Auction and Shopping Cart Customizations

I’ve been doing tons of auction software customizations. The software is Geodesic Solutions and the code is really bandaged and thick with tables nested within tables. The work isn’t too bad though, since I’m doing pretty different things with each site, and I’m also getting pretty nice at it now. Before I could only really attack the HTML side of it, but now I’m in the PHP like crazy.I’ve also been doing a lot of customization of ZenCart shopping cart software. This is mainly reskinning it, which is just replacing the header/footer and then doing a lot of CSS work on the content portion.

Jon Raasch

Jon Raasch is a UX nerd and free-lance web designer / developer who loves jQuery, Javascript & CSS.

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3 Comments to “Auction and Shopping Cart Customizations”

  1. Brian says:

    Hi, I’m trying to help my uncle customize his geodesic site and I’m kinda lost. I’m trying to design first and then use my design for what he wants. My problem is that I see no way to really get it “customized” the way he wants it. He wants to do something like, but I don’t know how it’s done. Can you reply and give me some help? I use DreamWeaver and Photoshop to design. I’m pretty good with HTML and CSS, but as far as how to work the modules, it’s all foreign language to me.

  2. Jon Raasch says:

    Hi Brian,

    I don’t know how I can possibly explain all of Geo customization to you here, but let me give you a little info. First off, Geodesic is a poorly programmed POS, the sooner you accept that the better off you’ll be. Secondly, its built on PHP/MySQL, and you’ll have to know your way around PHP before getting started on any of the backend stuff (you can still customize the look and feel without this however). Finally you won’t be able to use Dreamweaver really, just attack the HTML/CSS directly.

    You first step should be learning your way around the file system, learning what lives where.

    Best of luck,

  3. Brian says:

    Thanks for the reply and sorry for my late reply back. I understand completely what you mean. Well, I’m not really apt on PHP, but I know it’s not terribly difficult to learn. I read in the manual that I could create a template, but I’m unsure of how my template would be butchered with the main content code input. Would it be better to just copy every page and edit directly? Or, possibly, just edit them directly in the admin panel? If I can’t figure it out for him, I’ll just tell him to find somebody who is willing to work with that monstrosity.

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