The 2.3 version of osCommerce which is due to be released sometime this week now has support for multiple images within the core. This does away with the need to add in an extra contribution to make your products more attractive to potential buyers.
The new system for adding product images looks like this (admin > categories.php > add new product);
You can plainly see that you will need a “main image” which is to be the dimensions that you set for the “small image width” and “small image height” (admin > configuration > images). This “main image” is used throughout the osCommerce pages and infoboxes etc (eg, new products for month, bestsellers, products_new and so on).
So, how to add extra images?
It’s pretty simple, just click the +Add Large Image link. I have placed a large arrow by it in this image;
Once clicked, this brings up a new entry in the product adding screen, like this;
In here, you can select the image to be shown. Would suggest to keep these images to a manageable size (say about 6 inches by 6 inches). In addition, you can also insert HTML;
What this will do is show the image you select in the gallery view, and the HTML in the popup. In the image above, the HTML is for a Youtube Video. Nice.
How does it look in use
The thumbnails are auto-created by the gallery script. When you hover over these, the larger image above changes. When you click the larger image, you get a popup which opens the image at it’s proper size. Here’s a video;
Re-Ordering the Images
You can also re-order the images, using the tiny “arrow” button, click on this and hold it to drag the box to it’s new position. Then save your changes and refresh your product page, and your images/videos are in their new positions! Excellent!
Removing Extra Images
To remove an extra image, just click the tiny “trash” button and confirm. Then save your changes.
This is a really nice addition to osCommerce that any shop owner should be very pleased with! Nice work Harald & osCommerce Team!