That function looks ok-ish to me. Indeed the shop url and email seem like they have no place there. However I think, of course I can’t be sure about this, that they use shop url for statistics to see how many shops are active and email probably for spam but I have never seen them send spam so I don’t think you should be worried about this. When you install PrestaShop you have the option to subscribe to the newsletter and they get your email address from the database with a code similar to that.
Regarding privacy I don’t think anyone offers real privacy. Once you are on the internet there is no more privacy no matter how much you try to be protected. If you are worried that PrestaShop has your email and shop url think that Google or Facebook or other businesses such as these collect even more sensitive data than this. Even a website with cookies can store quite a bit of data on you.
The real issue I spot here is for 3rd party developers which can manipulate these functions by overrides and can use that data for whatever purpose they see fit.
As a PrestaShop theme and modules developer I understand your concers and I would like to share my insight on this matter and a few tips to avoid these issues.
First of all I would like to say that before PrestaShop added this warning message (about a month or 2 ago) people were installing modules from all sorts of places such as marketplaces other than PrestaShop Addons or developer’s own websites and no one had any problems. Of course this doesn’t mean problems can’t arrise, some people might have evil intentions after all.
However you can test the module first on a local web server and also you can skim thourgh the code to spot potential threats before installing the module to your online store. Also you should always create a backup of your store files and database before installing a new module or theme, even if it’s purchased from PrestaShop Addons. Just by taking these precaution steps you won’t have trouble with any theme or module and in case something does go wrong you can revert back to your shop without any worries.
Moreover I believe that most developers won’t risk their account being banned from the marketplace they make a living out of for adding harmful code in their modules.
Hope this helps
I am computer literate and whilst I’m happy to get my hands dirty I must confess that my working knowledge of CSS / HTML code is sketchy to say the least.
I know it’s pretty much an open question but am I likely to get into difficulties if I buy a template from TF and edit it myself? I don’t need anything too fancy. Would anyone like to make a recommendation?Thanks in advance Peter
Depending on what website template you want to edit you might encounter difficulties. Some templates, such as WordPress themes for example, require more than HTML / CSS knowledge to edit.
However most templates have some sort of “theme options module” which helps you make changes with just a few clicks without getting into the code.
I recommend looking at the top selling themes to see what they have to offer and if they don’t look the way you like you can search for others and check if they offer the same amount of options. You don’t need to have a ton of options that you will probably never use, just some esential that you think you really need to change the template. If you have a friend more experienced ask him what he thinks of an item. As a CMS I would recommend WordPress to anyone because it’s very easy to use and there is lots of documentation online to help you in case you get stuck.
There are plenty of awesome templates here which offer great value. I’m sure you will find the perfect one for you.
Hope this helps.
I have some clients which have successful shops built with my themes.
eCommerce platform: PrestaShop
Here is my latest submission: Admin Push Notifications for PrestaShop as the Best Back-End Enhancement Plugin.http://codecanyon.net/item/admin-push-notifications-for-prestashop/8180691
PrestaShop module Product Puzzle for Best Front-End Enhancement Plugin.http://codecanyon.net/item/product-puzzle-display-pack-items-as-one/8135108
Advanced advertising manager http://codecanyon.net/item/easy-ads-advertising-manager-for-prestashop-v16/7918024 for PrestaShop Best Marketing/Engagement Plugin
My main concern is about item theft. I had about 1 sale reversal per month for the last 3 months each for a different item. When you go to sleep you have $x earnings and when you wake up you notice it’s $x – $y earnings, it’s not a nice feeling .
My question is, and I’ve read this thread from the start but opinions seem to differ on this matter, what happens with my item when I get a sale reversal. Does the buyer actually get a download link and can he download the item or is it treated like the sale was not complete and none of this happens? Because if the buyer gets the download link we all know what can happen.
If someone can clarify this matter it would be great!