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  1. The addon you link to is for a previous version of oscommerce, this is the other great drawback, being so basic and each version incompatible with the previous every time a new version comes out it is start from scratch and hope addon's are around to replace your old ones

     

    The mentioned add-on is easy to adapt to v2.3, simply follow the manual code change instructions. (Do not try to use pre-modded 2.2 files from any add-on in a 2.3 shop)

     

    All points noted, why would some carts only work on dedicated hosting ?

     

    Because they are too resource intensive and will not load properly/very slowly.


  2. @@sparkylabs

     

    This is an easy to install and use mod for price breaks: Simple Price break

     

    Besides that you sound like someone who should rather look at Oscmax or Zencart.

     

    Oscommerce is as of today close to the only open source cart with a massive selection of FREE add-ons as-well as a cart which can easily be run on shared hosting. BUT it does require its users to take the time to learn some basic php and html programming to add extra functionality.

     

    By the way oscommerce is still one of the more widely used cart softwares, but you might not always see its an oscommerce shop at first glance since for most successful shops they have made their own modified version which looks nothing like the default version.

     

    There are plenty of other Open Source shopping cart software out there, many more advanced and with much more modern code than the Oscommerce 2 series. (But if you are concerned about having to pay for programming/modifications your can not do yourself then you will probably "cry" after trying one of those.)

     

    - Some will only run ok on dedicated servers, ie. you will have to spend 150 USD and up a month for the hosting alone.

     

    - Close to all add-ons/extensions cost money

     

    - Due to more complex code, most are not DIY friendly at all so you will be at the mercy of commercial programmers for any extra mod/functionality you want.

     

    This is why many sticks with Oscommerce, Its very DIY friendly and you if have the aptitude and patience to learn abit coding you can modify it to your particular business needs.

     

    The new Oscommerce 3 version might be a "game-changer" when its released though, since it will be very modern, have a template system and have a modular build where a wide range of add-ons can be installed with a click in admin.

     

    But then again my guess is that most add-ons released for v3 will be commercial ones like it seems to be with most newer carts system today.

     

    I think Oscommerce v2 is fine as a bare boned starter package and should be keep lean and mean to be able to run on most shared hosting and keep its current flexibility to be modified in any wanted direction.

     

    But that said the following functions could still be added to the base package to make it a little bit more "newbie" friendly

     

    - Admin control for selection of jquery ui theme.

     

    - Admin add/edit info pages

     

    - Modular front page

     

    - Automatic thumbnails

     

    - HTML WYSIWYG editor

     

     

    I do think that adding user rating to the add-ons section would be a big plus though. The rating should be for each individual uploaded version of the add-on.


  3. I am so tired of searching and reading add-ons and what they do and dont... My eyes are so tired... Hoping for some rock solid help... I have this store setup for a client that sells heated clothing and accessories and I pretty much done except one little glitch... And from what I have been reading, this issue is not a new one. I just dont know or can't figure out the best way of tackling it and I am hoping for your help! He sells a jacket and the sizes are XSmall, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and 2XLarge. How can I setup the individual stock/quantity amounts for each one? For right now I can only set the stock/quantity amount for the jacket but need to break it out to setup amounts for each size.

     

    Your help is so appreciated, you have no idea!!

     

    -Rick from Jersey

     

    QTPro


  4. You do not need to install anything to offer downloads its built in.

     

    Use the latest stable version, oscommerce v2.3.3

     

    1. In admin set-up your preferences under:

     

    Configuration >> Download

     

    and

     

    Localization >> Order statuses

     

    2. Via FTP add any files you want to sell as downloads to the /downloads/ folder located in the same folder as your shop files at your hosting.

     

    3. Add the downloads to the appropriate product in admin under Catalog >> Product Attributes


  5. You do not use a paypal button

     

    - You add the wanted product into oscommerce, you add the ebook as a download attached to it.

     

    - You enable PayPal standard as the payment module or alternatively PayPal Express.

     

    When a customer buys the product at your oscommerce shop and then they are sent to Paypal to pay, upon completed payment they are sent back to your oscommerce website where the download is made available for them.

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