Store information is established when you open an account and cannot be changed except by written request by
the Store Owner. However, you can change your public email address and other parameters as follows:
Email Addresses: there are two. The first one is the email address which you gave when you opened the account and
cannot be changed by you except in writing. The second one, "Public Email", is the email address displayed as a means for
your dealers to contact you electronically. This is very convenient. However, if you decide in favor of ultimate privacy
(not recommended) you can leave this field blank. If you desire, and for a nominal charge of $2/month, Mall-Central.com can
set up a private email POP account for the purpose of keeping your personal email address confidential.
Account Sponsor: for internal use only.
Your Account Expires: on this date. Would be a good idea to send in your payment for this service before this date.
Max. Number of _________: this is the maximum number of crafters/dealers/vendors you are allowed to sign up according
to your plan subscription.
Max. Number of items/mo.: this is the maximum number of items or transactions you are allowed to upload during each
month. If you try to upload too many items, Mall-Central.com will ignore the excess transactions without warning and your
dealers may wonder why their sales seem to have tappered off near the end of the month. Best solution is to pick a plan
that is matched to your store. Don't hesitate to contact us immediately if you need your account urgently upgraded. We
will be happy to work with you and resolve any urgent needs such as this.
Change Password to: You can change your "master" password anytime.
Confirm it: type the new password again. If this doesn't match the new password above it wont be changed.
Secret Question enter your secret question here. It will be used to help you remember in case you forget your password.
Example: mother's maiden name.
Secret Answer type in the correct answer to your secret question here. If you give the right answer when asked,
the system will reveal your password.
Upload Filename and Directory: This is the tricky part and it has to do with setting up the auto upload feature
so your point-of-sale system can upload everynight automatically and unattended (or manually). To maintain security a
special directory for your store has been created on our FTP server as specified here. Although you cannot change the name of
the directory on our FTP server, you can change the name of the file you upload, which may become necessary from time to
time as your POS system changes. The filename you specify here must match exactly the filename you upload using MALLUPLD.EXE
on your server. MALLUPLD.EXE can be downloaded here. It might
require a little experimentation to get this right and we will
help you with that.
Upload File Type: Mall-Central.com can handle any file structure for your Sales File. However, you
need to specify which file structure you will be uploading. If what you select and what you upload doesn't match you will get
unpredictable results and reactions from your Dealers as they try to decipher their sales. You wont be a happy camper. So please contact
us and we will write a custom script for your data files, if needed, for a nominal charge.
Upload Directory you can not change this but you need to know it so you can set up MALLUPLD.EXE correctly.
Pre-configured files are available here for you to download and use with your POS. You wont need these for some POS systems
if they (SOS and Falcon) have the Mall-Central.com upload routine integrated into them. For all other POS systems, click on
these links and save one at a time. Save these files in the same directory that your POS software will save it's Sales Report file.
If you wish, you can create a shortcut of SALES_UPLOAD.BAT and place it anywhere convenient on your computer.
To help troubleshoot your upload process the contents of your Upload Directory is shown here and can be Refreshed at any time.
MCTEST.BAT is a test file that uploads MALLUPLD.EXE to your Upload Directory. The reason to try this for troubleshooting
(by double-clicking it's icon) is because the only files needed
to make this test work is MCTEST.BAT and MALLUPLD.EXE and does not need your Sales File from your POS system and therefore can be used from ANY computer.
If you see MALLUPLD.EXE in your upload directory then you must have done it and it works! You can run MCTEST.BAT multiple times and each time you do
you should see
the datestamp for MALLUPLD.EXE change and it's filesize increase by 159.44K each time confirming that your upload process works.
If it doesn't work here are things you can look at:
1) Mall-Central.com is having problems. Please call.
2) Your ISP is having problems. Test on another computer at another location.
3) The Internet is having a problem. Test on another computer at a location much further away.
4) Your computer is having a problem because:
a) you have installed new software
b) turned on or off a feature of some other software
c) you have a new version of some other software
d) the other software is most likely a virus checker such as Norton
e) you may have changed settings in you firewall
The order of most likely causes is 1 (yes, we are not perfect) or 4 (yes, neither are you ;)
However, the Internet is not as reliable as they say so it is not uncommon for 2 and 3.
The following is for those that need or want to make changes to the pre-configured .BAT files provided.
Hint: Filename in the Store Configuration Form is to be just the filename without any pathnames
(ie. RECENT.DBF or TRAN.DBF and not, for example, C:\SHARED\POS\RECENT.DBF). From our experience, it is best
to put MALLUPLD.EXE, the batch file associated with it, and the sales file to be uploaded, all in the same directory.
