X-Cart:Socialize

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X-Cart 4.4.4or above

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Overview

By adding social networking buttons to your online store you will definitely boost your store's performance by gaining:

  • More traffic
  • Easy sharing
  • Better rankings
  • Extended reach

To add the social networking buttons to your X-Cart based store, you can take advantage of the free Socialize module, included in the latest version of X-Cart.

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Socialize is available as a built-in module in all X-Cart editions. It does not require installation and can be enabled in the Modules section of X-Cart Admin area.

System requirements

To be able to successfully use the Socialize module, you need a working copy of X-Cart version 4.4.4 or later installed on your server.

Note: If you do not remember the version of your copy of X-Cart, you can find it in the Summary/Environment info section of the X-Cart Admin area (select Administration -> Summary) on the menu.

Configuring

To enable the Socialize module:

1. Log in to the admin area of your X-Cart based store.

2. Select the Modules item on the Settings menu.

3. Select the Socialize module by clicking on the check box by the module name and then click the Apply changes button that appears.

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4. Click on the Configure link by the Socialize module record.

5. On the Socialize page that appears, adjust the settings as necessary and then click the Apply changes button.


Here is the list of options you can customize.

Facebook settings:

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  • "Like" button - adds the Like button to your product details pages.
  • "Send" button - adds the Send button to your product details pages.
  • Facebook fan page URL - the address for the "Find us in Facebook" link. NOTE: The URL should start from "http://".
  • Use the "Facebook comments" block instead of default X-Cart "Customer Reviews" functionality. The Customer Reviews module should be enabled in this case. - replaces the content of the "Customer feedback" tab on the product details page.

Twitter settings:

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  • "Tweet" button - adds the Tweet button to your product details pages.
  • Twitter user name - name for the "Follow us on Twitter" link.

Google settings:

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  • Google "+1" button - adds the +1 button to your product details pages.

Button appearance:

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  • Show social buttons on the plain products list - toggles the social buttons on the plain product list.
  • Show social buttons on the matrix products list - toggles the social buttons on the matrix products list.

FAQ

How to make the Facebook comments to be moderated?

1) Create your own application on Facebook if you do not have it or just use the existing one.

2) Open the template file skin/common_files/modules/Socialize/service_head.tpl and uncomment the line:

<meta property="fb:admins" content="%YOUR_FB_USERID_HERE%" />

In the above code, put your Facebook ID instead of "%YOUR_FB_USERID_HERE%".

3) Add the following line to this template file skin/common_files/modules/Socialize/service_head.tpl:

<meta property="fb:app_id" content="%YOUR_FB_APPID_HERE%" />

In the above code, put your Facebook application ID instead of "%YOUR_FB_APPID_HERE%".

As soon as the above steps are completed you will be able to moderate the comments ("Comment Moderation Tool" feature on page: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/comments).

You could find more information about the matter on: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/comments/ ("Moderation tools" section).

See also

Personal tools
entry points
x-cart on social