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osCommerce 4.07 release
October 26, 2022
osCommerce 4.07 release notes  ...
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FREE osCommerce Design Webinar
October 18, 2022
osCommerce is looking to have a Webinar to demonstrate how to modify existing and create new designs. All interested parties, businesses, designers, and developers, are welcome to indicate their interest to participate by commenting on this post in our Forums: https://forums.oscommerce.com/topic/497631-webinar-oscommerce-design/ See you online soon! ...
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osCommerce Apps - free until 1/1/23
October 13, 2022
While the osCommerce team are working hard on adding apps to the App Shop, we have decided to make ALL available osCommerce-made applications free in the App Shop until the 1st of January 2023.  You're welcome to download any app via the App shop, and use it to build your own osCommerce site or such for your client. Your feedback is highly appreciated.  With best wishes, osCommerce team ...
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osCommerce 4.05 release
September 21, 2022
osCommerce 4.05 has been released! Read more to find out how to upgrade to the latest version and what has changed ...
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Hybrid Ecommerce
August 16, 2022
osCommerce brings a new type of Ecommerce platform to the market - a so called Hybrid Ecommerce. So what is Hybrid Ecommerce? We see it to be the best of both worlds - an open source (and free) Ecommerce solution that is also hosted as if it was SaaS (or EaaS - Ecommerce as a Service). This means users (businesses and developers) do not need to worry about hosting requirements and at the same time have full access to the source code and can change or implement any custom features, integrations, etc. Of course, it is always possible to host osCommerce on your own server! It is just so much easier (and quite likely more cost effective!) to use osCommerce's own hosting solutions.  Hybrid Ecommerce from osCommerce Users can choose to have osCommerce installed for free on one of our servers to try osCommerce before use.  Once satisfied with its features, speed, robustness - they can choose to move to a paid osCommerce hosting account or to download and use osCommerce site on their own server. Move to an osCommerce-managed server is done automatically. Server environment is optimised for osCommerce, allowing it to give the best performance. It is also managed and upgraded with the latest server software. Most importantly, osCommerce installation can be automatically updated to the latest version of osCommerce (and Applications) as well. Any customisations, done right, will stay but all the standard modules and the core of osCommerce will be regularly updated, bringing fixes, changes, new features. Full FTP and mySQL access are offered to businesses and developers should they require such.   ...
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osCommerce 4.03 release
August 16, 2022
osCommerce 4.03 has been released. Read more about what's new in the latest version of popular open source free shopping cart! ...
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osCommerce 4.02 release
August 09, 2022
osCommerce 4.02 release, update notes, download instructions ...
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osCommerce 4.01 release
August 04, 2022
osCommerce 4.01 is available from https://www.oscommerce.com   Changes are available from osCommerce Wiki:  https://wiki.oscommerce.com/index.php?title=Change_Log We will continue working on fixing issues and adding features, osCommerce will be regularly developed and updated. ...
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osCommerce 4.0 Interview
August 03, 2022
What is osCommerce 4.0? How it was created and why? What is the team behind osCommerce? How was osCommerce released during the war in Ukraine?  All of this and more in the video interview, done by David Goodale of Merchant Accounts (Canada):     Visit Merchant Accounts Canada  for the full video and transcript ...
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osCommerce proudly developed in the UK and Ukraine
July 27, 2022
As many readers would know, osCommerce is headquartered from the UK but the majority of our team members are in Ukraine. Same as it was for Magento btw, and for many other amazing technological solutions. What many readers perhaps do not realize is that osCommerce continues to be developed while the war is raging in Ukraine.  For example, the final touches to version 4 were made in the evening, while air raid sirens were wailing in many locations in Ukraine where our colleagues are located. We would like to once again express our appreciation and applaud the strong spirit of our colleagues who managed to complete their task (be it with a delay) and release osCommerce 4.0! Those men and women who continue to work hard on adding more features, enabling the App Shop, fixing those teething problems that users of osCommerce report to us. We are working hard to release more features and solutions, and will be updating you in due course! ...