BUG: There is a bug with MALLUPLD.EXE. If the file to upload is on A: drive (highly unlikely) then the A: designation
becomes part of the uploaded filename which is not desireable. The C: designation does the same thing. To insure that this
is not a problem, be sure to follow the drive specifier with the backslash (\) symbol. In otherwords, use C:\filename
or A:\filename in the filename parameter of MALLUPLD.EXE. If all files are in the same directory as recommended above
then the drive specifier is unnecessary.
The upload command should be saved in a batch file and then you can use Windows Task Scheduler to run the batch file.
First, use NOTEPAD and enter the following line and watch upper/lower case and spaces:
Replace directory and filename with the appropriate information from your configuration.
Do not put a space between the word username and mallowner and don't put a space between password and 3ddu711.
Note: everything is case sensitive, especially filenames and directories.
Save this batch file in the same directory as the Sales File and MALLUPLD.EXE and you need to know where you saved it so you can tell Windows Task Scheduler
where it is. Save it using any file name that ends with .BAT (ie you might want to use SALES_UPLOAD.BAT). Next, launch the
Windows Task Scheduler and set it up to run this batch file once per day and whenever you want. Make sure you set it up to go
when the computer is on and can connect to the Internet. Make sure a modem and cable are hooked up.
It will work. Trust me. BUG REPORTS
How It Works: The username "mallowner", the password "3ddu711", and the domain name "mall-central.com" specify
the FTP server. DO NOT CHANGE THE USERNAME AND PASSWORD. ENTER THEM EXACTLY AS SHOWN HERE. The directory specifies
a unique directory which only you know and which is shown on the Store Page. This directory name needs to match the
Upload Directory name shown in your Store Info area of the Store Page and this name is established by Mall-Central.com
when a store account is opened. The filename is the drive, path, and file name of the data file located on your hard
drive or server. The remaining items, namely, -v, -z, -S .tmp, are parameters that must be typed as shown and specify how
MALLUPLD.EXE needs to handle the upload protocol. MALLUPLD.EXE is a standalone application, it does not have to be "installed",
it is a single file that supposedly can be located anywhere on your hard disk. The important thing is to type in the command line exactly
as shown and to follow the prescribe convention for the filename (see BUG above). I have written another set of
instructions to help you test and debug your upload routine.
BTW, Windows Task Scheduler can be found by opening the My Computer icon on a PC. I haven't found an equivalent for Macs or Unix
(except for the UNIX command cron which exists on Macs, too).
Title: This field provides a unique description of your Store which will appear througout Mall-Central.com.
Background GIF/JPEG URL: if you know HTML you'll know what to put here. If you dont know HTML, it aint hard to figure
out what you need to put here. Type in the URL of the image file you would like to use for the background of each page. For
Background Color: Most browsers understand the words of color (ie RED, YELLOW, GREEN, etc.). All browsers understand
the RRGGBB hex (0-9A-F) designation which goes from 000000 (black) to FFFFFF (white). Have fun experimenting if you
dont know what this means.
Message: you can type in whatever you like as a message for your crafters/dealers/vendors to see each time they log on.
Logo URL: yes, you can customize each page with your pretty logo by typing it's URL here.
Login Error Msg: more customization. Some stores did not like my generic error message and wanted to have their own.
Perhaps with instructions to contact a certain person at the store if there is difficulty logging on.
Do you call them: select the terminology you wish to use to refer to your Dealers.
Your Store's Time Zone selecting the time Zone where your store is located is used to help customize the
presentation of data and for other future uses.
There will be other ways to customize Mall-Central.com for your store and when those options become available you will be able
to configure them here.
As the file to be uploaded gets larger everyday, more time is required to do the upload. A rule of thumb is 1 min per megabyte.
However, this rule of thumb depends on a lot of variable factors. Also, some connection modem idle monitors are not reliable
and will recognize an FTP upload as an idle condition. Therefore, you may need to set your "disconnect" option either to never
or to some period of time gauranteed to be greater than what is actually needed. For example, one store used to have the time
set for 3 minutes. Then, half way thru December, the upload failed as the modem would disconnect because more time was needed
to finish the transfer. The "disconnect" property was changed to 7 minutes and now works year round. The "disconnect" option
(or property) is found in the Modem Control Panel (I think).
MALLUPLD.EXE seems to work with Windows XP. If you cannot determine the proper pathnames then consider putting the batch file
(ie AUTOUPLD.BAT), MALLUPLD.EXE, and the file to be uploaded in the same directory. For the filename just use the filename
without any C: , backslaches , or any other path syntax - just the filename. This technique is useful with ComCash POS.