August 9, 2016

2016 PayPal Merchant Security Update

If you are selling products from your website and using PayPal as the checkout payment method you may have received a notice with this warning.


“We recently announced several security upgrades planned for this year, some of which may require you to make changes to your integration. You’re receiving this email because we’ve identified areas of your integration that may need to be upgraded. What you’re about to read is very technical in nature – we understand that. Please contact the parties responsible for your PayPal integration, or your third party vendor (for example, shopping cart provider, and so on) to review this email. They’re best positioned to help you make the changes outlined in this email and in the 2016 Merchant Security Roadmap Microsite.”

Most of the updates that PayPal is implementing relate to increasing security on your website to insure your site is secure for financial transactions. The information and requirements are highly technical in nature and PayPal suggests you take the following first step:

“Consult with someone who understands your integration. We encourage you to consult with the parties that set up your integration, which could be a consultant or third party shopping cart. You may also need to find someone who can assist with making your integration changes.”

Areas that may require attention include:

It’s important to have any required changes in place by the specific event “Act by” date!
As an example, with SSL Certificate Upgrade to SHA-256”:
To avoid any disruption of service, you must verify that your systems are ready for this change now.
Testing will occur between June 17 and September 30, 2016.
• Full deployment will happen after September 30, 2016.


February 14, 2011

New Shopping Cart Launch – Mustang Systems

Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: , , , — Jeff Weissberg @ 3:50 pm

Mustang SystemsA new shopping cart addition to the Intex Exhibits website was launched last Thursday by SoCal WebWorx. Intex Exhibits is a full-service exhibition resources company in Orange, California, providing service for businesses, organizations and museums throughout Southern California and across the United States.

Intex Exhibits is now the sole US distributor for Mustang Systems, a French manufacturer of suspended display systems using cables and rods. With this additional cart on their website, Intex Exhibits now adds the complete catalog of Mustang System products to their website.

SoCal WebWorx handled the website design, development and search engine optimization. Special features include a seamless interface with the existing Intex Exhibits website which was also designed and developed by SoCal WebWorx in August 2009.  The back-end administrative panel allows the client easy access to updating and adding new products and pricing including images and photos. The cart mechanism utilizes a CMS (Content Management System) for visitors’ easy retrieval of product information.

November 9, 2010

Tip of The Day – Planning for Your Website Development

Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: , , — Jeff Weissberg @ 12:22 pm

Tip of the DayIf you’re planning to give birth to a new website idea and want the process to go smoothly and turn out effectively you need to take adequate time to plan.  My postings for the next several days will all center around planning your new or revamped website for success.

The first step in your planning should be to thoroughly consider your objectives and determining the best platform for your website. What will the site do?  Is it an on-line brochure that encourages people to call for your services?  Is it an e-commerce website for selling product online?  Is it a social networking website, a blog, forum or directory?

Each of these examples would be developed using different software platforms.  Many designers and developers only work in one platform. It is important that you think through your ideas and your website objectives and select a company who can meet your needs with the most effective software platform. Keep in mind that there are often several options for building a specific type of website.  Lets take e-commerce for example. For on-line transactions you can choose from off-site Yahoo and PayPal options to the more robust on-site Zencart, osCommerce, Ubercart and Magento platforms.

Start with the correct platform and web design and development company experienced with this software. Ask around and do your research before jumping into your project.  Remember, the first step to building an effective website and bringing your idea to life is thorough planning.

May 13, 2009

Authorize.Net New Release – Merchant Fraud Prevention Tools

Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: , — Jeff Weissberg @ 10:05 am

The Advanced Fraud Detection System from Authorize.Net helps merchants mitigate risk and take an active role in monitoring potentially fraudulent transactions.

Since 2005, Authorize.Net has offered sophisticated and affordable fraud prevention tools with their Fraud Detection Suite™ (FDS). FDS includes seven powerful transaction filters and IP tools built specifically to better combat online fraud while saving legitimate orders from being rejected. The new AFDS adds to those tools with an additional five filters:

  • Enhanced Address Verification Services (AVS) Handling Filter
  • Enhanced Card Code Verification (CCV) Handling Filter
  • Shipping Address Verification Filter
  • IP-Shipping Address Mismatch Filter
  • Regional IP Address Filter

Authorize.Net also announced the release of a new e-commerce Daily Velocity Filter to their entire merchant base at no charge. The Daily Velocity Filter allows merchants to specify a threshold for the number of transactions allowed per day, a useful tactic in identifying high-volume fraud attacks. Authorize.Net is committed to fighting fraud by encouraging its merchants to adopt the new Advanced Fraud Detection Suite.

Read policy white papers and learn more about Authorize.Net fraud prevention at:

May 4, 2009

Where is the homepage in Zen-Cart?

Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: , — Doug Robertson @ 6:55 pm

I often get asked, “Where is the homepage in Zen-Cart?” All my client’s want to do is add or change something simple to their homepage but they just can’t find the file. Is it hidden? Well, the answer is technically no but it might as well be.  I hope this article will help newbies to Zen-Cart find their way.

Zen-Cart is a dynamically generated, PHP shopping cart software. This to say that each segment or “module” of the home page is separated into individual files. The Header, Body, and Footer are all separate files that get assembled at the time the page gets called by the browser. And it doesn’t stop there. Just about every element on the homepage is a separate file such as the Shopping Cart, Categories and Manufacturers boxes. Why would they do that? Doesn’t that just totally complicate everything? Yes, this does increase the difficulty factor of editing individual elements in your Zen-Cart template, but does offer many advantages and flexibility for the store manager.

Zen-Cart allows the store manager to not only select what infomation boxes that will appear on the homepage but also choose their sort order. This call be done by changing simple settings in the Admin Control Panel. If the store manager decides he wants to run a special, he can activate the “Specials” box to apper on the homepage. Then, deactivate it when the specail is over. You can even create Custom User Pages with whatever content you want using the “EZ-Page” function. This type of versatility and fluidity would not be possible with traditionally coded HTML pages. So, there is a reason behind the madness. Zen-Cart is fragmented into small pieces intentionally so it can have more freedom to dynamically assemble it’s pages based on  parameters set by the store manager. These settings will alter the carts apperance and content all from completely within the Admin Panel.


March 21, 2009


Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: — Deb Foley @ 6:43 pm

Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or eCommerce, consists of the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks. The amount of trade conducted electronically has grown extraordinarily since the spread of the Internet. A wide variety of commerce is conducted in this way, spurring and drawing on innovations in electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems. Modern electronic commerce typically uses the World Wide Web at least at some point in the transaction’s lifecycle, although it can encompass a wider range of technologies such as e-mail as well.

A large percentage of electronic commerce is conducted entirely electronically for virtual items such as access to premium content on a website, but most electronic commerce involves the transportation of physical items in some way. Online retailers are sometimes known as e-tailers and online retail is sometimes known as e-tail. Almost all big retailers have electronic commerce presence on the World Wide Web.

Electronic commerce that is conducted between businesses is referred to as business-to-business or B2B. B2B can be open to all interested parties (e.g. commodity exchange) or limited to specific, pre-qualified participants (private electronic market). Electronic commerce that is conducted between businesses and consumers, on the other hand, is referred to as business-to-consumer or B2C. This is the type of electronic commerce conducted by companies such as

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