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Installing Multiple Contributions ?


keithwilliams

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Hiya All,

 

Didn't think it'd be long before I was back asking more questions - and here I am.

 

First off, I'm a complete PHP & HTML dummy, so please be gentle!

 

I've added one contribution to make OSC UK friendly for addresses etc (just on my pc at the mo) and I sort of understand which file does what in the OSC package.

 

I've been looking thru these forums and would like to use a number of other contributions, eg Ultimate SEO URLs, Header Tags Controller, Meta Tags Controller and others.

 

I was wondering how best to go about installing multiple contributions?

 

I'm guessing I can't just replace the files each time as I might overwrite a contribution I've already added. Should I somehow identify the new PHP code and paste this into my existing file? If so, how do I identify the new code to add?

 

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

 

Kind Regards

Keith.

In life, try everything three times...

First, just to see if you like it.

A Second, to see if you were mistaken the first,

And a third, to see if you tire of it quickly...

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Get a good php editor, phpdesigner, dreamweaver and the list goes on... (In a pinch you can also use notepad)

 

Download the wanted contribution(s) , read the provided instructions.

 

If the contribution includes manual install instructions you can just follow those...

 

If the contributions just includes pre-modded files , you can use a file compare program , like beyond compare or windmerge to compare and merge them with your shops files.

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Get a good php editor, phpdesigner, dreamweaver and the list goes on... (In a pinch you can also use notepad)

 

Download the wanted contribution(s) , read the provided instructions.

 

If the contribution includes manual install instructions you can just follow those...

 

If the contributions just includes pre-modded files , you can use a file compare program , like beyond compare or windmerge to compare and merge them with your shops files.

 

 

Thanks for the info.

 

I'm currently using PSPad, (because it's free and my funds are limited!)

 

Does beyond compare or windmerge work automatically or is it a manual "cut & paste" job? Is there one you'd recommend over the other?

 

Thanks again for your help

 

Keith

 

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First, just to see if you like it.

A Second, to see if you were mistaken the first,

And a third, to see if you tire of it quickly...

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Most contributions will give instructions such as "find this code and replace with this code" Do this using PHPad or whatever. If you can get a hold of PHPdesigner-2005 it is great-and free (the new version is not). Winmerge will highlight every difference between the two files. You are only after the pertinent ones which are listed in the instructions. Before doing any contribution modifications-BACKUP EVERYTHING. That way, if something goes horribly wrong, just drag the original files back to your site and you are back to the original.

 

Contributions look intimidating, but all I have come across have great installation instructions so just follow them and you will be good to go. Do one contribution at a time, test your site, then do another backup. Keep all copies of the backup until you are sure everything is fine.

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Most contributions will give instructions such as "find this code and replace with this code" Do this using PHPad or whatever. If you can get a hold of PHPdesigner-2005 it is great-and free (the new version is not). Winmerge will highlight every difference between the two files. You are only after the pertinent ones which are listed in the instructions. Before doing any contribution modifications-BACKUP EVERYTHING. That way, if something goes horribly wrong, just drag the original files back to your site and you are back to the original.

 

Contributions look intimidating, but all I have come across have great installation instructions so just follow them and you will be good to go. Do one contribution at a time, test your site, then do another backup. Keep all copies of the backup until you are sure everything is fine.

 

 

Many thanks for all your help.

 

I'll see if I can find PHPdesigner, then I backup and play...

 

Kind Regards

Keith

In life, try everything three times...

First, just to see if you like it.

A Second, to see if you were mistaken the first,

And a third, to see if you tire of it quickly...

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