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  1. Hello, As I browse around the internet looking at websites of the major players, I notice a few things they all have in common. I haven't done anything with OSCommerce in a while but I thought about the SEO discussions and decided to post. One is how their headers are set up. Search in the middle, logo to the left and something administrative or special to the right. I know that's not too exciting for some of you. And they all have a very special deal at the very top. Seems like that's where they "set the tone" if you will. From what I'm seeing, not much investment goes into rest of these multi-million dollar websites. Headers are dazzling but the rest is not so. Another is they invest much in banners and pictures. All I see are large banners that capture theme or an ongoing special. Also, themed images for categories also. Click on the categories and see a lot of product pictures and prices. That's it. With those images they are X-selling and upselling. And yes a huge banner at the top of every category. Finally, I notice a network of internal linking and ratings stars. I do realize everything I mentioned been important for on-page seo but there's more emphasis on them now than ever. So I guess that's the trending content structure for large e-commerce sites. There's nothing major when it comes to the literature side of content but there's a lot going into the visual aspects. What do you guys think?
  2. We are happy to release the new MTS version: 1.6.0 Following is new: 1) Pages This is a brand new system to create pages in admin. Pages can be anything, static pages, special landing pages for promotions of products, a image or video gallery. Pages can be edited in your admin panel using ckeditor, you can easily format the text, upload images to the page content etc. Other page elements are a meta title, the meta description and a short description. You can upload a small and a large image for each page, that are used in the modules that list the pages Pages can have a parent/child structure of any depth, the status can be switched on or off and you can also decide if you want to show a page to registered customers only, to unregistered customers only or to both categories. There are 6 page templates available – more will be added soon Single page: That is a page that display its content as set in admin Parent page: That is a page that list the small image and the short description of all its child pages Products: You an select a product category and display it on that page. Manufacturer: You can select a manufacturer and display its products on that page Image gallery: That is a page that you can use for a nice gallery of images using the MTS banner manager and the existing banner modules Video gallery. This work same as the image gallery, the template use some extra code to make your youtube (or vimeo) videos have a nice responsive behaviour 2) New Modules New Module to display pages on the front page. The module will display the child pages of any selected parent page on your stores front page. here are various configuration options available, so you can create a very “information style” front page of you want New all pages manufacturers module. You can now display your manufacturers on any page you like 3) Improvements to the modules Variable width for modules. Modules can now occupy any percentage of the screen and display inline with other modules side by side. This allow very nice banner and product displays Hide the “buy now” button if product is out of stock or if the product price is zero. There is a new setting that let you hide the button in case the product is out of stock or if you don’t have a price set Sort by sort order. In case you have a “products sort order” modification installed, you can sort the products that way and let your visitors use it Show all products of all subcategories of a given parent category, does’t matter how deep the category structure is. Hide empty categories in category modules and menus. Empty categories do not contain any active products, neither themselves or any of their subcategories. You can decide if you want to show or hide them Hide manufacturers with no active products. You have now he option to show only manufacturers that have products. The feature apply to both manufacturer display modules (front page and all pages) Badges. You can now add “badges” to each product of the modules that display products. Badges are available for “new product”, “specials” and “bestsellers”. The “specials” badge display automatically in case the product is a special. For the “new product” badge you can set the maximum “age” of the product (e.g. 30 days). Same for the “bestseller” badge where you can set the minimum amount of units sold 4) Template improvements Compile css in admin side upon saving he template instead of creating it in real time on the front side. Several css files are merged into a single minified css file.All shadow files are LESS files instead of php files, parameters like shadow colour, opacity and intensity are pushed via the template class when saving the template.. Special shadows for old Internet Explorer versions compatibility removed New shadow combination 20_c. This wrap the top heading line and the body into 2 separate containers, leaving the main header area at the same “level” as the page background Better logo behaviour. You can decide if you want to adjust logo size or not, this depend on the visual result you want to achieve 5) Various improvements and corrections There are many smaller and bigger improvements done all over the system, like Structured data corrections for modules that list products. Container width correction for breadcrumb Separate module title for new products module Better calculation of description size in case you decide to show a short description in the product modules jquery.cookie.js file renamed to ligri.js. Some servers were blocking the jquery.cookie.js file Less intrusive and easier installation. MTS use now its own language files only, no additions to existing language files needed, new language installation is handled intependet cPath calculation correctios: cPath was not set correctly in case of manual category links Image thumbnailer parameters and image quality adjustments Accept category request for product listing module. The product listing module can now be called by requesting a specific category. In plain words, you can tell the