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« on: 10/30/02 at 17:05:29 »
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Hi,Ah, the CGi installation wasn't too bad, but now I'm having trouble conceptualizing how my cafepress content is brought into cpshop. Before I continue, my premium cafepress store is http://www.cafeshops.com/jkinley This is pretty much how I want it laid out, but now I want it integrated with my site http://www.jkinley.com. Why isn't the content appearing when I go to http://www.jkinley.com/cgi-bin/store/cpshop.cgi? Like I said, I am having trouble conceptualizing. Most of the other demo sites are much more complicated than what I'm trying to do. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: 10/31/02 at 01:02:06 »
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Essentially, you want to have the images to show up, right?  There's a workaround made just for you.

In your Store IDs section, change "Antarctic Dreams" to:

<img src="http://images.cafepress.com/logo/167644.26980.jpg" height=130 width=173 border=0 vspace=10><br>Antarctic Dreams

Follow that same idea for the other designs, and you should be dandy.

(On a side note, you should remove the link tags from your page title.  The <a href="..."> and </a> parts are messing up the title bar.)
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« Reply #2 on: 11/01/02 at 03:42:27 »
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Thanks for the help Marty, but the imgsrc path does't seem to work. Where did you find it?

BTW, do you think this is a good way to go? Having the images appear directly from cafepress seems better than making my own page with photos linking to the store ID's, because then when I add stores it will be less work to update.

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« Reply #3 on: 11/01/02 at 05:13:45 »
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Actually, the image source should work just fine.  The problem is the board having included the ending " in the link.

Here it is again, without the extra quote:
http://images.cafepress.com/logo/167644.26980.jpg

And while it may seem like loading the image code directly from CafePress would be easier, it's actually fairly problematic.  

With your layout, you're basically trying to duplicate your CafePress store exactly.  But if you were to create a customized cpshop category (just hats under $15, for example), then the system would stop working, because there wouldn't be a ready-made image to use at CafePress.

Hope this makes sense.  I assure you if I could make it easier and still have it work, I would.
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« Reply #4 on: 11/01/02 at 19:18:52 »
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Thanks Marty,

That's working, but I think I know what your saying, it's taking awhile to figure out what you did with cpshop. I see how it's pulling info into my website, but what I can't yet vizualize is how to make my own store front.
Right now with cpshop, all I have is text links—how do I get pictures without doing as above? Should I be thinking about SSI? Is that what your PHP tutorial is about?
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« Reply #5 on: 11/02/02 at 22:31:28 »
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Frankly, cpshop wasn't designed to create a highly complicated storefront homepage -- it was originally intended to duplicate the actual catalog pages (both thumbnail and product pages).  That doesn't mean you can't have a complicated mainpage; it just means that if you want to do something advanced, you have to put it together yourself.

I can't really help you with this, because I'm not at all sure what you're trying to do.  I know you're having trouble with it, but I don't know what you want your page to look like, and I can't give concrete advice without a specific goal in mind.

If you're just trying to make a customized store homepage, with links to your various cpshop thumbnail pages, you might consider hard-coding one into a standard HTML page, with links to each of the categories.  That would require work, but it would also give you the flexibility to have it look exactly the way you want.  cpshop is made to work with customized store homepages.

(Otherwise, there isn't a preset way to just completely mirror a premium shop in its entirety with a single setting.  I can try to develop a way to do that, but it would have to automatically eliminate a lot of cpshop's functionality, and I'm not too keen on limiting other features.)

In other words, don't get too caught up in the technical side of the program.  It might be easier for you to just make a page that links to each category (i.e. http://www.jkinley.com/cgi-bin/store/cpshop.cgi/antarcticdreams ), and then add a new image/link when you add a new store.
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« Reply #6 on: 11/03/02 at 17:40:30 »
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Hi Marty, and thanks again. Now we're on the same page! I started doing exactly what you advised before I ever received your last message. It took awhile, but now I've got it. If you want to take a peek go to:http://www.jkinley.com/store. As always, would love to hear some feedback. Thanks again for all your help. Cheers, Jeff.
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« Reply #7 on: 11/03/02 at 22:46:31 »
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I like the straightforward design.  There isn't enough of that on the web right now.

You should add your CafePress store ID to the referral banner on the left side.

Otherwise, I like it a lot.  You seem to have the right ideas.
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