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Revolution9

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I'm considering using osCommerce for an online store project. I've got a few questions, and excuse me if these are covered in other topics and threads:

 

1. I'm using a Mac G5 and not a PC. Does that pose a problem?

 

2. I want to use a templatemonster.com osCommerce template. Does this allow a non-php web designer (that's me) to set up and configure a store - or should I bring in a php guy to guide me through set up and implementation.

 

3. Does osCommerce allow for a separate 'pricing tier' - for example, I'm selling a product that should have two price levels. One for homeowners, and a discounted price level for contractors. Is there a registration feature that would tag a customer's price level - and take him to that price level in the online catalog?

 

4. Can you point me in the direction of server requirements? I want to have this hosted at my ISP (www.annex.com).

 

5. Any experienced osCommerce peeps that would be willing to contract out for their services if and when needed? Please e-mail me at [email protected]

 

Thanks so much.

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1) Does not cause a problem. You will need a program to edit your files (php editor) and another program to upload them to your site (ftp program).

2) You will need to find out what version of osC the template is based upon and then install the same version of osC on your server so the file versions match.

3) SPPC contribution (separate pricing per customer) does what you want.

4) Your host has several plans that should work, just ask them which one is best for a starter osC store.

5) Not allowed in this forum. Paid help is for other forums.

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1) Does not cause a problem. You will need a program to edit your files (php editor) and another program to upload them to your site (ftp program).

2) You will need to find out what version of osC the template is based upon and then install the same version of osC on your server so the file versions match.

3) SPPC contribution (separate pricing per customer) does what you want.

4) Your host has several plans that should work, just ask them which one is best for a starter osC store.

5) Not allowed in this forum. Paid help is for other forums.

 

 

Thanks Peter. My question about php knowledge requirements - could I wing it without having a knowlege of php?

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You don't need any knowledge of php to run an osc store.

 

If you want to install contributions, still not essential but helps understand what a contribution does and how it works.

 

Very useful if it doesn't work as expected and you have to work out what you have done wrong during the installation, as the contributions usually work if installed correctly.

 

It really depends on if you are willing to pay for someone who knows what they are doing to do it for you and save your time.

 

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You don't need any knowledge of php to run an osc store.

 

If you want to install contributions, still not essential but helps understand what a contribution does and how it works.

 

Very useful if it doesn't work as expected and you have to work out what you have done wrong during the installation, as the contributions usually work if installed correctly.

 

It really depends on if you are willing to pay for someone who knows what they are doing to do it for you and save your time.

 

Food for thought!!

 

I'm willing! I'm willing!

 

What is the appropriate forum to ask for paid help?

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2. I want to use a templatemonster.com osCommerce template. Does this allow a non-php web designer (that's me) to set up and configure a store - or should I bring in a php guy to guide me through set up and implementation.

Keep in mind that using a template will not help you get future advice on this forum for modifying your shop since the original osc files are going to be hacked beyond compare. I learned the hard way by using a template too! In the long run, you'll be better off using a clean install. :thumbsup:

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