Deprecated:Function ereg() is deprecated for osCommerce

Deprecated: Function ereg() is deprecated in

Try replacing line 16-17 in catalog/includes/application_top.php and admin/includes/application_top.php

// set the level of error reporting
 error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE);

// set the level of error reporting
 error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_DEPRECATED);

Looking at the long list of deprecated features in PHP 5.3.0. I get the impression that if you want to replace all the code with  deprecated functions we might as well do a total rewrite and use  superglobals everywhere.
But then we might as well better start using osC v3. Pity there doesn't seem to be any progress in that area   So for the time being I believe adding the ~E_DEPRECATED will at least  be needed too. Frankly, I'm amazed that these are the only error  messages since for example all the session_ functions are deprecated  too.

Installing a WYSIWYG editor for product descriptions in osCommerce v2.2 or v2.3.x

Step 1. Go to and download the latest Editor Release (CK Editor, which has superseded FCK Editor)…

Step 2. Unzip it all, then upload the fckeditor folder and all it’s contents to your admin directory.

Step 3. Amend admin/categories.php.

Find this:

<script language="javascript" src="includes/general.js"></script>

After add it:

<script type="text/javascript" src="./ckeditor/ckeditor.js"></script>

Go to admin/includes/template_top.php and Find the line –

tep_draw_textarea_field('products_description[' . $languages[$i]['id'] . ']', 'soft', '70', '15',           (isset($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) ? stripslashes($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) : tep_get_products_description($pInfo->products_id, $languages[$i]['id'])));

Replace by  it

tep_draw_textarea_field('products_description[' . $languages[$i]['id'] . ']', 'soft', '70', '15', (isset($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) ? stripslashes($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) : tep_get_products_description($pInfo->products_id, $languages[$i]['id'])),' class="ckeditor"');

Upload it and refresh the category (prodcut adding/editing) page. You should see the newly installed Editor looking like this:

Enjoy it..        🙂

How to build a wordpress plugin using easy way?

Plugin Development:

In this tutorial, I will show how to build a “Hello World” which  is very easy,  you need to understand basic knowledge of php.

Before we move on the coding for plugin you should chose a unique name to your plugin so that’s no problem with other plugins name.

Plugin Files & Names

Assigning unique names, documenting and organizing the plugin files is very important part of plugin creation.

Although wordpress allows you to place the plugin php file directly into the wp-content/plugins folder, for a good plugin developer you will need to create a folder named hello-world and within place readme.txt and hello-world.php.

The readme.txt contains information about your plugin and can come in handy when you submit your plugin wordpress SVN plugin repository. See the readme sample.

Go ahead and create these files and we will add the content to these files later.

The Plugin Basics

The heart of a wordpress plugins is the below 2 functions (commonly called `hooks`)

add_action ($tag, $func) documentation
add_filter ($tag,$func) documentation

It is very important to know the difference between the above functions.

  • add_action –> does an action at various points of wordpress execution
  • add_filter –> does filtering the data (eg. escaping quotes before mysql insert, or during output to browser.

Refer to the WordPress Plugin API for more better understanding.

Plugin Information

Open your hello-world.php and in the first line, add this commented plugin information to your file.

Plugin Name: Hello-World
Plugin URI:
Description: A simple hello world wordpress plugin
Version: 1.0
Author: yourname
Author URI:
License: GPL

Save this php file,

  • Place the plugin folder to wordpress > wp-content > plugins,
  • Go to your wordpress admin > plugins and you will see the new plugin listed, waiting to get activated.

simple ain’t it?

But this plugin had to do something right?

Why not we make it print  “Hello World” when we call it from wordpress theme template files.

for that we write the code using add_action below the commented plugin information in the hello-world.php

Plugin Name: Hello-World
Plugin URI:
Description: A simple hello world wordpress plugin
Version: 1.0
Author: Balakrishnan
Author URI:
License: GPL
/* This calls hello_world() function when wordpress initializes.*/
/* Note that the hello_world doesnt have brackets.
function hello_world()
echo "Hello World";

Thats it! Our Hello World plugin is nearly done and with just few lines of code. When our plugin is activated, add_action command calls our hello_world() function when wordpress starts loading.

Lets Test our Hello World Plugin

We really dont know whether our plugin works or not. To test our plugin, go to plugins, activate the hello-world plugin.

Then open your worldpress theme wp-content > themes > default, open any of index.php, archive.php or single.php and place the following code anywhere.

if(function_exists('hello_world')) {

The key here is function_exists() call which checks whether plugin loaded or not and then allows the hook into the plugin function.  Call to hello_world() in the theme files without checking it, often leads to “Fatal error: call to undefined function” and our blog would crash, if the hello world plugin is not activated or deleted.

If you carefully notice above graphic, see how the hello world appears. Thats the work of our plugin. It WORKS!

Lets take our plugin one step further!

Why not, we build a plugin options page in admin area and provide a backend for plugin users?

Right now, the plugin outputs hello world (its pretty much static) and if somebody wants to output ‘Hello Example’, they need to open the php file and make changes everytime to print different text.

