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BUY button – is your OUT and PROUD ?

Yesterday I stumbled across a really interesting article, you can read it here. Basically, this article talks about the size of a BUY button which set me to thinking… How about changing the BUY button to something bigger and brighter. The BUY button has to be the most important button in any e-commerce site so… Read More »

PCI Compliance

PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It was developed by the major credit card companies as a guideline to help organizations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud, cracking and various other security vulnerabilities and threats. A company processing, storing, or transmitting payment card data must be PCI DSS compliant… Read More »

osCommerce on localhost Tutorial

I just finished up the “osCommerce on localhost” package and it has been tested by a handful of people.  So I’d like to introduce the “osCommerce on localhost” tutorial over at This package auto installs the following onto your windows computer: PHP, MySQL and PHPMyAdmin osCommerce osCommerce with STS Already got an osCommerce Store… Read More »

osCommerce Breadcrumb Tips

Breadcrumbs or breadcrumb trails are a navigation technique used in user interfaces. Its purpose is to give users a way to keep track of their location within programs or documents. The term is taken from the trail of breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the popular fairytale. In osCommerce, the breadcrumb is made up… Read More »

Changing the Logo

Changing the Logo of a standard install of osCommerce is really easy – all you need to do is upload a new file to overwrite the exisitng file called store-logo.png In this example, I have added a stripey green background to the area where the logo resides – in order to demonstrate what I mean;… Read More »

Installing osCommerce on your own home computer

Recently I’ve been seeing lots of requests for instructions on how to install osCommerce on your own home computer.  There are lots of good reasons why you should do this; You can test out new contributions easily before adding them to your live store You can make a design without affecting your live store You… Read More »

eBay is hard work!

I haven’t used eBay for a very long time other than buying the odd item here and there.  In the past couple of weeks I’ve been using eBay to sell a couple of my osCommerce related products – it’s taken me 2 hours to get the the point where I’ve got a live listing. For… Read More »

Making a design work in osCommerce

I thought it might be interesting for you guys to see how I make an osCommerce site. What I do is pretty simple and I do this for every site I built since 2000… Step 1 is to sketch out my design on a piece of paper – here’s a REAL example: Sorry about the… Read More »

New Look for Site

Since I started the site in 2004, I’ve stuck with the same design until the last few weeks. The old design served it’s purpose fairly well, but was getting stale. 4 years, in internet terms is a VERY long time – so I decided that a “more modern” look was needed. After a bit of… Read More »

Error -12263 in osCommerce

Been seeing lots and lots of this error crop up recently in the osCommerce Forums.  I also had a client with this exact same problem… After a bit of investigation, the problem is that your /includes/configure.php file is calling resources from a SSL that does not exist. Example; and – but you have… Read More »