Category Archives: Extra

Horrible or Awesome #3 – Optimise Your Images

Optimizing your images in Photoshop or another image editing program takes time – your valuable time. Just leaving them huge and making the customer download 3MB of images for each page in your site takes time too – the pesky customer’s time. Everybody knows customers love to wait to buy your products. Play a game!… Read More »

Horrible or Awesome #2 – Thumbnail Images

Why would you want to speed up load times for slow connections, or make your pictures look better? Good looking images are the sign of professionalism and class, and you surely don’t want your site to have either of those. Sure, successful shop owners say better images sell more products, but you don’t have to… Read More »

Horrible or Awesome #1 – Leave the layout stock

Leave the layout stock Because after all, if it wasn’t the best layout of all time then why did they distribute it as ‘stock’ in the first place? Never mind that your site will look like every other lazy guy who decided that product presentation was overrated. Never mind that it has no flow, coherence,… Read More »

Buy Button Only after Selecting Option

I started this modification maybe 5 years ago, but abandoned it when my customer decided he did not want it anymore. I noticed someone on the official osCommerce forum ask for the same thing so I dug out my old code and got it working again. If that looks workable, I can carry on and… Read More »

Tableless Design: Power Factory

This site, posted today in the feedback forum of the official osCommerce Forum is  promoted as a “table less” and “completely remade to css” design. Although that’s not quite true (there are some tables), it’s a massive improvement on the normal osCommerce, and well worth looking at (under the bonnet). Check it out:  POWER FACTORY