Hal has a business selling vintage maps online. He had over 350 maps in his inventory when his old internet provider went out of business and he needed the site updated. He also wanted a shopping cart which he could connect with Quickbooks. When we met, we decided that OSCommerce was the best shopping cart choice because there was an affordable option for a Quickbooks payment gateway. We looked at several websites and he decided he would like a classic vintage feel to go with the maps.

Creating the OSCommerce Site

OSCommerce is an opensource ecommerce platform that’s been around nearly 14 years so it has lots of plugin features, one of which is using affordable payment gateways that integrate with Quickbooks. This is why we made the choice.

Unfortunately, Hal’s previous site had already disappeared by the time I came onboard so I had no pre-existing files or text to work with. Even so I was able to¬†get the site up and working in under a week.


Vintage City Maps Homepage

Vintage City Maps Homepage

An important part of the maps site was to focus attention on how awesome these maps really are.

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Vintage City Map Products

Vintage City Maps Products Page

Customers need to be able to find maps easily. Browsing should be a pleasant experience. They can search too, of course.

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osCommerce Online Merchant Administration Tool

OS Commerce Site Dashboard

Hal adds new maps to his inventory on a regular basis. OS Commerce has a nice looking administrative backend to the site where he can do all of that without worrying about any code.

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Uploading the Products

Hal had 350 different maps, with two sizes for each map. This was going to take days to manually enter! Instead I was able to install a batch plugin and upload all the files and information in a spreadsheet at once.

Styling the Site

The final theme borrowed elements from several different WordPress themes I’ve worked with in the past. I really enjoyed working on this ecommerce site. When he saw it Hal said “Wow!” and that made it completely worthwhile.