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What to do first?


chris070188

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Hi I just downloaded the osCommerce 2.2 milestone 1 and i have been searching the forums and faqs for about an hour.... what do i do first??? how do i install it and configure it so it has my products,business name, etc.?? and is there a way i can use it with microsoft front page 2002??

 

after i unzipped it all the files in the main folder didnt have any file extensions either, i tired renamin install to install.exe but it didnt install anything...please help me and im sorry if this has been posted b4 but i wasnt able to find it...

 

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Hi Chris,

 

welcome to osCommerce!

 

I'm not sure how to pitch this as I don't know what your level of knowledge is, but I should start by saying that you're going to need access to a webserver (either a "proper one" or one running on your home network or something) that is running the following things:

 

1. A webserver (e.g. Apache) ... obviously

2. The webserver must have the PHP module installed

3. MySQL

 

Hopefully the above means something to you. If not, then I feel a few more question coming on! :)

 

Cheers,

 

 

Mark

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Well, if you're serious about having a shop, the best thing to do would be to purchase a hosting package from one of the zillions of providers around and make sure that you get at least one MySQL database with your package. Most provides would have the php module installed anyway, so no worries there.

 

If you just want to experiment, you could download the following from these locations:

 

Apache webserver: www.apache.org

PHP : www.php.net

MySQL: www.mysql.com

 

and install them on a machine at home.

 

You need to be a fairly advanced computer user to go for this latter option though as otherwise a fair amount of hair pulling and visits to various forums will be involved!

 

Cheers,

 

 

Mark

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Well, I just upgraded from using Notepad to using HTML-Kit lol :o)

 

The latter option was the one of downloading and creating your own server environment at home BTW.

 

There isn't anything that I'm aware of that is the kind of WYSIWYG tool that you're thinking of. To install the "out of the box osCommerce package" is straightforward enough, but to customise the look of a store drastically takes a good deal of wading through code.

 

I would say if you're not a programmer and you want to customise osCommerce a lot then you need to be prepared to learn how to be one one. We're talking about the difference between designing static webpages (Frontpage, etc) and working with dynamically generated content - the output to the browser is still just html tags, etc, but the interesting stuff is the script on the server that generates all those tags based on the code it parses and its interaction with the MySQL database.

 

 

Mark

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