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My store is ready to test! Many thanks to all forum contributors as I've resolved many issues using your posts. This is my first attempt at dynamic web design... it's been fun! osC is so cool!!!

 

www.outofitaly.com/catalog

 

Any and all feedback is welcomed! I'm especially interested in download times as I've experienced some issues (I think related to SQL queries).

 

Thanks!

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You'd probably see more replies if you made your store link clickable...

 

Just a couple of comments:

 

Your header is nice, but the column colors in stock osc blue/grey don't match. Why not change them to match the purple in your header? Or at least tie in somehow?

 

On your index page, you have a high-heel charm on special for $15.95. It seems that the regular price is $18.00, but with the strike-out, it looks like it reads $10.00. (Reg price $10.00 on sale now for $15.95) Might see some raised eyebrows with that one.

 

HTH,

 

Terry

Terry Kluytmans

 

Contribs Installed: Purchase Without Account (PWA); Big Images, Product Availability, Description in Product Listing, Graphical Infobox, Header Tags Controller, Login Box, Option Type Feature, plus many layout changes & other mods of my own, like:

 

Add order total to checkout_shipment

Add order total to checkout_payment

Add radio buttons at checkout_shipping (for backorder options, etc.)

Duplicate Table Rate Shipping Module

Better Product Review Flow

 

* If at first you don't succeed, find out if there's a prize for the loser. *

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Here is the link to my site.

 

my site

 

Thanks for the feedback. Does anyone know how to come up with an alternate way to show the sale price, without a strikethrough? Maybe I'll dig and see if I can do something like:

 

was $18.00 [in red]

$15.95

 

I'll work on the color sync. I agree that it would look better if the header color were a lavender.

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Your site is very functional, but you do have some color clashes as TerryK mentions. You have blues, reds, and several shades of purple used as accent colors. You also have an orange logo with green, red and white elements. These colors just don't blend well.

 

I suggest sticking with your Italian color theme and limit your site to a single green or red accent.

 

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A couple of other suggestions:

 

1. Add some slightly larger product close-ups to the product_info page. It's hard to see the detail on some items. You've got some neat products - show them off.

 

2. Make a bigger deal out of your free shipping policy. Put the announcement in a more prominent place like your header or body.

 

3. Consider re-ordering your left rail (left menu). I would have the categories on top and the information box on the bottom.

 

On a closing thought, I'm curious what features brought you to OSC? It looks like you had a functional e-commerce shop already built. How long do you plan on keeping both e-stores open?

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Thanks for the comments phooey. Our previous site was in Yahoo! Store which is very difficult to customize. I wanted to have the flexibility to build in my own modifications, such as using our own bank to process transactions, adding features like the Gift Voucher, etc.

 

I've sent this site out to be tested by people in our company and several report getting "403 Forbidden" errors at critical points: create account success and checkout success. I checked the error logs and it shows a "scripting not allowed" error from the server. If anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them, but for now I'm going to have to delay putting the site live in place of the old one until I can resolve the server problems. Yahoo has been difficult to work with as they don't allow much control over server configuration, so we may have to migrate to another provider.

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I solved the 403 Forbidden errors. I believe they were caused by my using the "Windows" version of osCommerce on a Unix server. Yahoo's Unix servers don't allow .htaccess files which was undoubtedly part of the problem. So I moved to a Windows server at ipowerweb and everything was fixed. It's a lot faster as well.

 

The new site can be viewed at this web address.

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