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#1   peterpil19

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 23:49

Greetings,

 

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

Regards,

 

Peter


Edited by peterpil19, 27 February 2017 - 00:02.

Full-time I am the COO of a large retail company in Australia.

In my spare time (what little I have), I enjoy buying, selling, and trading ancient coins and antiquities as a hobby: http://www.ancientcointraders.com.

I am enjoying learning about web-design.

 

osCommerce responsive is the best version of osCommerce.

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#2   Dan Cole

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 00:56

@peterpil19

 

Peter you've done a great job for someone who is just learning as you go.  Good on you. :thumbsup:

 

One thing that I would do is to square up your images so you don't have pages like this one...

 

http://www.ancientco...facts-c-25.html

 

To me it just doesn't look professional nor does it say "I pay attention to detail".

 

Dan



#3   peterpil19

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 01:44

@Dan Cole

 

Hi Dan,

 

Thank you for your encouraging words and constructive feedback.

 

I agree 100%, the photos on that page appear like that because I have set product images to a fixed width, and then auto height, and these images have a larger height compared to all other photos.  Easily solved by formatting the photos to include white space on either side so that they are geometrically comparable to all other products. I will repost a link once I have done that.

 

Thanks,

 

Peter


Edited by peterpil19, 27 February 2017 - 01:45.

Full-time I am the COO of a large retail company in Australia.

In my spare time (what little I have), I enjoy buying, selling, and trading ancient coins and antiquities as a hobby: http://www.ancientcointraders.com.

I am enjoying learning about web-design.

 

osCommerce responsive is the best version of osCommerce.

Download it here: https://github.com/g...sive-osCommerce

Please donate so the team can continue their work on that project: https://pledgie.com/campaigns/31724


#4   peterpil19

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:06

UPDATE

 

I have added an articles / blog page using the excellent Add-on by @burt: http://www.ancientco...rs.com/news.php

I have made a few changes to the default formatting of this add-on so that: 1) there is a header section; 2) the title of each article features in its own panel; 3) the table listing all articles is at the bottom of each article so you do not have to go back to the main page (required only slight change to the code to remove filtering by author so all articles are listed when on an articles page).

 

I have also added an FAQ page using the FAQdesk Add-on: http://www.ancientco...ers.com/faq.php

I have modified the default formatting from a simple list to one with the questions and answers in different coloured panels and accross 2 collapsible columns.

 

Note: the issue above raised by Dan is still outstanding until I get some free time to fix up the photos.

 

Peter


Edited by peterpil19, 05 March 2017 - 11:11.

Full-time I am the COO of a large retail company in Australia.

In my spare time (what little I have), I enjoy buying, selling, and trading ancient coins and antiquities as a hobby: http://www.ancientcointraders.com.

I am enjoying learning about web-design.

 

osCommerce responsive is the best version of osCommerce.

Download it here: https://github.com/g...sive-osCommerce

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#5 ONLINE   frankl

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 21:19

@peterpil19

 

Looking good mate.


Let's make things easier for new osCommerce users http://forums.oscomm...bles/?p=1718900  Getting there with osCommerce 2.4! :thumbsup:


#6   peterpil19

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 22:49

Thanks Frank,

 

Much appreciated!

 

Peter


Full-time I am the COO of a large retail company in Australia.

In my spare time (what little I have), I enjoy buying, selling, and trading ancient coins and antiquities as a hobby: http://www.ancientcointraders.com.

I am enjoying learning about web-design.

 

osCommerce responsive is the best version of osCommerce.

Download it here: https://github.com/g...sive-osCommerce

Please donate so the team can continue their work on that project: https://pledgie.com/campaigns/31724


#7   peterpil19

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 09:26

Update: my webstore is currently down. The hosting provider (webcity Australia) has a network outage which affects all of its websites. No ETA has been provided - 48 hours and still counting. Very surprising given they claim to have 150,000 customers.


Full-time I am the COO of a large retail company in Australia.

In my spare time (what little I have), I enjoy buying, selling, and trading ancient coins and antiquities as a hobby: http://www.ancientcointraders.com.

I am enjoying learning about web-design.

 

osCommerce responsive is the best version of osCommerce.

Download it here: https://github.com/g...sive-osCommerce

Please donate so the team can continue their work on that project: https://pledgie.com/campaigns/31724


#8   peterpil19

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 14:40

Forgot to update - website is up and running. Just over 2 days offline in total. In the war which took place on the hosting providers' twitter page is an important lesson about public relations and keeping your customers updated.


Full-time I am the COO of a large retail company in Australia.

In my spare time (what little I have), I enjoy buying, selling, and trading ancient coins and antiquities as a hobby: http://www.ancientcointraders.com.

I am enjoying learning about web-design.

 

osCommerce responsive is the best version of osCommerce.

Download it here: https://github.com/g...sive-osCommerce

Please donate so the team can continue their work on that project: https://pledgie.com/campaigns/31724


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 18:58

Hello Peter @peterpil19,

 

I agree 100%, the photos on that page appear like that because I have set product images to a fixed width, and then auto height, and these images have a larger height compared to all other photos.  Easily solved by formatting the photos to include white space on either side so that they are geometrically comparable to all other products. I will repost a link once I have done that.

 

They are also too big and you get slow first time page loads because of this.

I would recommend to use the kissIt image thumbnailer:

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/9206

which will do all of this automatic. Rezising and adding whitespace to equal the proportions.

 

 

Otherwise nice job.

 

rgds

Rainer