Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Beginner Edition

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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.

Features
  • 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
Page Count 200
Course Length 6 hours 0 minutes
ISBN 9781904811886
Date Of Publication 25 Jan 2006

Authors

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.

He also maintains SME Pals, a blog dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and startups thrive online. SME Pals has become a recommended entreperneurial resource with many leading educational institutions because it has a strong focus on innovative business ideas and how to convert them into profitable startups.

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.