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osCommerce at the Internet World Messe 2005
osCommerce will be present for the first time at this years Internet World Messe 2005 convention in München, Germany.  The Internet World Messe is a two day event that focuses on e-commerce, online marketing, paid content services, frontend and usability issues, and customer relations topics, and will be held at the first class Dorint Bayerpost Hotel in München on the 25th and 26th of October 2005. Björn Negelmann from [n:sight] Market & Technology Research has invited osCommerce team members to showcase the osCommerce project at the event and to present two talks regarding the project. The schedule for our talks is as follows: 25th – Technology Trends The different concepts of commercial and Open Source e-commerce solutions Speaker: Raphael Vullriede (German Forum Moderator) 25th – Successful Online Shops Best practices and the demands of successful online shops Speaker: Stefan Fritsche (German Forum Moderator) Harald Ponce de Leon (Project Founder and Leader) and Henri Schmidhuber (German Forum Moderator) will also be present at the event. Special attendance prices are available for the osCommerce community, and are as follows: Early Bird Tickets (until 30-Sept-2005): 1 Day Ticket: 390,- Euro (from 490,- Euro) 2 Day Ticket: 490,- Euro (from 790,- Euro) Normal Tickets (after 01-Oct-2005): 1 Day Ticket: 490,- Euro (from 590,- Euro) 2 Day Ticket: 590,- Euro (from 890,- Euro) To take advantage of the special attendance prices, please use the following code on the signup page at the Internet World Messe website: OPENSCOMM5 For more information about the event, please visit: https://www.internetworld-messe.de The most actual program information can be found here: https://www.internetworld-messe.de/downloads/IW05_Kongress.pdf A public meeting after the event will also be organized - more information about this will be provided soon. This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=172591  
osCommerce Meeting In Belgium (Update)
The location of the public meeting at Antwerpen/Belgium has been set, and is to be held at the Eco House Cafe (EHA!) near the main train station of Antwerpen (Antwerpen Centraal). EHA! is about a 12 minute walk or 4 minute tram ride away from Antwerpen Centraal, and has a tram stop directly in front of it making it easily reachable with public transport. The address of EHA! is: EcoHuis Antwerpen Turnhoutsebaan 139 2140 Antwerpen-Borgerhout Pictures of EHA! are available here (courtesy from Matthijs van der Vegte): https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?automodule=blog&cmd=attach&id=29 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?automodule=blog&cmd=attach&id=31 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?automodule=blog&cmd=attach&id=32 The directions from Antwerpen Centraal Station are: * Exit the station at the Zoo side * Once outside, the Zoo entrance will be on your right. Straight in front is a square-like building. * At the end of that is a hotel called Astrid Park Plaza. * In front of the Astrid Park Plaza is a tram and bus stop. * Take tram 10 or 24 for 3 stops. The third stop is called 'Drink' and is right in front of EHA! A map of the directions is available here (courtesy from Matthijs van der Vegte): https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?automodule=blog&cmd=attach&id=30 EHA! is open on Saturdays from 10:00 to 22:00, and the public meeting will take place from 15:00 +/- 20:30 on the 30th of July 2005. If you have any questions relating to the public meeting at EHA!, please post them on this thread. We look forward to meeting with you! This announcement is an update to: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/news,117 This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=157313  
Support Site Updates
The support site has been updated in preparation for the upcoming project release and to meet the needs of the growing community through the feedback they have provided. Additional sites to the osCommerce support site have been made available in the past few months, and are now easily reachable through a common header they all share. All official osCommerce support sites are now available under a Network section and include the following sites: * osCommerce Support Site * Community Support Forums * Knowledge Base * Community Blogs * Planet osCommerce * osCommerce Worldwide * German Support Site * Dutch Support Site The osCommerce support site, knowledge base, and osCommerce Worldwide sites have been updated to be XHTML and CSS compliant, and will offer alternative CSS layouts in the future. The structure of the support site has been updated with the documentation now being available under the Solutions section, and a new Partners section has been added to list the partnerships the project has secured with other businesses, and describes the Community and Corporate Sponsorship programs. A login form has been implemented into the Contributions section and now requires a community profile to be created when providing contributions to the community. This allows the awareness of contribution authors to be increased in the community with a link to their contributions being available in their profile. This also allows statistics to be generated on the contributions made and on contribution authors, and will be presented to the community in the near future. The layout of the Contributions section has also been updated and now contains one download link which is served randomly through our download mirror sites at Pair Networks (America), SunSite.dk (Denmark), and the German Support Site (Germany). The Live Shops section now provides a direct link to the store and a new Sponsored Shops page has been added that lists the shops of community sponsors. The navigation on the Knowledge Base site has been updated to provide a javascript based category tree to help with the presentation of the category structure. An alternative CSS layout is also available for printers, to avoid having the category tree being printed along with the article. The newest additions to the network of support sites are the Planet osCommerce and osCommerce Worldwide sites. The Planet osCommerce site aggregates team member blogging entries on one page, and provides a means to stay up to date on how the project is progressing. The Planet osCommerce site can be reached at: https://planet.oscommerce.com The osCommerce Worldwide site displays a map showing the locations of team members and community members around the world. Showing your location on the map is free and participation is encouraged! The