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Setting up a basic store - with all essential contributions.

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Hi all,


Done a thorough search and looks like some people have tried to do this before, but the most recent topics I found were around 4 years old from 2004.


Basically what I want to do, and was in the process of doing was something like this, until I accidentally somehow lost my osComm folder, with everything I had in it ready to start this process. So I need to re-do it all.


But because I lost my folder, I would also like some suggestions from you all in case I forget anything.


Anyway what I want to do is this:


  • Install an osCommerce store of the latest version.
  • Including setting up the DB's etc.
  • When the basic store is functioning (like a demo store..) just the stock store.
  • Download all ESSENTIAL contributions, by that I mean any contribution that SHOULD be part of a good osCommerce store.
  • I have a list so far, but my original list that I had in my folder had something like 20-30 contributions that I thought were essential.
  • Install the contributions one by one, on top of the stock default store installation.
  • Making sure to install a template contribution, to make sure all stores can be customised, design wise.
  • When all contributions are installed, SAVE/BACKUP the whole store as a kind of "Template Store"
  • This "Template Store" can then be used as an installation for future stores, basically a base of osC with anything a good e-commerce store should have, hence the list of contributions.


As I said, I was in the process of doing this, I had downloaded all the contributions I personally thought all my stores SHOULD have at the minimum. Unfortunately I either forgot to back this folder up and have lost it, or I did back it up but can't find where I've put the backup. So I lost all the contributions I had ready for this process. Which is why I would like to compile a list with anyones help, of the contributions that people are using and are recommended to be using. But not just that, the best/friendliest version of the contribution in case there are many variants. As sometimes it can be confusing which one to use.


And then maybe this could be made a sticky, for anyone that needs help with which contributions should be used with osC.


The main reason I wanted to do this and see if it was possible, was because I've tried pre-packaged solutions that basically offer this pre-installed - so once you install osC, in the Admin - many contributions are already there such as SEO, WYSIWYG HTML Editors etc.


But the problem is I haven't really found one Im happy with, the one closest to it hasn't seemed to be updated for at least a year, which is un-acceptable as it's based on an older release of osC. Sometimes there are extra un-necessaries also and this is why I wanted to do it myself, so that you know exactly whats in and been added to YOUR store.


Here is my brief list of contributions I've been able to come up with on my own and in previous threads on this kind of topic.


I would love any feedback/suggestions here, as I think it could also help any newcomers to osC especially in what can sometimes be a daunting process with finding and installing the right contributions for there needs.


  • Header Tags (for search engines)
  • Admin Login (several choices, to protect your admin screen)
  • Easy Populate (organisation of your products/attributes)
  • Paypal IPN (to fix the paypal bug)
  • Margin Report (I like it, personally, for the tax report, maybe there's a better one?)
  • Manufacturer Email (notify your vendors when orders are placed)
  • MaxMind for heads-ups on fraudulent orders
  • Attributes Sort
  • Down for Maintenance
  • Review Approval System
  • Recover Cart Sales
  • STS 4.5.8
  • PWA 2.0a
  • Google Sitemap Generator for MS2
  • Supertracker v3.2b-agent
  • Customer Testimonials v.3.2
  • Anti-Robot Registration Validation v2.6
  • Links Manager II V1.18
  • SEO_Assistant V 2.1
  • Missing Pictures v 2.1
  • cName and pName v1.5 for osCommerce-ms2


I will update my post with any contributions you guys want to add, and have them in order.


But this is quite annoying, because that folder I was working on... I pretty much went through every contribution category one by one getting the essential contributions to cover every part of the store. But Ive either backed it up but cant find what disk I've put it on and maybe burnt it to a disk I forgot to write something on, or lost it in a reformat. Im still going to do my best to find them, and Ill update the post when I do... if I do.


But for example, all the payment and shipping modules I could need, anything that can make the customers experience easier and friendlier, something to provide them with some information on the product without having to go into the products description etc. and that kind of thing. Security contributions... basically as I said anything that can make the osC store an easier, friendlier and mostly user-friendlier place, for customers, owners and all.


This would mainly be useful for owners of multiple stores, or anyone that would be setting up more than 1 store... so that they don't have to go through the whole process of installing contributions one by one again when it could all be ready to go much sooner, just create a design, and everything else is ready to go.

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