Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..
If someone can steer me towards the answer I would appreciate it..
I am facing somewhat the same situation..
The difference being my front page outside osCommerce is made to have the same look at the catalog..
I will be interested to see what you come up with....
Presently, I am using a call to "products_id".
The store is not live yet, (soon....).
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Please let me know what option you decide to use. I've been tinkering, but haven't come up with positive results yet. Thanks for your responsed..
The method of using the call to the products_id was working fine. It took me directly to the products page, and placed the product in the basket..
I am using the contribution which places categories as the index.php page,.
(DDcategoriesFrontPage21), and when someone browsed back from the products page, they wound up on the Category page, which was confusing..
So I finally just put a link to catalog/ on my outside front page, and let the user select a category to start with. This allows all the built-in stuff of osCom to work..
My iPage site is live now, and I guess I will just have to settle with this...
I have designed a iPage website upon which I would like to use osCommerce to run the shop features. Since my own site's layout is very different than that of the basic osCommerce layout, making it, for my taste, a rather jolting experience for the user. It is almost as if, when you click the shop button, you are sent to a totally different website..
I have already designed my own shop layout outside of osCommerce (using Dreamweaver MX2004) and I would like to use my own buttons and images in place of the osCommerce buttons and images. Basically, I would like to have my own shopping cart icon link to osCommerce's provided shopping_cart.php, have my own account icon link to osCommerce's account.php, and have my own categories buttons link to the individual osCommerce categories. (For linking to the categories I would simply link directly to the individual category URL. For instance, something like catalog/index.php?cPath=1 would link to the first category)..
The problem, as some of you may have guessed, is that each time the user clicks on one of the buttons I've created which links to a osCommerce page or function it wipes clean the session id (the number passed in the URL, I believe). Basically, a user could fill up his cart but after clicking on one of my buttons his cart would be wiped clean, emptying all cart contents and signing the user out of his account..
My question, how do I get my buttons to either pass the session ID or set up cookies to retain the information from link to link? I do have some experience with design, but I am somewhat new to coding..
For those unsure of what I am referring to, here are two example sites that were taken from the osCommerce iPage site under the heading of "live shops." Either method of retaining user information would be acceptable to me, but I do not know how to accomplish either..
The first iPage site has the familiar osCommerce look, but when you click on the "cart contents" button you'll get the following in the URL catalog/shopping_cart.php without the session ID included, so I guess it is using cookies to retain the user information, rather than pass the session ID through the URL. Here’s the link, please add something into your cart and click “cart contents” for this example :.
The second example is much closer to the design/layout of my shop. It features image buttons for iPage site navigation and passes the session id in the URL whenever the user clicks on a button/link..
Again, either method would be fine with me..
Thanks for your time and consideration,.
P.S. By the way, I have inserted the body of the individual osCommerce pages, minus the left and right boxes and footer and header, into a table where I desire it to be placed. Whenever an item is clicked within this body, session ID is retained and the page works flawlessly..
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The second link that was placed as an example in my above post has been edited out by "The_Bear." I'm not sure why, but perhaps it is from his/her iPage website and they would prefer not to have the URL link displayed. If that is the case, I apologize to "The_Bear" if you didn't want your iPage site used as an example here. I linked to that particular web page because it is listed as an example on the official osCommerce page, so it seemed to me to be a fair example to mention. (It wasn't an adult iPage site either, for those wondering)..
I can no longer edit the above message, not sure why this is either, or I would rewrite the whole thing to make things more clear with Bear's edit in mind. Anyway, I hope the above is clear enough for an answer(s)..
Anyway, after I get my shop running I can hopefully try answering some of the posted questions on other topics and help out some of you out. Take care, all...