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  1. dynambee

    Advise of backups

    This is a difficult conclusion to draw. I think the hosting company backup is a good first line of defense. Good hosts will do complete images of your VPS and store them on separate disks. They usually also allow you to download them so you can have your own offsite copy, or in some cases synchronize them to Amazon S2 or to Dropbox. These can be good ways to have an entire server image. However it is also important that you have backups of each website on your server. The full server backup can require a full server restore and if you have only a few things that need to be fixed on a single website then restoring the entire server is generally overkill. Yes. If you host somewhere like Digital Ocean or VULTR you can quickly & easily spin up a new instance to check your backups. You will only pay for the few hours of time you use for testing and then you can destroy the server and stop the billing. This is one of the advantages of this type of cloud hosting.
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    Advise of backups

    If your backups are corrupt you have a big issue to deal with. Generally the only options are to manually check & fix the data or to find an older backup that is not corrupt. Of course in the second case you will have a situation of missing any data that was added after the backup was taken. It depends on what you want to test. If you want to test that whatever came out of the database was correctly transferred to your local server as a backup then you can test the zip file to make sure it is not corrupt. However if you want to test that the backup is valid and that you can actually recover from the backup then the solution is to use the backup to do a test recovery and make sure you can rebuild a functioning server from your backup. You do these test recoveries onto a test or development system, not onto your live website. I don't use cpanel so I can't comment specifically on how to back that up. However if you are only targeting the database used by TB and backing up the TB files then whatever else is on the server (including cpanel settings) is not being backed up. I don't wish to be too harsh but your current problem quite likely exists because you didn't spend the time to fix the backup issues you were having. Never, ever ignore known issues with your backup system. It always seems to come back to bite you in the ass, often at the worst possible time.
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    Quote to modify permissions structure

    I think for that sort of usage scenario it would be better to have separate software to manage the products and have that software do listing updates via the API.
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    Quote to modify permissions structure

    There are modules for PS that enable this sort of functionality. This one, for example but there are others. You might want to contact the authors and inquire about if they would be willing to help with TB compatibility. Even at 120 Euro for the module it will be far cheaper than trying to build a custom solution.
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    Advise of backups

    There are three important things about backups: They must be automatic. They must be regular. They must be stored away from the server you are backing up (offsite). Personally I do this with a custom script that dumps the database, compresses it, and downloads it to my local servers. The local server is backed up with Crashplan so my backups are stored in 3 places: On the source server (not in the public_html folder!), on a server in my offices, and on Crashplan. The entire site is backed somewhat less often (weekly generally) as backing up a complete site with all photos tends to eat through bandwidth. There are pre-made solutions that will do the same thing. Some of them back up to S3 as @Factor showed above. Others back up to Dropbox which can be a cheaper option if you are using Dropbox already. All the above solutions can be used together with your web host's backup system for even better protection.
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    Shipping per item, not dimensions.

    If you set up database triggers to automatically set your item weights to be 1kg on update or insert then it will be automatic and you won't have to worry about making sure the weight is set for each item. Of course if you do this and later decide that some items will use a different type of shipping you will need to make sure the triggers are turned off. 🙂
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    It's a fresh install of TB v1.1.0 with the new standard Niara theme that comes with 1.1.0. I haven't modified the theme at all, that's how it looks out of the box.
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    Yup, I use PrestaSharp together with c# and vb.net to use the TB API. It works well. For some things not supported by the API (modules that use custom tables, for example) I read & write directly to the tables through an SSH tunnel. I also do bulk price & stock updates by sending a file over SFTP and then importing via the MySQL command line. Happily so far everything that was working with 1.0.8 is also working with 1.1.0. Edit: I use Chilkat's DLLs to create the SSH tunnels & SFTP connections within C# or vb.net. Keeps everything automatic without requiring external programs.
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    In the same table the block top menu's category depth can be set with "MOD_BLOCKTOPMENU_MAXLEVELDEPTH". Set to 1 to only show your main categories and no sub-categories in the block top menu.
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    Funnily enough, I was just about to write a reply with the same info. I make quite a few settings directly to that table instead of digging around trying to find things in the back office. 🙂
  11. dynambee

    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    Actually, since you looked into the code for it do you happen to know the database storage location for this setting?
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    I feel a little less dumb now. 🙂
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    THANK YOU! I knew there had to be a setting somewhere, I just couldn't find it for the life of me. I'm sure I will be using that module for other things too.
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    Control where Sub-categories are displayed

    Thank you for the reply. That's actually something else I was trying to figure out as I have too many subcategories for them to be displayed up there at the top. Fixing that was helpful. Unfortunately it doesn't fix the issue I was trying to describe. I think a screenshot is probably worth a whole lot of words so this is what I want gone: I want to keep all the sub-categories down the left side in that menu list and not have the sub-categories displayed with "No image available" thumbnails in the main area. (Currently there are no products on the site which is why all that is shown is sub-categories.)
  15. Using 1.1.0 and the new Niara theme. I'm sure this must be a setting that I just can't find but I'm trying to stop the display of subcategories under the display of products. I don't have (and don't have time to get..) images for every category & subcategory right now. Therefore I only want categories and sub-categories to be displayed as a text menu down the left side of the page. I want to get rid of the large number of subcategories listed as huge boxes with "No image available" images as they look terrible...
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