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Themes for version 2.2


tugeye

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Good day

 

Thanks for a fantastic program....2.2 is so much easier to setup compared to the earlier versions.....

 

My Question ..after having read thru the other forums and posts, I'm still a little confused.......

 

Does 2.2 support themes and if so, are there any additional default themes available for it and if so, where abouts.

 

Is there one central location where we can preview themes, if they are available.

 

 

Thank you

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Does 2.2 support themes

 

Not yet.

 

So there is nothing to look for ;-) osCommerce will use templates in the near future but we have a lot of other things to solve too ...

 

So keep watching ;-)

You can't have everything. That's why trains have difficulty crossing oceans, and hippos did not adapt to fly. -- from the OpenBSD mailinglist.

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Does 2.2 support themes and if so, are there any additional default themes available for it and if so, where abouts.

 

Not quite what you are after I think, but what I've done on a site is to use a Cookie to store the users preffered stylesheet in a persistent cookie. Next time they visit they get the same stylesheet...

 

Is that the sort of thing you are after ?

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Patrick ...thats a gorgeous site.....

 

What I'd be interested in is basically knowing what files need editing...I'm assuming that I can simply create new graphics (like for the blocks) and overwrite the current ones...... and editing the .css would control the colors.....

 

 

how far off am I?

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You are very close. I changed the .css and used the Infobox Styles contribution. I edited the header.php and footer.php files to include the navigation from the rest of the site. I changed the layout of the columns to my own personal taste. It was pretty easy. If you need any help, email me at patrick at veverka.net.

 

Patrick

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  • 2 weeks later...

There is just a little problem...

 

When you want to use the default style everything is ok.

But if you want to customize the look and feel as we did here: http://family-move.wurzel6-webdesign.de/shop/, then you have cevere problems, because about 25 files wait for individual editing.

And when something went wrong you are in big trouble :-(

 

So a little templatesystem would be good (top,left,content,right,footer items in a htmlfile where the orresponding content is inserted should be done in a quite short time)

 

That would make life easier :D

 

regards,

Philip

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I dont suppose anyone documentated the changes they made while changing the look and feel.

 

Something that might serve a guide or procedure for what files are changed, etc......

 

 

This would go along way in helping.

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I have not documented them... but I think there has not been much to do, except find out the specific lines to change in all files...

 

And that took a long time, until it produced clean html again...

 

But let us hope that templates will be included soon ;-)

regards,

Philip

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Hi all,

 

I've developed a couple of techniques as I've gone about changing the look of osCommerce to match the rest of our web site.

 

1) I regularly look at the source for a page in my browser (IE in my case) because the style from stylesheet.css that colors a table row or the text or provides an image will be shown there. Then all you need to do is go play around with that style definition in stylesheet.css. It's helpful I think to make changes that are very obvious. For instance, I usually try to change colors to lime green because it sticks out like a sore thumb on my pages.

 

2) Get to know the definitions in the files associated with your language of choice. many of the table headings, infobox headings, page headings, etc. are located there and are easy to change. Most pages will use the name of the definition in upper case. From there it's just a case of looking for them in the appropriate files.

 

3) Document what you change!!! I wish I had done that from the beginning. I'm serioulsy thinking of doing a page capture of all the pages that come up and numbering the different elements in my graphics software. Then I'll assign each number to a legend for that page. That way I'll know what style definition or file creates that part of the page.

 

4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. This is an incredible community. Bao Quoc Nguyen has been giving me incredible help with his authorizenet module. If you get help, don't just consider making a financial contribution to the community, DO it!

 

Going live soon!!!

 

Jerry Nielsen

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This may go without saying but if you are looking for doumentation try www.oscdox.com The manual there may not be complete but it will certainly point you in the right direction and answer most of the questions that get constantly asked here in the forums.. like "How do I change the logo" and such.

 

Just my $0.02

 

Shawn

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Shawn,

 

I absolutley agree!!

 

That's actually where I got my first clues as to how important stylesheet.css is to the look of a store. I apologize for not mentioning it. They were, indeed, very helpful.

 

Jerry Nielsen

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