Upgrade to Ubercart and removal of Categories module
We decided to upgrade our websites from the ecommerce module to the new Ubercart 1.0 shopping cart. Ubercart (http://www.ubercart.org) simplified the order taking process and has a very customizable checkout, shipping and tax settings. We were even able to charge GST tax on shipping! The one page checkout is great and calculated the shipping on the fly as you enter your shipping address. It will even automatically create an account for you so you can view your order status or print an invoice (or download a file).
As well, we decided to rid the site of the categories module which was under-utilized and problematic for other modules. Going back to the taxonomy module means simpler category control. Sometimes it is best to drop problematic modules. With drupal there are always new modules in the works, or old ones being upgraded. Patience is a virtue in website development.
You can browse for books and news at the new website: http://www.octopusbooks.ca
About The Author
Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.