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  1. It seems like every other question posted nowadays is about how to upgrade an older version of oscommerce and the op usually references the official version. This post is meant to provide a quick reference for how to convert an older shop to the current, recommended, one. First, the version that should be used is commonly called the Bootstrap, BS or Responsive version. It can be located here. One should not use the official version. The official version can be installed via the hosts control panel so it is easy to think that is the one to use - it is not. Since the BS version is not directly compatible with other versions, the following steps will be needed: Install the BS version into a new location Convert the database. See this thread for help with that. Install whatever addons the site needs. You need to be sure the addon will work with the BS version. This thread mentions specific ones but there are many others that will work. If in doubt, ask in the support thread for the addon in question. If you intend to use paypal, then install the Paypal App. At this point you should have a working shop. Test it thoroughly, especially the payment and shipping modules, before going live with it. When you are ready to go live, Mark your current shop as down for maintenance ( a simple index.html file is fine for this purpose ). Make a backup of the current shops database and files. Convert the database to the BS version. Replace all of the files with the new shops files. Edit the configure files so they work as the live shop. Remove the blocking page. If everything has gone correctly, the conversion should be complete.
  2. Google Bots reports : I know that the package I have was installed from CPANEL and then modified so now I have to stay here on 2.3.4 Version But surely there is a way to have the oscommerce work out of the box without hacking and smacking it around forever and ever. So many issues now present them selves with SEO and mobile . I have heard that "BOOT STRAP" is the one I SHOULD have installed and modified. This thing has no backed and reporting .. really a base for code hacking. Does anyone have something that is mostly complete and usable that is: Mobile friendly 5 decimal point weights with g/kg/lb/oz Units of measure Multi Currency and language BOM or Bundles Attributes that are easy and work every time resize images for thumbs and large Australia post shipping .. lol yeah probably not SEO friendly Html Editor for descriptions etc Supplier Supplier price supplier SKU and details for supplier Reorder report by supplier Stock entry by SKU (model) / Supplier etc Moving average cost price / history FIFO/LIFO etc A simple product listing with prices and BOM (bundle info and pictures) sort -u on models as some are duplicated to different categories. Options with weight and price and qty to include model added as build a sub kit on the fly AND (*/-+) in decimal. DECIMAL STOCK 5 places. Units of Measure of stock and conversions ie 50g of salt = 2 cm^3 ie Density and so on like 2m = 100g and stiff = 2000x10x10 size or rolled 100x100x50 VOLUME of product and MAX dimentions for shipping ie boundry box is 100x200x300mm and units Boundry box calulations for shipping volume and size (minimised of course) CUSTOMER DISCOUNTS and Per product and Per category and per Qty. Customers that are on commission and sales areas etc. by post code by state by country by list of customers. Trade pricing for validated trade customers. Shipping module : print the picking slip and take a picture of the product packed. before sending, add tracking to orders You know ..something like a usable package without the 6 months of private hacking up code and side benching your system from main stream developments. Garret