I have spent last couple hours looking at FAQ's, support forum links (searching same). While I found some information I am trying to find more info on some basics because of how I have my site setup. Here is what I have done.
My test site resides on my home iMac (system 10.4.8). I have a dynamic DNS service (dynDNS) because I have a basic broadband host at this time (I am testing zen cart over next few months until we have enough inventory in our buisiness to go live). So to get this working I have one database in MySQL, and two zen cart folders (zen-cart and zen-cart-live). I have two folders because to edit data in my DB for this test I have to have zen-cart locally with the ip address of my machine assigned by my LAN router in my house and zen-cart-live to be able to remotely work with and have zen cart live via my dynamic DNS server setup.
So I have already experimented with new product updates and found that in order to make the graphics appear on both I need to get the graphics in the images directory of my zen-cart (local directory) and zen-cart-live (live directory for remote work and live display). After reading documentation that the rest of the new products update goes into my common database that made updates in this regard much simpler for me since I am serving and updating/testing on the same home server.
My first question is then if I do product updates do I need to hand copy the images all the time to both my local (zen-cart) and live (zen-cart-live) images folder, or can I just drag the images folder from either cart depending on whether I did the new products additions -- with images remotely or locally. Or are there things specific to the images folder that would mess with my local and live zen cart folders? It would make for easier updating if I could drag the entire images directory.
Second question: When I do adminstrative updates with my adminstrative login besides new products (and respective images) are there other files that get changed in the particular zen cart directory I am accessing (depending up on if I am logged in locally to my zen-cart or live/remotely to my zen-cart-live dir)? For example I just changed the text in my main page header here at my remote site earlier this morning. Did this text go to the MySQL database or is it on one of my .PHP files in my zen-cart-live dir that I am accessing right now live and remotely from my home server?
Ultimately in regards to my second question, if there are things getting changed in various php files when I am local or remote I know I can ultimately just have copies of the live and local configure.php files handy and just overwrite the entire zen cart dirs by the one that was updated and then reinstall the appropriate configure.php files for local vs live zen-cart directory. But it would be easier for me if I knew in general which folders in the zen cart directories are getting updated by any other adminstrative updates and if it were safe to just copy the folders that get updated rather than having to keep copies of the configure.php available after copying the updated zen cart dir to the non updated dir. Hope this makes sense, but it would be nicer to have a general list of what files in the zen cart dir get modified by what general menu items of the administrative program.
Now to my third and final question (this is enough for now ) which does not have to do with local versus live changes and such! I need documention on the section that allows you to add products image? And how can you (if you can) add photos to a 3rd level subdirectory in the images directory?
Here is what I have tried:
I have been trying to figure out when I add a new product I can put the image I choose for it in a subdirectory of the images folder rather than the main images folder. Playing with the various buttons I thought the Upload to directory pulldown menu would allow some of that, but first it only shows the first main category below the overall general category and no futher (I need a third leve dir to appear). Second even when I selected below main (which is the images dir I suspect?) the image did not seem to get put in the first secondary folder but it went to the main images dir. I also tried to have images the sub/sub directory already in images and then use the browse to it but of course it again posted to the main images dir even if I had uploaded it from this sub/sub dir?
Thats it for now, I keep learning more about this great product, thanks to those who have helped and the online material I have been able to find (even though it takes a bit of searching ).
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