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Move social bookmarks to the product information body

multimixer | learn | Tuesday July 26 2011

I’m getting this question all the time: How to move the social bookmark links into the body of the product information page in osCommerce

Instead of answering each time by email, I thought to make a quick post about so that anyone who is interested can do it. Instructions are same for regular osCommerce users and mini template system users

Why should somebody want to move that social bookmarks into the page body? As we know, there is a special box in osCommerce, called “bm_social_bookmarks.php” that do exactly this. Well ok, it happens that some users don’t want to have any columns, but still want to have that bookmarks

Lets start, there are 2 ways to do it

Way 1: Output the box contents to the product information page

Things are very simple here. First you need to do the changes to all of your boxes as described here

Then, all you have to do is to output the contents of box “bm_information.php” to anywhere you would like the social bookmarks to appear, like this

if (class_exists(bm_social_bookmarks)) {
$boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;
echo $boxdata->dataF();
}

Now, ok, you may say that you don’t want this “boxed look” on the product information page. Unfortunately data is still mixed with html in osCommerce, so, the only thing you can do is to style that box via css (an article about that will follow) or to go on with way 2

Way 2 : use the box code on the product information page

The only file to work on is catalog/product_info.php Into this file, we are going to add following code

<?php
      if (tep_not_null(MODULE_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_INSTALLED)) {
        $sbm_array = explode(';', MODULE_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_INSTALLED);
        $social_bookmarks = array();
        foreach ( $sbm_array as $sbm ) {
          $class = substr($sbm, 0, strrpos($sbm, '.'));
          if ( !class_exists($class) ) {
            include(DIR_WS_LANGUAGES . $language . '/modules/social_bookmarks/' . $sbm);
            include(DIR_WS_MODULES . 'social_bookmarks/' . $class . '.php');
          }
          $sb = new $class();
          if ( $sb->isEnabled() ) {
            $social_bookmarks[] = $sb->getOutput();
          }
        }
        if (!empty($social_bookmarks))  $social = implode(' ', $social_bookmarks);
      }
?>

There is nothing new here, it’s just the code used in the bm_socials_bookmarks.php box. Only addition is that, we do check if any social bookmarks modules are installed before we proceed, to avoid the case to look for a class if there is nothing there.

Anyway, you can place that code to anywhere you like in product_info.php. Just take care to remove the opening and clsing hp tags (<?php …. ?>) in case you are already in php mode. This code does not display the bookmarks yet, so it really doesn’t matter to where you will place it, so lets say you add it after this section

    if (tep_not_null($product_info['products_model'])) {
      $products_name = $product_info['products_name'] . '<span class="smallText">[' . $product_info['products_model'] . ']</span>';
    } else {
      $products_name = $product_info['products_name'];
    }
?>

Next part is to decide about the display of that buttons. All we have to do is, to echo or variable $social that we created with the code above. This is completely up to you and your design I will add that code just before the buttons section, that is where it says

  <div class="buttonSet">

I will also wrap that into a <p></p>, so that it looks like this

  <p class="social"><?php echo $social ?></p>

  <div class="buttonSet">

You noticed that I gave a class to my new <p>, I call it “social” but you can call it “kuku” or “titanic” or anything you like. I can now style that section as I like, for example some basic css looks like this

.social {text-align:right; padding:0 20px;}
p.social{margin:0;}
.social img{ vertical-align:middle;}

This you can add to the bottom of your stylesheet.css file

Mini template system users, please use following basic css

#product_info .social {text-align:right; padding:0 20px; position:relative; top:-20px;}
#product_info p.social{margin:0;}
#product_info .social img{ vertical-align:middle;}

and add it to file catalog/mts/themes/theme_base_001/style_custom.css

That’s all, and here is how it looks on one site where I did this

Social bookmarks on the product information page in osCommerce

Enjoy

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  • Ian 15/03/2012 at 23:53

    Hi,

    I used your “separating data from execution..” to customize my first oscommerce 2.31 website, all worked well with the boxes except the social bookmarks, here is the code, could you please help ?

