I'm n the process of getting a new store off the ground. However, I need a shopping cart that will be able to handles 'how to' guides etc. So if a customer goes to the blue widget page, it might say 'Related Articles' or something and there would be a link to 'How to set up your blue widget with a yellow widget'.
Does anyone know of a shopping cart that does this? I suspect osCommerce can, but couldn't find a module that would. I quite like the idea of using osCommerce, but I'll need it to not look like 'an oscommerce site', as I see so many of them. Also is it possible to disable the 'Account' feature, as I don't want people to have to create an account.
Why do you need a special module? As long as you have the ability to edit the content for any product you can add a link to any relevant page(s). The only additional ability you need is the ability to build the page(s) you want to link to and have them look like the rest of the site.
I agree that it is easier but IMHO contributions are largely over-rated. The simpler the solution the better the chance that it will prove useful while reducing the code necessary to make it so. I've seen too many contributions written with spaghetti code or just plain bad code (I've written a few myself). I prefer to err on the side of simplicity and avoid reliance on too many unregulated sources of code.
I'm in the process of setting up my store with OsCommerce. I have virtually no PHP experience and all this is new to me, and yet, with the help of their forum, I've had very little problems. Well, except with SSL, but that has nothing to do with Osc.
There is a contribution in which your customers do not need to create an account.
You can create links (internal and external) anywhere in your store/cart. So, if you wish to link from a product in your cart to a how-to guide elsewhere on your site - no problem.
As for the look - you can customize oscommerce in so many ways. I've seen people customize the look that you couldn't even tell it was an OsC cart to begin with