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Tips on installing Zen Cart

Installing Zen Cart is a bit complicated than OSCommerce but still straightforward. You shouldn’t have any problems with setting it up by just following “1.readme_installation.html” included in the release. Here I’d like to write down how I set up Zen Cart with Apache Virtual host.

  1. Download Zen-Cart and unzip it into a directory wherever you like. It doesn’t have to be under apache’s htdocs
  2. Create a MySQL database and its corresponding DB account for your Zen Cart. If you have access to phpMyAdmin, then you can do a google/yahoo search on that. It should be pretty easy. Remember that you don’t have to use phpMyAdmin, you can always any other tools available to you such as MySQL client Continue reading
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June 25, 2008 Posted by | How Tos | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick install of OScommerce

Just recently I start looking around for setting up an e-commerce site, and I did look at a few open source e-commerce softwares available. OScommerce is one of them, so far everything works fine. In this article I’d like to write down the installation procedures that I used to set up OScommerce with Apache Virtual host

  1. Download oscommerce and unzip it into a directory whereever you like
  2. Create a MySQL database and a corresponding database account for oscommerce. If you have access to phpMyAdmin, then you can do a google/yahoo search on that. It should be pretty easy. remember that you don’t have to use phpMyAdmin, you can also use MySQL client or any other tools
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June 22, 2008 Posted by | How Tos | , , , , | Leave a comment

Incorrect URLs for images, css and js files in Products page of WP e-commerce plugin

After adding a few products with photos to one of the newly defined categories and following the steps as stated in Tips on how to reset default category in WP e-commerce plugin’s admin panel, I am able to see the products listed in the page but none of them with the uploaded photos. This really puzzled me for a while, and I even debugged the code for sometime. However, it turns out e-commerce plugin producing incorrect URLs for images, css and js files included by the plugin, these URLs are in the format of system directory, such as C:\tools\wordpress-2.5.1\wp-content\….. Once the root cause of the issue is found, the fix is a bit easier.

Here I am providing the fixes so that folks who have the similar issues will benefit from it. Continue reading

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Technology, Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Tips on speeding up load time of WP e-commerce plugin in Admin Panel

I have to say WP e-commerce solves a big problem for so many of us who want to set up an online shopping site. It’s so lovely to have it around. But I have to admit that accessing e-commerce menu in administration panel is a headache, especially when web server is on a slow network. Therefore, I try figuring out how to speed it up. Here is what I noticed:

  1. The plugin tries to load feeds from http://www.instinct.co.nz/feed by making the following call (display_log.php):

    You can just comment out this line if you want. This works for me in my development environment.

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June 14, 2008 Posted by | Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Compatibility issue of Thickbox and jQuery in WordPress when both NextGen Gallery and WP e-commerce present

Both jQuery and Thickbox have different versions, and WordPress and its plugins may use different versions of jQuery for different plugins since plugin engineers basically work on their parts without paying much attentions to others’. I checked my installation of WordPress 2.5.1 and it has jQuery 1.2.3 and Thickbox 3.1. However, when you install other plugins which might use a fairly new jQuery such as 1.2.4, what happens in this case is they conflict, some of the features may not work at all, such as Fix of issues with old version of jQuery in WordPress 2.5.1 when using FeedWordPress. In the case of having both NextGen Gallery and WP e-commerc, you may even see what I saw as depicted in this image. The problem gets even worse when the plugins are using Thickbox because different versions of Thickbox will only work perfectly with their corresponding versions of jQuery:

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June 14, 2008 Posted by | Wordpress Plugins, Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Tips on how to reset default category in WP e-commerce plugin’s admin panel

The issue that first time users of WP e-commerce will always encounter is “products page” doesn’t show any products added so far, the reason for that is because you might choose different product category instead the default category. Then the question becomes “how do we set Wp e-commerce’s default category”, here is how you can do it in WP e-commerces 3.6.6 with WordPress 2.5.1: Continue reading

June 13, 2008 Posted by | Wordpress Plugins, Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No products showing on WP e-commerce’s (3.6.6) “Products Page” even there are a few added

Installed wordpress 2.5.1 out of the box, and have it running for quite sometime. Installed WP e-commerce 3.6.6 yesterday, and added a new product group and a few new categories while leaving the default categories and brand untouched, everything works fine so far except that you can’t really delete the newly added categories. As a side note, the “Product Groups” page is confusing and not self-explaining, hope someone will put a meaningful explanation or help on the page.

Then added a few products and associated them with the new product categories, and go to “Products Page”, all I see is:

Category Loading Updating…
There are no items in this category.

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June 12, 2008 Posted by | WP E-Commerce | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Collection of articles on setting up an e-commerce site with WordPress and WP e-commerce

I’ve been hunting for an ecommerce plugin of WordPress for my own product site which is still under construction now, and am looking around for the best wordpress e-commerce plugins available for quite sometime, and so far it appears that the WP e-Commerce plugin by Instinct Entertainment is the one looks much promising. Here is a list of valuable articles that I found useful:

an industrial strength elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online.

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June 11, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , | 1 Comment