osCommerce Worldwide site can be reached at: https://worldwide.oscommerce.com The osCommerce team is also growing with the introduction of the Live Shops team, who are now responsible for the Live Shops section on the support site and the My Store channel on the community support forums. The Live Shops section now contains over 3,000 activated and confirmed entries, with each being assigned into categories that will be available as a new navigation means in the near future. There are still over 6,000 entries to confirm, categorize, and activate, and are proud to announce that the first live shop entry made in 2000 is still active today, 5 years later! Congratulations to the Kites.de team! Their live shop entry can be viewed here: https://www.oscommerce.com/shops/live,1 We’d like to thank the community for their feedback on how the project is being managed, and look forward to announcing the next set of updates in the near future! This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=158960  
osCommerce Meeting In Belgium
The third public osCommerce meeting will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, on the 30th of July 2005, with Harald Ponce de Leon, Matthijs vd Vegte, and Christian Lescuyer attending. The focus of the public meeting will concentrate on the 2.2 Milestone 4 release with the integration of community made contributions, and to discuss the final 2.2 release launch event. The project team members will be staying in Belgium from the 29th of July to the 1st of August to discuss the projects direction and to improve the services provided on the support site. The exact location of the public meeting has yet to be decided on and will be known at the beginning of July. The location will be easily reachable via public transport means, and once known, a map of the location will be provided. If you're interested in meeting part of the team and other community members, we'd appreciate it if you reply to this announcement on the community support forums so that an idea of how many people will be attending can be gained. The progress of organizing the public meeting can be read at Matthijs's blog here: https://blogs.oscommerce.com/mattice/ We look forward in meeting with you! This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=157313  
News Announcements Change
Our current news announcements publishing system is not working as one would expect it, and has caused for some confusion of how the project is progressing. Until now, only main news announcements were made on the front page of the support site, and small news announcements were gathered and sent out as a progress summary report. The progress summary reports were not listed on the front page of the support site or on the news announcements page, but under the Community section of the support site on the Progress Reports page. Although the progress summary reports were sent to the news announcements mailing list, those not subscribed to it and those not active on the community support forums, were not being kept up to date with the progress of the project. The gathering of the summaries for the progress report added to this delay, as a progress summary report was only sent after a handful of summaries were available to publish. We are always working on optimizing the services the osCommerce support site provides, and will be improving on the news announcements by using a new publishing system. The new publishing system involves team members using the community blog to publish entries concerning their duties. The entries considered to be of interest to the public will then be published as a main news announcement to be available on the front page of the support site. The goal of the new publishing means is to deliver more new announcements at a quicker rate, and to keep the community up to date of the progress made on the project at each team members blogging site. To accommodate this change, a new site to the osCommerce network has been setup to aggregate all team members blogging entries on one page. The new site is called Planet osCommerce, and is available here: https://planet.oscommerce.com The actual blogging site of each team member is available at the Community Blogging site located at: https://blogs.oscommerce.com The new publishing system has motivated the team where each member can blog about their duties in their own way, and look forward to using it to keep the community and public up to date on current affairs! This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=155704  
Issue #38: March 31, 2005
By Harald Ponce de Leon March 31, 2005 Discussions regarding this progress report can be found here: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=143923 Project And Community Issues Team Reorganization New Support Site Navigation Menu Forum Structure Updates Daylight Savings Time On The Forum Updated Blogging Version Knowledge Base Update Most Downloaded Contributions 3 Steps to Better Forum Searching (jcall) Half A Million Forum Postings! (ozcsys) Development Issues New PHP 4.1 Minimum Server Requirement Template Structure Implementation For The Catalog Project And Community Issues Team Reorganization The osCommerce team has been reorganized to have the amount of resources available optimized, and to spread responsibilities throughout the team. Information regarding the changes can be read here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/news,114 We look forward to the new goals and focuses the team reorganization brings in, and, as always, appreciate the feedback the community has provided. The team page on the support site has been updated to reflect the changes, and can be reached here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/team New Support Site Navigation Menu A new navigation menu has been added to the support site, which now offers pull down menu entries to the pages in each section of the support site. The addition of the navigation menu brought in some changes to the CSS layout of the support site, and introduced some errors. The major errors have already been fixed, and the minor errors will be taken care of as soon as the support site moves to a complete CSS based layout. Forum Structure Updates The forum structure has been updated to improve the usability of which postings should be made in which forum channels. The Payment Modules, Shipping Modules, and Order Total Modules forum channels have bee moved to the osCommerce Contributions forum category. This change aims to better support core and contributed modules in their respective forum channel instead of in the general Contribution Support forum channel. On