New Sexy Admin Area

I just created a new Sexy Looking Admin Area for osCommerce RC1. It’s untested on any other osCommerce platform.

It changes the look of the Admin from this:

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To This:

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As you can see, quite a difference! It’s a 1 minute install, just overwrite your base RC1 files with the files contained in the .zip – but remember that if you have made changes in your Admin files, and you overwrite them – those changes will be lost! So if you have made changes, it’s probably best to not to install this, unless you have a bit of knowledge of CSS 😉

You can download it from the official osCommerce contributions area.

Beautiful Template for RC2

Here’s a really nice template made specifically for osCommerce RC2;

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Read more.

Lots of people have been asking about this template – to cut a long story short, all you need to do is upload a new RC, then upload a few more files (supplied in the template zip file). Done! It changes quite a few files and the look is created mainly via stylesheet changes.

It’s well worth the small cost – especially if you intend to use osCommerce “out of the box” with that awful gray colour scheme…

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Stripos used in RC2

In one place, stripos is used in RC2.  Stripos is PHP5 only, so many shops will break when used on a host that is not up-to-date.

The solution is to find every instance of stripos, and change it to strpos (which is backwards PHP compatible).  I believe the only code you will need to change is in the file;

admin/backup.php around line 252.

Tableless Design: Power Factory

This site, posted today in the feedback forum of the official osCommerce Forum is  promoted as a “table less” and “completely remade to css” design.

Although that’s not quite true (there are some tables), it’s a massive improvement on the normal osCommerce, and well worth looking at (under the bonnet).

Check it out:  POWER FACTORY 

HOW TO: show number of products in cart

Shwoing the number of products in osCommerce cart is very simple;

echo $cart->count_contents();

This will show the total number of items in a persons cart.

You can go further with this and say something like;

You have <?php echo $cart->count_contents(); ?> items in your cart.

But this will not be grammatically correct if only 1 item is in the cart, In this case we say;

You have <?php echo $cart->count_contents(); ?> <?php echo $cart->count_contents() == “1” ? “item ” : “items ” ; ?> in your cart.

Now the code will determine whether to say “item” or “items” depending upon the number of items in the cart.

ENJOY!