Working With Mailchimp – Advanced …

Some time ago, I created a Mailchimp Module that allows osCommerce and Mailchimp to work hand in hand, with some very nice features (eg, ajaxy sign up for both registered customers and non-customers). As this module is a superior approach to all the other available osc<>mailchimp efforts, I was approached to write a new version of Mailchimp that allowed the possibility of working with Groups.

In Mailchimp, Groups are used as “sub sets” of the Main List, which allows you (the list owner) to send email to one or more subsets.

Typical Example: Let’s imagine that you own a Pet Shop, where you sell products for a number of animals; Dogs, Cats, Rats, Hamsters, Gerbils

You must agree that only a very very few of your clients are interested in all 5 of those Animals. It is far more likely that a customer has 1 or 2 of those animals…

In Normal Mailchimp: You have 1 list. You have no idea what animal(s) the subscriber is interested in. You send an email to tell people about a super new offer for Gerbils. How many uninterested people will read your email ?

In the ALL NEW Grouped Mailchimp: You have 1 list with 5 subsets (each of those Animals). You can now send an email only to those on the list who have signed up to “gerbils”. 100% of your readership is now interested.

I’m certain you can think of more examples that can be applied to your own shop. Please comment if you can think of any examples that could be good for your shop…and I will update this post with your ideas (and a link to your shop if you want it)…

Here is how it looks on the Newsletter Page:


This can also (very easily) be plugged into the Account Creation page, to allow people to sign up to your Mailing List at that point.


By utilising the Groups feature in Mailchimp, you can target your customers with pinpoint accuracy – and avoid the usual scatterbomb approach. Work smart, work better.

Interested to purchase

Email me or get me on the Forum.

Summer Blowout is nearly here

Last year I ran a Summer Blowout where I sold a few pieces of code. It’s time to run another. Here’s what is in the pot so far;

Content Modules

  1. Account Logoff Link
  2. Blog Feed
  3. Customer Trust Modules
  4. Maps GeoCode


  1. MATC (popup)

Header Tags

  1. AdRoll SmartPixel
  2. Facebook Custom Audience Pixel
  3. Google Analytics
  4. Google Remarketing
  5. Member Approval
  6. SiteLinks SearchBox

Social Bookmarks

  1. Tumblr

Standalone Scripts

  1. Google Merchant Feed
  2. Image Swapping via Attributes
  3. Price Updating Suite
  4. Google Remarketing
  5. Member Approval
  6. SiteLinks SearchBox
  7. Attributes Stocktaking

More things to be added. In the coming week I’ll post more about each of these…

Responsive Template “Jesse” for osCommerce – Bootstrap…

Here is the very latest template for the Responsive osCommerce:


As you can see, the layout has just the main column. The sideboxes are not useful anymore, as everything needed can now be found in the header and footer.

The template comes in a very easy to install format. Simply upload a few new modules and turn them on, with NO core code changes. It as simple as going into your shop admin and clicking a few buttons.

The only file that is changed is the “new products for month” module on the index page – this has a slightly different layout to the standard responsive layout – of course, this is an option that you might choose not to install.

The base colour scheme comes as standard in 2 shades of green, along with two shades of grey. These colours are incredibly easy to change, just find a colour you like and change the user.css file to match.

It also comes with carousel module which is linked to the Banner Manager in admin – again making it incredibly easy to set up sliding banners.


Want to see the Demo? Have a play with the site, maybe open it in both your normal computer and your mobile phone or tablet. This will give you a flavour of how responsive the template is.

To use this template, you need to be using the Responsive osCommerce, the standard osCommerce will not do.

How to buy?

Get yourself over to my template site and click the Buy Button.

Why osCommerce was the king and is now the pauper

For the past decade and more, the users of osCommerce have wanted more say in what happens next, where it goes, how it is. That say was never granted, not once, ever. I fought to get the community a say, and I succeeded. I started a new vision of what osCommerce could be and asked time and time again for the community to pitch in and help to make osCommerce once again punch at it’s weight…

What help did I get?

From shopowners

– a few shopowners started helping out until they got enough “shop” to use on their live site, then they disappeared.
– a few shopowners tested bits and pieces, then they disappeared
– one or two great guys, who really got into it, and gave some excellent help.

But mainly, what I got from shopowners was a feeling that I should not be trying to move osCommerce forward, that osCommerce belongs to them and that I, as a mere developer, should ask “how high” when they say “jump”. That feeling manifested itself by way of email, private message and even out in the open forum. Well guys – you’ve lost the chance to have any further say.

From developers

– 1 developer got into the idea and started the admin changes
– a few other developers came up with singular bits and pieces
– lately other developers started to come up with ideas and code

But mainly what I got from developers was even more abuse than shopowners gave. All of the developers who contacted me rely on copy and paste, or adding addons to shopowners sites. Of course with the new osCommerce all that is gone. There is no more amend 50 files to do something incredibly simple, now it’s drop in a new mofdule, enter admin and turn it on. The developers are scared that they would lose business. They could not see that these new modules need careful code, and great attention to detail. They could not see that professional people running shops have no problem paying for perfect code. All they could see was that they had to learn new tricks and they did not want to…

As it turns out, the majority of the community is just not interested in a new osCommerce. In return I have no further interest in the community.

My involvement at the forum is over, save for my general duty as a spambuster…I won’t be reading any more posts, I won’t be replying to posts, I won’t be making status updates, I won’t be liking content, I won’t be starting any more discussion threads.

I won’t be spending 1 more minute helping to code the community version of osCommerce.

