Things to check if username / password is not sent

When you have completed the set up of PHP-eSeller, here are a few pointers which you should check if emails are not being sent out after a purchase.

  • Make sure that you have assoicated a digital file with the product that you are purchasing.  If you have not assoicated a digital file with the product, an email will not be sent to the purchaser although an email will be sent to the admin email address saying no file is assoicated with the product.
  • Check that your web server is able to send emails using PHP.    Most web servers will not have a problem with this so is unlikely to be the issue now.
  • Check if you have entered the installation url correctly in the Global Set up admin page. I have seen http://wwww/ rather than http://www. or even just www.
  • Check that your PayPal email address is the PayPal PRIMARY email account which you set in Global Set up admin page.

Restoring Your mySQL Database From Backup using phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a program used to manipulate databases remotely through a web interface. A good hosting package will have this included.

  1. Login to phpMyAdmin.
  2. Create a new blank database first.
  3. Click databases, and select the database that you will be importing your data into.
  4. Across the top of the screen will be a row of tabs. Click the Import tab.
  5. On the next screen will be a Location of Text File box, and next to that a button named Browse.
  6. Click Browse. Locate the backup file stored on your computer.
  7. Make sure the SQL radio button is checked.
  8. Click the Go button.

Eventually you will see a success screen.

Backing up a database using phpMyAdmin

This desciption is applicable to all the applications PHP-eSeller, PHP-SecureArea and PHP-KeyCodes.

You should backup your database at regular intervals. You will then be able to restore the database if something goes wrong.

phpMyAdmin is the name of the program that you can use to manipulate databases.  It is usually provided as part of you control panel from your hosting company.

1.  Log into your web server control panel to access phpMyAdmin

2. Select ‘Databases’

Backup 1

3. Now click the name of your database.

Backup 2

4. The next screen will show you all the tables inside your database.  Click the ‘Export’ tab on the top set of tabs.

Backup 3

5. Look at the left box at the top of the Export section. All the tables in the database you selected are in that box.

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* If you have other programs that use the database, then choose only those tables that correspond to your install. In the case of PHP-eSeller, they will be the ones with that start with “ipn_”, with PHP-SecureArea they are the ones that start with “sec_” and with PHP-KeyCodes, they are the ones that start with “key_”
* If the database is being used only by the one program, then, leave it as is (or click ‘Select All’ if you changed the selection)
* Ensure that SQL is checked.

6. In the SQL section, tick the following boxes:

* ‘Structure’
* ‘Add DROP TABLE’
* ‘Add AUTO_INCREMENT’ and
* ‘Enclose table and field names with backquotes’

7. In the DATA section, leave the boxes inside this section unticked, but make sure to keep the checkbox next to the “DATA” heading checked.

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8.  Tick the ‘Save as file’ option, and leave the template name as is.

Backup 5

9. Now click ‘Go’ and you should be prompted for a file to download. Save the file to your computer.  Depending on the database size, this may take a few moments.

10. You have now backed up your database.   If you wanted, you could download a backup in each of the compression formats. Your choice. For example: None and “zipped

Remember : You have not backed up your files or images.  Only the database itself.

EasyPHP on Windows 7

How to fix Apache and MySQL problem

EasyPHP is an application that you install on your Windows computer and use as a development system for PHP / Apache and mySQL databases.

It can be downloaded form http://www.easyphp.org/

However, when I tried to install on Windows 7 I came across a number of issues with Apache and with mySQL.

This article

http://ryan.rawswift.com/2009/09/20/easyphp-on-64-bit-windows-7-how-to-fix-apache-and-mysql-problem/

solved the problems for me.

PHP 5.3 and Depreciated Functions

Version PHP 5.3 has a number of functions that are depreciated and earlier versions of PHPeSeller, PHPSecureArea and PHPKeyCodes will display warning messages identifying those depreciated functions when installed on PHP 5.3.  It will still work as the functions are still there although they will be removed in PHP 6

To overcome this for earlier versions of the applications, in the error.php file just use

error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_DEPRECATED);

This will stop the depreciated warning messages being displayed.

PHP-SecureArea can use buy now type buttons

Normally with PHP-SecureArea you use PayPal subscription facilities which control access to your secure area.  So when the subscription expires the access to the secure area ends.

One issue with this is that the customer has to have a PayPal account rather than purchasing through a credit / debit card.  This is because it is PayPal that controls the subscription process.

It is now possible with PHP-SecureArea to use a PayPal ‘buy now’ button which means that the customer can purchase with a credit / debit card.  As it does not use subscriptions it means that access will not automatically end, but this can be controlled using the cron job which checks for manually created subscriptions.

IPN History and selling digital downloads

PHP-eSeller when used with PayPal uses IPN to control the digital downloads to the customer.

If you log into PayPal you can check what IPNs have been sent out, you can check if your application has recieved and sent back a response (it should be respopnse code 200) and you can even resend an IPN.

These are available in your PayPal account under History -> IPN History.

Shipping and PayPal

There is a facility built into PHP-eSeller that allows you to set shipping for physical goods.  This allows you to set shipping according to the overall shopping cart value.  To use this you just activate it in the admin section of PHP-eSeller.  The calculations will be applied to the physical items only.

If you do not want to use this facility, you can use the PayPal shipping calculations.  In which case the shipping will again be based on the physical items and not the digital items.  You may prefer to use the PayPal shipping calculations depending on what you requirements are.