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Hi there, I signed up with ixweb hosting, then I see oscommerce so I launch the button thinking it would take me to a shop front to work on and start adding products, but I am sorry I have no idea at all this, such a newbie at playing around with web sites and shops. Do I have to download something, do I down load it to my server in their control panel or where do i do that. Gosh what is the procedure? Sorry if I am confusing you, but I am more confused, any ideas?

thanks forest fairy

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Hi there, I signed up with ixweb hosting, then I see oscommerce so I launch the button thinking it would take me to a shop front to work on and start adding products, but I am sorry I have no idea at all this, such a newbie at playing around with web sites and shops. Do I have to download something, do I down load it to my server in their control panel or where do i do that. Gosh what is the procedure? Sorry if I am confusing you, but I am more confused, any ideas?

thanks forest fairy

 

Ok, so, what happened after you pressed the button? Did it install OsC in your space?

 

I'm not familiar with ixweb's control panel, so, I don't know if they have a "view my site" function so that you can see if it's there.

 

If not, try using your web browser and going to http://www.WhateverYourDomainNameIs.com/catalog/index.php

 

If that gets you a 404 error, try it without the /catalog

 

If it's installed, one of those two URLs will get you there.

 

Your work has just begun, but, all of us were where you are, just now, at some point, and there are a lot of helpful people here that will help you with the problems you will, undoubtably, run into.

 

Hope This helps

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Hi there, I signed up with ixweb hosting, then I see oscommerce so I launch the button thinking it would take me to a shop front to work on and start adding products, but I am sorry I have no idea at all this, such a newbie at playing around with web sites and shops. Do I have to download something, do I down load it to my server in their control panel or where do i do that. Gosh what is the procedure? Sorry if I am confusing you, but I am more confused, any ideas?

thanks forest fairy

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Hi there, sorry I took so long but I had to go out when I do as you say I get a shop front with things there and this message is up the top

 

 

Warning: Installation directory exists at: /hsphere/local/home/fireflys/forest-fairys.com/catalog/install. Please remove this directory for security reasons.

 

how does one edit and set it up

Thanks

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Hi there, sorry I took so long but I had to go out when I do as you say I get a shop front with things there and this message is up the top

Warning: Installation directory exists at: /hsphere/local/home/fireflys/forest-fairys.com/catalog/install. Please remove this directory for security reasons.

 

ok now I went into my control panel and clicked on eshop and went to a sort of shop front where I logged in and it said welcome Lynnette, it looks like a shop but is not a functional shop, it says its a sample shop.

I presume I have to edit it all somehow, but that message is at the top

How do I edit it and list products etc, is there a step by step manual, then my big question is how do you link it to your web site???

 

how does one edit and set it up

Thanks

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ok its me again pushing buttons to find out what happens, on the top of this make believe shop front was a thing called Top above categories and when I clicked on it..it took me to my web site

I am just keeping you informed as I go so maybe you can help me figure this all out, also when I go to there is another box that comes up like a home admin page but its not easy to understand. a long grey page with things like choose yes or no or true or false. this all has me quiet confused

Thanks again to anyone who can help me undertand

Lynn a lost forest fairy

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You still have that warning:

 

Warning: Installation directory exists at:

 

You need to get rid of that a bit lively. FTP to your site and delete the "install" folder completely. You will find it in the "catalog" folder that is in a folder usually named, "public_html" or "httpdocs".

If you don't know how to use FTP yet, you should be able to delete that folder from your host's control panel. Look for an option like "Manage your directories".

 

Some utilities you will need.

If you don't have an FTP client, this is a very good, simple to use one. FTP Surfer

A very good text/php editor. EditPad Lite

An excellent file comparison tool. WinMerge

 

All are free for you to download and use.

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ok its me again pushing buttons to find out what happens, on the top of this make believe shop front was a thing called Top above categories and when I clicked on it..it took me to my web site

I am just keeping you informed as I go so maybe you can help me figure this all out, also when I go to there is another box that comes up like a home admin page but its not easy to understand. a long grey page with things like choose yes or no or true or false. this all has me quiet confused

Thanks again to anyone who can help me undertand

Lynn a lost forest fairy

 

One of the first things you should download, from this site, if you don't already have access to it, is the documentation for OsC.

 

A lot of your questions could be answered just by reading through it and, if you're not sure about something, ask before doing it, could save you a LOT of problems.

 

Contrary to popular opinion, NO cart program is "ready to roll" right out of the "box". They all require some modification based on what you want to do and how you want to do it.

 

Lots of us here are more than willing to help with installation, modification and assistance with adding contributions, so, don't be overwhelmed, it'll get easier as you go along.

 

Besides, misery loves company LMAO

 

Richard

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