popular request, a new Next Steps / Marketing forum channel has been added to the General Topics forum category to hold discussions on what to do once the store is up and running. The Community Forums can be reached at: https://forums.oscommerce.com Daylight Savings Time On The Forum To correctly set the time on the forums to reflect Daylight Savings Time, please go to your control panel -> Options -> Board Settings section and select the "Is daylight saving time in effect?" option. This will then correctly display the times on the forum in the time zone selected with Daylight Savings time in mind. The Board Settings section in your control panel can be reached here: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=UserCP&CODE=04 Updated Blogging Version The blogging module used in the community forums has been updated to the 1.1 version and now allows you to pin your favourite blogs so they are always appear at the top of the listing. The blogging entries can be read here: https://blogs.oscommerce.com Authoring a community blog is only available to community sponsors - more information about participating in the sponsorship program can be found here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/sponsors,community Knowledge Base Update A table of contents page has been added to the Knowledge Base site to provide an overview of all knowledge base articles currently available. We'd like to thank Carine Bruyndoncx for making the suggestion and hope it provides an added benefit to browsing the Knowledge Base site. The Knowledge Base site can be reached at: https://www.oscommerce.info The Table Of Contents can be reached at: https://www.oscommerce.info/contents Most Downloaded Contributions The contributions section has been updated to allow browsing the contribution packages ordered by the most downloaded. The most downloaded contributions can now be seen at a global scope, and on a per category basis. We hope this update provides a benefit to browsing the contributions section, and look forward to presenting further updates with a new community based contributions site in the near future. The contributions section can be reached at: https://www.oscommerce.com/community/contributions 3 Steps to Better Forum Searching (by Jared Call) Many folks, forum newbies and veterans alike, have at one time or another expressed frustration with their attempts to effectively search these forums. Some (including myself) have suggested searching via Google instead (though this has the obvious drawback of not finding up-to-the-minute results). Here are a few simple steps that can go a long way to in your quest for osCommerce knowledge. 1) Click on the "Advanced Usage Help" link. It's really not just for long complicated searches; but rather gives some valuable insight into how to search more effectively. 2) Use the + symbol to require a specific word to be in the search results. For example, if you want to know more about optimizing your site for Google, consider the following searches: Google Search Engine Optimization (returns 24789 results) +Google +Search +Engine +Optimization (returns 51 results) +Google +SEO (returns 166 results) 3) Use " " to search for a complete phrase. For example, if you want to know more about changing the text "Welcome Guest! Would you like to log yourself in?" to something more personalized, consider the following searches: "Welcome Guest! Would you like to log yourself in?" (Search fails because some words are too short) Welcome Guest (returns 2076 results) "Welcome Guest!" (returns 292 results) As you can see, just a few search operators can make quite a big difference. Half A Million Forum Postings! (by Richard) The osCommerce community have reached the 500,000 forum postings milestone, and is currently at 511,758! The osCommerce community currently has 55,862 registered members, with the most ever of 642 being online on Feb 21 2005. Congratulations to all in the community! Development Issues New PHP 4.1 Minimum Server Requirement The results of internal team discussions and discussions held on the community forum were both positive in placing a PHP 4.1 minimum server requirement on the osCommerce 2.2 Milestone 3 release. Placing such a requirement allows for further optimizations to be made to the current codebase, and removes compatibility logic no longer needed. The key issues of this change involve no longer setting the super global variables ($_GET, $_POST, $_SESSION, $_COOKIE) as global variables within functions for PHP 4.0.x compatibility, and improving the multi-language support by utilizing the argument swapping capabilities of the sprintf() function introduced in PHP 4.0.6. The community discussions leading to this decision can be read here: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=123218 Template Structure Implementation For The Catalog The start of the template structure has been implemented into the Catalog module on the account and checkout procedure related pages. The implementation of the template structure also brings in new changes to the way the pages are called, and can already be seen on the account and checkout procedure pages. For the account area, all relevant pages are now called through a main account.php file, with the relevant page content being called through the first GET parameter key name. For example, the following URL will call the address book page: https://www.example.com/oscommerce/account.php?address_book With Search Engine Friendly URLs enabled, and some simple Apache configuration (not rewrite related), the following URL can be used: https://www.example.com/oscommerce/account/address_book The checkout procedure uses a similar URL scheme, and loads its relevant page content depending on the first GET parameter key name through the main checkout.php file. A further change to the checkout procedure has also been made by having the shopping cart page the default page for the checkout procedure. To prevent the main account.php and checkout.php files being clogged with processing logic for all relevant pages, each page loads a module containing the processing logic needed. This clean implementation allows for further pages to be added to the sections of the Catalog module without the need to edit core source code files, and provides an easier means for contribution authors to integrate their work on a clean codebase installation. The implementation of the template structure also brings in a new CSS based layout to the account and checkout procedure pages. Some CSS based quirks still exist that will be fixed when the template structure implementation into the Catalog module is completed.  