module “show me category 123”. This is used by the (new) pages feature, where you can attach to any page any category you like Thank you all for your valuable feedback, pointer, questions and suggestions. The new version is available to download right away. Existing mini template system users will be notified by email. Upgrade packages will start sending on Monday 14/11/2016. Please be patient up to 48 hours before asking why you didn’t receive the upgrade. Please note that upgrades are sent to the email that you used when purchasing MTS Existing users, please note, that you can perform the upgrade on any osCommerce version 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3,,,, or 2.3.4 We will keep maintaining MTS for the osCommerce versions of the 2.3.xx series, however, main focus of development is now the new 2.4 version, that will got out of beta stage soon hopefully. We aim and hope to create and great new MTS, without the need of changing any core files and the ability to choose the css/js framework you like
  3. I need help with a template that I ftp to my oscommerce everything transferred ok but when I try to open it I get the original template from fisrt install. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Ray
  4. We are happy to start the new year with a new MTS version: 1.5.2. Following is new: 1) Structured data All modules include now structured data according to google recommendations and guidelines. The breadcrumb include now all required properties, the product modules are using “Rich Snippets” According to google, “When your web pages include structured data markup, Google (and other search engines) can use that data to index your content better, present it more prominently in search results, and surface it in new experiences like voice answers, maps, and Google Now.” 2) New module: cookie consent module We created that module for all stores that need to comply the european cookie law by informing users that your site has cookies The module display a layer upon page entry, informing visitors that cookies are used and asking them to accept. You can optionally add a link to a page that explain your cookies policy (like e.g. privacy.php). There are various styling options available, so you can create a unique looking cookie consent message, without having to touch a single line of code The module is based on the latest version of the silktide Cookie Consent module 3) New module: back to top module A completely customisable floating “arrow” that lead visitors back to the top of the page. Simply enable in admin and let your imagination free to create a great looking arrow. Maybe just a small detail, but details make often the big difference 4) New options for product modules Hide products out of stock: You can now decide if you want to display products that are out of stock or not. There is a separate setting for each of the modules that display products Additional product sorting option: date modified. You can now sort products by date modified, for example you can show that products first where you recently changed the price or some specification etc. That is useful in case you have older products that would never make it to the top of the listings using any of the other listing criteria. You can use “date modified” as a initial sort order for any of the product modules. You can also enable it as a sorting option for the product listing module The new features apply to following modules Front page: New Products, Specials, Bestsellers Subcategory pages: New Products, Specials, Bestsellers Product listing pages: Product listing module 5) Separate sorting settings for new products, specials and regular product listing pages Till now there was a common setting for the initial sort order for all product listing pages. Now you can set a different sort order per page (new products, specials, listing within a category). So, for example, you can set the sort order for new products by date added, for specials by price and for regular category listings by products name 6) Limit the “age” of new products shown You can now limit the “age” of the new products shown on the “new products” page and in the new products modules (on the front page and on the subcategories pages) This gives you much of flexibility, some examples: New products page: The new products page was showing till now all of your products (sorted by date added if you had this selected). Setting the age to e.g. 60, it will show only the products added in the last 60 days. Your visitors can sort the list by any criteria they want (e.g. by price), they will still get only the products of the last 60 days instead of all Product modules: You can limit the age for example to 60 days and set the sort order to e.g. “name”. So you’ll get the products of the last 60 days ordered by product name alphabetically 7) New theme options We added some great new options that give you a much better control over the boxes in the left/right hand columns. You can now set border colours, border radius, margins etc regardless the ui theme you have selected There are also 3 new great looking ui themes, you can easly select them in admin and try them out 8) Various improvements and corrections As usual there are many smaller and bigger improvements done all over the system, like: Breadcrumb is build up using a different function, that ensures a correct display even if some breadcrumb element is not a link (for example on the checkout confirmation page) Hide the list/grid switch in case the product listing default to a grid display (this is happening on small screens, when a “list” display wouldn’t look nice anymore) Category path (cPath) correction for subcategories modules Improvements of the behaviour of the “banner boxes” on small screens and in case they display after the main content. This result in a “smarter” decision about how many banners to display side by side Correction of the top heading menu that was causing a horizontal scroll bar in some cases on small screens Thank you all for your valuable feedback, MTS is getting better and better because of that The new version is available to download right away. Existing mini template system users will be notified by email. Upgrade packages will start sending on Friday 8/1/2016. Please be patient up to 48 hours before asking why you didn’t receive the upgrade. Please note that upgrades are sent to the email that you used when purchasing MTS Existing users, please note, that you can perform the upgrade on any osCommerce version 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3,,,, or 2.3.4 Minimum php version requirement is 5.3
