After messing around with this for a few hours i got the front end to finally display. I found that i had to manually input ALL the ig_shop.sql file in phpmyadmin Then the admin wont allow me to input any data, boll-ocks to all this messing around - seems it wont work with register golbals off - this is normally off for new security measures - turn it off or get hacked ! seems while every other system upgraded to meet these security mods ig shop can't be bothered. NO SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE IN THIS FORUM FROM MODS OR ADMIN STAFF If you are looking for a working, professional e-commerce site try: oscommerce - FREE, Loads of features, Superb support loads of mods to suit you, payment without registering, globals off hack, it the time you have wasted with this script you could have got it up and running! http://www.oscommerce.com/ shop-script - i am playing with the FREE version now and it works well ! i may even buy the full whack version! http://www.shop-script.com/ Or, agoracart - cgi/perl based but works fine ! http://www.agoracart.com/ Hope this helps you guys, don't see why i shouldn't mention these alternatives seeing as support and development of this cart systems is absolute rubbish. I would have hoped the brits behind this had an ounce of customer service.