Sending E-mail From Volusion Using VSMTP

As an alternative to a third party hosted e-mail service or the provided e-mail form article within the Volusion store itself, using Volusion’s VSMTP web service allows you to create custom e-mail script handling for your store. E-mails sent using Volusion’s VSMTP web service do not count against the maximum newsletter e-mails allotted by your store service plan. To use Volusion’s VSMTP web service, the unique Config_VSMTPKey for the store will be required. It can be found in the Volusion Admin under Settings > Config Variables > E-mail Variables. Volusion VSMTP Web Service Location: http://www.example.com/vsmtp.asp Request Method: POST Query String Parameters: VsmtpKey – Required – Config_VSMTPKey for your store. FromEmailAddress – Required – One valid sender e-mail address. Address must contain the domain name of your online store*. ie. sales@example.com ToEmailAddress – Required – One valid recipient e-mail address**. Subject – Not Required – E-mail subject. Body_TextOnly – Not Required – Lines of characters in the body MUST be limited to 998 characters, and SHOULD be limited to 78 characters, excluding the CRLF. Body_HTML – Not Required – Lines of characters in the body MUST be limited to 998 characters, and SHOULD be limited to 78 characters, excluding the CRLF. Attachment_CSV – Not Required – A comma separated list of file paths to attachments desired for upload relative to the site root***(ie. “/v/attachments/MyExampleFile.doc”). File path is not case sensitive, maximum attachment size 10 MB. ASP files are invalid as attachments. Response Responses: “True” – The service successfully sent the e-mail. This does not guarantee delivery, as each e-mail service provider have their own filters and stipulations for acceptance. “False”...

Importing and Exporting Data in Volusion

Sometimes you need to make changes to many of your Volusion store’s products. Volusion’s Bulk Updates capability is great, but when you have a large number of products or lots of changes to make, even this may be cumbersome. The solution is to export the products to your computer, make your changes in a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel, and then import your products back into Volusion. Volusion covers importing and exporting quite well, so the purpose of this article is to expand on what is possible with import/export in Volusion. The Process As mentioned above, this is the general process: Export data you’d like to modify in CSV format. Save a backup copy of the exported file. You need to have both a backup file and a file that you’ll modify. Make changes in your spreadsheet program. Import data in CSV format back into Volusion. Note: you don’t want a mistake in importing/exporting to wreak havoc on the storefront. So always create a full backup of all fields (with the exception of Virtual Fields described in the next paragraph) whenever doing a bulk update with import/export. If you make a mistake, you can import the backup file and start over. Keep in mind that some fields, denoted with a set of red double-asterisks and referred to as Virtual Fields, can’t be imported back into Volusion. If you export them and need to restore from your backup, be aware that you may need to remove the virtual fields before you can successfully import the backup file. Example 1: Straight-up Storewide 25% Off Sale A good example of using...

Migration From FTP Published Blogger Blog To A Hosted Blogger Blog On Volusion

This document only applies to merchants who are using Blogger and have the publishing of the account set to FTP.  That means, the blog is hosted directly under the Volusion store, usually under the path “/v/blog”. In this example, the blog was hosted at “http://www.example.com/v/blog” and now will be hosted at “http://blog.example.com”. Update Blogger template to have all “src”, “href” and CSS attributes use absolute URLs.  This would mean URLs like “/v/vspfiles/templates/BL1/css/Template.css” would become “//www.example.com/v/vspfiles/templates/BL1/css/Template.css”.  This requires some testing to get all URLs to line up correctly. Add DNS CNAME record for “blog.example.com” to point to “ghs.google.com” Change the Blogger settings to represent the domain the blog will be hosted under.  See example of settings within Blogger. Download the ASP file to be added to the “URLRewrite.asp” file. Upload file “rewrite-path.inc.asp” to the “vspfiles” folder. Make the following changes to the “URLRewrite.asp” file to setup redirecting existing blog posts.  Insert the following line below ReirectPage = “”, around line 7 of “URLRewrite.asp”%><!– #include file=”rewrite-path.inc.asp” –><% Call RewritePath(“/v/blog”, “//blog.example.com”, False) Click here to see an example of the “URLRewrite.asp” file. Backup all the existing “.htm” files under the “/v/blog” folder. Add file “default.asp” under folder “/v/blog”, since the folder exists it must be manually redirected. The file must contain the following:<%@LANGUAGE=”VBSCRIPT”%> <% Response.Buffer = True Response.Clear() Response.Status = “301 Moved Permanently” Call Response.AddHeader(“Location”, “http://blog.example.com/”) Response.End() %> Delete all the “.htm” files under the “/v/blog” folder.  The “.htm” files must not exist on the server at the previous location, otherwise “URLRewrite.asp” will not execute.  DO NOT delete your images and other files, as these files will still be referenced by your...

