One of the very finest things you can do to make your customers experience better is to point them at your special offers and featured products.
In standard osCommerce, the “New Products” box on the first page is pretty useless – it’s just a list of the latest 9 products added. My idea is to use that box to show “Featured Products” instead – so I set about finding a cleanly coded solution.
Guess what? I couldn’t find one.
Sure, there are a few “featured” contributions, but all of them are rather clunkily coded (including one I made many years ago)! So, I set about recoding a few files to make adding featured products really easy.
Have a look at the video below;
Basically, my idea is to have a “flag” to set the featured status or not (in eaxctly the same way that you use it to set the product in or out of stock). This makes it really easy to set a product featured.
My other thought was to use the existing “New Products” box ratyer than have to code a new one – so I did!
The result is a cleanly coded “Featured Products” contribution that sticks to osCommerce coding convention and is easy to install. Just a few drop-in files if you install a new store, and if you have an existing store, just a few lines of code to add to a few files;
- /admin/includes/languages/english/categories.php (and obviously german etc)
And that is it! I will zip it up and add it to the contributions area later on.