Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Beginner Edition

Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Beginner Edition
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Sample Chapters
  • A step by step introduction to osCommerce
  • Install and configure osCommerce
  • Build your first ecommerce website
  • A special Beginnner's edition of the complete Professional Title

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 200 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : January 2006
ISBN : 1904811884
ISBN 13 : 9781904811886
Author(s) : David Mercer
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, e-Commerce, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to E-Commerce with osCommerce
Chapter 2: Setting Up osCommerce
Chapter 3: Basic Configuration
Chapter 4: Working with Data
Chapter 5: Customization
Chapter 6: Taxes, Payments, and Shipping
Chapter 7: More Advanced Topics
Appendix A: Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 2: Setting Up osCommerce
    • Your Site's Basic Requirements
    • Downloading osCommerce
    • Transferring osCommerce to Your Live Site
      • FTP Drag and Drop
      • FTP Utility
    • Make Sure the Host is Ready
    • Installing osCommerce on the Host
    • Configuring osCommerce
    • Troubleshooting
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Basic Configuration
    • The Administration Tool
      • My Store
      • Maximum and Minimum Values
      • Images
      • Customer Details
      • Shipping and Packaging
      • Product Listing
      • Stock
      • Logging
      • Cache
      • Email Options
      • Download
      • GZip Compression
      • Sessions
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Working with Data
    • Preparing to Add Product Data
    • Catalog
      • Categories/Products
        • Adding and Deleting Categories and Products
        • Moving and Copying Categories and Products
      • Product Attributes
      • Manufacturers
      • Reviews
      • Specials
      • Products Expected
    • Customers
      • Orders
    • Viewing Reports
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Customization
    • Language Definitions
      • english.php
      • index.php
      • Using HTML for Language Formatting
    • Working with Boxes and Columns
      • Removing a Box
      • Moving Boxes
      • Modifying Box Content
      • Adding a Box
      • Removing a Column
    • Dealing with Images
      • The images Folder
      • Sizing and Naming Images
      • Graphics—Logos and Icons
        • Creating and Inserting New Graphics
        • Moving and Removing Graphics
      • Background Images
      • Button Images
    • Customizations Using the Stylesheet
      • Inserting Background Images
      • Changing Colors and Fonts
    • Miscellaneous Customizations
      • Resizing Pages
      • Adding Pages
      • Emails
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Taxes, Payments, and Shipping
    • Locations and Taxes
      • Tax Zones
      • Tax Classes and Rates
    • Getting Paid with PayPal
      • Setting Up PayPal on osCommerce
      • Connecting osCommerce and PayPal
      • Working with PayPal
    • Credit Card Payments
      • The Credit Card Module
      • The PsiGate Module
    • Alternative Forms of Payments
      • Checks and Money Orders
      • Cash on Delivery
    • Shipping
      • Flat Rates
      • Per Item
      • Table Rate
      • UPS and USPS
      • Zone Rates
      • Contechst Book's Shipping Solution
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: More Advanced Topics
    • Securing the Administration Tool
      • Creating Password-Protected Folders
      • Implementing SSL for the admin Folder
    • Securing Payments
      • The Front End of the Store
      • The Back End of the Store
        • PayPal Payments
        • Credit Card Payments
      • Low Stock Reports
      • Working with Downloadable Products
        • Installing the Download Controller
        • Working with the Download Controller
        • Testing the Download Controller
    • Creating Matching Buttons
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Summary

David Mercer

David Mercer was born in August 1976 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Having always had a strong interest in science, David came into regular contact with computers at university where he graduated "cum laude" with majors in applied math and math. His technical books are now sold worldwide and have been translated into French, German, Polish, Greek, Spanish and many more. His book on Drupal 6 was reviewed on Slashdot and went on to become a best seller. Mercer's books are recommended reading at higher learning institutes like MIT, and he has a write-up on Wikipedia. David divides his time between consulting for companies and organizations in a wide variety of industries, helping them to develop and implement cutting edge systems. He also contributes to interesting web-based projects like design-a-webpage ( that allows people to create beautiful, effective landing pages in minutes - absolutely no code or Web experience required. He also maintains a blog, training and support site for his readers at Site prebuilder provides quizzes and exercises that accompany his books, and serves as his primary online presence and contact point. When he isn't working (which isn't that often) he enjoys playing guitar (generally on stage and unrehearsed) and getting involved in outdoor activities ranging from touch rugby and golf to water skiing and snowboarding.
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What you will learn from this book

In Detail

Using an easy-to-read and engaging style, this book introduces the fundamentals of osCommerce, and helps you build your first online store. It covers the out-of-the-box features of osCommerce, but it also shows you how to customize the application to your own needs.

The book starts with the basics of downloading and installing osCommerce, or simply how to enable it on your Internet domain using the tools provided by your host. All of the most important configuration issues are explained, with clear instructions and advice to help you make the right choices.

Once osCommerce is installed and configured, you will take a good look at how to work with your store's data including product information as well as other data which is responsible for keeping your site healthy.

The all important topic of customization is also dealt with comprehensively. You will see how to develop attractive sites that will make your store a pleasure to browse and your products a pleasure to buy!

Of course, no discussion on osCommerce would be complete without a look at how to obtain and treat payments. Using the modules provided with osCommerce you will be collecting money from your happy customers in no time!

Once the reader has a fully fledged, and operational site it is time to look at deployment �?? an important topic for discussion if development has taken place on a development machine.

The appendix will add a few tools to your armory and shed some light as to what is going on behind the scenes in case things go awry.

As featured on Slashdot :
"... David Mercer's book is the book you have been looking for and is available in either a beginner's or professional edition. It is written in a straightforward, easy to understand manner, yet does not compromise on technical knowledge and provides all the essentials of getting your website up and running with OsCommerce"

It is often hard to find well presented, clear, and helpful information regarding the many settings and complications associated with running an osCommerce store. This book is a boon for those who want to learn how to do things for themselves.

The book's business oriented approach focuses on using osCommerce to meet your business goals and requirements.

You will also learn how to get the most from the osCommerce community, and see how the open source nature of osCommerce can bring great benefits to the quality of your site.

By the end of this book, you will be confident in running your own store and possess enough know how to establish a strong online business.

Want to get serious with osCommerce?

Check out the Professional Edition for all this and more!

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Who this book is for

This book is written for:

  • first time users of osCommerce
  • current osCommerce who would like to further customize their websites
  • anyone who would like to quickly build a website for their online business

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