Using an easy-to-read and engaging style, this book introduces the fundamentals of osCommerce, and helps you build your first online store. It covers the out-of-the-box features of osCommerce, but it also shows you how to customize the application to your own needs.
The book starts with the basics of downloading and installing osCommerce, or simply how to enable it on your Internet domain using the tools provided by your host. All of the most important configuration issues are explained, with clear instructions and advice to help you make the right choices.
Once osCommerce is installed and configured, you will take a good look at how to work with your store's data including product information as well as other data which is responsible for keeping your site healthy.
The all important topic of customization is also dealt with comprehensively. You will see how to develop attractive sites that will make your store a pleasure to browse and your products a pleasure to buy!
Of course, no discussion on osCommerce would be complete without a look at how to obtain and treat payments. Using the modules provided with osCommerce you will be collecting money from your happy customers in no time!
Once the reader has a fully fledged, and operational site it is time to look at deployment ??? an important topic for discussion if development has taken place on a development machine.
The appendix will add a few tools to your armory and shed some light as to what is going on behind the scenes in case things go awry.
As featured on Slashdot : "... David Mercer's book is the book you have been looking for and is available in either a beginner's or professional edition. It is written in a straightforward, easy to understand manner, yet does not compromise on technical knowledge and provides all the essentials of getting your website up and running with OsCommerce"
It is often hard to find well presented, clear, and helpful information regarding the many settings and complications associated with running an osCommerce store. This book is a boon for those who want to learn how to do things for themselves.
The book's business oriented approach focuses on using osCommerce to meet your business goals and requirements.
You will also learn how to get the most from the osCommerce community, and see how the open source nature of osCommerce can bring great benefits to the quality of your site.
By the end of this book, you will be confident in running your own store and possess enough know how to establish a strong online business.
Who this book is for
This book is written for:
- first time users of osCommerce
- current osCommerce who would like to further customize their websites
- anyone who would like to quickly build a website for their online business