FoxyShop 4.7: Image Upload Update

Before upgrading, please read this carefully.

TL;DR if you allow customer uploads on your cart or have a datepicker calendar, you’ll need to add a new plugin before upgrading.

WordPress temporarily blocked access to FoxyShop from their plugin repo this week due to the fact that FoxyShop uses the flash plugin Uploadify to process our image uploads. When I first built FoxyShop, Uploadify was a great tool that was widely used, but since that time it has garnered a bad reputation as being insecure. I want to stress that our implementation of Uploadify is completely secure since we don’t use their image processing tool but use WordPress’ instead. We have the upload process fully locked down. That said, WordPress asked us to stop using Uploadify and disabled FoxyShop from the repo until we did so. I understand what they are doing and why, but it’s still a bit frustrating.

FoxyShop uses Uploadify in two places — the product upload within the product detail page and the customer upload tool (as a product variation). I have rebuilt the image upload tool using Dropzone which will allow you to upload images by dragging and dropping.

If your cart allows customers to upload images as part of their order, you will need to add a supplemental plugin called “foxyshop-uploadify” (download here). This adds the uploadify files back to WordPress and provides the theme files necessary to keep all the functionality that you’ve been using. If you have a foxyshop-custom-upload.php file in your plugin you’ll want to update the file references based on the ones that you’ll get in the foxyshop-uploadify plugin found above.

We also were alerted by the WordPress plugins team that the jQueryUI Datepicker widget is now bundled directly with WordPress. As a result, we have switched our include method to load the Datepicker directly from the WordPress files. There may be a few of you who were relying on the Datepicker files in the FoxyShop plugin. If that’s the case, you’ll want to download the files directly form jQuery UI and include them directly in your theme.

If you are confused about any of this, please write in. I’m happy to help answer any questions or help you get your site functionality upgraded. Thanks!

Other updates in 4.7:

  • Update sub start and end dates to listen for FoxyCart date format (like 1m, 10d, etc.)
  • Don’t load multiship JavaScript if multiship is not enabled

And other updates in the 4.6.x versions:

  • WP 4.3 compatibility changes with widget constructor
  • SSO endpoint now listens for update/cancellation and doesn’t query cart in those cases
  • Update PrettyPhoto to 3.1.6
  • Update Order Desk Link on Orders page
  • Removing unneeded queries when setting up images

Reverse SSO: Logging Into Your Site After Checkout

Reverse LoginIf you are asking the FoxyShop datafeed endpoint to create user accounts on your site, you can customize the receipt to automatically log the user in to your WordPress site. This means that by the time they get back to your site their account will already have been created and they will be logged in. In order to utilize this feature, please see the following requirements:

  • Must be using FoxyCart 2.0+
  • Must be using FoxyShop 4.6+
  • Must have SSO enabled
  • The datafeed should be pointed to FoxyShop
  • “Create/Update WordPress User After Checkout” should be checked in FoxyShop Settings

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FoxyShop 4.6: Expiration and Reverse Login

Product Expiration FunctionalityFoxyShop 4.6 includes product expiration features and the ability to provide automatic login at your site after checkout.

Here’s the list of the new features and fixes in this release:

  • Adding product expiration feature – use a number (minutes) or a date (Y-m-d in Pacific time) when setting up your products to handle time-sensitive products.
  • Adding Reverse SSO functionality – log your customers into WordPress after checkout. See this link for setup instructions.
  • Connecting featured images that weren’t uploaded to the product
  • A custom image size called “featured” won’t take over the featured image functionality any more
  • Fix to make sure that hidden required checkboxes aren’t required
  • Adding filters to disable custom category sorting and provide your own custom sorting

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Supporting Wholesale Users

There are a few different ways to support wholesale users with FoxyShop. The simplest is to have a separate batch of products that your wholesale users can order. In order to support this, I’ve put together an add-on plugin for FoxyShop which you can download here. Just download this file and put it in wp-content/plugins. Then you can can go into WordPress and enable it.

This plugin requires the Advanced Custom Fields plugin (the free version is fine). Once this is installed, you’ll be able to edit your products and categories and set them with access restrictions. Then you can create your wholesale users and assign them to the Wholesale role.

You may also want to consider installing the Peter’s Login Redirect plugin to control where your wholesale visitors are sent after login.

I recommend putting this in your single product template:

//Check Access
if (get_field("access_restriction") == "wholesale" && !check_user_role(array("wholesale", "administrator"))) {
die("Please login before accessing this product.");
}
$product_categories = wp_get_post_terms($product['id'], 'foxyshop_categories', array("fields" => "all"));
if ($product_categories && !is_user_logged_in()) {
foreach ($product_categories as $term) {
$access_restriction = get_field("access", $term->taxonomy . "_" . $term->term_id);
if ($access_restriction == "wholesale") {
die("Please login before accessing this product.");
}
}
}

And this in your in your single category template (around line 25):

//Check Wholesale Access Restriction
$access_restriction = get_field("access", $term->taxonomy . "_" . $term->term_id);
if ($access_restriction == "wholesale" && !is_user_logged_in()) {
die("Please login before accessing this section.");
}

Adding these bits of code will further secure the wholesale categories and products from prying eyes.

Upgrading to FoxyCart 2.0

It seems like FoxyCart has been working on version 2.0 forever — well it almost has been forever. But their hard work has paid off and it’s almost ready for release. It’s been in public beta for a couple of months and it is now solid enough to install on most sites. In this post, I’ll describe some key features and some of the things that you’ll want to look out for when upgrading.

