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Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Beginner Edition

Beginner's Guide
David Mercer

A step by step introduction to osCommerce.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811886
Paperback200 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to E-Commerce with osCommerce
What is E-Commerce?
The What and Why of osCommerce
The osCommerce Online Community
Chapter 2: Setting Up osCommerce
Your Site’s Basic Requirements
Downloading osCommerce
Transferring osCommerce to Your Live Site
Make Sure the Host is Ready
Installing osCommerce on the Host
Configuring osCommerce
Chapter 3: Basic Configuration
The Administration Tool
Chapter 4: Working with Data
Preparing to Add Product Data
Viewing Reports
Chapter 5: Customization
Language Definitions
Working with Boxes and Columns
Dealing with Images
Customizations Using the Stylesheet
Miscellaneous Customizations
Chapter 6: Taxes, Payments, and Shipping
Locations and Taxes
Getting Paid with PayPal
Credit Card Payments
Alternative Forms of Payments
Chapter 7: More Advanced Topics
Securing the Administration Tool
Securing Payments
Creating Matching Buttons
Search Engine Optimization

What You Will Learn

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.


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