Team Reorganization
The osCommerce team has been reorganized to have the amount of resources available optimized, and to spread responsibilities throughout the team. The first set of changes unfortunately sees departures occuring from the team, that include: Mark Evans (sparky) Thomas Moulton (w2vy) David Watkins (dgw) Jim Daemon (Daemonj) Fritz Clapp (zzfritz) The reasons for departure include having no more resources available for the project, focusing primarly on their employment, and personal life issues. Thomas and David have been team members from early on, and is sad seeing them leave, as is with Mark, Jim, and Fritz. On behalf of the team and community, we'd like to thank them all for their involvement with the project and community, and wish them all the best for the times ahead! Along with the departures also come new introductions to the team, which include: Terry Kluytmans (TerryK) Chris Dunning (BlueNoteMKVI) Young Tae Byun (Young Tae Byun) Terry will be joining the Documentation team and will help with the content of the Knowledge Base site and with moderating the Documentation forum channels. Chris and Young will be forming the new Contribution Moderator team to help with the content of the Contributions section and with moderating the Contributions forum channels. We anticipate that both Documentation and Contribution Moderator teams will be growing over the coming months to bring in community members into the team to help manage certain aspects of the project. Both teams are currently finalizing their new focus, after which new team additions will be welcome. Further information about the new focuses of the teams will be provided in the next progress summary report. We are also looking forward to further addions to the Development and Moderator teams in the near future. Another change the team reorganization brings is the alliance with the German community. Communication between the German and main English team have been strengthened and are now working closely together on the Knowledge Base site and how the community is managed. The German team consists of: Daniel Brinkmann (dabri) Stefan Fritsche (stefan) Stefan Kanitz (ska) Ingo Malchow (Ingo) Henri Schmidhuber (henri) Raphael Vullriede (Raphael_V) John Doswell (robinsondixon) Michael Klaucke (pittiplatsch) Siegmund Mioduszewski (crew2) Christian von den Steinen (king_of_comedy) Alex Zach (Alex2911) The alliance with the German community is the first step on working closely with foreign communities, and look forward to announcing new alliances in the near future. We look forward to the new goals and focuses the team reorganization brings in, and, as always, appreciate the feedback the community has provided. The team page on the support site has been updated to reflect the changes, and can be reached here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/team The German community can be reached here: https://forums.oscommerce.de The German Knowledge Base can be reached here: https://de.oscommerce.info This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=143922  
Issue #37: January 24, 2005
By Harald Ponce de Leon January 24, 2005 Discussions regarding this progress report can be found here: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=132320 Project And Community Issues Enjoy The New Year! Increasing Awareness Of Community Related Issues New Documentation Section New Server For The German Site Community Forum E-Mail Address Changes New Blogging Feature For Community Sponsors! New osCommerce Contributions RSS Feed Pairs Customer Site Of The Week Knowledge Base Addition (Java Roasters) Development Issues Development Discussions Configuration Files Merged Manually Removing Global Variables Languages Class Update New PayPal IPN Payment Module New Banner Class Project And Community Issues Enjoy The New Year! We hope everyone has recovered well from celebrating the new year and wish everyone a great new year for 2005! A big thank you goes to those supporting the project and welcome those that are being introduced to it! A lot of feedback has recently been provided in the community on how to improve the projects direction, goals, and activities, and would like to also thank those providing the feedback. We look forward to presenting the project features talked about in 2004 and the changes the community has provided feedback on, to making this year the best year yet for the project! Here is to a great year 2005! Increasing Awareness Of Community Related Issues As mentioned in the last progress summary report, the content of summary reports will span into new directions in the upcoming issues to maintain a regular publishing term. The first new direction that is introduced with this progress summary report are community related issues that are of importance to the public. Community sponsors now have the possibility to report on issues being discussed in the community forums, to be included in the pending progress summary report. New forum channels that are visible to community sponsors have been created to help maintain reported issues, and welcome the participation of community sponsors to further increase their presence in the community. New Documentation Section A new Documentation section has been added to the support site, with the content of the Knowledge Base site now being available online in HTML format and also available for download for offline viewing. The HTML based documentation is automatically generated on a daily basis from the content of the Knowledge Base site, and serves to provide documentation for project releases from osCommerce 2.2 Milestone 3 onwards. The new Documentation section can be reached at: https://www.oscommerce.com/documentation And can be downloaded in HTML format from the Downloads page at: https://www.oscommerce.com/solutions/downloads