Monthly Archives: June 2011

Upgrade to 2.3.1 – scared? Database problems?

I know that a lot of people are considering upgrading to 2.3.1 version of osCommerce as 2.3.1 is a lot better coded than the older versions. The one thing holding people back from upgrading appears to be the database changes. It is quite straightforward to make the changes if you are patient enough to sit… Read More »

Admin Create Customer Account

Someone at the osCommerce forum posted for a way to manually create a customer account in osCommerce 2.3.1. A similar addon does already exist for older versions of osCommerce, but the code leaves a bit to be desired. Step 1. Create the “Add A Customer” form to the admin – copied the create_account.php page from… Read More »

Change the Image System

I had a few emails recently to tell me that the product images on my own osCommerce site left a lot to be desired. I agreed, especially as my products are mainly about “how they look”. I was using the standard multiple images in 2.3.1 – so, I set out to find a new way… Read More »

Add Customer Reviews in Admin

A fellow osCommerce professional asked if I had heard of an add-on that allows the Shop Owner to add a customer review. I was sure that I had created something similar in the recent past, but could not find it, so I set out to code it up. Step 1: add a “add a new… Read More »

960 grid system overlay

Just came across a tweet from Nathan Smith (creator of 960 grid system), which directed me to a new Chrome plugin called 960 Grid System Overlay. With this installed it is very easy to see how a site is coded using the 960 grid. Installation is super simple, just visit that page in Chrome and… Read More »

Adding the Google +1 button

The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.” Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1’s can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search. So, I thought why not give it a go. At the… Read More »

Got Fork? Make sure you know enough…

The other day I was contacted via email by a member of the osCommerce forum asking a very basic question about how osCommerce displays categories. This person offers a fork of osCommerce…in my opinion anyone who forks needs to have enough knowledge to not ask ANY questions in the osCommerce forum, or make sure that… Read More »