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What are the "core" contribs you'd install?


billybrag

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I am just about to embark o my second osc shop and i wanted to start from scratch, and i was wondering what are the "essential" contribs that should be added, lets say the top 5 ones?

 

then what i hope to do is keep a "virgin" copy of this store for the future :)

 

any thoughts peeps

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IMO:

 

- Recover Lost Carts

- Held Orders

- Header Tags Controller

- Admin Login

 

The above would apply to all shops. There are others, like PayPal_IPN, that would only apply if you used that option.

 

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I really agree with the

 

Recover carts

Header tags

 

To that I would add

 

Quick updates

Guest account

Site map

X-sell

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For my second-store I decided to use a pre-packaged OsCommerce with lots of contribs already installed :)

 

What I consider inportant is NewsDesk contribution - I feel, that it really gave the clients of my first shop feeling ofbeing closer to the shop :)

 

After your shop is started, you will need a tool for tracking search engine effectiveness. There is a number of contribs for this. I personally use User Tracking and Keyword Show

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To add to the above lists you might consider RMA returns, and Maxmind. I think though Header Tags and Recover lost carts are the top two on my list.

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For a base install we now incorporate these(but think I will amend that to include some mentioned above also):

 

1) automatic thumbnail

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...matic+thumbnail

 

2) random order number contrib

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...l/search,random

 

3) header tags

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...l/search,header

 

4) define mainpage

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...l/search,define

 

5) low stock email

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...earch,low+stock

 

6) db manipulation from admin

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...ch,manipulation

 

7) visitors

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...search,visitors

 

8) dhtml cat menu

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...ll/search,dhtml

 

9) new spiders file

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri.../search,spiders

 

10) extra info pages

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...rch,information

 

11) grid

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...+listing/page,2

 

12) less db queries

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri.../search,less+db

 

13) all products

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...ch,all+products

 

14) phpmyadmin

 

15) shop by price

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...rch,price+range

 

16) additional images

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...ditional+images

 

17) manual order entry

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...h,manual+orders

 

18) ez populate

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...l/search,ez+pop

 

19) Froogle

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri.../search,froogle

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3SizesOfProductImages_1.10

AddBulletImages_1.0

Admin_2.1

AttribSort_1.0

AuthorizenetConsolidated_1.7.12

CategoriesDescription1.6

CreditCardMask

Define_Mainpage_v1.3.3_MS2

DropDownButtonInShoppingCart

EmailConfirmationField

FeaturedProducts_1.5.2

HeaderTagsController_2.3.2

HidePriceIf0

HowDidYouHearAboutUs_12

MonthlySales-Tax_2.1.1

NewAttributes_4B

OptionTypeFeature_1.6

OSCProductListingSelect

PayWithoutAccount_0.80

ReviewApprovalSystem_1.2

ReviewsInProductDisplay_1.0

Searchbox_1.3B

SeparatePricingPerCustomer_3.51

SimpleTemplateSystem_2.01

SpidersSessionKiller

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My "loaded" version has:

 

- Gift certificates and discount coupons

- Purchase without account option

- Quantity discount options

- Master / slave products

- Master pasword

- HTML Area - WYSIWYG editor

- Thumb and large pics

- Click popup pic to close

- Login box

- Meta tags in Admin - Mine not released

- Extra pages - Mine

- Stylesheet editor in Admin (color picker, dropdowns, etc.) - Mine not released

- Download controller

- Free shipping module

- Order editor

- PDF Catalog

- Live support

- Events calendar

- Keep image proportions

- Download controller

- Newsdesk

 

And many patches, fixes and custom mods.

 

Need to integrate

 

- PayPal IPN

- Tracking #s in order edit / order history

- Search enhancements

- Customer print receipt

 

And more :P

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hi Doctor, where do we download the "pre-packaged OsCommerce"????

I used SEC (Shoppe Enhance Controller?) by Linda (don't remember her surname :(). I can't post the link, it is strictly prohibited by by the board policies discussed here: http://www.oscommerce.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=117528 right now. But you can easily find it on Google.

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Simple Template System is the only contribution that I absolutely require be installed. It has given me the simple control over the look and feel of osCom that I need.

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1. Configuration cache

2. Optimize tep_get_tax_rate()

3. Automatic thumbnailer

4. Recover lost carts

5. Coupons/Discounts

6. OPTONAL: osC Affiliates

7. More reports for the admin side

8. Authorize admins (or, .htaccess protect the directory)

 

Lastely, optimize the site for queries...

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