New Server For The German Site A new dedicated server has been added to our family of servers now powering the osCommerce support site, this time for the German community support forums previously hosted at SunSite.dk. The new server is located in Köln, Germany, and has already brought in noticeable performance increases to the support forum. The new server will also be used as a download mirror site, where project releases and contributions can be downloaded from. The German community support forums can be reached at: https://forums.oscommerce.de Community Forum E-Mail Address Changes Due to the amount of spam and auto-responses received, e-mails that are sent from the forum now come from noreply@. Please do not manually send e-mails to this address, as they will not be received by the osCommerce team members. New Blogging Feature For Community Sponsors! We are proud to announce a new blogging service to community sponsors to further highlight ones profile in the community! Community sponsors are free to start their hosted blogging accounts in the community, and are also provided the opportunity to link to an already existing blogging service hosted on an external server. The content of community sponsors blogging accounts are open to the imagination of the community sponsor, but must not be abused as a means to advertise commercial services. Community sponsors are given full control over their blogging account and are able to moderate comments posted by the community. We look forward to reading what community sponsors have to blog about, and welcome community members to participate in the sponsorship program to take advantage of existing and upcoming benefits provided to community sponsors. The community blogging service can be reached at: https://blogs.oscommerce.com Information about participating in the sponsorship program can be found at: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/sponsors,community New osCommerce Contributions RSS Feed An RSS feed is now available for the Contributions section and can be downloaded at: https://www.oscommerce.com/oscommerce_contributions.rdf The Project News, Progress Summary Reports, and Contribution pages now include a link to the RSS feed in the HTML header, which allows supported browsers to display an RSS capable icon for bookmarking. Pairs Customer Site Of The Week We'd like to thank Pair Networks for choosing osCommerce as their customer site of the week for January 21 - January 28. More information about Pairs customer site of the week can be found here: https://www.pair.com/csotw/ Knowledge Base Addition (by Java Roasters) I think the forum topic of n's appearing on the pages should be included in the knowledge base. 241 seems to be the only one answering these sorts of questions for people and it is impossible for people to search the forum section for the answer, so every time it happens there is a new thread posted for it. Thread and 241's response: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=119913 Knowledge Base entry: https://www.oscommerce.info/kb/212 Development Issues Development Discussions Several topics have been started in the Features and Suggestions forum channel to discuss certain areas of the project that are redefined from the 2.2 Milestone 2 release to the finalized 2.2 release by means of Milestone 3 and Milestone 4. Most, if not all, changes will be evident in the Milestone 3 release, with last minute improvements being implemented during the Milestone 4 development phase, which primarily concentrates on integrating contributions to the core codebase. The topics that have so far been started include: Reviews System Attributes System Templates / Layout Supporting PHP From 4.1 Onwards Checkout Procedure We welcome your feedback on these issues to securing a rock solid implementation of the features involved. Configuration Files Merged The configuration files of the Catalog and Administration Tool modules have been merged, with the Administration Tool now including the catalog configuration file to parse server specific parameters such as the web server and database server configuration values. This tightens the integration of the Administration Tool to the Catalog module, with a change of the configuration file now affecting both modules. Further updates to the configuration file are planned to have it store only the database connection parameters, with web server parameters being moved to a new Configuration Group to be edited online via the Administration Tool. This might pose a problem for stores installed at multiple locations (ie, on a development server and on a live server), however the server specific configuration parameters can be safely defined in the includes/local/configure.php file. Manually Removing Global Variables Now that the development CVS version is register_globals compatible, variables set on servers that have register_globals enabled are now manually removed from the global scope. This secures the core codebase, and forces contributors to follow the same coding guidelines and standards set on the project for contributions made. This standard will improve the quality of contributions made by securing the programming logic used, and by making sure the contribution is able to work on any server environment the project is able to run on. Languages Class Update The languages class has been updated to be instantiated on every page request instead of only when the language is being changed. This allows the tep_get_languages() function to be replaced with a osC_Language::getAll() class method, with the database query being cached to improve on server performance. The language is also now stored in a cookie for 90 days, which allows customers to navigate the catalog frontend with the selected language made during their previous