Discount Vouchers for MS2 + Installation Service

All, I just found enough time to test out an install of the DC GV Contribution for RC1 and RC2, but onto MS2-060817.  It installed very well, and so I can now say that if you FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS closely, you should be able to get your MS2 up and running with DC GV within less than half an hour.

If you have a very modified version of osCommerce, it might take you much longer!

I can offer an installation service if anyone is interested.  The charge for this will be $50 – if I cannot install it and get it working as per the instructions, you will get a FULL REFUND, no questions asked.  If you are interested, please send me an email, my email address is up there ^

I also can now offer this service for RC1, RC2 and RC2a, whether or not you have contributions installed.

Forgotten Your Admin Password? Shock, Horror!

Early releases of osCommerce didn’t have any protection for the Admin area – it was up to the Shop Owner to protect the Admin folder using .htaccess…easy enough in most hosts Control Panels. And easy enough to reset if you forgot the Password…

Jon sent in an interesting dilemma;

When I set up oscommerce the install asked me for a admin username and password, when I came back to the site a week later to do some work I cannot remember the Password that i used. Can you help?

RC (recent) releases of osCommerce include an inbuilt password – so the installation procedure asks for a Username and Password. If you forget your Password, it’s impossible to get it back, as it is entered into the MySQL Database encrypted.

BUT…it is easy to get around, so long as you have access to PHP My Admin (which is standard on just about every host that I know of!). Here’s what you need to do.

1. Open up PHP My Admin, and EMPTY the Administrators Table totally.

2. Go to your Shop Admin, and the login page will now ask you to set up a NEW admin username and password. It will show this text “No administrators exist in the database table. Please fill in the following information to create the first administrator. (A manual login is still required after this step)“. Obviously, you should follow this instruction!

3. You can now log in using your new username and password.

Easy as 123. Here’s a video I made of me doing exactly these steps;

Hot 100 News and Views

The osCommerce Hot 100 idea has taken off pretty well.  It started with just 42 sites on the list, and I know there are many more great sites – I can’t find them all so if you know of any outstanding osC sites, please submit them using the orange “Add Url” button.

Yesterday, I made a post at the official osCommerce forum with a link to the Hot 100 list – I meant it as a fun way for people to see great sites and to vote them up/down.  Lots of visitors came by and voted, and a few people submitted their websites to the list.  I authorised some and deleted others that had been submitted (I see no point in adding sites that have nothing outstanding about them – if I did that, it’d be a never ending task to keep the list updated).

Anyway, one of the people who submitted a site (which I did not authorise) then started sulking and posting personal abuse at me in the forum thread (called me a c**t even!).  I won’t divulge his URL as that’d be unfair for me to out this person as he might well lose potential customers due to his outbursts – suffice to say that his site is standard osCommerce with a few contributions and a new colour scheme – noting wrong with that – but it would add no value to the Hot 100 list in my opinion.

In the end, I asked a Moderator to delete the thread due to this persons abuse.  There’s no place for that.  It was supposed to be a bit of fun, and this person basically acted like a complete idiot.

I also had 1 shop owner ask to be removed from the list, of course, this is no problem to do so.