Easy Stock Message

I’ve coded up a new system which allow you, shopowner, to easily update stock (in your admin) and then easily show stock in the shop-side, have a look;

Admin Side

Three New pages and a new box;

1. Individual Updates
Click a products stock, update it, click anywhere else.

Notice that for easy reference, any product with less than 1 in stock is marked in red.

2. Multiple Updates
Update any number of stock, scroll down and press the button.

Notice that for easy reference, any product with less than 1 in stock is marked in red.

3. CSV Updates
Upload a CSV file, any product id that is in the CSV file is updated

In admin, you also get a new Box with links to these three new pages

Shop Side

1. Module for the Product Info Page
This is as explained at http://www.clubosc.com/oos-out-of-stock-module-for-product_info.html and this can be used to display a message and change the look/text of the buy button.

2. Core Code change for product listing module
Unfortunately you’ll need to add 1 line of code into the product listing module 🙁 Once done, it looks like this

You can see that we have no stock of “Microsoft Intellmouse Explorer”, so the button is changed to RED and “Back Order”. This could instead of Red, be changed to a disabled button or whatever shopowner needs…

Conclusion

A very simple way to extend the stock functions in osCommerce.

Want it?

Make a donation of just £10 at this link – donations can be anonymous and are done via Paypal. By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you.

Important Note

This system is available only for the Community Responsive osCommerce.

28 Days Of Code, 2017 Version…

TL;DR – no 28DoC project in 2017

For the last couple of February’s I’ve completed a “28 Days Of Code” project where I bring out an all-new module each day and sell it at very low cost.

Those modules have ranged from small things such as “password strength meter” to much larger things such as a blog or products compare and loads of other useful modules.

For 2017 I decided not to run the project, as I found it too stressful to constantly come up with new ideas where they simply do not sell. Last time, there was a grand total of 16 buyers over the course of the 29 days of the project. That’s no doubt my fault as I bring my ideas to fruition without asking for input from shopowners as to what they exactly need. I learned a long time ago not to ask for shopowners input as each shopowner needs something different from the next and so getting an answer that all (or most!) agree on is nigh impossible.

Business Schema

Did you ever search Google and find really interesting details about a Business, for example opening times and email addresses and so on. It looks a bit like this:

This is achieved by letting Google know more information about your business, which is most easily done by using “Schema“. In Responsive osCommerce I strived quite hard to add in “product” schema and that is working very well for a large number of shopowners, but that’s all about the Products and not about your Business…

AND SO…

Now I have an extension which adds in some more Schema markup. It is a Header Tag module and lists the following details: Type of Business, Name, Image, Opening Hours, Price Range, Payment Methods, Telephone, Email, URL, Address – more can be added as needed…

Installation

Very easy. Upload 2 files via FTP. Enter Admin and turn on the new Module. Insert Parameters and press save.

Benefit

Allows Google to better understand your business.

Want It

GOOD FOR:
All osCommerce versions from v.2.3.1 onwards.
Including Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of £3 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “Schema Business” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Mailchimp Dashboard

This new module allows you to see at a glance the number of subscribers in your list, the last send date and the number of subscribers you have gained/lost since that last send.

It looks like this:

It is a Dashboard module for osCommerce admin, so it installs very easily – simply upload it, turn it on, and insert your parameters (in this case, your Mailchimp API Key and List ID):

Want it?

GOOD FOR:
All osCommerce versions from v.2.3.1 onwards.
Including Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

REQUIREMENTS:
You must have a Mailchimp List!

Make a donation of £3 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “MC Dashboard” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Spotlight Special

Super cool idea today from a long-standing osC client. He wanted a way to select a product from his range of products on special offer, and then to “showcase” that chosen product on the front page of his site.

Thankfully this client is pretty up to date so is using the Responsive osCommerce version which has the modular index page. So, making this a stand alone module was a simple affair. Here’s how it turned out;

The first step is, as always, upload the new files using FTP. This does not overwrite anything…now enter admin and;

Choose a Spotlight

Once the spotlight is chosen and the other parameters are set up;

Showing on the front page of the site

Pretty cool!

I made it so that when the box is mouseover’d, the “saving” shows

Let me know your thoughts? This is a pretty cool little module. Of course, you can easily change the look of the spotlight by amending its template file appropriately…it is only limited by your imagination.

Want it?

GOOD FOR: Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of £4 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “Spotlight Special” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Sticky Mini Navbar

I often get inspiration from the most unlikely of sources. Today a spammer signed up at the osCommerce Forum and I followed the link back to his site (which is powered by Magento). One particular part of this guys site stood out for me, and that is a “sticky” navigation bar, which has two main components;

On the left hand side: “Got Questions? Contact Us”
On the right hand side: “X items in cart Checkout”

The reason why I liked this is because it is always in the face of the shopper. A particular problem of Responsive design is to allow a theme to easily be used by a range of devices from tiny phones to large desktops…this sticky navbar solved what I perceive as a problem. Here’s a screenshot of what I’ve come up with:

This navbar stays open all the time even at XS size. This means that it is easy to find at all times for the person who has questions or wants a quick and easy way to checkout (rather than search for the elusive checkout button)…

There are NO CORE CODE CHANGES. Simply upload, go into Admin and install. DONE!