session. A new language administration class has also been created in the Administration Tool, which extends the catalog language class verison with administrative functionality such as inserting new languages, updating current languages, and removing languages. This moves the logic away from the main request file (ie, admin/languages.php) to a class level. Other administrative classes will soon follow, which strengthens the Object-Oriented-Programming (OOP) structure being implemented for the 2.2 Milestone 3 release. New PayPal IPN Payment Module The osCommerce PayPal IPN payment module is a contribution for 2.2 Milestone 2 stores, and saves the customers order in the database before the customer is sent to PayPal to proceed with the transaction. The primary goal we had with creating a new PayPal IPN module was to avoid having to edit core codebase files or make database changes for installation and usage. The module is simply copied to the modules directory and can be activated via the Administration Tool. The osCommerce PayPal IPN payment module also utilizes the Encryption Website Payments feature PayPal provides, to send encrypted parameters on the Checkout Confirmation page to the PayPal server. The payment module can be found here: https://www.oscommerce.com/community/contributions,2679 New Banner Class The banner functions have been moved to a new osC_Banner class, and a new banner service module parameter has been added to control if banners in the same banner group should be shown at multiple places on the same page. This prevents the same banner being shown more than once on the same page.  
Issue #36: November 3, 2004
By Harald Ponce de Leon November 3, 2004 Discussions regarding this progress report can be found here: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=119565 Progress Summary Reports 2.2 Milestone 3 Progress Update Database Class Updates Strip Slashes Customer Accounts Newsletter Manager Updates Product Specials Service Module Product Reviews Service Module Contribution File Size Limit Community Statistics Sponsorship Programs Progress Summary Reports We'd like to apologize upfront for not having kept the community up to date with the development progress of 2.2 Milestone 3 during the past few months. We have been working on several things simultaneously during this time that will soon be announced to the community, and will serve to improve the services provided to maintain the growth expected when 2.2 is finalized and released to the public. To prevent such a pause from happening again, the progress summary reports will also focus on other areas and report additionally on important issues occurring inside the community. More information about this and who will be involved will be described in the next progress summary report. 2.2 Milestone 3 Progress Update After having posted screenshots of the new Administration Tool interface to the community forums, the response from the community has been extremely positive. Not only have there been improvements in the code of optimizations, performance increases, and cleaner structure, we are now proud to be able to show the same amount of backend changes to the frontend, improving the way a store owner administrates their store with groovy javascript and stylesheets magic to get things done quicker and saner. A lot of focus has been put into the changes made to make the Administration Tool more user friendly. Although the current changes are more of a proof of concept, further changes to the interface are expected as we reach the Milestone 3 release. No dates for the 2.2 Milestone 3 release will be made until all tasks on the workboard list have been complete. Unfortunately it does not look like Milestone 3 will be finalized this year due to the pending amount of changes that need to be made on the Catalog side, and due to the community sites becoming available throughout this time (eg, new community based contributions and live shops sites). Screenshots of how the Administration Tool looks like in current CVS can be seen here: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=13 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=14 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=15 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=16 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=17 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=18 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=19 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=20 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=21 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=22 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=23 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=24 https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=25 Database Class Updates The database class has been updated to allow queries to return result sets in batches. This feature replaces the split_page_results class, and can be called by a class method with one line of PHP code. Database transactions are also now supported, with the introduction of a MySQL InnoDB database class. Store owners are now given the choice of which database class to use during the installation of osCommerce. Strip Slashes The manner of adding slashes to GET, POST, and COOKIE variables has been changed to stripping slashes automatically if the PHP configuration parameter magic_quotes_gpc is enabled. This allows the content of GET, POST, and COOKIE variables to be handled in a cleaner manner, and improves performance when magic_quotes_gpc is disabled in the PHP configuration. Customer Accounts Customers are no longer required to enter their home address when creating an account, and are only asked to do so when entering the checkout procedure for the first time. The new customers class has a new