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Remove Free Shipping From Prestashop 1.6 Shopping Cart !

It may not look like a big deal but this is actually a headache for most Prestashop users, These days shipping prices can get a vistor to abandon store shopping cart within 1 second. If you want to check if this is true then log on to their backend and view the abandoned carts, though the reasons for the abandonment is not stated but common sense will tell any shop owner that if a customer whom had gone further to add the product to a cart really wants to know how much it will cost to purchase that product.  You would like the visitor to go further and make a decision during the checkout process.

Lets  sort out this fix

1. You want only logged in customers to access the shipping price? Then go to your default carrier and edit the group access by un ticking the Vistor and Guest options. This means that a guest or a visitor will not be scared away when they add a product to your cart.

2. You want to replace Free Shipping! text on the shopping cart? Go to > Localization > Translations > Choose Front Office Translations > Choose Theme(Usualy the Default)  > Choose Language > Then click on Modify > Scroll down to Edit 'Shopping Cart' Free Shipping option. You can set it to what you want or £0.00. > Save .

3. Go to Translations again > Installed Modules > Edit Shopping Cart. If your server warns you of Maximum PHP input for a form ? > Dont wory, then go to > Cpanel to edit the files from there. > Go to Cpanel, find the folder modules/blockcart/translations and edit Free Shipping option from there. Around line 21

$_MODULE['<{blockcart}prestashop>blockcart_c6995d6cc084c192bc2e742f052a5c74'] = 'Free Shipping';

$_MODULE['<{blockcart}prestashop>blockcart_c6995d6cc084c192bc2e742f052a5c74'] = 'CHANGE TO ANYTHING YOU WANT';


As at this post, this applies to Prestashop 1.6 version


Enabling Layered Navigation in Prestashop 1.6

One of the problems faced by Prestashop users is "Layered Navigation". Layered Navigation gives your users the ability to do a more specific search or better way to sort products and prices to match expectations and improves user experience. Most of the time when Layered Navigation is enabled in the module area, it does not appear on the site. Note that layered navigation appears on category pages in Prestashop.

For the steps in enabling your layered navigation and making it work lets do the following;

1. In your back end go to Preferences >> SEO & Urls >> Turn on Friendly URL (Must be on for layered navigation to work)

2. Go to Modules >> Layered navigation Block >> See the template there and click on Edit >> Select All the Categories and Sub categories where you want Layered navigation >> You can manipulate other filters if you want but not usually necessary >> Hit the SAVE button.

3. On the same Layered Navigation Block >> Rebuild all indexes

5. Check that the Module is hooked to the Left or Right Column where you want it to appear by going to >> Manage hooks on the Module page above.

After all these come back and click on a category with products and see the layered Navigation on the right or left as chosen.


Goodluck, Leave us a comment if it works!


Embedding autoplay Youtube Video, Remove related videos, make video responsive

Recently we made a new video for our business and wanted to embed it with autoplay, remove related videos after play, then most of all to make the video responsive across all mobile platforms. Lets start with the following.

1. Remove suggested  videos from youtube when the video finishes;

See a typical embed code below

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

The above video will show the video , and suggest videos when it finishes playing , but the following l embed will not;

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Note the addition of the highlighted ?rel=0

Actually this could be achieved before embedding by clicking on 'show more' options under the embed code in your youtube video and then unselect the show 'suggested videos when the video finishes'. The embed code will be adjusted as above.

2. Add autoplay to video when it loads and remove suggested videos;

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Note the addition of &autoplay=1

3. Make the video responsive;

Actually you can do this by going to and entering your video url. Copy the embed code and afterwards make the adjustments to the code to look like the following as highlighted here below

<style>.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }</style><div class='embed-container'><iframe src='' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe></div>

Goodluck !


PayPal Error on Prestashop 1.6 - PayPal Security changes

In this blog we have written couple of solutions for PayPal errors affecting different versions of Prestashop, we guess we would continue writing this as time goes on. Recently some of our customers complained to us about not being able to make a PayPal payment on our website or recieve  PayPal payments on their website. Actually somehow we missed the PayPal email update on the new security instructions for the Prestashop users. I'm sure the new PayPal modules would have updated this security issue but if you encounter problems , it is worth doing the following.

Making sure permissions are right on your modules/Paypal  folders

Upgrade your PayPal module to the latest version

Go to modules/PayPal/api/paypal_connect.php , ind the following line

@curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSLVERSION, 3);

Change it to @curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSLVERSION, 4);


Goodluck with your shop.


Kimai - Open source time tracking software

Recently expanded some of the services we are offering to customers and what that meant is taking on new staffs. As a business employing freelancers and employees that require flexible hours of working from home wherever they live, we wanted web based time tracking system that would allow workers to clock in and out and at the same time calculate their wages per hour / per day etc.  There are couple of them here and there online used as stand alone, web based or modules for  CRM systems. We wanted a simple system that would be dedicated solely for this purpose and after a good research online. Please welcome to Kimai.



