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Deep Inside osCommerce: The Cookbook

Monika Mathé

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Book Details

ISBN 139781847190901
Paperback400 pages

About This Book

  • osCommerce expert "Monika in Germany" lets you in on her secrets on how to hack your way to that perfect osCommerce site
  • Create new modules and custom-code your default osCommerce installation
  • Add extensions and features like category driven designs and individual shipping modules

Who This Book Is For

This book is for people who are already familiar with osCommerce. It presumes a working knowledge of PHP and HTML, as well as basic understanding of phpMyAdmin for database inserts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Chop and Cream the Basic Design
1. Add Easy Top-Category Driven Stylesheets
2. Create Flexible Column Definitions
Chapter 2: Serve them New Menus
3. Show Active Subcategories only in Your Category Box
4. Create Separate Boxes for Each Top Category
5. Simplify Category Box Navigation by Defining Specific Colors for Each Level
6. Add Extra Links to Your Category Box
Chapter 3: Spice Up Your Infoboxes
7. Move Your Infobox Header closer to Content
8. Make Your Infobox Header Taller
9. Add a Pop-Up Page from an Infobox Link
10. Add Images to Infoboxes
11. Add Extra Images to Your Columns without Framing Boxes
12. Hide or Show Boxes Driven by Language Choice
13. Add Boxes Dedicated to Specified Countries
14. Define Box-Image Size Independent of Product Thumbs
15. Show Manufacturers' Logos in the Manufacturers Infobox
16. Add Double Borders to Boxes with Background Matting
Chapter 4: Stuff Your Product Display
17. Add Parent Category in Product Listing
18. Add Top Category in Product Listing
19. Add a Separator Line in Product Listing
20. Add a Cell Background and an Image Border to Product Listing
21. Sort Product Listing by Date Added
22. Prepare a Quick 'n Easy Review System for Product Listing
23. Whip Up a Top-Category Driven Product Listing
24. Control Manufacturer Image Size
25. Call a Pop Up from Product Description in Product Info
26. Call Unique Code for a Single Product in Product Info
27. Show a Pop Up with Shipping Options in Product Info
28. Add an Anchor for Options in Product Info
29. Integrate Tell a Friend into Product Info
30. Offer an Ask a Question about a Product Link on Product Info
31. Sell Affiliate Products from Your Catalog
32. Fill Up Also Purchased Products Search Result
33. Limit New Products to Those with an Image
34. Set Column Count for New Products
Chapter 5: Dish Up a Better Search
35. Add Help Text to Your Search-Box Input Field
36. Set the Search-Result Value Independent of Admin Listings
37. Add an All Manufacturers Page to the Manufacturers Infobox
38. Customize Your Product Listing with Individual Boxes for Each Manufacturer
Chapter 6: Grill that Checkout Process
39. Make Removing Products from the Cart more Intuitive
40. Remove Delivery Address Modification from Your Shipping Page
41. Modify Shipping Method Display for the Confirmation Page
42. Add a Sophisticated Gift Wrapping Option to the Shipping Page
43. Add the Option to Donate during Checkout
44. Personalize Your Order Confirmation Email
45. Add Your Customers' Email Addresses and Phone Numbers to Your Order Confirmation Email
46. Add Your Customers' Fax Numbers to Your Order Confirmation Email
47. Add the Products' Manufacturers to Your Order Confirmation Email
48. Add the Products' Category Tree to Your Order Confirmation Email
Chapter 7: Whip Up New Shipping Options
49. Add Multiple Flat Rate Shipping Modules
50. Add Percentage and Base Price Support to Table Rate
51. Allow Free Postage for Free Items
52. Limit Flat Rate Shipping to a Specific Top Category Only
53. Hide Shipping Modules Driven by Weight
54. Create a Per Item Shipping Module with Two Price Levels
Chapter 8: Season Your Payment Modules
55. Hide Payment Modules from Public Eyes
56. Create Dependencies between Shipping and Payment Modules
57. Offer Customized Payment Options for Selected Customers
Chapter 9: Cook Up a Multiple Banner System
58. Set Up Category-Driven Banners
59. Create Rotating Banners that Link within Your Own Shop
Chapter 10: Throw Together Dessert Extra Treats for You!
60. Display a Dynamic Shipping Table for Table Rate Shipping
61. Restructure and Customize Your File Download Module
62. Create a Dual Website Combining Shopping Cart and Showroom Features
Chapter 11: Beef Up Your Admin
63. Reset Date Added for Products
64. Set an Expiry Date for Products
65. Limit Also Purchased Products Selection by Date
66. Display Full Information for Customer, Delivery, and Billing Addresses at a Glance
67. Highlight Orders According to their Order Status
68. Sort Your Administration Menu Configuration-Box Entries
69. Allow Entering Products in an Additional Currency

What You Will Learn

The book has 11 chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of osCommerce.

Chapter 1 equips you with a few very easy and very important changes to the basic design which will make developing and later modifying a whole new template a breeze.

Chapter 2 will help you modify your navigation to ensure a smoother shopping experience for your customers.

Chapter 3 covers infoboxes and turns you into an expert in tweaking them to your needs.

Chapter 4 deals with one of the most important visual parts of your shop, the product display in the listings and the detail page.

Chapter 5 outlines different methods to make searching on your site a fun experience. You want your customers to use your search and to find the products you want to sell to them.

Chapter 6 highlights customizations of the checkout process, namely the flow from the shopping cart to the shipping and payment pages up to the order email.

Chapter 7 talks about new shipping modules. You will learn how to adapt existing modules to create completely new rate systems for your shop.

Chapter 8 focuses on existing payment modules and how they can be tweaked.

Chapter 9 provides tips on efficiently using banners as a marketing tool.

Chapter 10 is a goodie bag of extra special treats to indulge your sweet tooth.

Chapter 11 tackles changes in the admin area. You alone will be the keeper of these secret recipes hidden to the public eye.

In Detail

osCommerce has been around since March 2000. At present there are over 10,000 live, registered osCommerce sites, and about 100,000 registered community members. Apart from providing ready-made solutions to problems, as well as a huge repository of information, the osCommerce community is a living entity with which we can all interact. With the rising success and popularity of this remarkable piece of software, things can only get better.


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