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23-01-2005, 09:01 PM
Hey all,

Just been thinking about building a flash website. At the moment, it will just be for learning purposes, but in the long term may use it to for commercial purposes. As I don't have the time and money to learn all sorts of scripts and buy FlashMX, etc. I'm going to just stay with using a pre-built template. This can be on or offline. Ultimately, I will transfer the files, etc. to my Orcon Freehost account.

Just been looking through Flash Builder (http://www.flashbuilder.net) and in especially Template 4 (http://www.flashbuilder.net/users/test4/main.html). It is almost exactly the kind of thing I want. The theme will be based on computers -may use it to sell parts or webhosting, etc. in the distant future. However, the problem is that it comes with a banner and pop-ups for advertising up the top -pretty common for something free I know.

The only way to get around this is to create the site online at Flashbuilder's website and then copying that into Frontpage to then upload onto Orcon's server. However, this will mean that everytime I need to update it -e.g. price, etc. then it will take me a long time and fuss. No good in the longterm.

Therefore, I am thinking, can someone recommend anything similar to this? It will need to be updated frequently and easily.

Many thanks in advance,

25-01-2005, 08:40 AM

No body knows? :groan:


25-01-2005, 08:51 AM
I can't help you with your template issue, however I can say that for an online store which you want to be able to update easily, try something like osCommerce (free) which has an easy to use system to update your prices/products etc. A demo is avail here: http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=139
and website is: http://www.oscommerce.com

25-01-2005, 11:04 AM
Thanks heaps somebody. Isn't that something like what PC Mart and others use?

I will check it out ASAP. I like the way that it's free to use which will allow me to 'test' it first. Just wondering if Orcon Freehost will let me have this one their servers? Won't be for commericial use at the moment though.

25-01-2005, 01:30 PM
SuperCheapPC use this system for their site I believe. osCommerce uses PHP with a MYSQL backend, which I suspect that Orcon Freehost does not have.

Bear in mind that the link I gave you (to OpenSourceCMS) refreshes its servers every 2 hours - ie. it wipes everything and starts from scratch.

25-01-2005, 01:44 PM
Yea, your quite right. Orcon FreeHost does not have MYSQL. Bugger. I've downloaded it, but just stuffed -no idea how to setup.

25-01-2005, 05:16 PM
$Id: INSTALL,v 1.13 2003/07/12 09:38:07 hpdl Exp $

osCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 Installation Guide
Copyright (c) osCommerce 2003

*** The information presented here is old. It will be updated throughout ***
*** the osCommerce 2.2 Milestone path. ***

Quick Installation Steps

Once having downloaded the archive from the downloads page, follow these steps
to get the online shop running:

1. Extract the files from within the package

unzip oscommerce-2.2ms2.zip

-- or --

tar -xzf oscommerce-2.2ms2.tar.gz

-- or --

use your favourite graphical application to extract the files, such as
WinZip (http://www.winzip.com)

2. This creates a directory called 'oscommerce-2.2ms2'. Enter this directory
and copy the 'catalog' directory to the webroot path of your webserver:

cd oscommerce-2.2ms2
cp -R catalog /usr/local/apache/htdocs/

For this example, '/usr/local/apache/htdocs/' is used as the webroot path
of the Apache webserver.

Do the same for the 'admin' directory but rename the directory to a
unique and secret name. This directory does not have to reside inside the
catalog directory, though may need to be manually configured.

3. Using your favourite browser, go to the following address:

http://[your site]/catalog/install

and follow the instructions on the screen.


1. Create the 'osCommerce' database and import the sample data:

mysqladmin create osCommerce
mysql osCommerce < ./install/oscommerce.sql

To check if the tables have been successfully imported, you can list them
by using mysqlshow:

mysqlshow osCommerce

4. View the file catalog/includes/configure.php and make necessary changes.

Now you can use your browser to view the pages which should be located at
'http://localhost/catalog/'. You can also use your browser, or a graphics
viewer/editor, to view the database model which is located in the directory
where you extracted the files

Apache/SSL/PHP Installation

This is a quick guide to install PHP as a dynamic apache module with SSL

It is recommended to read through the documentation of each package for a more
in-depth installation guide.

The individual packages are available at:

OpenSSL.......: http://www.openssl.org
MOD_SSL.......: http://www.modssl.org
Apache........: http://www.apache.org
PHP...........: http://www.php.net
Zend Optimizer: http://www.zend.com

1. Extract the files from their packages:

tar -xzf openssl-0.9.6.tar.gz
tar -xzf mod_ssl-2.8.1-1.3.19.tar.gz
tar -xzf apache_1.3.19.tar.gz
tar -xzf php-4.0.4pl1.tar.gz
tar -xzf ZendOptimizer-1.0.0-PHP_4.0.4-FreeBSD4.0-i386.tar.gz

2. To install SSL support in Apache, we need to first install the OpenSSL

cd openssl-0.9.6
make test
make install
cd ..

3. Once OpenSSL is installed, it is now possible to install Apache with

cd mod_ssl-mod_ssl-2.8.1-1.3.19
./configure --with-apache=../apache_1.3.19 --with-ssl=../openssl-0.9.6
cd ../apache_1.3.19
./configure --enable-module=ssl --enable-module=so
make certificate
make install
cd ..

4. Once Apache is installed, PHP can be installed as a dynamic module (DS0):

cd php-4.0.4pl1
./configure --with-mysql=/usr/local/mysql --disable-debug \
make install
cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/lib/php.ini
cd ..

5. Edit the configuration files for Apache (httpd.conf) and PHP (php.ini).
Make sure the following is in the httpd.conf file:

LoadModule php4_module libexec/libphp4.so
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

If you have ClearModuleList somewhere in the httpd.conf file, then you must
add this line:

AddModule mod_php4.c

6. To install ZendOptimizer v1.0, you must be using atleast PHP 4.0.4 with
debugging disabled:

cd ZendOptimizer-1.0.0-PHP_4.0.4-FreeBSD4.0-i386
mkdir /usr/local/Zend
mkdir /usr/local/Zend/lib
cp ZendOptimizer.so /usr/local/Zend/lib

Add the following to the php.ini


7. To start Apache with SSL:

/usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl startssl

Or, without SSL:

/usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl start

After the installation, you can create a file in the webroot directory which
contains <?php phpinfo(); ?> to see the php configuration variables.

25-01-2005, 05:17 PM
If you're just testing it out, grab XAMPP with the Perl extention (http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html) and load it on your own computer. It's actually VERY easy to install - I had it going in a few minutes as most of the configuration is automatic.

25-01-2005, 06:33 PM
Thanks heaps, looks like I better go find someone with free MySQL

25-01-2005, 07:36 PM
Does anyone know of a software like the above which doesn't use MySQL?