Why Brand Labs Recommends Volusion

Volusion was the answer to our search for an off-the-shelf shopping cart that looks great and has all the features needed to run a successful e-commerce store. Brand Labs first began using a custom shopping cart back in 2004. While the flexibility was great (our programmers could do anything!), it was extremely costly in terms of time and effort needed to make new feature updates and to keep the system running. It was clear we needed a pre-built shopping cart because we wanted our sites to stay at the forefront of e-commerce trends. It simply took too long to run our business and update our cart at the same time. What Volusion provides is a hosted solution that is very customizable. So, we can make the cart look how we want (within inevitable design constraints) but we don’t have to worry about keeping the cart running or adding new features. Volusion has pretty much every feature an e-commerce store needs to run well. Inventory management, Quickbooks integration, SEO-friendly URLs, returns management, CRM system, live shipping rates, PCI-compliant credit card processing, coupons, discounts, and gift certificates are just some of the features included in Volusion. Since we’re Volusion experts, we’re able to quickly build the best looking Volusion template designs out there. Since Volusion has so many great, time-saving features, a store owner can focus on marketing their e-commerce site once it’s running. There are so many ways to market your Volusion store that you can take advantage of since you don’t have to worry about keeping your shopping cart software...

Most Unused Volusion Feature – Category Custom Where Clause

Possibly the most unused featured of Volusion is the Custom Where Clause of a category. Rather then providing a specific products under a category, this allows for defining a set of rules to select products that will display under a category. The rules use a special language called Structured Query Language (SQL), if you are not familiar with this language, contact someone that is. Volusion’s definition of the field is “Allows you to add custom SQL queries to display particular products on a category page.” Providing these rules are simple, but there are some caveats that go along with it.   To change the Where clause for a Category, go to Inventory -> Category and select a category. Once under a category, the “Custom Where Clause” under the “Advanced” section contains the field.   The Custom Where Clause is only selection of products (hence the name), all other factors are controlled under the category configuration. The best approach seems to be a sub-query on the selection of “ProductCode”. This allows for a complete unrestricted query where ultimately all that needs to be returned is a list of product codes. You may have seen the SQL Server statement “WITH (NOLOCK)” being used while using Saved Exports. I would suggest to use this on table selection as it allows for no table or row locking of the current table. That way, other things (i.e. an order) does not wait for the execution of the statement in the Custom Where Clause. More information is available under “READUNCOMMITTED” at the SQL Server reference.   Detailed information on what tables are available is available...

Much Ado About Photos In Volusion

Volusion uses a directory data store to store photos (image files) for products, categories, and product option swatches. No data regarding the images is stored in the database, instead, a special file name associates the image with the relevant data (i.e. product). Each product and category is represented by several image files. Products Each product can be represented by a number of image files. Usually, the files will reside under the directory “vspfiles/photos”. Photo Types View Cart (0) “0” is used at the end of the filename, Volusion calls this “Photo Size Tiny”. Image appears on the view cart page primary. It also is used under the product detail page in sections related products and accessories. It also appears on the checkout page when a user clicks on “Edit items in cart”. Category (1) “1” is used at the end of the filename, Volusion calls this “Photo Size Small”. Image appears on any category page and the home page under sections featured products, and super deals. Alternate (2S) “2S” is used at the end of the filename, Volusion references as “Alternate View Photo”. Image appears on product detail page directly below the main thumbnail image. It typically is labeled by default as “Alternate Photos” under the product detail page. If this file does not exist, NO OTHER alternate photos will display. So, if you have a “3S” file, but not a “2S”, no alternate photos will display. Product Detail / Thumbnail (2T) “2T” is used at the end of the filename, Volusion calls this “Photo Size Medium”. Image appears on product detail page as the main thumbnail. Surprisingly, it...
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