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osCommerce Tutorial - File Structure

The following osCommerce tutorials series starts from the very beginning, try to understand the file structure of osc shop. As we all know that this is necessary to have some basic knowledge of the file structure of osCommerce shop in order to customize the default template with ease.

The following tutorials are based on osCommerce version 2.2 RC 2a. Actually the core file structure of osCommerce v2.3.3 are basically the same. Therefore most tutorials are still very useful for osCommerce v2.3.3.

osCommerce Cart Template File Structure Tutorials

  • osCommerce file structure introduction
    In order to customize osCommerce online shop, the first idea of most shop owners like me is try to understand the file structure of osCommerce default template. Very soon, we learn that osCommerce is mainly driven by PHP and MySQL database.
Start studying osCommerce Site Layout, Folders and Files Structure
  • Study osCommerce website and navigate folders and files
    After browsing osCommerce website, folders and files, we learned that the visual pages of osCommerce website is divided into 5 sections - Header, Left Column, Main Content, Right Column and Footer. And the visual pages are assembled by calling the files in the includes folder, for example, the header.php, column_left.php.....
Study Web Layout of osCommerce Shop with Dreamweaver
Before studying the php codes of osCommerce shop, this is a good idea to study the web layout in order to get better idea of how the site is designed. This tutorial series show how to use Dreamweaver to study the web layout, edit and styling osCommerce shop. Actually you can also use any webpage editors other than Dreamweaver.
Basic PHP Tutorial
Let's review some basic knowledge of PHP language before studying the file structure or code structure of osCommerce shop. This basic PHP tutorial series are aim at those syntax used most in osCommerce shop.
Some osCommerce Custom Functions
We learned PHP custom functions in previous tutorial. Let's study some custom functions used by osCommerce site.
Basic PHP and MySQL Database Tutorial
The file structure of osCommerce shop is mainly built up with PHP and MySQL database. Therefore this is better to study how PHP and MySQL database work together before getting deeper into the code structure of osCommerce shop.
Preliminary Study osCommerce Homepage File Structure
We should get enough knowledge and information to study the code structure of osCommerce shop. Let's start with the homepage of osCommerce site.
osCommerce Categories Display File Structure
This osCommerce tutorial series study how Categories contents display on the Main Content (Body text) when visiting osCommerce default homepage, parent categories and sub-categories.
osCommerce Homepage Navigate Through Categories Code Study
This osCommerce tutorial series study how Categories display on the Main Contents of osc site.
osCommerce New Products Module File Structure
This osCommerce tutorial series study how the New Products display on osC shop under different conditions.
osCommerce Main Categories Tree File Structure
This osCommerce tutorial series study how the Main Categories works, and the file structure of Main Categories, and finally study how to customize the Main Categories.
osCommerce Search Box or Quick Find File Structure
This osCommerce tutorial series study how the Search Box works, and the file structure of Search Box, and finally study how to customize the Search Box.