Solved: Prestashop 1.6 Product Import problem

Alright we all know that as an online shop owner, what you want is a way to do a bulk upload of all your products at once and also to  be able to do bulk editing . Prestashop has that capability but its handled in a CSV file. In Prestashop we found that many people are having problems doing this due to poor documentation that leaves room for users to practice trial and error on something that should be a straight forward thing. Please do not condemn  Prestashop, it is actually one of the best free E-commerce systems and i cant imagine using any other solution than Prestashop. 

Now let us walk you through the process of doing a bulk upload of your products, there are not so many tutorials of this problem and even the ones you have skipped the most findamental process.

1.In Prestashop BO  Go to Advanced Parameters  > CSV Import

2. Stay on this page and scan around the options for a while

3. On the option that reads "What kind of entity would you like to import?" , choose "Products" from the drop down. (this also applies to other things you may want to import like categories , etc.)

4. Once this is chosen scroll down (in P 1.6 ) and  observe the following listed Available fields

Active (0/1)
Categories (x,y,z...)
Price tax excluded or Price tax included
Tax rules ID
Wholesale price
On sale (0/1)
Discount amount
Discount percent
Discount from (yyyy-mm-dd)
Discount to (yyyy-mm-dd)
Reference #
Supplier reference #
Minimal quantity
Additional shipping cost
Unit for the unit price
Unit price
Short description
Tags (x,y,z...)
Meta title
Meta keywords
Meta description
URL rewritten
Text when in stock
Text when backorder allowed
Available for order (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Product available date
Product creation date
Show price (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Image URLs (x,y,z...)
Delete existing images (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Feature (Name:Value:Position:Customized)
Available online only (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Customizable (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Uploadable files (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Text fields (0 = No, 1 = Yes)
Action when out of stock
ID / Name of shop 
Advanced Stock Management 
Depends on stock 
5. Open an excel sheet and paste each an every field into a column like the picture below. Make sure each field pasted ends with a comma. You may click here to see a faster way of doing the pasting .
6.  Now enter the appropraite value (do not use a coma at the end), you do not need to enter all, Prestashop would use the defaults where there is no value.
7. Save the excel file as csv coma delimited
8. Now come back to the CSV import page, change your field separator from semicolon(;) to coma(,). Go through the process of uploading your csv file.
 If you did the process right, you should arrive at a similar image below, assuming your products replaces the values below (It should match the fields right, where it is not matched, match the heading to the value by selecting the appropraite from the dropdown).
Please take note of the following :
2. Enter the full image path in the  Image URLs (x,y,z...) field. Example
Hope this helps, leave us a comment if you find this article good.

PayPal Internal Server Error on Prestashop 1.6

One of the problems faced with Prestashop users is configuring the PayPal payment module. After  getting and updating the API credentials from PayPal, you may find that a customer is not able to use this payment option due to internal server error produced when PayPal is chosen as a payment option.

Solution: This is most probably a folder / file permission issue. For some servers, if the folder or file permission is too high it may reject to load the module. Some server consider 777 permissioin as too high. To solve this situation, just change the folder/file permission to 755. It is simple, change any 777 file permission to 755 on the PayPal module folder but leave the ones with 644. The PayPal module folder and files can be found in /modules/PayPal


Embedd Youtube Video With Auto Play

Embedding Youtube Video on a website  can go a long way in helping a website make a video statement but one of the major issues is knowing how to make the video autoplay on page load. If you have spend time and money making a very good marketing video for your products or services,you would definitely like that to play immdiately the page loads . Lets not forget that videos have a very convincing effect customers and besides that people love videos.

To add auto play to your youtube embedd code, all you need to do is to edit the code and add ?autoplay=1  to the video url. Lets the following video embed code as an example.


<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


After adding autoplay

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Notice the addition there. May be this article here would explain better


Joomla - You do not have access to the administrator section of this site - Quick solution

Problem: Unable to log into Joomla administrator. The login form keeps returning back with the error You do not have access to the administrator section of this site.

Solutions: Quickly ask your hosting provider if there were recent server changes or upgrades. For a quick solution, you could use ftp or cPanel editor to edit the configuration.php file. What this would do is to allow you a temporary unsecure access to your admin area and then let you add a new super user to login with and change the admin password details.

At the end of the configuration.php file please add the following code and replacing 'myname' with the name of the admin super user you can remember the password.

public $root_user='myname';


Afterwards, you may log in and make the changes you want. Please do not forget to delete this code from the configuration.php file.

See more instructions here


No Joomla Admin Login Form Showing in Backend

Problem: You are not able to log into your Joomla backend all of a sudden . No login form is shown , you just see a blank white or blue screen .

Solution: I would  ask my hosting provider if there were recent server upgrades or file restorations done recently that may have triggered this. If this is not an immediate post installation problem i would need to confirm this from the host.

Secondly you may check your Site/administrator/modules  folder and  see if the whole module folders are complete and especially the mod_login folder. If they are not, then download the files of the exact Joomla version you are using . Use FTP To reupload themissing modules back into the /administrator/modules  folder.

Note. Take note that the target is site/administrator/modules folder  and not site/modules folder

Get more information here on problems relating to Joomla Login

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