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Guess this just isn't the tool for me


stashandstuff

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"Just download OSCommerce" they told me. "It's easy to use and fully customizable."

 

But I've found no such thing. This is clearly not a tool for anyone who is not a programmer.

 

I followed all the instructions on all the installs - still doesn't work.

 

I asked for help from other users, and only get smart *ss answers.

 

The weeks and weeks I've spent trying to figure it out was just time wasted.

 

I'll have to go back to the drawing board, probably have to pay someone to create a shopping cart for me...

 

Very disappointed in this product.

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Hi Louise, Sorry you've had such a bad time with it. I'll take a little time to try and talk you through it, without any geek speak.

 

I'm assuming that you've downloaded the MS2.2 zip file from www.oscommerce.com and have unzipped it on your computer. I'm also assuming that you want to install it on an online website and in the root of your domain - meaning that when people go to http://www.yourdomain they go straight to your osCommerce store.

 

A few things worth mentioning here. osCommerce definitely works better, with fewer installation problems, if you install on a Unix/Linux type server with Apache running. You'll encounter far more problems on a Windows server. A few hosting companies also have quite awful setups that run osCommerce from the cgi-bin (like PowWeb), or with PHP running in Safe Mode (again causing problems for you). Avoid these companies.

 

To install osCommerce follow these steps:

 

1. Go to your web hosting control panel and set up a blank database.

2. Upload the CONTENTS of the 'catalog' folder to the root of your website via FTP (but don't upload the folder itself unless you want your store to be available at http://www.yourdomain.com/catalog).

4. Make sure that all of your folders have permissions set to 777 (full permissions), and that your two configure.php files (for the duration of the install) are also set to full permissions (so that the install procedure can write data into them).

4. Go to http://www.yourdomain.com/install

5. Your db_server will probably be 'localhost (without the commas) or occasionally it may be '127.0.0.1'

6. You will also need to know your mysql user name and password.

7. During the install procedure tick the box that says 'store files in database'.

 

If you have followed the advice above you should be able to complete the install procedure. After it is completed you will need to do the following.

 

8. Delete the 'install' folder

9. Reset permissions on the two configure.php files. admin/includes/configure.php can be set to 644 (whichever type of server you install on). includes/configure.php should also be set to 644 on a Windows server, but 444 or 400 on a Linux/Unix setup.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Vger

"Just download OSCommerce" they told me.  "It's easy to use and fully customizable."

 

But I've found no such thing.  This is clearly not a tool for anyone who is not a programmer. 

 

I followed all the instructions on all the installs - still doesn't work.

 

I asked for help from other users, and only get smart *ss answers.

 

The weeks and weeks I've spent trying to figure it out was just time wasted.

 

I'll have to go back to the drawing board, probably have to pay someone to create a shopping cart for me...

 

Very disappointed in this product.

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"Just download OSCommerce" they told me.  "It's easy to use and fully customizable."

 

But I've found no such thing.  This is clearly not a tool for anyone who is not a programmer. 

 

I followed all the instructions on all the installs - still doesn't work.

 

I asked for help from other users, and only get smart *ss answers.

 

The weeks and weeks I've spent trying to figure it out was just time wasted.

 

I'll have to go back to the drawing board, probably have to pay someone to create a shopping cart for me...

 

Very disappointed in this product.

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