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6 questions regarding my store


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Good morning everyone!


First let me start by saying I just found out about this software, but now I've got a test install setup on my personal site and I'm hooked, about to use it for our shop. And not just that, I've noticed a lot of online shops I visit use it (some without giving credit :angry: )


I'm running 2.2 CVS with an updated robots.txt file, BTS and the cache contribs, Australia Post contrib and Ausbank contrib.


Anyways I've got some questions, if some wonderful persons could help a newbie out that would be great :blink:


1. I've removed every other country except Australia, made the only currency the Australian Dollar and made the only language English. The reason I did this is it's an Australian only store, now what I'm wondering is how do I remove the languages and currencies blocks from the bottom right on each page since they serve no purpose now (since there's only one option for each), actually how do I do it for the manufacturers block on the left as well? I looked in the admincp and the index.php files but couldn't find it so I'm guessing it's somewhere in SQL or a file I'm not looking in.


2. At checkout I wanted to make the country Australia permanently there without a drop down box and have the states of Australia (Victoria, NSW etc.) in a drop down box for the state field instead of a text entry box, is there an example somewhere of something similar I could use to achieve this?


3. I want to make it so when an item is out of stock it's no longer visible to customers, and they can't add it to the cart. The reason is I was playing around with a test item and I was able to add it to the cart 1,000,000,000 times and I don't want some kid coming and screwing up the store (plus our store isn't going to be a big store and items might not be replaceable straight away)


4. Is there a way to swap the MM / DD (month/day) on the registration form and all pages, or better yet have a forum style registration form thing where the year is chosen from a drop down box and they just enter the DD / MM in a box for each one


5. Where can I find the header and footer information so I can add a flash banner to the top and our ABN (Australian Business Number) to the bottom?


6. (big thing) Is there a way when the user is checking out that the software can display a unique number (preferably the order number or similar) and let the user know that when making payment via direct bank deposit (only method we accept) to leave that as a description?


As you could imagine I've already searched through the contributions, and I'm sure a lot of these things have been covered but the titles are sometimes vague (or I'm not searching hard enough). Also if there's anything you think I've missed could you point me in the right direction, as there's got to be something I've missed.


All suggestions, ideas and comments are of coarse more than welcome, and I appretiate you taking the time to read my thread!



- Juzza (can't wait to start making contributions)

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Go to www.oscommerce.com and download the pdf document of the Knowledge Base for osCommerce 2.2 MS2, and you'll find most of your questions answered in there.



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Awesome, thanks mate!


My server has fantastico and oscommerce was one of the scripts which it could automatically install, so that's how I managed to do it without documentation *embarassed*, I'll give it a good read.. thanks again :thumbsup:


EDIT: Just fixed the blocks so forget question 1 :D

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Hi. Well as you can see from my Member Since date, I am also a newbie but I have done some of the things you are looking to do. I am still not familiar with ALL you are doing but have done some and hope they help.


1. Go into your public_html/includes/column_right.php and then go to the bottom of the coding. Find


require(DIR_WS_BOXES . 'reviews.php');


if (substr(basename($PHP_SELF), 0, 8) != 'checkout') {

include(DIR_WS_BOXES . 'languages.php');

include(DIR_WS_BOXES . 'currencies.php');



Replace with


require(DIR_WS_BOXES . 'reviews.php');


if (substr(basename($PHP_SELF), 0, 8) != 'checkout') {

/*include(DIR_WS_BOXES . 'languages.php');

include(DIR_WS_BOXES . 'currencies.php');*/



That will get rid of the side boxes for languages and currency.


5. Header information can be found at public_html/includes/header.php and footer information can be found at public_html/includes/footer.php


Your personal logo can be put in place of osCommerce.gif about line 55 of header.php


Hope it helps a little.

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