After many years running a version 2.2 web-store I decided to upgrade it. It has been redone from scratch.
I am using 2.3.4 bootstrap edge. A few add-ons have been included, notably:
1. modular add-ons such as front page categories by @kymation
2. ultimate seo-urls for responsive design as updated by @piernas
I have manually added my own product fields and modified the product_info.php page.
I am not a computer programmer or web designer and have chosen to work on the store myself rather than outsource it as I enjoy the learning experience. I buy, sell, trade ancient coins as a hobby (I am the COO of a large retail company full-time) and have found working on the store a rewarding hobby in itself, so much so, that now I am thinking about working on sites for friends and family to keep me occupied. I have particularly enjoyed learning about the bootstrap framework which is really powerful, and simple to use once you get the hang of it.
I had many options in selecting how I would go about building my website. There are many alternatives to osCommerce (paid and free), some of which allow you to put together a professional looking website very quickly. osCommerce appealed to me because: 1) I had used it before; 2) it forces you to learn about web-design unless you are prepared to stick with the stock design; 3) making things work without being a programmer is like working on a challenging jigsaw puzzle - I enjoy the challenge of something not working then finding a solution to it myself; 3) above all however, the community support behind it - plenty of talented people willing to give up their time and contribute. There are some individuals who I know by name not only from the add-ons they have contributed, but from the time they spend on the forum helping others. They are pillars of this community.
Feedback is the breakfast of champions as they say.
So I am open to all feedback.
There is still a lot of content that I want to add to my site such as articles / blog.
I also want to improve the formatting on the information pages and add graphics - any tips in particular on layout for these pages (e.g. about_us.php) would be welcome.
Link to site: http://www.ancientcointraders.com
Edited by peterpil19, 27 February 2017 - 00:02.