backward compatibility, but since we move to Bootstrap and HTML5 admin, some extensions will require update for HTML part. We will work on upgrade instructions for developers. 

 

NOTE: Even though, majority of the problems in AbanteCart 1.2 alpha has beed resolved, we do not advise installing AbanteCart 1.2 on a live stores just yet. The official AbanteCart 1.2 version will be released this month and will be ready for live stores.