  5. We are happy no announce the release of a new Mini Template System version: Version 1.5.1. Following is new: 1) New modules Banner boxes. This is a new series of modules allowing you to display banner in the left or right column of the store. Each module has various available settings,, similar to the content banner modules. You can display banners as a slider or as a grid having the one under the other. The modules have a very nice responsive behaviour, that you can also configure in admin Front page manufacturer module. You can now display your manufacturer logos on the front page, there are various configuration setting available, same like for the other modules 2) New features New “full screen position” for banner modules. You can set each banner to display as full screen, covering 100% of the screen regardless the store width that you use. You can display a banner in “full screen” mode, either on top (after the header) or at the bottom (before the footer) of the page Setting added to allow <br> tags in product descriptions on the product listing pages and in the various modules that display products. The rest of the html formatting you use is still stripped out Separate “sort by” options for the product listing module not related to the content displayed. That mean that you can e.g. let people sort the listings by “weight” and “date added”, while you don’t display that information on the screen. The opposite is possible to, to display e.g. the quantity and while you don’t allow a sorting by quantity. The exact configuration is entirely up to you A number of new colour settings allowing you to use nice semi transparent colours almost everywhere. For each area you can set the colour and its opacity and create that way very interesting effects. Also added many settings for detail areas, for example the slider controls, where you can now create great looking arrows, entirely css based and just by doing settings in admin Also included: 6 new great looking ui themes, try them out 3) Improvements and fixes - thank you all for your valuable feedback Improved SPPC compatibility for the product listing module Improved behaviour for the main navigation when switching from collapsed to expanded mode or when you resize the browser window Fixed the “division by 0” problem for banner and product modules. The problem occurred if you accidentally left the valuees for “total number of products”, “maximum number of products per row” and “minimum number of products per row” empty Double listing of “linked” products in advanced search results fixed The link to the shopping cart page, within the shopping cart drop down in the header, appear now on the top of the list of products in case there are more than 4 products in the shopping cart Improved behaviour of “faux columns” and top heading image in case you use the 100% store width Improved behaviour of the top heading area in case you set it to be “sticky” Improved display of shadow numbers 31 and 41 As usual, there are also many improvements and fixes that affect the processes happening “behind the scenes” The new version is available to download right away. Existing mini template system users will be notified by email. Upgrade packages will start sending on Monday 30/11. Please be patient up to 48 hours before asking why you didn’t receive the upgrade. Please note that upgrades are sent to the email that you used when purchasing MTS Existing users, please note, that you can perform the upgrade on any osCommerce version 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3,,,, or 2.3.4 Minimum php version requirement is 5.3
  6. Take a look at some great looking osCommerce stores based on Mini Template System. https://www.pinterest.com/multimixer/mini-template-system-stores/ They are based on various versions of osCommerce and MTS. Some are responsive some others still static, some are done by professional web designers, some by our team, the majority is created by the store owners. None of them is "template like" and "mass designed", they all look different reflecting their owners taste and business needs. Feel free to get some inspiration and then start to design your store the way you want it, not the way some template seller decided. Adjust your design to your content, to your products and to your customers - not the opposite. It is your store and only you can decide how it should look like. This is what mini template system is about
  7. Hi all, should be the part of v2.4 email templates or not? checkout example: https://github.com/tgely/osCommerce-234-bootstrap/tree/cleaned_email_templates
  8. I'm a web designer and I want to learn to create oscommerce templates... is there a video tutorial for beginners that i can begin with thanks ...
  9. Hello, I am a graphic designer and have an oscommerce store. My website is very colorful and with lots of images BUT my oscommerce store is very simple and makes no justice to the rest of the website. I´ve seen other oscommerce shops and they are amazing, how do I do that? My oscommerce shop is: http://chico-chihuahua.com/shop/index.php and one of the stores I liked is http://shops.oscommerce.com/directory/goto,43805 I liked it because it has the possibility to ad banners, a big space for logo and also can customize the menu. Where do I find this template or something similar and how do I install it with 0% programming knowledge? Thanks in advance Blanca ps: for those of you who also would like to take a look at my site, here is the address: www.chico-chihuahua.com
  10. Hello, I have created a product_info.php.html and testing it on a local server, it did not work. I have used this technique to create a unique index and it worked. If I place the file in the current template on the live server it renders. Local server is XAMMPP on windows, does anyone know a way to get it to render on the local version?
  11. Templates and Themes - Differences?

    Hello, this is my first day using oscommerce. Very powerful, works fine.. and i'm very excited to get my online store to work (as of now it's still only in my head) i am having difficulty understanding the difference between templates and themes... as technically these two have approximatly the same meaning. templates should be a totally new array of the website.. whereas themes are just some aesthetical changes? is this right?