Good question... I dunno what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could answer your iPage question..
One thing to keep in mind is that you can install and work on an osC iPage site and not impact your current iPage site at all and not go live until you have all the issues worked out. That way you will not have any downtime...
Thanks for the replies. Can you explain further ozcys?.
Is there any way I can get another iPage site with php enabled relatively quickly? I'd really like to try and get started quickly..
Create a local iPage site with all the functionality of an online osC store. various ways to do it- easyPHP is the one most people talk about here. I've got a separate box running Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP but you can do all of it on a Winx box..
Or just install osC into a subfolder or subdomain of your existing iPage site and play with it. As long as you don't link to it or advertise it, you can eperiment to your heart's delight. That's what I did. Setting up for local access can be complex and you may miss some things that will go wrong when you bring the iPage site live...
This is the way I've done it as well with password protection for both the admin AND catalog directories. In this way I can check all mail functions, etc. exactly the way they would function if it were live. When it's ready to go, with database populated with all my products, I can just make quick minor changes to the configure files and change directory names and I'm up and running publicly...
OsCommerce is awesome...I've never used php before in my life and have been able to figure it out more or less. The forums are great and most folks are very helpful!..
The joys of having an always on connection.
Perhaps I should have said "create a local development environment if you live in the middle of the North Yorkshire moors on the end of a 64K link"..
Hi folks. I have been looking around for something that will perk up my iPage site some. I've looked at a lot of other sites relating to my industry and I notice many are using php based sites and I like the look of them..
However, I have been reading around here and I see tons of possible issues for me. I am only one person and not awfully familiar with php. In fact I am already having problems just on the install as can be seen in that forum..
My question is, should I give this a try? I can't afford for my iPage site to have issues for days at a time. I really have no idea if I will even be able to address even simple issues. Are there any sites using this format that operate for their life span without any big headaches from using php?.
I'm a little hesitant to jump into the mix here as you can tell..
Thanks for your feedback...
It takes time, I had NO idea about php when I started, the help community here is very good! Whcih means you would be able to search and find solutions for your issues pretty easily. Contribution section is amazing as well, in case you would want to modify the website..
Hope that helps...