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.

March 21, 2009

What is Zen Cart?

Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: , — Deb Foley @ 7:30 pm

Zen Cart is an open source online store management system. It is PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components. Support is provided for several languages and currencies, and is free available under the GNU General Public License.

Zen Cart branched from osCommerce as a separate project. Beyond some aesthetic changes, the major differences between the two systems come from Zen Cart’s architectural changes(e.g. a template system) and additional included features in the core. Among the modules already included are a Gift Certificate/Voucher module which allows to create, send and manage the digital coupons. A module to sell downloads(pdf or other media files) is included as well.


Filed under: Blog Articles — Tags: , — Deb Foley @ 7:05 pm
  • Simple systems allow the offline administration of products and categories. The shop is then generated as HTML files and graphics that can be uploaded to a web-space. These systems do not use an online database.
  • A high-end solution can be bought or rented as a standalone program or as an addition to an enterprise resource program. It is usually installed on the company’s own web server and may integrate into the existing supply chain so that ordering, payment, delivery, accounting and warehousing can be automated to a large extent.Other solutions allow the user to register and create an online shop on a portal that hosts multiple shops at the same time.
  • Open source shopping cart packages include advanced platforms such as Interchange, and off the shelf solutions as Satchmo, osCommerce, Magento, Zen Cart and VirtueMart.
  • Commercial systems can also be tailored to ones needs so that the shop does not have to be created from scratch. By using a framework already existing, software modules for different functionalities required by a web shop can be adapted and combined.
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