Before You Start

2.0 is still in beta. It’s getting very solid, but you may encounter some rough edges so be aware of that. If you do run into issues, you will want to email FoxyCart support.

Once you upgrade, you can’t go back to 1.1. So either create a test store, or be sure you really want to do this. When upgrading, keep in mind that your old templates will be blown away so if you had custom scripts, those should be safely downloaded first. If you have custom wording in your email template, be sure to save it first.

I recommend using FoxyCart’s default responsive checkout. It looks very nice and modern and is fully mobile-friendly. If you still want to skin the checkout to match your header and footer and fonts/colors, you’ll definitely want a test store so you can spend some time playing with it.

Prepare a file with your site’s logo. It should be wider than it is tall and 280px wide. Bonus points if it’s a transparent PNG. Upload this to your site and keep the url handy.

Upgrade FoxyShop to at least version 4.5.

Does your store use Colorbox for gallery image popups? If so, you will want to be ready to either switch to PrettyPhoto or load the ColorBox files on the site yourself. The new version of FoxyCart does not use ColorBox but instead a brand new modal overlay that has been custom-developed by FoxyCart called Sidecart.

The FoxyCart 2.0 documentation is available here: https://wiki.foxycart.com/v/2.0/start. Pay special attention to the changes in the templating and cart js sections. If you had old code that worked with the fcc object or with ColorBox it won’t work any longer.

Taking the Plunge: Upgrading

In the FoxyCart admin on your Store Settings page, put your new image logo in the “Logo URL” box and upgrade to 2.0. Then go to the FoxyShop settings and update your store to be FoxyCart Version 2.0. Now, go to your site and try to add something to the cart. Does Sidecart pop up? If not, open up your console and look for Javascript errors. You’ll also want to look at your FoxyCart includes and make sure they are pulling down the correct Sidecart includes and responsive_styles.css.

Go back to the FoxyCart admin and click on the new “Configuration” menu item under the templates section. Most of this is very self-explanatory. I do recommend clicking on “Customize Cart Display” and unchecking all but the first “Show Product Options.” You may also be interested in customizing what checkout fields are shown and what countries are allowed to check out. This used to be a script but it’s now built-in.

There are new versions of the shipping scripts which are required. If you need these and can’t find them in the wiki, contact FoxyCart support. If you want to add special fields to the checkout, the code can be entered right in the injection section.

Version 4.5: FoxyCart 2.0 Support

New Features in FoxyShop 4.5It’s been quite a while since I’ve released a new version of FoxyShop, but I’ve been storing up some incremental improvements. Version 4.5 has a number of upgrades and features.

FoxyCart 2.0: This new release supports the features and functionality found in FoxyCart 2.0 which is nearing public release. This means that you can select 2.0 from the FoxyCart Version dropdown and the proper includes will be bundled. If you are interested in upgrading to 2.0, please read this post.

Bundled Products: FoxyCart 2.0 supports bundled products and so if you are using 2.0, FoxyShop will now support bundles as well – letting you lock products to their parent products.

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Donation Gandhi – Step by Step Guide For Nonprofits

donation-gandhiFoxyCart co-founder Luke Stokes and his team built a website for a recent Hack for Change event that helps non-profits get up and going quickly. This website takes them on a step-by-step process of creating a website, setting up hosting, building social media accounts, and installing FoxyShop/FoxyCart for fundraising collection. This step-by-step guide helps website rookies through the process of setting up a WordPress site. The FoxyShop tutorials are very helpful – giving a step-by-step guide to installing and setting up FoxyShop.

Read more at DonationGandhi.com.

Version 4.4: FoxyCart Templates

New TemplatesVersion 4.4 includes a host of small updates, new filters, and jQuery 1.10.1 support. There’s also a few new features to help you build dynamic FoxyCart stores even faster.

Important jQuery Note: The jQuery team made a big change in the 1.9 branch, removing support for .live(). This breaks a lot of older plugins. If you are using FoxyCart 1.0 or previous, FoxyShop will attempt to use jQuery 1.8.3. If you are using FoxyCart 1.1 or newer, the latest 1.10.1 branch will be used instead. To override, you can either include jQuery yourself or set this in your wp-config.php file:

define('FOXYSHOP_JQUERY_VERSION','1.8.3');

Please test your site after upgrade to make sure everything is working as expected.

Here are the highlights of this FoxyShop release:

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Version 4.3.2: Custom Variation Names

DocsVersion 4.3.2 has an upgrade which will allow you a lot of flexibility with the variation field names. You can now customize the name of the fields and the value of each variation. This is very helpful if you’d like to use a variation to set the subscription frequency. Here’s an example of the new syntax:

Variation Name: Frequency{sub_frequency}

Just Once{v:}
Every 2 Weeks{v:2w}
Every Month{v:1m}

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Version 4.3: Keeping Things Tidy

FoxyShop 4.3 is primarily a maintenance update but it does have some handy new features.

The new default FoxyCart store version is 1.0. (In fact, any new stores being created now won’t be able to build a 0.7.2 store.)

Native support has been added for the following fields at the product level: cart, empty, and coupon. So you can now check a box and instruct a product to add a coupon with the product or force a checkout. It should be noted that it’s generally a good idea to check the “Empty Cart” option if you are forcing a direct checkout. You can still use “cart”, “empty”, or “coupon” as a direct custom field if you want more flexibility. These new checkboxes are located under the subscription/discount information on the right side of the product page in the admin.

You can now add hidden product field variations. This gives you the flexibility to add a hidden field that will be included with the product when it goes to the cart.

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