Product Info Modules

In the latest osCommerce incarnation, it is very simple to create standalone modules which are installable and editable from within the Admin section, this means no core code changes to install addons that add “flavour” to a page. Let’s take a closer look at some modules that are available for the product_info (p_i) page – and remember…NO CORE CODE CHANGES!

1. Social Icons
Adds in a new system of Social Icons, that require no javascript, and is therefore stunningly fast-loading. Modules include: digg, email, facebook, g+, linkedin, pinterest, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr, twitter.

2. Stock
Shows the product stock in a really nice layout.

3. Products Xsell
Dedicated admin page to set up Xsell products. These show on the relevant p_i page.

4. MP3 Player
Add MP3 tracks to your products, show a MP3 player in your p_i page.

5. Product Tabs
Tabbed layout for extra product data

6. Product Compare
Adds a button that powers a product comparison page.

7. Extra Product Fields
Shows product data on p_i page

8. Linked Products
Shows a link to any linked products

9. Facebook Comments
Allow people to comment on your products

10. Multi Tier Xsell
Same as #3, but supercharged – get 3 levels of Xselling!

11. FAQ System
Get lots of questions about your products? Solve that with this module.

12. Public Tagging
Aka Folksonomy. This is the way to create a faceted search system, with no work on your part!

13. Link to Parent Category
Ever needed a “show more in this range of products” link? You got it!

14. MRRP
Show the Manufacturers Recommended Price

15. Product URL
Missing the old functionality? Bring it back, sing it back…

16. Related Products
Maybe #13 doesn’t cut it? Instead show the products from the category…

17. Slaves
Set up slaves. Show them.

18. Personal Page
Link to a page that allows shoppers to save products into a wishlist

As you can see, with just 1 piece of extra code in product_info.php (included in Responsive osCommerce) it is simple to supercharge your product_info page. The possibilities are endless, and are only limited by your lack of imagination.

If you have an idea for a module that shows on the product_info page, comment below.

Pizza Shop – Collection of Modules

Although osCommerce is usually used for selling products which are then sent to the buyer by post, it is possible to use osCommerce for establishments such as Pizza Shops or restaurants.

If we think about a Pizza Shop, which allows online ordering, we see a few features that most other shops don’t want or need;

1. ability to close down online ordering when the physical Pizza parlour is closed
– how about a Header Tag module that does this?

2. ability to charge the correct rate for deliveries
– how about a Shipping module that links into Google Maps and works out the exact distance from the Pizza Shop to the Customer in miles or kilometers, the shipping module then charges per km/mile.

3. ability to add in a Tip for the delivery driver
– how about a Order Total module that allows the buyer to add in a Tip.

Can you think of any more needs for a Restaurant?