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Ok, so I'm working on a site that needs ultimate customization of the shopping system without having to worry about taxes, zones, etc. Essentially, I don't want to use the standard templates for OSC at all. All I want are links to add to cart, view cart, and checkout. I then want to make those completely different from their current state.

 

For example, I have already designed the base page for all products to be sold. Now, I simply want to insert add to cart functionality on each of these pages without ever having to view any OSC pre-built pages. I then want to view carts only from the template I have currently designed and checkout all from templates that completely match the rest of the site.

 

I'm not sure if OSC allows for this amount of customization, but I would rather not have to figure out all the backend services needed for running shopping carts.

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OSC does not allow for this out of the box.

 

You can, however, hire a good OSCommerce developer, and they can customize OSCommerce to look exactly like your 'template'. That would be my advice.

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NOTE: As of Oct 2006, I'm not as active in this forum as I used to be, but I still work with osC quite a bit.

If you have a question about any of my posts here, your best bet is to contact me though either Email or PM in my profile, and I'll be happy to help.

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Well, if you weren't concerned about future updates to your OSCommerce software, you could install one of the template systems that have been contributed.

 

Simple Template System (STS)

or

Basic Template Structure (BTS)

 

Both allow you more customization freedom, to allow you to use an HTML template to customize your cart. Neither, however are supported officially, and there are some compatibility problems with some of hte other contributions. And, like I insinuated earlier, it could be a problem in 6 months or so if you want to update to the latest version of OSCommerce.

 

Otherwise, without using one of these tmeplate systems, you'd need to have internediate php programming skills in order to customize the cart to the extent you are alluding.

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NOTE: As of Oct 2006, I'm not as active in this forum as I used to be, but I still work with osC quite a bit.

If you have a question about any of my posts here, your best bet is to contact me though either Email or PM in my profile, and I'll be happy to help.

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Sounds like what I've kinda done, but am having a few minor problems (see recent posts a couple back)

 

I used the STS (simple template system) contribution to allow me to rip out the vast majority of the boxes etc., then lay it out to the style I was after.

 

After adding the categories and products to the database, I then just ran the catalogue the standard way, found what the links where to the products (eg

"index.php?cPath=22&sort=2a&action=buy_now&products_id=32") and set those as the links on my previously designed static pages.

 

As I said, still a few minor bugs to sort out, but it should eventually work exactly how you want.

email me at lee at baudalign dot com so I remember to keep you updated on fixes and solutions, 'cause it sounds like exactly what I'm doing.

 

 

Oh, and the images for the "add to cart" etc are in includes/languages/english/images/buttons, or something like that. Just change your button images here.

 

cya

LM

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