Asking the user to edit plugin files isnt a good idea!  As a wordpress plugin developer, it is you, who has to provide a good wordpress options interface in the wp-admin area.

Writing Plugin Options Page

We now create  Hello World options page in the wordpress admin area.

Here is what we do….

  • When plugin gets activated, we create new database field `wp_hello_world_data` using set_options() function.
  • When plugin gets deactivated, we delete the database field `wp_hello_world_data`
  • We create a options menu for Hello World in WordPress Admin > Settings.
  • We save the user entered data in the wordpress database.
  • We retrieve the data stored in wordpress database and output it using get_options() function.

Why we are creating database field? because the saved data must be saved somewhere? ie. in wordpress database. This way the plugin outputs user entered text, instead of the static “Hello World”.

Activating/Deactivating Plugin

It is very easy to write a function on what plugin does, when it gets activated. WordPress offers 4 very important functions

/* Runs when plugin is activated */

/* Runs on plugin deactivation*/
register_deactivation_hook( __FILE__, 'hello_world_remove' );

function hello_world_install() {
/* Creates new database field */
add_option("hello_world_data", 'Default', '', 'yes');

function hello_world_remove() {
/* Deletes the database field */


The above code creates the new database field `hello_world_data` using add_options and it runs when we activate the plugin. It has the value ‘default’ since we explicitly define it.

Similarly when the plugin gets deactivated or removed, we need to clean up things, so we remove the created database field using delete_option.

Plugin Settings Page

This is our final step.  All we need to create is plugin settings page in the wordpress admin area.  The settings page will update and save the data to the database field `hello_world_data` which we created while activating the plugin. Be sure to checkout creating options page in wordpress codex.

Here is a very important thing to remember:

The add_action for admin_menu should call a function hello_world_admin_menu() containing add_options_page, which in turn should call a function hello_world_html_code() containing html code. This is how the code should flow! Refer to wordpress administration menus

if ( is_admin() ){

/* Call the html code */
add_action('admin_menu', 'hello_world_admin_menu');

function hello_world_admin_menu() {
add_options_page('Hello World', 'Hello World', 'administrator',
'hello-world', 'hello_world_html_page');

The above code, is placed under is_admin() which means it only runs in the wordpress admin area.

The below function has the html code for the settings page, containing the form and notice how the php tag is split to accomodate the html code.

and the coding part is..

function hello_world_html_page() {
<h2>Hello World Options</h2>

<form method="post" action="options.php">
<?php wp_nonce_field('update-options'); ?>

<table width="510">
<tr valign="top">
<th width="92" scope="row">Enter Text</th>
<td width="406">
<input name="hello_world_data" type="text" id="hello_world_data"
value="<?php echo get_option('hello_world_data'); ?>" />
(ex. Hello World)</td>

<input type="hidden" name="action" value="update" />
<input type="hidden" name="page_options" value="hello_world_data" />

<input type="submit" value="<?php _e('Save Changes') ?>" />


You must remember 2 things in the above code.

1. Specify the database field we created before in the input text box as ‘hello_world_data’

<input name="hello_world_data" type="text" id="hello_world_data"
value="<?php echo get_option('hello_world_data'); ?>" />

2. If your form has number of fields (like textbox, selectbox etc), all those should be listed in the value field of page_options, separated by commas. For more information, refer to wordpress documentation

<input type="hidden" name="page_options" value="hello_world_data" />

Now, the plugin outputs whatever the user specifies in the hello world settings page.

Thats it! Our plugin is READY!

Dont forget to add documentation to readme.txt.

Enjoy! (collected from internet and modify for user friendly)

How to setup FCKeditor using php

Step # 1 :

You need to download the FCKeditor source code from the link FCKeditor Download

Step # 2:

Include the PHP code in the top of your page as in the example below:

[code]<?php include_once("fckeditor/fckeditor.php") ; ?>[/code]

Step # 3:

Now the FCKeditor is ready to use. So, just insert the following code in your body tag:

<form action="#" method="post">
$oFCKeditor = new FCKeditor(‘FCKeditor1’) ;
$oFCKeditor—>BasePath = ‘/fcktest/fckeditor/’ ;
$oFCKeditor->Value = $_POST[‘FCKeditor1’];
$oFCKeditor->Create() ;
<input type="submit" value="Submit" />

Step # 4:
Use it on the top under step 2: We can see the input values output by this code.
$sValue = stripslashes( $_POST[‘FCKeditor1’] ) ;

Step # 5: The editor is now ready to be used. You need to open the page in your browser to see the output.


[sourcecode language=”plain”]
include_once("fckeditor/fckeditor.php") ;
echo $sValue = stripslashes( $_POST[‘FCKeditor1’] ) ;
<title>FCKeditor – Example</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<form action="#" method="post">
$oFCKeditor = new FCKeditor(‘FCKeditor1’) ;
$oFCKeditor->BasePath = ‘’ ;
$oFCKeditor->Value = $_POST[‘FCKeditor1’];
$oFCKeditor->Create() ;
<input type="submit" value="Submit">

Live: Demo