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hi,guys,in fact ,we produce LED strips www.chylighting.com, but some customers complain that they can't buy them directly,

 

so i want to design a shopping store about LED strips,so everybody who can recommend a template to

 

me of oscommerce,so that we can sell LED strips online.thanks in advance.

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OSCommerce is pretty much the grandaddy of all Open Source commercial websites.

It is also one of the more complex.

 

There is so much that comes with it, that a great deal of time is used in turning stuff off.

 

Its an ideal site if your website is also your database.

 

If you have little interest in learning the mechanics of a website you can also consider Wordpress with a simple ecommerce theme.

 

It is the ideal product for any template site....

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You don't need a template, but you should be prepared to spend a little time customizing your store to look unique, and match the rest of your website in style and color. Note that most templates cost $$, and many are based on heavily modified earlier (obsolete) versions of osC. If you choose to buy one, be careful that it is based on the current version (2.3.1) and is cleanly implemented so that it may easily be upgraded to later osC versions (upgrades). There are templates out there which have so heavily modified osC code that it is nearly impossible to ever upgrade osC, and difficult to add new features (add-ons).

 

If you have an existing website and wish to add a store to it, the store should be put in its own subdirectory (/catalog is the usual place) and link to it. Put in a notice that leaving the store before completing checkout may result in loss of the shopping cart, and the customer will have to start over. You might add some links in osC to go back to your main site. Since osC is free, you can install it on your site and play with it to your heart's content before adding a link to it from your other pages and going live. At some point you will need to decide on shipping, payment methods, returns, and other terms and conditions. I would suggest using a third party payment system such as PayPal for credit cards, rather than investing in a merchant account and payment gateway, as the latter has some pretty steep up-front costs. When you get big enough that it becomes cheaper, you can switch to a MA/PG.

 

P.S. if you can, please update the title from "sue" to "using"

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Since osC is free, you can install it on your site and play with it

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Its probably better to set a site up on ones own machine with XAMPP (in win) and do the testing from there.

Just needs to adjust config.php, add the database, and a few extra .htaccess when going live.

Oh, on some systems the root is not catalog, but public_html (Hostgator).

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Its probably better to set a site up on ones own machine with XAMPP (in win) and do the testing from there.

That's possible, but the downside is that there are often enough differences between an XAMPP server and your live host to cause lots of problems when trying to bring up the live site. That's why, if you already have a host, that I recommend doing it there. Just install into /catalog, without any links (yet) from other pages, and it should not be indexed by search engines or accessed by the public.

 

Oh, on some systems the root is not catalog, but public_html (Hostgator).

What are you trying to say? The store root is always catalog, which should be below the site root (/) of (usually) public_html.

..../public_html/	 (sometimes htdocs or other name) = HTML / = the site root
   catalog/	   the store's root, where osC's index.php lives
   index.html	 the site landing page, including (eventually) links to catalog/index.php

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