Moolah Bits http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:06:08 -0400 en-gb webmaster@moolah-ecommerce.com (Moolah E-commerce) System Upgrade March 9th http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/223-system-upgrade-march-9th http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/223-system-upgrade-march-9th We will be upgrading the Moolah Production servers with a new major release this coming Sunday, March 9th, at 9:00pm. Although we don't expect any interuption of service for more than a minute, we are allocating an hour for completing the upgrade, and during this time your Moolah store may not be immediately available.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:31:12 -0500
Our New Getting Started Video http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/222-our-new-getting-started-video http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/222-our-new-getting-started-video This weekend we will be pushing updates to Moolah, including an updated Getting Started tutorial video. If you would like to take a sneak peek, well, the video is up already.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:17:11 -0500
System Maintenance - Saturday 25 January 2014 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/221-system-maintenance-saturday-25-january-2014 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/221-system-maintenance-saturday-25-january-2014 We will be performing system maintenance this coming Saturday, the 25th of January 2014, on the Moolah E-Commerce store servers, at 10pm US Eastern Standard Time. During this downtime we will be switching the store over to our new servers and performing updates of the Moolah application.

Although your Moolah stores will be available to customers, you will not be able to log into the Management panel. Otherwise, you should not notice any interuption of service.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:10:12 -0500
Amazon vs Rackspace Performance http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/219-amazon-vs-rackspace-performance http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/219-amazon-vs-rackspace-performance Over the past few months, two of the major hosting services have introduced new SSD-based hosting services that promise to make our sites whistle. But do they? We decided to take a Saturday to find out.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:59:22 -0500
January Moolah Updates http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/220-january-moolah-updates http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/36-2014/220-january-moolah-updates Although we've been quiet during the past few weeks, it doesn't mean we haven't been busy. Well, yes there was the holidays, and then all that cold weather that hit New York, but we've been keeping warm improving Moolah's interface, underlyning code, and hosting service.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:32:49 -0500
December Updates in the Order Checkout http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/218-december-updates-in-the-order-checkout http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/218-december-updates-in-the-order-checkout We'll be pushing another minor update to Moolah this Tuesday, the 24th of December, that improves the order confirmation screen. Screenshots below.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:45:11 -0500
Updating Moolah December 12th 2013 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/217-updating-moolah-december-12th-2013 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/217-updating-moolah-december-12th-2013 We'll be pushing an update to our main production store this evening. Although no down time is expected, you may see a slightly different store manager from before, as we've added some snazzy styling this past week, as well as other minor improvements thoughtout the system.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:40:26 -0500
Moolah on WordPress 3.8 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/216-moolah-on-wordpress-3-8 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/216-moolah-on-wordpress-3-8 The newest version of WordPress will soon be released, and we've just finished testing the Moolah plugin with WordPress 3.8 RC2. Looks good, but the new template seems a bit dark. Have a look!

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:35:04 -0500
Our New Site Design http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/214-our-new-site-design http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/214-our-new-site-design Everyone once and a while one needs a fresh look, and over the past couple of weeks we've been working on sprucing up our own. The new template for Moolah E-Commerce uses the new Spectral design from Rocket Theme, one of the best template designers for Joomla and WordPress.

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What do we like about the new design? The Spectral template is more inline with designs that you have seen this year, with clean blocks of content that are easier to recognize on smaller devices such as mobile phones. We were also looking to change the layout of the site, and the template offers many of these changes out-of-the-box.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:32:26 -0500
WordPress Website isn't Response ? http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/213-wordpress-website-isn-t-response http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/213-wordpress-website-isn-t-response Designing your site isn't easy, and even the professionals have challenges. For example, the WordPress website doesn't correctly adjust correct when viewed on Android Kitkat (4.4).

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In designing our own site, we use CSS Media Queries to adjust the layout for specific screen sizes. For example, the following CSS tells us that when our screensize is 480 pixels or less, the column width in our sitemap should be 50% of the total available width.

@media only screen and (max-width: 480px) {
    body div.site-map .site-map-block {
        width: 50%;
    }
}

You can apply similar styles to your Moolah store. First, create a CSS style file on your site. Then, from the Moolah Management Panel, select “Store” -> “Templates”, and edit the template for your site. In the “Advanced”, enter the URL of your style sheet.

