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New to osCommerce - A little Help


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Hi All,


I'm very impressed to see a lively community here. Since I'm new to osCommerce, I was hoping I could ask for some guidance from the experienced folks here in the forums.


Having installed the osCommerce basic system, I'm looking for a suggestion about what contributions I should plan on adding to the basic system to create a fairly full-featured UK based webshop. (To be honest, I'm trying to cut down on the "learning curve" time in order to get a shop on-line fairly quickly...more additions can always come later.)


Currently, I'm thinking that I'd need to add, at a minimum, the following:


1. Payment module (HSBC exists, so that's covered)

2. Shipping module (one of the Royal Mail contributions, any suggestions?)

3. QBI to use with my Quickbooks.


Plus probably the following, from a look'n'feel perspective:


4. Best Sellers (maybe not initially)

5. Latest News

6. Special offers

7. Cards accepted info box

8. Google addsense info box


How am I doing so far? What about additional reports or admin features?


Does anyone have a suggestion from their experience? Or, if this has already been discussed, someone can help me find that discussion.


Any help is appreciated.




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there is a contribution with contents specific to UK shops, you might want to check that out.


All other contributions / functionality depends really on what you are going to be sellling, and how much of a custom look you are after.


If you plan to go live fast, you also need to plan for a test system so you can experiment with contributions and not trash your main site.


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Exellent thread! Thanks for this one - it gives a good feel for what is out there and how to do quite a bit as a newbie.


Also..thanks for reminding me to install a 'development system'. I usually do, but in my haste, I forgot to plan for this. (It never hurts to remind us on this one, does it?)


Thanks again,


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