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Got a quick question: What is a reliable iPage hosting service for ecommerce site? In the USA.? Many thanks for any answer. 2nd question I got is.. I've got a problem with my Linkpoint. When they did their update last weekend (7/7/04 or thereabouts), my Linkpoint contribution broke. No cURL..

My service provider claims they do not support cURL (although the Linkpoint contribution had worked fine for several months prior to this)..

I'm thinking about switching credit card companies as I don't want to switch service providers (too much hassle) or OS Commerce (I like the feature set)..

However, when I look at Authorize.net, they also seem to require cURL. Is it this way with all the credit card providers? Does everyone require cURL in order to work? If so, I have to switch host providers again, and I was really trying to avoid that...

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Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I find an answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..

Comment #1

Why doesn't my host provide cURL?.

Hey, like I know..

The responder who talked to me insisted it was a security risk..

Of course, they also claim that they have permanently fixed my e-mail problems, and I know this claim is true because they repeat it about once a month, every time the e-mail breaks. That kind of consistency is hard to question..

Seriously, though, I just noticed that the OScid is still appended to the confirmation URL and I'm wondering if that has something to do with the problem...

Comment #2

Curl only works on Apache servers. If your host uses IIS it simply won't run..

Jack..

Comment #3

Well, it USED to run, up until a few days ago. Ever since Linkpoint came out with their upgrade, is my suspicion, but I only got confirmation that it was broken a couple of days ago..

So, given that it used to run, and it doesn't run now, and I didn't change anything (although I mysteriously found at least one file that HAD changed and I changed it back to the way it was but it didn't help), does anyone have any ideas?.

Does Authorize.net require cURL? Some other poster said no...

Comment #4

I don't know if Authorize.net requires cURL support but I have a feeling your provider just doesn't want to upgrade their servers. I switched providers not too long ago because my former one didn't have the php compiled version. Ask them to elaborate on what kind of "security risks" they are referring to...I'd be interested to hear that answer. I downloaded Linkpoint's php API the other day and they use cURL in their own code. If a company that is responsible for moving sensitive data such as credit card numbers around the Internet thinks cURL is a secure way of doing it then I'd be willing to bet it is...

Comment #5

I had trouble with a previous server because they wouldn't allow secure cURL calls outside of their system. I needed this for the FedEx Real-Time Quote module. After a lot of frustration, realizing that the support I got from the iPage hosting service was pretty horrible, I decided to switched iPage hosting providers. Miraculously, I got my new iPage site up and running within 48 hours. I pretty much copied everything over from one server to the other, then set up the database by running the SQL script that is generated when you backup the database from the osCommerce Admin site. The only things you really need to change are in the configure files, but it's really not that much.

I even have SSL on my site, which didn't take long to change..

My new iPage hosting service is a LOT better than what I had before. My suggestion to you is to switch iPage hosting providers. I know it seems like a pain now, but it'd be better to fix this problem now that later, because it's inevitable that their service and customer support WON'T improve in quality..

Feel free to PM me if you have questions about switching providers..

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Clewist1.

: 13 July 2004, 18:52..

Comment #6

I love hosts that claim "serutiy risk".

EVERYTHING in iPage hosting is a "security" risk... it is how you handle them that matters.

CURL is not any more of a Security Risk than php itself.

Some Host are just not worth a damn... so they lock down there servers and dont install any kind of moduals, and hide behind "false" security risks... they probally dont know how to install it, lol..

Comment #7

Lo! and behold!.

Three months ago when I had a cURL problem nearly identical to this one, the host said it was a security risk and refused to help me..

However, when I notified them this morning about my cURL problems, suddenly the problem went away in an hour..

Mine is not to question why (or what they changed, or why they didn't notify people that they were changing stuff or...), I am simply happy that my iPage site is back on-line again..

IX Webhosting (which is where I'm at), is kind of quirky, but they do have very good uptime and their live chat has gotten a LOT better in the last few months. They used to be completely useless. Now they actually solve problems when they say they will. That's why I didn't want to change. Their uptime is a LOT better than my last site.....

Comment #8

Maybe they were Bought out, or hired someone that knows what is actually going on.

I have been through literally 100's of web host in my years of web design/development.

I have been with my current host for about 2 years now, now I am a reseller for them.

It is alwasy good when you find the right host for you, and terrible when you dont.......

Comment #9

I've got a problem with my Linkpoint. When they did their update last weekend (7/7/04 or thereabouts), my Linkpoint contribution broke. No cURL..

My service provider claims they do not support cURL (although the Linkpoint contribution had worked fine for several months prior to this)..

I'm thinking about switching credit card companies as I don't want to switch service providers (too much hassle) or OS Commerce (I like the feature set)..

However, when I look at Authorize.net, they also seem to require cURL. Is it this way with all the credit card providers? Does everyone require cURL in order to work? If so, I have to switch host providers again, and I was really trying to avoid that...

Comment #10

Well the question is why your host will not support cURL, that is a VERY VERY common module..

Not just for osCommerce, but for alot of things.

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The_ancient.

: 12 July 2004, 23:11..

Comment #11


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.