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Getting Rid of the "whats new here" page"


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How do you get rid if this?:

What's New Here?



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This is a default setup of osCommerce Online Merchant. Products shown are for demonstrational purposes. Any products purchased will not be delivered nor will the customer be billed. Any information seen on these products is to be treated as fictional.


Error Messages


If there are any error or warning messages shown above, please correct them first before proceeding.


Error messages are displayed at the very top of the page with a complete background color.


Several checks are performed to ensure a healthy setup of your online store - these checks can be disabled by editing the appropriate parameters at the bottom of the includes/application_top.php file.

Editing Page Texts


The text shown here can be modified in the following file, on each language basis:


[path to catalog]/includes/languages/english/index.php


That file can be edited manually, or via the Administration Tool with the Languages->English->Define or Tools->File Manager modules.


The text is set in the following manner:


define('TEXT_MAIN', 'This is a default setup of the osCommerce project...');


The text highlighted in green may be modified - it is important to keep the define() of the TEXT_MAIN keyword. To remove the text for TEXT_MAIN completely, the following example is used where only two single quote characters exist:


define('TEXT_MAIN', '');


More information concerning the PHP define() function can be read here.

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Online documentation can be read at the osCommerce Knowledge Base site.


Support is available at the osCommerce Support Site.


If you wish to download the solution powering this shop, or if you wish to contribute to the osCommerce project, please visit the support site of osCommerce. This shop is running on osCommerce Online Merchant v2.2 RC2.

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  • 4 months later...

I think what Leroy is asking, is how do you get rid of the entire page, not just change the text.


I myself would like to replace this whole page with images of all the categories. Anyone know how to do that?

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You can't get rid of the entire page, not without an extensive amount of rewriting. You need a default page for the customers entering your store anyway. What would you replace this with?


If you want to display an image and text for each category, in the center of the page where the text appears, I have something that will do this. I've used variations of it on three sites now with good results. I've never packaged it up as a Contribution, though, so it's not in any useable format. I could probably put something together if anybody is interested.


PM or email me if you want to see what this looks like on the live sites.




See my profile for a list of my addons and ways to get support.

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