Let me know what you think??

Want it?

GOOD FOR: Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of £5 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “Sticky Nav” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Mailchimp Users: Update you integration to v3 API

Mailchimp are sunsetting their v2 API at the end of THIS MONTH.

As of December 31, 2016 all previous versions of the MailChimp API will no longer be supported, but will continue to be operational. Documentation and support for the older APIs will no longer be available. As such, we can no longer guarantee the availability of these older endpoints after that date. Any integrations built on these APIs will continue to function, but we’re strongly encouraging all developers to move off of the older APIs before the end of 2016.

What this means, in English:

At some point in 2017, your v2 integration will simply stop working.

Suggestion:

Update your Mailchimp integration ASAP.

Using Mailchimp at your shop?

For those shopowners who have my Mailchimp integration, get in touch [ oscshops at gmail dot com ] for the v3 version. It uses totally different code and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to remove the old and replace with the new. This can be done yourself or by me if you do not feel confident to do this yourself.

Getting Reviews is easy…when you make it easy

TL;DR – make it easy for customer to give you reviews.

Just to give you an idea, these are REAL REVIEWS of this Key System, from REAL SHOPOWNERS;

Since started using it I have about 20 new reviews in just over a week which I think you will agree is a great outcome.

A year later I thought it would be good to share that the shop now has wait for it trumpets playing…. 1047 reviews. All because I have an easy way to ask for them click click send.

I sent out requests on about 50 and I got 8 positive reviews in a couple hours.

Reviews gives you credibility
Given the same product at the same price, would you buy from a shop that has 100 reviews of it, or from a shop that has no reviews of it?

Reviews can be used to revamp your store/products
Finding that a product is getting negative reviews? Fix that product up, or remove it, or place less emphasis on it at your shop. Replace it with a new, better, product… the possibilities here are endless.

Customer Reviews is Manna for SEO
Every customer review is new content for your shop. We all know that Google loves content.

Does your shop have Reviews?

Are you asking your buyers for reviews? If not, why not? If you are and it just isn’t happening, what barriers have you put in place stopping buyers from helping you? Let’s look at a couple;

Barrier #1: Guest Checkout
You have no way for the buyer to login and write a review.

Barrier #2: Having to login
Your buyer needs to remember his/her password that he last used 3 weeks ago. What a pain.

NOW SOLVED, with the all-new KEY System

– shopowner attaches a randomised Key to each order
– shopowner can send emails to 1 customer or multiple customers asking them to click a link to make reviews
– customer makes review without logging in

Admin Side gets a whole new page for setting up keys and sending emails:

key_admin

As you can see, keys are easy to set up, emails go out with just one press of a button.

Shop side gets a whole new Modular Page for allowing customer to make review(s):

key_shop

As you can see, multiple products exist in a tabbed layout, making it super simple for buyers to leave reviews. Once a review is left, it looks like this:

key_review_1

At this point, the usual system of reviews is used where shopowner sets status of a new review to live after having had a look at it…

This new (reviews) Key System is available now. The cost is £20, which covers my time of development and future development of the system. I have more ideas for this system which are being coded as you read this.

Want it?

GOOD FOR: Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of £20 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “Key System” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Content Module: Manufacturers Sliding Carousel

The next module on offer is my Manufacturers Sliding Carousel which is Content Module for your homepage. This module takes your manufacturer icons and links them to each manufacturers page.

They are displayed in a sliding carousel, which is set up appropriately for you on initial install – but can be manually changed very easily. The Slider has nav-arrows (if you want them), nav-dots (if you want them), see below:

manfacturer_crawl

There are NO CORE CHANGES – simply upload, go into admin, turn on.

This is a nice way to show manufacturers without taking up too much real estate.

Want it?

GOOD FOR: Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of just £4 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “manufacturer carousel” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Dashboard Module: New and Returning Customer

A nice dashboard showing new and returning customer Stats.
There are no core code changes, just upload it and turn it on!

costats-1

You can select the type of chart to display and how far back you want the stats to calculate.

costats-2

A new customer is defined as someone who first signed up to your shop inside the selected time frame.
A returning customer is defined as someone who first signed up to your shop before the selected time frame and signed in inside the selected time frame.

In the particular example above, this test shop has 1 new client and 1 returning client, hence the chart shows a 50/50 split.

Want it?

GOOD FOR: ALL osCommerce from 2.3 onwards including Responsive Gold and Responsive Edge.

Make a donation of just £3 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please try to let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “customer stats” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.