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#1   Collines

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 03:20 PM

I have stretched my web design skills to the limit here and tried to make full use of osCommerce and the contributions available in order to try and produce a store that in no way resembles the standard osCommerce.

www.markstaves.co.uk

There are still some texts and images to play around with, but and recommendations / advice most welcome.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:16 PM

Looks very nice, if a little slow to load on my rural speed line.

You have a few problems with French banners displaying on English pages and accented characters displaying incorrectly on UK browsers the create account page "French Metropolitain" displays as "French M?tropolitain". Also the tab name is Default .....

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#3   Collines

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:18 PM

Thanks

The banners are what I am still working on. This was created for a French company and i am still doing the boring bit of translating the banners into English.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:04 AM

I think I love it!stduy!

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 03:41 AM

I checked it out on 10/26/2010 @ 10:39 CDT
I like what you have done EXCEPT - Your main table is at the very bottom of the page after your left hand column.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:01 AM

The color scheme is very nice but places like the contact us page where the address is in green is very hard to read. Also the menus, white text over light grey, is a bit low on the contrast. other than that it's one of the best sites i've seen. =)

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:17 PM

Nice store but what does "enhanced by solucart" mean ?

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 04:56 PM

View Postmsimplay, on 16 November 2010 - 09:17 PM, said:

Nice store but what does "enhanced by solucart" mean ?

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 05:07 PM

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#10   Collines

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 06:33 PM

No, it is not a template.

I created the store myself, but have been using osCommerce for years and have made my own version that has more than fifty contributions installed.

I did not want to reply earlier as I did not want to advertise my fork of osCommerce on here, even though having a fork is perfectly legal.

Even with my version of osCommerce, I have never tried to pretend that it was based on anything other than osCommerce (who deserve the credit for the hardest work) hence saying based on osCommerce  and enhanced by Solucart.

Incidentally, Solucart is moot at the moment as there is a new version of osCommerce.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:08 PM

My apologizes Mark. :blush:

I clicked on the link which lead me to - http://www.solucart.com/ which sounded like a reworked version of osC and a template system.

I did not realize that solucart was your baby, again I am sorry.

As a note regarding the feedback...

I am STUCK with a rural dialup connection and after waiting five minutes for the page to load I gave up.
Maybe there is something you can tweak to increase load times?

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#12   Collines

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:59 PM

Hi Jim

You have discovered the one failing of this site.

I made it for a customer and decided to use the approach of asking the customer to point out the elements on other sites that they found interesting. They of course managed to find every bell and whistle on the internet and then decided they wanted all of those those bells and whistles. I tried to point out that the product scope (aromatherapy) is principally the domain of an older audience. Heck, some of their customers do not even have javascript or flash enabled on their computers. At the end of the day though, I had to create what the customer wanted. The result is a site that is too "enhanced" for some of the potential customers. It still makes money though.

I would welcome any ideas to reduce load times though.

Mark

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:05 PM

Just a quick issue: button_continue_shopping.png has an image that says "change address"

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:26 PM

An other issue on product info (safari 4.1.2)

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#15   Collines

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:36 PM

Thanks George

This is a copy of a the site on my server. I was hoping to show how osCommerce can be changed to look different. The actual client wanted the osCommerce bit removed, so I do not want to change the site to the live one, where these two issues have been fixed.

Thank you for pointing this out though. I am now going to make a copy of the live site and overwrite this one, so that it will be a bit more up to date, with these issues fixed.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 04:48 AM

View PostCollines, on 19 November 2010 - 03:59 PM, said:

Hi Jim

You have discovered the one failing of this site.

I made it for a customer and decided to use the approach of asking the customer to point out the elements on other sites that they found interesting. They of course managed to find every bell and whistle on the internet and then decided they wanted all of those those bells and whistles. I tried to point out that the product scope (aromatherapy) is principally the domain of an older audience. Heck, some of their customers do not even have javascript or flash enabled on their computers. At the end of the day though, I had to create what the customer wanted. The result is a site that is too "enhanced" for some of the potential customers. It still makes money though.

I would welcome any ideas to reduce load times though.

Mark

Hi Mark,

I know from my past web browsing that Flash objects "really" slow my load times.

Not really sure what else to recommend.
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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:25 AM

Very nice job on the site. It does not look like an oscommerce site. That is a good thing.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 12:42 AM

View PostPropaganda, on 13 November 2010 - 12:01 AM, said:

... it's one of the best sites i've seen. =)

Agree.