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First question I have is Do you think iPage.com is trying to be politically correct with it's t-shirts, see photo? Looking forward for any comment. Another question I got... I have a store I designed using Ecommerce.com shopping cart. Apparently, I'm losing many sales & customers because they can't check out. Support from these people is next to null, so I have to find another and fast..

I'd like to know more about the functionality of osc. I can see that it has many of the features as Ecomm, plus a lot more..

I'm concerned about the max number of products..

I use Frontpage to develop my site. Is this usable with osc? Ecomm was php and I hadn't any problems developing it in FrontPage..

Does osc have problems with cookies? It seems to be a problem with Ecomm..

What is the best way to convert my store over? If you check it out, you can see that I have completely customized my iPage site and store..

Http://www.katlynskorner.com.

I have my store presently live. I have only 1 database. I don't see how I can install the new database as it will affect the present tables. How do I work around this one?.

Any other help, advice, tips will be greatly appreciated..

Thanks so much,.

Kat..

Comments (78)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I discover an useful answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could answer your iPage question..

Comment #1

Hi Chris,.

Thanks so much for your reply. I couldn't get onto your site. It seemed to take a fit and then Page could not be displayed came up..

Through the browser? Can you elaborate on that a little?.

Thanks so much,.

Kat..

Comment #2

Kat,.

I might be able you out. What is the ratio of bad checkouts?.

1. 1:5 can't checkout.

2. 4:5 can't checkout..

If it's like #1 close the current cart you have and start all over. If it's like #2 ask your iPage site host for a second sql db and install osc on it. Once you have osc the way you want it shut down the other db and cancel the service on that one so your not paying for 2..

OSC is very customizable as the contributions are "add-ons". You don't need them, but they make the cart FAR better. I am not sure if it will work with FP, but I know it doesn't work with well with Dreamweaver....I tried.

You might have to redo the iPage site all together in order to merge the 2. It is possible and you just have to search the forum for what your trying to do. You might find the answers before you need to post a new question....I know I have..

But chris is mostly correct. about 90% of the store is created through the online admin panel. But you WILL have to do a little coding to some of the pages (like the main page) in order for it to say what you want. The more you want it to be like how you want it the more code editing you will need to do, but you will get used to it.

I have been using this cart for about 4 days now and I am about 1/2 way done. Adding products, desc., etc. is all done in the admin panel..

I guess it really depends on how many sales your loosing with Ecomm to make your decision. Installation is VERY easy...just follow the instructions completely and you will have no problem..

Just remember, searching the forum is your friend. Do that before posting a new question that may already exist..

I am not sure what else to tell ya. Take a look around to see what you want out of it. It's a pretty darn good cart for being free.

Good luck..

Comment #3

Hi NeoNiko,.

Thanks for the great reply. Yes, it's like #2, if I'm reading that right. It's more like 1 can checkout out of 10. I'm already convinced to switch over to osc. My concern is getting my iPage site to look like it is presently..

Someone told me about STS2. What is that and where do I get it? It's supposed to be a program to make designing my iPage site easier and more detailed. I can't seem to find much info about it here, so I don't know if it's something to do with osc or not..

Again, thanks so much for your reply,.

Kat..

Comment #4

STS (Simple Template System) is one of the contributions. The link to the contributions area is in the gray bar at the top of this page. STS allows you to use a Front Page compatible template to control the appearance of the store..

Hth,.

Matt..

Comment #5

The average load time per page over a 56k modem on your iPage site is roughly 30 seconds, so you could be in for a bit of work here. it can be done, just cut down on the image sizes, etc...

Comment #6

Kat -.

That is seriously BAD! Whether you choose OSC or not, you MUST change. I am really suprised you haven't gone out of business yet. Those are lost customers which maybe 20% might return if that. Honestly looks are the last things you need to worry about right now. I am sure if you keep your main page the same and link it to osc with an explantion about why the product pages look the way they do they will understand as long as they are able to checkout properly..

Yeah, there are contributions called STS (Simple Template System) & BTS (Basic Template System). You can check out these and lots of other contributions at:.

Http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contri...tegory,8/page,1.

Wow, 30 seconds? OUCH! Mibble where did you check that at? Changing as many of the graphics to .gif sometimes will help speed load time, but I did notice it hags there with a blue background for awhile....same with changing pages. I thought it was gonna give me a 404..

Hmmmm...as far as design goes. I would suggest getting rid of the "detals" pics since both pics go to the same page..

You could also try font embedding for some of the text that doesn't have shadding..

Don't get me wrong, your design is wonderfully elegant. but the load time really does scare people away..

Ok, I will end it there for now. Hope you don't think I am putting you down..

Comment #7

I have a store I designed using Ecommerce.com shopping cart. Apparently, I'm losing many sales & customers because they can't check out. Support from these people is next to null, so I have to find another and fast..

I'd like to know more about the functionality of osc. I can see that it has many of the features as Ecomm, plus a lot more..

I'm concerned about the max number of products..

I use Frontpage to develop my site. Is this usable with osc? Ecomm was php and I hadn't any problems developing it in FrontPage..

Does osc have problems with cookies? It seems to be a problem with Ecomm..

What is the best way to convert my store over? If you check it out, you can see that I have completely customized my iPage site and store..

Http://www.katlynskorner.com.

I have my store presently live. I have only 1 database. I don't see how I can install the new database as it will affect the present tables. How do I work around this one?.

Any other help, advice, tips will be greatly appreciated..

Thanks so much,.

Kat..

Comment #8

Hi,.

From what I understand of the Osc shopping cart everything is done developed through the browser inclusing adding your products. I have found the installation quite straight forward but can only speak for myself. I am developing my iPage site as we speak and can be found at.

Http://www.lowonink....talog/index.php.

I have also developed another cart which isn't Osc using Dreamweaver which can be found at www.SurnameHistory.net. Let me know what you think and if you prefer I can tell you where to pick this up from..

Regards.

Chris..

Comment #9


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.