For me it’s over – thanks to a very vocal bunch of shopowners and developers who failed to see to what was right in front of them, a new osCommerce, built by them, for them, with shopowners input from start to finish. As of right now, it’s back to how it was; you get what you get when you get it.

Thanks to that handful of great guys for your support over the last 12 months, I do mean that for those who “got it”, the discussion threads, the modules, the hooks and all the rest of the cool stuff.

To those “hot air” developers and shopowners who talked much and did nothing – EPIC FAIL – polite golf clap.

What this means is that I can give more attention to my clients needs, so don’t be afraid to contact me, as I have more time to give you these days :)

Product Groups – for Bootstrap osCommerce

This system allows you to easily and quickly attach products into groups or sets. Each of these sets has it’s own page. This is fantastic if you have products across multiple categories, that can also be sold or displayed as one set of products.

A typical example could be clothing, where you can put together an outfit.. hat, scarf, top, belt, trousers, shoes…

Admin Side (adding of group(s)):


Admin Side (adding of product(s) into group):


Shop Side (display of chosen products in a selected group):


Of course there is also the usual extras such as a side column box to allow people to see the groups/sets you have set up:


And a Video to show it all in action:

Interested? Cost is £39. Of course, this is for the system you see in the video, customised changes can easily be made on a shop to shop basis, should you require changes.

Get in touch by email if you would like to purchase or if you have questions.

28 Days Of Code, Day 27 – Gallery

For Day 27 of the project I created a Gallery system, which has its own backend page and a cool looking page in the front end for displaying the uploaded images.



As you can see the uploades images display in grey tone. On mouseover they are colour. On popup they are colour. Images can have multilingual title.




Cost: £39

Get in touch by email if you would like to purchase.

28 Days Of Code – Day 1, Holiday or Away Message

Many moons ago I had created a fairly simple “we’re away” piece of code that changed a couple of core files. I updated this to make it into a Header Tag Module so it’s a very simple installation.

I made a version for the Bootstrapped osCommerce:


And for the normal osCommerce:



Installation takes 10 seconds, turning it on in admin takes 20 seconds, adding your message takes 30 seconds. 1 minute total to place an explanation message and/or turn off your checkout entirely.

Good For:

– 2.3 series osCommerce
– 2.3.4 Bootstrapped osCommerce

Possible uses

– shut down your checkout while you are on vacation
– shut down your checkout whilst performing site maintenance
– display any messsage you wish

Ready to buy it ? The cost is £9. Get in touch with me by email if you are interested.

28 Days Of Code, Rocking osCommerce

I’ve started a “pop up” site for February 2015 over at 28 Days Of Code, where I am making available a bunch of modules and other things each day during the month.

Price starts very low, and increases by £1 each day – in this way it’s possible to get some great modules at ultra low cost.


Some of the modules are for 2.3.4(normal), some are for 2.3.4(bootstrap) and some are for both. I’ve got some very cool modules upcoming … including some never before seen in osCommerce … if you have a minute, wander over to 28DofC site and sign up to the mailing list to be notified each day of what module becomes available. I am 100% certain you will find something you like at some point during the month !

Modules become available at midnight (UK time) each day, and the starting price lasts until the next module becomes available – the quicker you buy, the more cost effective it is.

Mailchimp for osCommerce

I wrote about this module a couple of years ago, since then more and more osCommerce users have stopped using the inbuilt Newsletter system and are instead using Mailchimp. And for good reason, the inbuilt system is simply not good enough for todays consumer or shopowner.


As a shopowner you want to track opens and clicks of your Newsletter. You want to create campaigns that work based on a number of factors – all of which are available from Mailchimp at no cost (until you get to the stage of having many 1000s of subscribers).

Introducing the Mailchimp <> osCommerce bridge

It’s a fairly simple box module that uses Ajaxy goodness to instantly sign up a GUEST or an existing CUSTOMER. No more rubbish core code changes to allow your shop to target those who are interested in you but have never signed up for a full account.

Here is how it looks in the Bootstrap osCommerce:


Nice and simple. Best of all can easily be styled using Bootstrap…if you are using the responsive osCommerce. If you are on the bog standard 2.3 series, it’ll look like the rest of your boxes in your shop…

So, are you interested in taking your marketing to the next level ? Sign up at Mailchimp, then email me to purchase this all new Mailchimp Module, cost is set at £49 including installation.


Demo is here (box at top of right hand column). Please note that this will sign you up to my “28 Days Of Code” Newsletter assuming you confirm your subscription. To test the system you should confirm, you can easily unsubscribe yourself straightaway.

Technical Details

  • Uses latest v2 Mailchimp API
  • Requires v2.3 osCommerce (does not matter if you enabled Bootstrap or not)
  • Installation and Support is provided

What are you waiting for ?

A broken leg leads to a lack of posting …

No posts from me for 4 months due to recovering from a very badly broken leg, though why that stopped me typing I have no real idea. I hope you all had a good Xmas and best wishes for a prosperous 2015 in your osCommerce shops.

Responsive osCommerce

We released the “gold” version of the responsive build, which means that we worked out all the bugs known until that point and the software is in use on many sites. Here’s a couple of good looking Responsive Templates, that change hardly any (or none at all) core code…

You can find the gold download at the Github Repository.

Coming Soon, 28 Days Of Code

During February 2015, I’ll be releasing 1 piece of code each day, which will be a fully built module that does something useful or interesting or cool. Sign up to be notified of each days release at 28DaysOfCode. Some modules will be for 2.3, some for the responsive version and some for both. I’m sure you’ll find something interesting…


Maybe it’s time for you to give osCommerce another go, or to upgrade your existing shop to Responsive.