Install OS commerce

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Contents

  • 1 Introducing OS Commerce
  • 2 Installing OS Commerce - Fantastico De Luxe
  • 3 Installing osCommerce - Manual Installation
  • 4 Using OS Commerce
    • 4.1 Configuration
    • 4.2 Catalog
    • 4.3 Modules
    • 4.4 Customers
    • 4.5 Location / Taxes
    • 4.6 Localizations
    • 4.7 Reports
    • 4.8 Tools
  • 5 Backup and Restore OS Commerce
    • 5.1 Backup
    • 5.2 Restore

Introducing OS Commerce

An open-source online store management software, OS Commerce is a free program under the GNU General Public License. OS Commerce provides shop owners with a shopping cart allowing them to maintain there online stores with least effort and no cost.

With OS Commerce simple and powerful front-end, you can sell absolutely anything you have, from books to movies to gadgets, etc… In addition to that, the administrative back-end enables you to manage your products with much functionality and less effort.

Installing OS Commerce - Fantastico De Luxe

  • Step 1: Login to your Admin cPanel http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel
  • Step 2: Locate and click on the Fantastico De Luxe Icon
  • Step 3: Under the “E-Commerce” section, find and click on “osCommerce”
  • Step 4: In the right panel, select “New Installation”.
  • Step 5: on page 1 of the installation process, you will be prompted for the installation directory. To have Joomla installed on your website’s main page (http://www.yourdomain.com) leave it blank else, insert the directory of your choice (http://www.yourdomain.com/joomla). Also fill out the Admin access data. Finally, click on “Install Joomla”.
  • Step 6: on page 2, a summary of the installation options is displayed, including database details and the installation directory chosen.
  • Step 7: Click on “Finish Installation” button to successfully complete your osCommerce installation process.

osCommerce is now successfully installed. You can start by viewing the osCommerce customer interface by visiting the provided path: http://www.yourdomain.com/oscommerce Or you can directly go to the administrative back-end via: http://www.yourdomain.com/oscommerce/admin

 

Installing osCommerce - Manual Installation

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  • Step 1: Go to the download section of the official osCommerce website, and get the latest version.
  • Step 2: Uncompress the downloaded file to a specified directory on your desktop.
  • Step 3: Upload the “catalog” directory (keeping the directories structure intact) to your web hosting account via FTP to a specified directory of your choice (e.g. /oscommerce).
  • Step 4: Login to your Admin cPanel, locate and click on MySQL Databases.
  • Step 5: Create a MySQL database and save its name along with the username and password for future use.
  • Step 6: Using your browser, go to the location of your newly uploaded files: http://www.yourdomain.com/oscommerce/catalog/install
  • Step 7: The first installation page will be displayed. On the left side of the page, there is a script that checks the server compatibility. Once the compatibility settings are all met, you may proceed with your installation. Please note that openSSL and cURL are not necessary for the installation procedure to go on.
Step 8: The second phase of the installation procedure will prompt you for the database credentials that you have created and saved in step 5. Input them correctly and proceed. This page will try to connect to the database that you created, and in case of any errors, a message will appear on the bottom left of the screen.
Step 9: The page that follows will prompt you for the Online Store Settings. These are for you to choose freely. Fill them up and proceed.

 

Step 10: The final phase of the installation process. Once you see this page, then you have successfully accomplished the mission. From here you can click “Catalog” to visit the front-end of osCommerce or you can click “Administration Tool” to visit the administrative back-end of osCommerce.

 

Step 11: Before you start working with osCommerce you need to do 2 extra steps. The first step is to delete the “/install” directory that is found under the /osCommerce/catalog folder on your web hosting account. And step 2 is to set the permissions of the /oscommerce/catalog/includes/configure.php file as read-only for security reasons.

These are the 10 easy steps to install your osCommerce online store management. As you can see, they are simple and easy steps and can be accomplished in so little time. Enjoy shopping…

Using OS Commerce

Configuration

The configuration section is where the main options of the software can be changed. From this section you can edit the main store information, add new administrators, edit the shipping options, change the log settings of your service, etc… All those are main function that should be looked at before making your site public as they will help tune up your website.

Catalog

This is where you manage all your products that have been already added. You can categories your product, add new manufacturers and edit old ones, and even create special promotions. This section is everything for you about your products you sell.

Modules

The modules in general are created in order to extend the functionality of your software and that is exactly the case in osCommerce. In osCommerce, various modules are already available and all you need to do is install them so that you may use them. In order to do that, click on “Modules” and select the category of your choice, then from within that category, click on the module you would like to use and click “Install” on the top right side of your screen. You may also edit the settings of a module by clicking the “edit” button.

Customers

The section where you see a list of all your registered customers along with there order lists. You can even edit your customers’ information if required.

Location / Taxes

In this area, all countries are listed for you along with there codes. In addition to that, regions are also listed for you. But you can add new regions according to your choice. This information will be used for billing and shipping addresses.

Localizations

In the localization area you can edit the currencies to be used on your site along with the languages and orders status. There are default currencies installed: the US dollars and the Euro. You may add more currencies, languages and order statuses in case you need to use them.

Reports

A page that provides you with statistics about your viewed and purchased products along with reports about the best customers orders.

Tools

This area of the administration back-end will provide you with the proper tools to communicate with your clients and to better target them. From here you may also backup and restore your osCommerce database, use the File Manager to edit your files when needed and gather server and customer information. A necessary section for osCommerce administrators.

 

Backup and Restore OS Commerce

Backing up and restoring the database of osCommerce cannot be easier than this:

Backup

  • Step 1: Login to osCommerce administrative Panel and click on “Tools”
  • Step 2: Under “Tools”, click on “Database backup”
  • Step 3: A “backup” button is displayed, click it. Once click a small window will appear on the right side of the screen. Select the “Download only” option and click “backup”. Save the backup file somewhere safe on your pc.

Restore

  • Step 1: Login to osCommerce administrative Panel and click on “Tools”
  • Step 2: Under “Tools”, click on “Database backup”
  • Step 3: A “restore” button is displayed, click it. Once click a small window will appear on the right side of the screen. Click on browse and select the appropriate file to restore and click restore.

 

Voila! You have completely backed up and restored your database.

 

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