can't thank you enough for your work.
As for how I implemented my site -
I have the following contributions installed
over my OSC 2.2MS2 (in the order in which I installed them):
- Simple Template System (STS) by Brian Gallagher
- Header Tag Controller by Linda McGrath et al.
- Guest Account version 2.2 Re-packaged by Adam Camuti orig By
Ole Byskov (olby) / Ian Davidson
- Review Approval System v1.2 (MS2) by Tuncay Goncuoglu et al
- All_Products by Will Ross for UJP Co.
- X-Sell v2.2 by Adam Knowles
- Dynamic Mopics by Joshua Dechant
- ot_lotalty_discount v1.0 Simon Pritchard
- Graphic buttons from OSC MAX
Using FrontPage I introduced background images
to both left and right columns, and footer areas - I decided to
use the stylesheet to do some of this but I could have just as easily
placed those graphics in the template html file. I placed my header
graphic into the header table so I could use a hyperlink map on
My graphics were created with the intent that they should complement
one another - the header image being the focus while the others
accent or complement the header image. I set all tables to fit my
750px wide format and centered the tables, set the background color
(in the stylesheet), and the table background colors (using the
template html file) so as to stand out from the background.
So, there you have it.
Without STS it took me days to figure out where
to go and what to do to make these changes I made in seconds with
FP and STS.
Just for grins I tried using the stock OSC to create my current
site and just couldn't do it - I was killing myself over it. Then
I tried Zen Cart - very nice version of OSC but in the end did not
lend itself to what I wanted to do as it became harder and harder
to implement changes. So, I tried OSCMAX - which is based on BTS
(Basic Template Structure contribution). Same problem as I had with
Zen - just too difficult to implement changes. Finally, I came back
to OSC with STS and find that I have quick and easy control over
it all. Hey, if you never try anything else, you don't know how
good you have it now... 8-)
Now that I have some degree of fluidity with STS and OSC I feel
like I can do anything with my site - it's a real fun project now.
I started with OSC and STS way back on Nov 28, 2003. I knew nothing
about php - and I do mean nothing. Now I know at least enough to
make me dangerous - which is, perhaps enough to be productive. The
learning curve is still very steep but is getting better. STS is
a crutch for me and someday, perhaps I'll drop it. For now, it means
I get to keep OSC and make it work really well for me – without
having to become a php geek.
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