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There are many ways to use CSS to style your store. Let us know if you have any questions.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:07:17 -0500
Upcoming Changes to Templates http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/215-upcoming-changes-to-templates http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/215-upcoming-changes-to-templates Of course the end of the year brings the usual holiday spirits, and we have a few presents on their way for delivery as well.

Over the past two weeks we've been looking at implementing a major improvement to the Moolah templating system. Moolah templates are used to customize the messages that your customer sees, either during the checkout process or in the email confirmations. Templates are available to all Moolah stores and configurable in the Store Manager.

About Moolah Templates

Checkout Instructions

You can use instructions to customize the messages that your customer sees during checkout. Moolah provides default messages for each stage of the checkout, but you can also supply your own. Please note that if you subscribed to Moolah before December, then you may not see the default messages - simply save the template and edit it again to see the default messages.

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Email Confirmations

Moolah also lets you customize the messages sent to customers when an order is registered and submitted. These messages are then sent to the customer by e-mail, and typically detail the order that they have placed.

Using TWIG

Starting mid-December, you will be able to customize your messages using the new TWIG syntax. TWIG provides basic logic capabilities so that you can insert data and insert conditions within your template. More information about TWIG can be found at twig.sensiolabs.org/documentation.

Instead of the $variable->property syntax previously used by Moolah, TWIG uses a notation such as {{ variable.property }}.

Almost done. We are ready to process your order, {{ order.title }}.
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Using TWIG, you now have the option to implement conditional logic, such as using an if stagement. This type of logic is useful if you wish to create a unique message for a new customer, for example.

Thank you for ordering from {{ store.title }} ({{ order.title }}). Your order is now {{ order.status }}.

{% if order.action == 'new' %}Thank you for trying our service.{% endif %}
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We should point out that TWIG or any customization involving code may be difficult for those without experience working with HTML templates or web design. We recommend that you create and work with a new template before applying any changes to your default store template. That being said, if you have any questions, please let us know and we'll do our best to assist you.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:01:44 -0500
What's New in Moolah E-Commerce this November http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/212-what-s-new-in-moolah-e-commerce-this-november http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/212-what-s-new-in-moolah-e-commerce-this-november As the year comes to a close, there are still a few new features that we want to push before the old calendar comes down and the new one goes up. Today we'll give you a quick preview of two of them: Product Variations and Complex Prices.

Editing Product Variations

Moolah has long supported product variations. Variants are slightly different versions of a single product, often with unique prices, weights, titles, and descriptions, and those using a commercial package can also assign different sets of product attributes.

In our forthcoming version of Moolah, we have improved how variations are managed, embedding the list of variants directly in the product form. Just click the “Variants” tab in the product editor, and create any number of variations.

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Complex Prices

Professionals and businesses can also look forward to being able to create complex price tiers for their products. Typically, only a single price is provided for a product, product variation, or product attribute. The Prices tab lets you create any number of prices, each with its own price tier so that you can, for example, create different prices based on currency, quantity, and dates.

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Both improvements to variations and products are currently in testing, and you can expect to see them live in just a couple of weeks.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Sat, 09 Nov 2013 18:50:36 -0500
Updates to Documentation ( Round 4 ), Plus new Videos http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/211-updates-to-documentation-round-4-plus-new-videos http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/211-updates-to-documentation-round-4-plus-new-videos We're opening November with some more updates to our site and documentation, as well as two new videos. First, the documentation. We've updated our documentation related to various Location features, notably how to configure shipping rates and delivery estimates.

We also have two new videos for you, both updates. The first is an update to how to install Moolah into a Joomla website, and features the newest version of the Joomla CMS, v3.2, which will be officially released shortly.

Our second video is a major update explaining Moolah's Single Page Checkout, one of Moolah's most interesting and attractive features. In this video we show how a customer navigates the various checkout steps, each loading into the page under the previous step.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:16:24 -0500
Updates to the Moolah Documentation (Round 3) http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/210-updates-to-the-moolah-documentation-round-3 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/210-updates-to-the-moolah-documentation-round-3 Few more updates to the documentation as we make revisions to some of the Moolah backend services and the Joomla extension.

Again, we're working on getting all of the documentation updated by the end of the month (which is all too quickly approaching).

