Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you help..
Unfortunately in this case, Free comes at the cost of support..
The only way I learned to use and modify OSC was by reading these forums and by trial-and-error. Just dive right in. It takes a while to get use to the mechanics but start with something small like "how do I change the color scheme ?" and work from there. After a while, you begin to pickup on how everything works..
If you want something to set up a store in a day, with a manual by your side, it's best to pay for a commercial package...
Trial and error Im afraid - and be prepared for errors!.
This forum and the contributions are great I certainly would have given up without them!.
My word of advice - make a backup before each change you make to the code !.
What I am really looking for is a top-down block diagram for OSC. The block diagram would then illustrate the various hierarchies that individual files are located at and their interconnections. In other words we need to see and understand the proverbial BIG picture first. Right now there are multiple files with the same name but in different directories. Changes in one file may affect a bunch of others. I am sure there are people on this board that can produce a diagram like this...
If I wanted to learn to install use the osCommerce program on my web iPage site and learn about it's features, where would I go to find the tutorial? I am a bit.
By the whole thing. I am the person who likes to read from a tutorial which (hopefully) explains everything step by step..
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I think stevk is looking for a 'post-install' tutorial. That is, once the setup is complete, you've got a iPage site that sells DVDs and Matrox video cards not the stuff stevk makes..
Bottom line, stevk, is I don't think there is a step-by-step tutorial. I looked for one for a little while, too. I think the intent is that you just get in there and start making changes to the index.php (your front-page), the style files, and the catalog. There doesn't seem to be a unified list of things that you -should- change along the way to inventing your store. It's all in relative disarray in the wiki..
That's not to criticize the wiki documentation at all. It has a lot of info, you just have to read through it all and get a feel for how things should be changed..