How Much Should I Pay?

Randy asks Hi, I want to have a nice looking website, I don’t know how much I should pay for a nice design. I have 3 quotes for a design ranging from $99 ! to over $1000 – for much the same thing. Any advice would be great. Randy, what you are asking is “how… Read More »

Horrible or Awesome #8 – Product Descriptions

Completely leave out product descriptions All your customers need is a blurry, browser resized, stretched picture of your product. They don’t need to know its features, limitations, or comparisons to other products. Hey, if they knew all that they would probably go buy the other guys widget right? Don’t describe your product at all. Be… Read More »

New look for osC Books – check it out!

After 4 years, I decided that osC Books was a very stale design – so this morning, I rebranded it!  Have a look at and let me know what you think. I’ve tried to give it a more “modern” look and feel – as well as make it easier to navigate – I’ve also… Read More »

Just a few products? Dump the categories…

Years back I had a client who had only a few products in his store. Rather than use the category infoBox I rewrote it to simply give a direct link to each product. It’s funny that I was looking at that store the other day (it’s on the Hot 100 list), and today someone in… Read More »

oscmax zencart creloaded – bewildered!

Henry asks; I am about to set up an OSC site but which one to use Oscmax, CREloaded, Zencart CRE seem to have the best support but I like the Xshop software that goes with OSCmax. None of the above! Why not go with a standard install of osCommerce and then add the functionality you… Read More »

Top 100 Script – not an update!

I’ve been getting a lot of emails about the script that I am using to power the “Hot 100” list. It’s basically a script which was coded for me, which I call “5 Starred“. At the moment, it costs $20, but I have it on offer at 1 Month – present price is just $2.00,… Read More »

Featured Products in osCommerce

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… Read More »

Passing $cPath thru Advanced Search…

In the official osCommerce Forum, someone asked for the ability to pass the $cPath variable through the Advanced Search Result “link” for each product. Basically, instead of a direct link to a product, eg: product_info.php?products_id=10, he wanted product_info.php?cPath=3_11&products_id=10 The example obviously assumes that Product 10, is inside Subcategory 11 which is inside Category 3. Got… Read More »

Got STS, Got the Tutorial – Now you need a Template

As readers will know, I spent some time the other day updating the STS eBook for 2008 – my own knowledge has come on leaps and bounds since I first wrote that STS Tutorial, and STS itself has had at least 2 or 3 major updates as well. Now that the eBook is up to… Read More »

Top 100 osCommerce List Update

Another couple of sites added in the past few days; VisionsXpressed This one is a real work of art. Check out (no pun intended) the “1 page” checkout… Baileys Men Wear Which brings the total list of shops up to 71.  Only 29 more to go and then the lowest voted ones start to fal… Read More »