Horrible or Awesome #5 – Your Market

Ignore the market you are going to sell in at YOUR PERIL… Sure, there are 50,000 computer stores online, but yours is going to be better! Market research is for people who don’t know what they want to sell, right? You didn’t research for your term paper in high school and you passed, so why… Read More »

Hot 100 New Additions…

I found another 5 sites today that I feel are deserving of an entry into the osCommerce Hot 100 – taking the total number of exceptional osCommerce sites upto 50. Surely there are 50 more to complete the Top 100 ?? The 5 added today are, in no particular order: Premier Gift Ideas The Mozilla… Read More »

Currency as Flags, not Dropdown Menu

Darryl has sent in a very interesting situation and it’s one that I completely agree with; Hi, I’d like to get rid of the currencies menu and instead have flags which relate to the currency, so Dollars would get a USA flag, Euros would get the euro flag and so on. Is this easy to… Read More »

Horrible or Awesome #4 – The Checkout Process

Who needs a quick checkout? People love clicking through 8 pages of forms they have to fill in before buying stuff. Better yet, add in a couple more pages and hoodwink the customer just when they think they are finally through! Sure, you need the customer’s age, gender, and the name of their first born… Read More »

Discount Vouchers for MS2 + Installation Service

All, I just found enough time to test out an install of the DC GV Contribution for RC1 and RC2, but onto MS2-060817.  It installed very well, and so I can now say that if you FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS closely, you should be able to get your MS2 up and running with DC GV within less… Read More »

Forgotten Your Admin Password? Shock, Horror!

Early releases of osCommerce didn’t have any protection for the Admin area – it was up to the Shop Owner to protect the Admin folder using .htaccess…easy enough in most hosts Control Panels. And easy enough to reset if you forgot the Password… Jon sent in an interesting dilemma; When I set up oscommerce the… Read More »

Hot 100 News and Views

The osCommerce Hot 100 idea has taken off pretty well.  It started with just 42 sites on the list, and I know there are many more great sites – I can’t find them all so if you know of any outstanding osC sites, please submit them using the orange “Add Url” button. Yesterday, I made… Read More »

Introducing the osCommerce HOT 100

I’ve been working on coding up a new twist on the “Lives Stores” area of the official osCommerce site.  I went through lots of shops over the past few days, trying to find those that have something exceptional about them. So far, I am at 42 Stores which (in my opinion) show some skill with… Read More »

Horrible or Awesome #3 – Optimise Your Images

Optimizing your images in Photoshop or another image editing program takes time – your valuable time. Just leaving them huge and making the customer download 3MB of images for each page in your site takes time too – the pesky customer’s time. Everybody knows customers love to wait to buy your products. Play a game!… Read More »

MySQL Server DOWN – oh no!

In the official osCommerce Forum I got into bit of a conversation with a Store Owner, part of the conversation was all about what happens if your MySQL server goes down whilst the webserver is still up and running. For those who don’t know, MySQL runs on it’s own little server as part of the… Read More »