    Many thanks,

    Ian

    function dataF() {
    global $HTTP_GET_VARS, $language;

    if ( isset($HTTP_GET_VARS['products_id']) && defined(‘MODULE_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_INSTALLED’) && tep_not_null(MODULE_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_INSTALLED) ) {
    $sbm_array = explode(‘;’, MODULE_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_INSTALLED);

    $social_bookmarks = array();

    foreach ( $sbm_array as $sbm ) {
    $class = substr($sbm, 0, strrpos($sbm, ‘.’));

    if ( !class_exists($class) ) {
    include(DIR_WS_LANGUAGES . $language . ‘/modules/social_bookmarks/’ . $sbm);
    include(DIR_WS_MODULES . ‘social_bookmarks/’ . $class . ‘.php’);
    }

    $sb = new $class();

    if ( $sb->isEnabled() ) {
    $social_bookmarks[] = $sb->getOutput();
    }
    }

    if ( !empty($social_bookmarks) ) {
    $data = ” .
    ‘ ‘ . MODULE_BOXES_PRODUCT_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_BOX_TITLE . ” .
    ‘ ‘ . implode(‘ ‘, $social_bookmarks) . ” .
    ”;

    return $data;
    }

    }

    }

    function execute() {
    global $oscTemplate;
    $oscTemplate->addBlock($this->dataF(), $this->group);

    }

  • multimixer 16/03/2012 at 07:26

    Ian,

    can you say what is not working?

    You need to make sure that
    1) You have any social bookmarks installed and enabled
    2) You have the box “social bookmarks” installed – it does not to be enabled(= set to “true”)

    Regarding the data you want to output, you could just use this

    if ( !empty($social_bookmarks) ) {
    $data = implode(‘ ‘, $social_bookmarks);
    return $data;
    }

    • Ian 18/03/2012 at 23:59

      Hi,

      Many thanks for your answer, i was tired and not very clear so i apologize for that…

      The social bookmarks are installed and enabled and the box too.

      The previous code i paste was incomplete, may be an error when i copy/paste, here is the right part :

      if ( !empty($social_bookmarks) ) {
      $data = ” .
      ‘ ‘ . MODULE_BOXES_PRODUCT_SOCIAL_BOOKMARKS_BOX_TITLE . ” .
      ‘ ‘ . implode(‘ ‘, $social_bookmarks) . ” .
      ”;

      When opening the product page, the site returns :

      Class ‘bm_social_bookmarks’ not found in C:\wamp\www\Bladecraft\catalog\product_info.php on line 190

      on line 190 there is :

      $boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;
      if (class_exists(bm_social_bookmarks)) {
      $boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;
      echo $boxdata->dataF();
      }

      Many thanks again for your kind help.

      Ian

      • multimixer 22/03/2012 at 08:04

        Ian,

        Instead of this on the product information page
        $boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;
        if (class_exists(bm_social_bookmarks)) {
        $boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;
        echo $boxdata->dataF();
        }

        use this, as stated in the post above
        if (class_exists(bm_social_bookmarks)) {
        $boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;
        echo $boxdata->dataF();
        }

        Does the box itself display on the page? Do you have any booksmarks (under admin>modules>social bookmarks) enabled?

  • Ian 10/04/2012 at 15:52

    Hi,
    Sorry for late answer, i had to work on other projects.

    I tried without “$boxdata = new bm_social_bookmarks;” the error message disapeared but nothing on the product page, only into the left column…
    So i understood why, the right box name was ” bm_product_social_bookmarks “, and not “bm_product_social_bookmarks” like i copy it from your article above on way one.
    Once name changed all was ok.

    Thanks again for your help, i apologize for this syntax error.

    Best regards

    Ian

  • Becky 15/05/2012 at 13:13

    Thanks this code worked perfectly =D

  • Lyn 14/10/2012 at 23:49

    Hi George,

    The new version of the oscommerce 2.3.3, the social bookmarks image was displayed in three lines, first line “email”, second line “google share”and third line the “rest of the other icons”, is there a way to line them all in just one line?

    Thanks!

    Lyn

  • multimixer 24/10/2012 at 09:24

    Hi Lyn

    I didn’t noticed any difference n the display of social bookmarks in version 2.3.3, it’s same as before

    Maybe the issue is connected with something else?

    • Dean 27/02/2013 at 01:33

      It looks like the issue is actually with the google share and google + 1 button that seems to ignore the align right and go onto a new line..

      Also noticed that facebook like and pinterest and twitter buttons also do not align up correctly with the smaller buttons.

      Is there a work around for this?

      If you use the standard buttons as per your example then everything works spot on..

  • Serg 11/08/2013 at 22:17

    Can confirm “not in line issue” for social buttons. Actual reason is in sb_facebook_like.php because facebook button has own iframe with aligements and height:35px. It displyed inline when I changed its height:20px and sorted it to be last in line

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