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- The correct title of this article is osCommerce. The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions.
osCommerce (for “Open Source Commerce”) is an e-commerce and online store-management software program. It can be used on any web server that has PHP and MySQL installed. It is available as free software under the GNU General Public License.
- Compatible with PHP 4 and MySQL - easily portable to version 5.
- Compatible with all major browsers.
- Multi-lingual English, German and Spanish by default.
- Automatic web-based installation.
- Unlimited number of products and categories.
- Automatic setup of e-commerce payment systems: Authorize.net, 2Checkout.com, iPayment.de, PayPal.com, PsiGate.com (out of date), SECPay.com, and TrustCommerce.com; Many other add-on ecommerce payment systems, off-line (insecure use of credit card payments) and on-line payment processing.
- Multi-currency support via manual update from exchange rate server.
- Support for dynamic images (one image per product).
- Supports physical products as well as product downloads.
- Web-based administration module.
- Database backup and restore.
- Temporary and permanent shopping carts.
- Secure transactions with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) support.
- Many shipping options including by weight, price, or destination.
- Real-time shipping quote integration with UPS, USPS.
- Zone-based shipping options as well as a free shipping option as part of Order Totals Module.
- Full tax functionality, included compounded taxes, different zones for different products.
- UPS is no longer a standard shipping module.
- The manual Credit Card payment is not PCI Compliant.
- Downloadable products are not fully secure.
- Image thumbnails are in fact full size images reduced for display which impacts bandwidth. This behavior can however be changed using freely available community provided contributions.
- The PSI Gate module is no longer operable.
osCommerce was started in March 2000 in Germany by project founder and leader Harald Ponce de Leon as The Exchange Project. While officially osCommerce is still in its development stage, the current Milestone 2.2 release is considered stable as evidenced by the thousands of stores around the world which sport the phrase, “powered by osCommerce.” The planned Milestone 3.0 is expected to be a major re-write of the program to incorporate an object-oriented backend, a template system to allow easy layout changes, and inclusion of an administration-area username and password definition during installation.
Because it is Open Source, a number of independent software forks have developed which take the basic osCommerce code and modify it with their own features and contributions. These include CRE Loaded, Zen Cart, OSC MAX (formerly osC Reloaded) as well as other smaller branches such as ozEcommerce.
- Zen Cart
- CRE Loaded
- osCommerce official site
- OsCommerce at the Open Directory Project
Watson, Kerry. The osCommerce Technical Manual. Victoria, BC Canada: On Demand Manuals. pp. 11-14 ISBN 1-4120-3733-6.