ClassiPress v2.9.3 – Premium WordPress Theme

ClassiPress is the first and only premium WordPress theme designed to easily turn your Web site into a classified ads system. Our feature-rich theme was built for ease of use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online and selling classified ads on your site within minutes.

Fixes:

  • -changed function from php mail to wp_mail on “report ad” and “send message” features. Resolves intl character issue and problems sending email on some hosts. (single.php line 98 & 189)
  • -added path sniffer feature to discover uploads image directory. Helps resolve issue where thumbnails are blank on the home and single pages. (includes/img_resize.php)
  • -updated plugins to the latest versions.
  • -added missing cp translation tag to the word “ago” and a couple mentions of categories in functions so it gets recognized by the .po translation process. (functions.php line 74 & 2 other spots)
  • -upgraded fancybox script (used for on click image zooming) to 1.2.6 which fixes IE8 “not implemented” JS error.
  • -fixed backslash bug on form fields when ad is submitted without completing all required fields. Added stripslashes function to form fields.
    -security fix to remove ad owners jumbled email address from hidden field on contact ad owner sidebar form. (single.php http://wpclassipress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=589#p3375)
  • -fixed IE alignment issue on contact ad owner captcha field. (single.php line 223)
  • -fixed IE 6&7 peekaboo css div bug on login and other pages. Basically those pages had content disappear unless you mouse over it. (.css files added min-width: 0; to .ins class)
  • -fixed IE hover issue now showing hand icon on home page ads. (master.css line 91 added cursor: hand;)
  • -cleaned up several non-compliant tags to wc3 standards
  • -made navigation2 css class % instead of a fixed width to allow for lots of pagination growth. (master.css line 130 changed 400px to 98%)
  • -removed set_time_limit function since it’s not used and generating “Warning: set_time_limit() has been disabled for security reasons” for some people. (form_process.php line 2)
  • -fixed home page date value wrapping when format is long like November 20, 2009. (master.css)
  • -added new function to check for http:// in new ad URL field submission. If it’s missing, automatically add it. (form_process.php line 41 & functions.php line 418)
  • changes:
  • -added paypal support for five new currencies (Brazilian Real, Malaysian Ringgits, Philippine Pesos, Taiwan New Dollars, and Thai Baht). (includes/admin/admin-options.php line 536)
  • -moved favicon admin image to local image folder.
  • -added CP version meta tag.
  • -sticky ads now work on category pages. This was fixed with the WordPress 2.9 release.


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How Easily Should Social Networks Reveal Friends To E-Commerce Sites?

The foundation of the intersection of social networks and E-Commerce is that consumers will be much more likely to trust and buy from a retailer if they know that their friends are already buying from that chain. The Catch-22 of such an approach is that it’s difficult to get a consumer to name friends without some huge immediate benefit to that consumer. And, no, the unearthing of friends who already shop at an E-Commerce site is seen as a benefit to the retailer, not to the consumer.
One approach that has been tried is leveraging services such as Facebook Connect, which lets a user log onto Facebook and then log onto an E-Commerce site (using the same browser) and allow that site to access Facebook names—with the customer’s permission—without the customer revealing a Facebook password to the E-Commerce site. But then it runs into the limit of the system’s inability to display a friend’s shopping pattern without that friend’s permission. (”Hi, Brenda! I see that you’re shopping at Phil’s Pervert Video House, too.”)
One vendor, TurnTo Networks, has rolled out a tweak that might help a little. If consumers connect an E-Commerce site with their list of friends—either by typing them in or by connecting the merchant site with existing lists from Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn or other social sites—it will give a heads-up that one friend has already used that site. It won’t say who it is, but it will ask that friend’s permission to be revealed.
The idea is a good one, but tiptoeing into this neighborhood is dangerous. What if the customer, for example, has only one or two friends listed? Wouldn’t this notification of “one of your friends has shopped here” be a privacy violation?

But there’s also the fundamental issue of how much people will use such a service. It’s easy to see how many GenY consumers will want to shop where their friends shop. But wouldn’t they be more likely to simply pose that question to their friends directly?

