Archive for April, 2011

New client site released

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Actually, this is rather old news – it was released back in October 2010!

The site is an e-commerce site based on osCommerce, with a lot of add-ons and a certain amount of bespoke development, including postcode-based shipping calculations. The catalogue was initially seeded by taking on data from an ms-access database.

It’s currently hosted at www.cheapcablesonline.co.uk but may be relocated to a sub-directory of the main company site (www.clubtek.co.uk) at a later date.

osC Addon: SPPC (Separate Prices Per Customer)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Now, just to be clear, I can’t claim much credit for this. It’s a huge add-on developed by lots of people including Jan Zonjee.

All I’ve done is to apply all the specified changes to a 2.3.1 store instead of 2.2, do some testing and bug fixing, and upload the results. I’m also keeping a store online with it implemented (at least for now) and following the thread so I can support any 2.3.1-specific problems.

You can download it from osCommerce Add-ons and get help in the support forum.

osC Add-on: Quick UK Localisation

Monday, April 18th, 2011

There might be thousands of existing add-ons for osCommerce 2.2, and it’s even true that many of them work on 2.3.1, but sometimes there isn’t what you need and you have to get on and do it yourself… so I did.

Initially aimed at converting an already-installed store (eg. from cpanel / Fantastico etc), this add-on has been extended so that you can overwrite the downloaded osc install and then run it in one step.

It basically converts the installed store and sample data from being US-based to UK-based, including date format, currency, address format. It sets up a European tax zone, changes ‘state’ to ‘county’ and leaves this free-text.

If you might need it, you can get it at osCommerce addons and see what it looks like in my development store. If you’ve got questions about it, please use the support forum, unless you want to ask me for paid help in implementing it, in which case get in touch directly.

osCommerce 2.3.1 Development store set up

Monday, April 18th, 2011

I now have an osCommerce 2.3.1 store set up, so if you want to see what it looks like, go to http://neo-lasers.co.uk/shop-23/ which hasn’t had any changes to the delivered template (at least, not so far) but has a couple of add-ons loaded that configure the appearance.