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osCommerce v4 is coming with support for Multiple Design Templates and built in Template Builder

Template management doesn't require any PHP coding, and is done via the back end of the website. 

It is possible to create, import, and export multiple design templates. This opens ways for professional designers and developers to offer their osCommerce templates for sale in the future App Marketplace - announcements to follow.

Design templates are managed and modified via the back end of osCommerce, using a special built in Designer.

It is possible to edit template settings in several ways (visual editor and CSS editor).

It is possible to add, move, and delete various widgets from any page of the osCommerce website. 

Additionally, all documents (invoices, packing slips, emails) can be edited if required.

It is also possible to create copies of the existing pages. For example, there can be 2 or more product pages, and different products can be assigned different designs of the product page.

Support for Responsive design is implemented, as well as an additional optional Mobile view for each template.

The system allows both professional designers and end users (i.e. shop owners) change the look and feel of the osCommerce online store without going deep into the code or even without HTML knowledge. Of course designers and developers are able to modify widgets or create new widgets to extend functionality of osCommerce v4

Have any comments or questions? - please feel free to post them here.

Interested in becoming a Beta tester - sign up via the Contact Us form on osCommerce.com website to be added to the list, get notified about the releases quicker, and get access to the Beta version as soon as it becomes available.

Would you like to learn how to create beautiful osCommerce templates and offer them on this website to shop owners? Sign up via our Contact page. Watch this space!

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Support for Responsive design is implemented, as well as an additional optional Mobile view for each template.

Is this using Bootstrap or CS Grid or a combination of anything that works ?

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23 hours ago, Nige-A said:

Is this using Bootstrap or CS Grid or a combination of anything that works ?

It definitely works! :)  But no, it is not using Bootstrap or CS Grid. Will publish more detail on the design templates and editing in the near future for everyone to read and comment.

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Is there a header and a footer template ? Or can the header and footer of each page be customised in their respective templates ?

Can php conditions be used in templates ?

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55 minutes ago, Hotclutch said:

how many templates does the default theme have ?

This is to be confirmed. We have a few templates at the moment and it is likely that they will be listed in the Template Store as free templates. We are positive osCommerce design partners will want to work on creating very advanced design templates and listing them in the osCommerce Template store too for a certain fee. 

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Sorry, i think you misunderstand. 

The default theme consists of a template set right ? I am referring to the number of templates in the template set.

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45 minutes ago, Hotclutch said:

Is there a header and a footer template ? Or can the header and footer of each page be customised in their respective templates ?

Can php conditions be used in templates ?

It is possible to customise each and every page of the design template. It is also possible to have multiple (well, be reasonable :) ) implementations of the same page template. For example one can have 2 differently looking templates of the product page, and then assign them to different product ranges being offered of their site.

PHP conditions wont be used in the template as such, as the template is being edited in the built in visual Designer. HOWEVER you can of course go inside particular Widgets and edit the code there. In fact, we will be welcoming designers and developers creating not just templates but also widgets!

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