Here’s a little project I completed some time back but updated today. The essence of the project is to create a new osCommerce page that acts like the “contact_us” page but allows the person contacting to let the shopowner know precisely what he or she is interested in.
So, I made a copy of contact_us with some extra details (name, email, enquiry, location and then a chained selector system based on manufacturer, product and size). Think in terms of a shoe shop which sells a range of manufacturers and model of shoe.
What is a chained selector?
So, the person first selects the manufacturer, the second dropdown is then populated ONLY with the products from that manufacturer, the third dropdown is a size dropdown. Now the customer can fill out all the info and the shopowner can email them back to let them know where/how to purchase.
All pretty good and works well.
I then came up with the idea of showing the image of the product based on the inputs. So, when a person selects the info, an image of what they have chosen appears. Does that make sense?
I am now offering a 2.3.1 (or 2.3.2) to 2.3.3 upgrade service. It does not matter if your site is fairly basic or if it is highly modified with addons and template. The cost of the upgrade service is $275, and you end up with all core files properly updated, along with all 2.3.3 features added.
Why should you upgrade?
2.3.3 brings a lot of bugfixes over previous versions.
2.3.3 brings more security over previous versions.
2.3.3 brings more flexibility and is the first version to run out of the box on PHP v5.4
Why should you choose me to upgrade?
1. It saves you the time and stress. You run your business without having to worry about the technicalities of the software you are using.
2. I am one of the five coders actively involved in the new codebase for 2.3.3 which means I know the code inside out and upside down. No worries, no problems.
As I was the first to break the news that 2.3.2 was to be shortly released, I might as well let you know that 2.3.3 is just about ready for a release. 2.3.3 is a bugfix release, and security upgrade.
It is great to see more regular releases of osCommerce, this can only re-ignite the community effort. For myself, I am trying to help out with some ideas for 2.3.4 (which is to be a release introducing new features).
For v2.3.4 I have coded and proposed;
Header Tags SEO rewrite from scratch, using proper Header_Tag modules
I will be adding more features to my fork over the coming days and weeks, which Harald can hopefully use (or get ideas from). For my readers, I ask the question;
What features would you like to see in osCommerce 2.3.4 ?