hasDefaultAddress() method to determine such circumstances. When no default address exists, the address entered at the checkout procedure for the shipping address is stored as their default address and can be used or changed for the billing address. Newsletter Manager Updates The method the newsletter manager sends out emails has been updated to log which email addresses the newsletter has been sent to. This allows the newsletter manager to resume sending if the process has been interrupted. A proof of concept feature has also been implemented when emails are being sent, to automatically refresh the page when 80% of the maximum script execution time has been reached, to prevent a server timeout error from occurring. Product Specials Service Module The product specials feature has been moved to a service module, to only check for products on special when the service is enabled to save on database queries. It is also now possible to schedule when a product should go on special. Product Reviews Service Module The product reviews feature has been moved to a service module, and new features have been implemented to control how product reviews are stored. Product reviews can now be moderated to allow store owners to approve or decline reviews made, and can be set to that only customers who have purchased the product are allowed to submit a review, or to freely allow everyone to submit a review with or without having a user account on the store. Contribution File Size Limit The 300k file size limit has been removed from the Contributions section, and is now possible to upload larger contribution files. Larger contribution files are however disabled until verified by a team member, and will be activated as soon as possible. Community Statistics We are proud to announce a few milestones the project and community has reached during the past few months.   Contributions - over 2,000 contribution packages have been made available to the community by the community! This results in over 6,000 files having been uploaded to the Contributions section! Members - the 45,000 community member mark is nearing, with an average of 70 members registering in the community forums every day! Forum Postings - over 400,000 postings have been made in the community forums! John Oligario (Mibble) has also just freshly topped the all time top posters on the community forums, having now made 6,337 posts! Congratulations to the community for the achievements made! Sponsorship Programs The response to the sponsorship programs have been received well by the community, with suggestions having been made on how to further benefit those that participate. New payment methods for the sponsorship programs have been introduced after several requests for alternative methods were made. In addition to wire transfer, Community Sponsorship payments can now also be made through PayPal, and Corporate Sponsorships payments can now also be made with a cheque. In addition to the new payment methods, the suggestion of increasing the Personal Message storage has been taken, with Community Sponsors now having double the capacity of being able to store 100 personal messages in their PM inbox. More information regarding the sponsorship programs can be found here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/sponsors  
New Sponsorship Programs Introduced
New sponsorship programs are being introduced to the community to strengthen the existence of the project by continuing to improve the services provided to the growing community, and to secure relationships with businesses that care about the projects existence. Two sponsorship programs exist that best target the community the project has attracted, and are titled "osCommerce Community Sponsorship", which is aimed at community members, and "osCommerce Corporate Sponsorship", which is aimed at businesses providing osCommerce related services. The osCommerce Community Sponsorship program serves to increase the presence of individuals in the community by marking and highlighting their community profile throughout the osCommerce support site as being a participant of the sponsorship program, such as on the community support forums and and on the live shops listing site. The osCommerce Corporate Sponsorship program serves to increase the presence of businesses in the community by describing the partnership details on the Project Sponsors page and by displaying sponsorship banners throughout the osCommerce support site such as on the community support forums and knowledge base site. The financial benefits brought to the project from the sponsorship programs will be used in the following areas:   Server and hardware upgrades for the osCommerce support site Organization of public and internal meetings Travel and accommodation to public events Fund development and support provided by project team members The sponsorship programs are our way of thanking those that financially support the project, and look forward to bringing additional benefits to project sponsors during the project development phase. More information about the osCommerce Community Sponsorship program can be found here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/sponsors,community More information about the osCommerce Corporate Sponsorship program can be found here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/sponsors,corporate The osCommerce Corporate Sponsors can be found here: https://www.oscommerce.com/about/sponsors We'd like to thank those interested in participating in the program and to the community supporting the project, and look forward to what the future brings with your support! This announcement can be discussed at the community support forum at: https://forums.oscommerce.com/index.php?showtopic=114425  
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