Adding oscommerce or zen cart to my Yola site

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I want to build my own online store on my Yola Pro site using either oscommerce, zen cart or joomla. Is this possible? Can we upload fpt files to Yola Pro? Alternatively joomla.

If the answer is yes, are there instructions somewhere on Yola how to integrate these things
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Hi Ruby Tuesday,

Unfortunately it is not possible to use Zen Cart, Oscommerce or Joomla. They require you to upload files via ftp and to create a MySQL database and this is not possible with Yola.

We have a tutorial that explains how to create an online store using the Online Store feature on Yola. Here is the link: http://www.yola.com/tutorials/creatin....

You can also use other payment service such as Google Checkout and AlertPay. More information on these two links:
- http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...
- http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...

I hope that helps!
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Thanks for the reply Marije. However, I could be missing something, but the Yola Online store feature does not seem to be a satisfactory solution for what I want to do. I want to build a professional size online shop and the widgets available pose two major, fundamental problems for me:

1) There is no opportunity to add on postage costs during the checkout process so the cost of your item has to have the cost of postage built into it - this is very limiting. What if someone wants to buy multiple items? The total would be hugely overinflated with all the built in postage costs. Also this method would only be good for one type of postage - you couldn't offer a choice between say regular, express or regular or postage to another part of the world.

2) There doesn't appear to be any stock control, ie. once an item has been sold, it should disappear off my site or at least indicate it has been sold out. I don't want to have to go back and manually delete sold items and I don't want to run the risk and deal with all the hassles of selling something twice.

As I have spent a lot of time building my sites and have recently upgraded to Yola Pro, I am thinking the solution is to get a new subdomain for my shop only and have that hosted by another webhost that does allow osCommerce, Zen Cart or Joomla and then leave my domain and other subdomains with Yola and carry on that way.

I wish I was more computer literate!!!
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Hi Ruby,

I agree - our online store feature doesn't provide this and we hope to introduce them in the future. You can create your own buttons on PayPal.com (using inventory control, adding shipping costs etc on PayPal.com first). PayPal have a guide you can use and you can access it on this link: https://cms.paypal.com/cms_content/US....

Once you've customized everything on PayPal.com, you will be provided with HTML code to add to your site. This is added using the HTML widget:
1. Drag-and-drop an HTML widget from the sidebar on the right onto your page (the icon for this is a blue sphere).
2. An HTML editor will open up that will allow you to write or paste your code (use right-click > paste or ctrl-V to paste).
3. When you are done, click "OK" and your HTML will be displayed on the page.
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You might consider looking at PayPal and creating Add To Cart Buttons......It is more flexible than the online store widget.Do you already have a PayPal Account? A standard free account is fine.