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Can I do this with no PHP knowledge?


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My situation:

Hello all. I must put a simple E-Commerce shopping cart up on my website. I already secured a subdomain for it. I have a pretty good knowledge of html, and a limited knowledge of ASP. Most of what I've learned in ASP has been from copying free source codes from others and modifying it, and as a result, I've worked with MS Access databases. But I've done nothing in PHP as of yet.

 

What I've been told:

I've heard of Comersus, so I downloaded that, and I've downloaded nopdesign.com's free shopping cart. Now, new google searches have all told me that OSCcommerce is the best, hands-down. I've read through the website, and it seems really confusing, but that's to be expected at first. I've now downloaded the OSCCommerce cart as well as the documentation.

 

What I'm hoping for:

So I guess I'm really hoping for direction as to if I'm on the right path or not. Is OSCCommerce indeed the best? Even for someone who's never worked with PHP? Will I get the hang of everything since I already know HTML, and how to manipulate codes in Notepad, Frontpage, and such? Can I do this if I download the cart and follow the instructions on the documentation? Is that all I need to do?

 

Thank you (in advance) for anyone who's knowledgeable enough and kind enough to respond to my concerns,

 

Jason (33 y/o, from suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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If you have time to learn how oscommerce works and also pick up on PHP as you go along then yes its possible but it will be a long slog so dont expect an all singing all dancing website in a few days.

 

If you dont have the time to sit down and learn these things and need a website yesterday then oscommerce isnt for you and your best bet would be to look at a commercial shopping cart application.

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When I first came here I had no knowledge of PHP or HTML and didn't have Frontpage or a similar program. Now I can find my way around and hack a bit. If I can manage that then you should be fine.

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Thank you Peter. So far, so good; it's set up and I'm working on the admin pages. Thanks for the suppot!

 

Jason

Jason

 

Simple 1-2-3 Intructions on how to get, install and configure SSL

 

The Google Sandbox explained

 

Simple to follow instructions on how to change the look of your OSC

 

How To Make A Horrible OSC Website

 

my toolbox: All things WordPress-related - All things Adobe-related - PHP Designer 2007 - Codecanyon Junkie - Crimson Editor - Winmerge - phpMyAdmin - WS_FTP

 

my installed contributions: Category Banners, File Upload feature-.77, Header Tags, Sort_Product_Attributes_1, XSellv2.3, Price Break 1.11.2, wishlist 3.5, rollover_category_images_v1.2, Short_Description_v2.1, UPSXML_v1_2_3, quickbooks qbi_v2_10, allprods v4.4, Mouseover-effect for image-buttons 1.0, Ultimate_SEO, AAP 1.41, Auto Select State Value, Fast Easy Checkout, Dynamic SiteMap v2.0, Image Magic, Links Manager 1.14, Featured Products, Customer Testimonials, Article Manager, FAQ System, and I'm sure more ...

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Hi,

 

I "finished" my store a while ago, and still have no real idea about PHP. I reckon you'll be fine:). Any questions, just post on the forum...

 

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  • 2 weeks later...
Some PHP knowledge is required anyway :(

 

I would say previous knowledge is adventageous... I've never used PHP before; I just follow instructions fully (and yes, I have got extremely mixed up - but I've come through!).

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I'm so new in oscommerce that i'm nt too sure wat is it really... So osCommerce actually gives us a shopping cart solution (the scripts) and we jus have to install it at the server side?? However, we still nd to come out with the client side ourselves right?

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apart from documentation and the knowledgebase (don't get confused, screenshots are from the next version), there is also a few great books for beginners on the topic.

 

I didn't know any php when I started osC in Feb 2005, although I was rather good at asp and a database specialist by profession, so that helped.

 

I'd say you will be fine with a bit of willpower and no tight deadlines!

:-)

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My first "demo store" that I didn't show anyone was running in about a half a day. I only worked at it enough to get a flavour for OSCOMMERCE, to see if I was going to use it. In the past we were always hiring a programmer to do custom work for us.

 

I am pretty good at hard coding HTML but my PHP knowledge is limited. My business partner is a genious when it comes to hard coding (my opinion) and a photoshop expert too. (We've been developing sites etc since 1995.)

 

I have had some experience with other PHP-based apps like forums and link directories. So I had a small amount of knowledge about what I was getting myself into.

 

Since that time we have developed two full blown stores for clients and are working on our third. We're keeping the mods reasonably straight forward so I can learn as I go, which has really been very enjoyable.

 

Today when I start a new project I have a list of my own mods that I make, which really speeds up the process.

 

In time as we develop more sites using OS Commerce the appearance will improve, to be more on par with our HTML work.

 

Monika ... I love your work!

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I am also very new to php, and have managed to set up my store, change the colors, and even successfully completed "sandbox" testing today with PayPal! I installed osC on my hosting account a week ago (they include osC so it sounds like I had an easier time with that part of it), and am pretty much ready to take my store live. I have a few details to finish up that are not related to osC or PayPal, so it will be a couple of weeks yet before I go live. The best thing I can recommend is to download, print, AND read the documentation. Between the documentation and the forums, I was able to get it all figured out. The ink and 114 sheets of paper to print the documentation is well worth it! It does take a bit of patience to find the info you need in the forums, but it is well worth the effort. Patience and an eye for detail help!

 

Lefty

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Well, this is almost 2 months or whatever after I started this post, and just to let you know, well ...

 

I'm very active in here (about 100 posts, and I'm into contributions as you can see). I have 5 contributions (1 more to go) on my OSC, and I have completely functional SSL. Everything works great! So far, so good. Sure, I had to research. I got 1062 errors, and things like that along the way, but these forums, and google searches can really solve a lot of problems. I've had nights where I've had to think problems out, but I've learned a lot, and I've even ad-libbed a lot on my own. So, all in all, it's been great, and my OSC is working perfectly. So you *can* do it with limited (or no) PHP knowledge; it just takes a bit of work and some intelligence if you want to have a professional website.

 

J

Jason

 

Simple 1-2-3 Intructions on how to get, install and configure SSL

 

The Google Sandbox explained

 

Simple to follow instructions on how to change the look of your OSC

 

How To Make A Horrible OSC Website

 

my toolbox: All things WordPress-related - All things Adobe-related - PHP Designer 2007 - Codecanyon Junkie - Crimson Editor - Winmerge - phpMyAdmin - WS_FTP

 

my installed contributions: Category Banners, File Upload feature-.77, Header Tags, Sort_Product_Attributes_1, XSellv2.3, Price Break 1.11.2, wishlist 3.5, rollover_category_images_v1.2, Short_Description_v2.1, UPSXML_v1_2_3, quickbooks qbi_v2_10, allprods v4.4, Mouseover-effect for image-buttons 1.0, Ultimate_SEO, AAP 1.41, Auto Select State Value, Fast Easy Checkout, Dynamic SiteMap v2.0, Image Magic, Links Manager 1.14, Featured Products, Customer Testimonials, Article Manager, FAQ System, and I'm sure more ...

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