What is osCommerce?

osCommerce is an online shop e-commerce solution that offers a wide range of out-of-the-box features that allows online stores to be setup fairly quickly with ease, and is available for free as an Open Source based solution released under the GNU General Public License.

osCommerce was started in March 2000 and has since matured to a solution that is currently powering 1,395 registered live shops around the world. The software was first developed by Harold Ponce de Leon and nowadays there are literally hundreds of osCommerce experts who develop stores using the software full-time. The best thing about this is that most are more than happy to answer questions and help out new users. They can often be found lurking around the forums.

While surfing the internet looking for an e-commerce solution, you'll find many people saying that osCommerce is very hard to customise and that all osCommerce stores look the same. While the second statement may often be true, this is only because the store owners have either rushed to get their shop 'live' to start taking orders or they haven't researched osCommerce and it's exciting possibilities enough.

You will also find people blaming the lack of documentation for their decision not to use osCommerce as their ecommerce solution, but this is not the case and we have plenty of online and downloadable tutorials for your use.

The aim of this site is to showcase what can be done with a standard osCommerce store and to give you the chance and knowledge to do it yourself. Alternatively, if you just want to concentrate on the running of your store, we can assist with the design and hosting of your store and can leave you to get on with reading some of our excellent tutorials on how to operate with osCommerce.

You can download a copy of the standard software at the osCommerce website.

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