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:56:32 -0400
Minor Update to Moolah (3.1 Release) http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/209-minor-update-to-moolah-3-1-release http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/209-minor-update-to-moolah-3-1-release Over the past two weeks we've been working on updating our code that implements online payments using PayPal, and after several days of testing, we feel the code is robust enough to use. We've also updated our documentation on Accepting Payments with PayPal, an essential read for any Moolah store owner.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:59:00 -0400
Updates to the Moolah Documentation (Round 2) http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/208-updates-to-the-moolah-documentation-round-2 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/208-updates-to-the-moolah-documentation-round-2 Just a quick FYI - we've updated our documentation with new screenshots and some minor corrections that reflect our latest update to Moolah. You can find the updates in the following articles.

We hope to get all documentation updated by the end of the month.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:56:32 -0400
Improved Store Reports http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/203-improved-store-reports http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/203-improved-store-reports We've just pushed improvements to the store report in the Moolah Management Console, the first minor update since the launch of the new Moolah 3.0 last week. The new interface lets you tailor what information should be displayed (either the number or value of orders), the time intervals in which the chart should be rendered (day,week,or month), and a specific date-range to show.

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You can find the new code in your Moolah store right now!

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Tue, 08 Oct 2013 08:35:01 -0400
New Video Tutorial - Creating a E-Commerce Store using WordPress http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/206-new-video-tutorial-creating-a-e-commerce-store-using-wordpress http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/206-new-video-tutorial-creating-a-e-commerce-store-using-wordpress This past weekend we uploaded our new video tutorial about how to embed a Moolah store into your WordPress website. Have a look!

We will be updating the video for Joomla soon once the first beta of Joomla 3.2 is released in the coming days. We looked at the alpha versions, but they could not be installed at the time - thus the meaning of "Alpha".

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:06:26 -0400
Updates to the Moolah Documentation http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/204-updates-to-the-moolah-documentation http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/204-updates-to-the-moolah-documentation Just a quick note that we're currently in the process of updating our documentation, having already started on the most important articles including the Getting Started guide and Creating a WordPress E-Commerce Website. Most of these updates simply concern screenshots of the new interface, but in some cases things have changed. For example, now one should log into their store using the URL http://manage.moolah-ecommerce.com/1234567890/, where the numbers at the end refer to one's Store ID. Otherwise, things pretty much work the same, but only better.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Sun, 06 Oct 2013 08:50:00 -0400
New Getting Started Video http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/205-new-getting-started-video-october-2013 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/205-new-getting-started-video-october-2013 If you haven't seen it already, please have a look at our new Getting Started video tutorial.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Sat, 05 Oct 2013 08:56:00 -0400
Introducing Moolah 3.0 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/207-introducing-moolah-3-0 http://moolah-ecommerce.com/blog/35-2013/207-introducing-moolah-3-0 We're pleased to announce the latest update to the Moolah platform, what we internally call “Moolah 3.0”. This substantial update brings a wide range of new and improved features that can help you sell your premium goods on business services online. Here is a quick rundown on the new features.

Checkout Workflow

We've done a large amount of tweaking to how your customers actually experience buying a product, especially on a mobile device. Now the display of product images will change depending on the screensize of device. With enough space, we show the product image on the side of the form. Not enough? let's put the image on top.

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New Management Console

This is where we focused most of our attention, completely recoding the management console that you use to run your store. There really are too many improvements to talk about, so perhaps listing them would be sufficient.

  • Edit all records in a form (grid is also an option)
  • Pretty View and Print options
  • Better controls over exporting
  • Upload image media directly in the report, and assign to multiple records
  • More sophisticated Search tool
  • New Order Filter Tool, which can be used to filter the entire interface for a specific order
  • Change Order Status Tool, useful for changing the status of multiple orders
  • New manage.moolah-ecommerce.com server
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If you have an existing store and need to login, we recommend that you use the new server http://manage.moolah-ecommerce.com, and leave the store site ( http://store.moolah-ecommerce.com ) for accessing the frontend of your store. The previous URL, the one with the suffice ‘/manage/’, will still work, but we intend to disable it in the coming months.

CMS Integration

Finally, we've also updated our plugins for the Joomla and WordPress content management systems. Perhaps the WordPress plugin has received more of the attention, as we've now broken the loading of the Management Panel into a separate menu item.

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Moving Forward

The “3.0” release of our Moolah service has been a massive update, bringing cutting-edge features to the platform. Over the next few week, we'll be monitoring the system for problems, recording new video tutorials, and updating the documentation, and you can also expect to see more incremental improvements and new features over the next few months. Stay tuned! We'll keep you posted.

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toby.patterson@moolah-ecommerce.com (Toby Patterson) Blog Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:13:41 -0400