Manufacturers in osCommerce

Yesterday, I was asked to quote on making some changes to the Manufacturer system in osCommerce. At the moment it is quite limited as all you can do is add the Manufacturer Name, Logo and URL. These then show in an infoBox, based on the manufacturer of the product that you are looking at;

I was asked to quote on adding a PDF per manufacturer and a system for adding “sales info” and a “manufacturer description” per language for each manufacturer. All this to then be shown in the individual manufacturer page (per language) in the osCommerce shop.

A normal manufacturer page looks like this.

I needed to change this quite a bit, as so;

Basically displaying the two blocks of text, the homepage link, the PDF and the Manufacturer Name (instead of “Let’s See What We Have Here”).

Pretty straightforward, I cooked up my own solution for all of it, and the code as it stands is rough but workable – it’s what is known as “proof of concept” code. Once this client make a buying decision then I will clean it up and make it available for all.

Here’s the new Admin manufacturer page;

8 Replies to “Manufacturers in osCommerce”

  1. I feel this would be a nice additional contribution to osCommerce as a Manufacturers description is a needed feature just as a Categories description is also overlooked.

    If you do release it as a contribution why not combine the two and release it as one package. This would be good because then they two parts would follow consistent coding standards and perform in a consistent way (such as being searchable, etc).

    I don’t see the need for two text boxes as you have in your addon as it just seems you are adding another field for no reason. The separation of the text can be accomplished with a break tag.

  2. Hi Pete

    As far as I recall, the client wanted 1 block on the manufacturer page (background info) and the other block on the listing and product page (sales info), hence two blocks of code. Easy as. I rarely, if ever, make things into contributions these days.

  3. Hi Gary I am interested in this oscommerce modification please intimate me about if you want sell or contribute it with me. also tell me which osc version its support etc. Thanks

  4. Rahil – as far as I recall, this never made it past the prototype stage. So if you email me on oscshops@gmail.com, let me know what version of osCommerce you are using and your budget, perhaps I can find the time to get it coded. Cheers, Gary

  5. I need the following contribution:

    User selects car model and year, and then is presented with all tire sizes/types that go on that car. There must be database or contribution somewhere that already exists.

  6. I’d like to do this, it looks like I’ll have to custom code it myself. That is, unless, you’ve made an add on and are willing to share it. 😉

  7. Aukuma – as far as I recall, this never made it past the prototype stage. So if you email me on oscshops@gmail.com, let me know what version of osCommerce you are using and your budget, perhaps I can find the time to get it coded. Cheers, Gary

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