osCommerce Website Development
Website Development of osCommerce.
Have you explored the benefits of the open source shopping cart software osCommerce?
If your looking for a free shopping cart for your e-commerce website, your search ends with osCommerce.
What is osCommerce?
osCommerce is a full featured e-commerce website engine and template that has been released under the GNU General Public License. What this means to you is that it is a FREE shopping cart system and online store. osCommerce is a quick an easy way to get started on your way to realizing your e-commerce dreams.
What are the benefits of osCommerce?
osCommerce features a fully functional online catalog for your customers to browse and shop. It includes advanced search features that make your online store fully searchable. In addition, osCommerce provides complete customer interaction allowing customers to add products to their shopping cart, create an account and checkout. Additionally, osCommerce has advanced features that do more to help make your online store a seamless shopping experience for both you and your customer. osCommerce includes modules that link directly with shipping companies such as UPS, USPS, FedEx to provide realtime shipping quotes for your customers. To aid in payment processing after your customer decides to make a purchase, osCommerce also includes modules that link directly with credit card payment processing plans such as Authorize.net, iPayment, NOCHEX, PayPal, 2CheckOut, PSiGate, SECPay. On the other hand, if you prefer the old fashioned method, you can just have the credit card information sent directly to you and process it through your own credit card processing company or merchant account.
Advanced administration portal lets you add products and categories, change the looks and features of your online store, manage customers and orders. The admin feature also includes reporting features such as site statistics, database backup, and various configuration options to make your store better suit your needs and the needs of your customers.
But the features don't stop with the catalog and administration portals. The osCommerce website features a user contribution section where advanced users of osCommerce have contributed over 1500 unique modules to enhance the features and usability of osCommerce. Most of these modules feature easy installation and they work well because they were designed specifically for osCommerce.
If that isn't enough to make you want to employ this free shopping cart software for your e-commerce website, then check this out!
osCommerce is written in PHP and runs off a MySQL database backend. Sound technical? Read on. PHP is an open source scripting language and MySQL is an open source database. That's right their both open source software. What this means to you is that they're free. This means that you have the ability to download and install both on your own computer to create a testing environment and develop your website further.
But how do you get started?
If you've decided that osCommerce is the e-commerce software that fits the needs of your online store you can install it on your webserver by following the simple steps below.
First choose a webhost that offers PHP and MySQL, these are required to make your site function.
Second, upload your site to the server of your webhost.
Third, run the installation program included with osCommerce. This will install the store and make it ready for use.
After the simple installation process, your store is ready for you to begin adding products and product categories and other content such as your shipping and return information. But most importantly, your store is ready for online browsing and actual customers to begin sending you orders.
Sound to good to be true? Believe me, it's great. As an 8 year veteran of developing e-commerce websites and running e-commerce stores, I can tell you, it is a great feeling to be able to sit at home on the computer and watch the orders roll in.
Now the bad news.
osCommerce is a free e-commerce software. It is well functioning and easy to use. But the configuration options provided by default only allow a certain level of custimization. To customize the e-commerce software further, requires editing the PHP scripts and possibly implimentation of custom PHP code.
This is where we step in and make your e-commerce dreams a reality.
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