osCommerce FAQs for Chhayaratna

Question: I have tried to upload promo at the top but cannot do. You need to give me clear instructions on how to upload promo at the top with picture and words to go with it.
Answer:  Same process for both rotating banner and top promotion
1.    Click on Tool >> Banner Manager on the left side menu

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2.    You will get Banner Manager area. To add a new banner , click on the New Banner Button

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3.    Then you will get a detailed form to fill up like below,

a.    Fill up ‘Banner Title’
b.    Banner URL: Optional, the url of the promotional product (copy the product url and paste here)
c.    Select Banner Group

i.    For Promo: select promo_top
ii.    For Banner : select 622×300

d.    Image: browse and select the promo picture/design
e.    Scheduled At: select a date for start of the promotion
f.    Expires On: select a date for end of the promotion

Leave other fields, you don’t need to fill other fields.

4.    Click on the insert button

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Question: How to change revolving pictures in the banner? Need clear instructions.
Answer: You can change or add a new banner like promo, just follow the above question answer.

Question: When I upload a style (product’s picture) I need to also add two or three pictures to go with the same style/product to show the front, back and different colors. So, when the picture is uploaded, the customer can click to see other sides of the same style. How to do this?
Answer: click on the Add large Image button under the Browse button

Question: If I want to remove one style/Product all together from the offering, I also need that this should be deducted from the stock automatically.
Answer: Just select a product from the list/category and delete it.

Question: How can I add another box under What’s new? I may want to add, for example ” grand new boutique promotion” box. What to do? How to add new box?
Answer: you can’t, because it is developer-end work. If you want it, send me details.


How to add a new (About Us) Page in Oscommerce 2.3.3

Nowadays I am working on osCommerce and I need to create a new/custom About Us page for company profile but I don’t get any option in admin panel. Surprisingly there is no option to manage pages like About Us, Terms and Condition, Privacy Policy and etc. Even you can’t create a new menu from admin panel.

But it will cool, once you understand the file structure of osCommerce. It is only focused on e-Commerce. And there are many other pages though these are not manageable from admin, but you can manage and create new pages as much as you need by following these steps.

In my case I want to create a news/custom About Us page.

1. catalog/includes/modules/boxes/bm_information.php

Copy the line –

'    <a href="' . tep_href_link(FILENAME_PRIVACY) . '">' . MODULE_BOXES_INFORMATION_BOX_PRIVACY . '</a><br />' .

Insert and change the words PRIVACY to ABOUT_US and save the bm_information.php file. Here is my code for about us page

'    <a href="' . tep_href_link(FILENAME_ABOUT_US) . '">' . MODULE_BOXES_INFORMATION_BOX_ABOUT_US . '</a><br />' .

2. catalog/includes/languages/english/modules/boxes/bm_information.php

Copy the line –


Insert and change the words PRIVACY to ABOUT_US and save bm_information.php file.

Here is my code for about us page


3. catalog/includes/filenames.php

Copy the line –

define('FILENAME_PRIVACY', 'privacy.php');

Insert and change the words PRIVACY to ABOUT_US and also change the filename privacy.php to about_us.php and save filenames.php file.

Here is my code

define('FILENAME_ABOUT_US', 'about_us.php');

4. catalog/privacy.php

Open privacy.php file and Save As about_us.php. change the words PRIVACY to ABOUT_US on these below line

require(DIR_WS_LANGUAGES . $language . '/' . FILENAME_PRIVACY);

$breadcrumb->add(NAVBAR_TITLE, tep_href_link(FILENAME_PRIVACY));

For my About Us page:

require(DIR_WS_LANGUAGES . $language . '/' . FILENAME_ABOUT_US);

$breadcrumb->add(NAVBAR_TITLE, tep_href_link(FILENAME_ ABOUT_US));

5. catalog/includes/languages/english/privacy.php

Also open this file and save it as about_us.php. Change the words Privacy Notice to About Us –

define('NAVBAR_TITLE', 'Privacy Notice');

define('HEADING_TITLE', 'Privacy Notice');

Edit line –

define('TEXT_INFORMATION', 'Put your text here.');

For my About Us page :

define('NAVBAR_TITLE', 'About Us');

define('HEADING_TITLE', 'About Us ');

Edit line –

define('TEXT_INFORMATION', ' About Us text will go here...');

Now, test your page. And this way you can create as many pages as you want on osCommerce.

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How to add Products in osCommerce?

To add products in osCommerce please follow the steps below:

  •     Log into your administration page for OsCommerce.
  •     Click on the Catalog link within the main area. This will display all your categories that you have created.
  •     Click on the category name for which you wish to add the product, or the sub-category to.
  •     To open that category, double-click the name after it is highlighted.
  •     If you wish to add a sub-category, then just click the New Category button and follow the same steps as before.
  •     To add the product, click New Product.
  •     Now complete the requested fields that you wish to use. There is an attached text document which provides definitions of the areas.
  •     Once you have entered all of the data, then you can add product attributes like colour. If the product allows the visitor to choose a specific colour or option then we need to enter this in the Product Attributes section afterwards. But first click preview and click Insert to create the product.

To add a manufacturer complete these steps:

  •     Log into your administration page for OsCommerce.
  •     Click the Manufacturers link within the main area. This will display all your manufacturers.
  •     Click the manufacturer name to edit or delete it.
  •     Click Insert to add a new manufacturer.
  •     Enter the manufacturer name, browse for an image if there is one and enter a manufacturer’s URL, if applicable.
  •     Once done, click Save.

To add a new tax class follow these steps:

  •     Log into your administration page for OsCommerce.
  •     Click the Location/Taxes link within the main area.
  •     Then click the Tax Zone link.
  •     Add a name for the tax zone you wish to create. This is similar to a tax category.
  •     Once it is inserted, then click the Tax Classes link and add a tax class. This is what is displayed on the web page and invoices when created as to what type of tax it is.
  •     Now click the Tax Rates link.
  •     Add the tax rate. Select the specific Tax Class and Tax Zone, then add the tax rate used for this.


How to add product attributes or product option in osCommerce?

Assuming you’ve already logged into osCommerce application, let’s now learn how to setup Product Attributes in osCommerce. Click the second button on the left called Catalog menu which is below the configuration menu, it will take you to the new page which says Categories / Products,

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Product Attributes
on the extreme left there is a sub header which says Products attributes, click on it, it will display the current attributes that can be defined to a product in your store, for example lets assume that your product has 5 attributes namely color, size, model, memory and version, besides each of these attributes you will find an edit and a delete button, now scroll down, you will see three boxes besides the color option which says en: de: and es: enter a new color option  in the box which says en: for the color attribute, lets say you enter Blue, now click insert button besides it, now scroll down again and enter a new color lets say Red in the en box, and click the insert button besides it, now on the top right you can see pages 1,2 etc Click on page 2 to view the next page of options, scroll right, click edit for this product,

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click on the Model under the column Option Name and select the color option, select color, click on the box under the Option value and select the appropriate option value, let say you select Blue, the click update button on the extreme right.

That’s it, we have successfully changed a products color option, you can add as many product attributes and associated attribute values, as necessary to describe the products in your store, now you know how to add product attributes in osCommerce.