Another small hurdle: TurnTo’s existing merchants tend to be on the very small side—mostly niche merchants. That’s fine, though, because many of E-Commerce’s greatest treasures are found in relatively obscure sites. But what are the odds that someone’s friends will have already shopped there? Isn’t there a bad flip side to this if consumers are routinely being told “Nope. None of your friends shop here”? Most merchants would rather the system stay silent unless a friend is discovered to have shopped there.
A nice touch that TurnTo has added is that the social network integration can be done once, but used repeatedly. “Once it’s done, it’s done for any merchant that uses TurnTo,” said TurnTo CEO George Eberstadt, which lists about 24 merchants as participating. “If a friend-match is found and the friend has agreed to serve as a reference for the merchant, we show the shopper the friend’s name.”
Eberstadt argues that this approach can also be used to encourage return visits from existing customers. “The on-behalf-of-shopper E-mail is a powerful, friendly way to bring past-customers back to the site. For example: imagine you’re into your truck and you recently bought snazzy hubcaps at Stylintrucks,” he said. “You get a message from them to the effect that, ‘Your friend (insert name) is shopping here and has a question. Mind helping her out?’ with a link back to the site to take action.”
The integration of social networks and E-Commerce is essential, and it will happen. But there will be a lot of slips and falls en route. What TurnTo has done may not be perfect; early pioneer moves rarely are. It’s now up to E-Commerce giants to try crafting their own ideas.

Source: storefrontbacktalk.com

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Will e-commerce be welcomed by Facebook users?

Recently, 1-800-FLOWERS.com became the first retailer to launch a store in Facebook, the Number 1 social network. It’s an early example of online shopping merging with social media, a trend we’re likely to see more of as retailers look to retain their relevance on the Web. Now users can leave birthday wishes for friends, and then order them a bouquet of flowers without ever navigating away from the social network. According to a Financial Times report, at least 20 more retailers will set up similar shops on Facebook using the same technology provider in the next two months.

However, will Facebook users welcome this new option or not? Douglas MacMillan of the Bussinessweek recently published his article tittle ” E-commerce and Facebook: Friends or foes?” to discuss about this.

On the positive side, both the retailers and Facebook have something to gain. Social media sites are now among the top 10 referring Web sites for most online retailers, says Scot Wingo, CEO of e-commerce services provider ChannelAdvisor. “Retailers are thinking about how to both drive more and monetize more,” he adds. Opening the shop next-door to the conversation eliminates the need for back-and-forth.

“A lot of people are telling us they like to do things in the same environment; they don’t like to hop around on the Web,” says Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.com. “And so many people are living their lives on Facebook.”

On the nagative side, both sides are also navigating risky waters. Companies have in the past been wary of advertising on social sites, fearing association with unseemly user-generated content that could damage their brands. An e-commerce site on Facebook seems to be a confident acceptance of the content that surrounds it.

How bad could the content on Facebook be? A search for 1-800-FLOWERS (note the omission of “.com”) on Facebook reveals three member-created groups that the company can’t be too pleased with: “1-800-Flowers Sucks,” with 100 members; “1-800-FLOWERS RUINED MOTHER’S DAY,” with nine members; and “1-800 Flowers Ruined My Valentines Day,” with two members.

“In this world you just have to accept the fact that it’s different than it was,” says 1-800-FLOWERS.com chief executive McCann, who led his company to become one of the first toll-free phone retailers in the 1980s, and one of the first online retailers in the 90s. “The boundary between the customer and the staff person is shredded in good ways and challenging ways. You just have to be there for your customer,” he adds.

Things may also get hairy for Facebook, if the past is any lesson. Members of the world’s largest social network have repeatedly spoken out against any changes to the site that appear to serve commercial interests. In November of 2007, users formed protest groups and declared their outrage over Beacon, an advertising tool that publicized users’ behavior around the Web to other Facebook users (Facebook later changed the privacy settings on Beacon to appease the protesters). And in February of this year, the company again came under fire for changes to its user agreement that some deemed an invasion of personal rights (again, Facebook backtracked).

Though Facebook spokesman Brandon McCormick affired that the set up of storefronts on the site won’t interrupt the experience of using the social network, the author question: “Will e-commerce be welcomed by Facebook users with open arms?”

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