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My first question is What iPage hosting services has the most inexpensive and reliable dedicated sql server hosting? Thanks for any comment. My other question... I am new to oscommerce & although I think the software is great I think the documentation is terible, it assumes a high level of understanding of both PHP & the structure of oscommerce itself..

The most basic of information is lacking in the documentation! an example....

It may well state very clearly How to change the box's at wither side... but it neglects to tell you were on earth the text is for the index page so that you can change it from the default text!!!! it has taken me half an hour of scouring the files to find it in the languages directory in a file called index.php.

Come on all you support people, try looking at oscommerce from a begginers perspective... how about telling people that PHP files are not the same as HTML files... I spent an hour wondering why I can't see anything in dream weaver!! obvious to you guys but not to me... It states that anyone can use this application & it works straight out of the box, but with no instructions on how to do even the simplest of things how are poeple supposed to use it?.

Or have I not got the right idea here......

Even a bit of a statment telling people that the files can't be viewed & edited normally would do.....

Hey here is another thing... surely there must be a bit of software out there that set's up PHP Mysql etc on a PC with one Click so that I can view these files locally rather than having to upload them only to find they are wrong!!.

Comments appreciated.

Mike.

A confused newbie..

Comments (88)

I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can help you..

Comment #1

So what was wrong with these directions that show up on the front page after installing..

Http://www.oscommerc...sCommerce22ms2/.

Except that it says to use file manager which wont work...

Comment #2

You can search for and download phpdev, will set things up locally for u..

I use dreamweaver for all my coding, works for me, I have a iPage site setup locally, a remove server to send the data to and a test server when I make a change I just push the f12 key and it gets displayed. once you get used to not being able to see the screens, then you are ok..

Or do it the other easy way. have two monitors, one with the page displayed, the other with the code. then just save and go to the other screen and refresh...

Comment #3

Many thanks for the replies, Typicaly I did not read the rest of the text on the setup page, my fault, but it does not detract from the fact that it is not made clear how to approach modifying the files & that an introduction to the basics of modifying text & the location names & descriptions of each file would help!!.

I also appreciate that you guys are volenteers & I can assure you that my turn of phrase was brought about by deaparation rather than rudeness!.

Thanks for the help..

Comment #4

That is a good link, thanks. here is more docs..

Http://wiki.oscommerce.com/.

I use Frontpage and it works well. Use HTML tabe for the code rather than NORMAL view..

G..

Comment #5

To be fair you are entering into a trade, that does need experince. It would be the same as if I went and built a house because I was supplied the building plans. this is an area of expertease and experience, even though it's free doesnt mean it's easy. Although I find it very very simpel!..

Comment #6

I think there is plenty documentation out there, you just gotta find it. And when you get stuck, you ask for help in here..

Go to the bookstore and pick up a book or two on PHP and in two weeks time you will be making some good modifications to the default OSC..

If you can find something better... let us know..

Comment #7

It can be a bit tricky at first figuring out where everything is, espeically the text info. But once you realize the structure, and the way it's done for multi-languages, it is not that bad. If you really want to find some test fast I use text search program called Power Search on my windows and find/grep on linux...

Comment #8

I am new to oscommerce & although I think the software is great I think the documentation is terible, it assumes a high level of understanding of both PHP & the structure of oscommerce itself..

The most basic of information is lacking in the documentation! an example....

It may well state very clearly How to change the box's at wither side... but it neglects to tell you were on earth the text is for the index page so that you can change it from the default text!!!! it has taken me half an hour of scouring the files to find it in the languages directory in a file called index.php.

Come on all you support people, try looking at oscommerce from a begginers perspective... how about telling people that PHP files are not the same as HTML files... I spent an hour wondering why I can't see anything in dream weaver!! obvious to you guys but not to me... It states that anyone can use this application & it works straight out of the box, but with no instructions on how to do even the simplest of things how are poeple supposed to use it?.

Or have I not got the right idea here......

Even a bit of a statment telling people that the files can't be viewed & edited normally would do.....

Hey here is another thing... surely there must be a bit of software out there that set's up PHP Mysql etc on a PC with one Click so that I can view these files locally rather than having to upload them only to find they are wrong!!.

Comments appreciated.

Mike.

A confused newbie..

Comment #9

There is a documentation section on this website. it should help some..

Get rid of dreamweaver. not really appropriate in my opinion for working with OSC. Any good text editor will be better for you. I personally like and use "Crimson Editor". Do a search on Google for a download link. it's free..

There is a one-click setup for all you asked.... I have seen links for it before in the forums. do a search. I personally don't use that method so can't share any insight except that it does exist..

And yes, again in my humble opinion, osc is not for beginners. it does require some keyboard skill. the more modifications you intend to do and the more features you would like your store to have, the more skills you will need..

One last thought, everyone's time here is volunteer. Nobody gets paid to provide support. keep that in mind when asking for help..

Good luck!..

Comment #10


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