OS Commerce is an online shop e-commerce solution that offers a huge range of out-of-the-box features that allows online stores to be setup quickly with ease, and it is available for free as an Open Source based solution released under the GNU General Public License.
It was started in March 2000 and has since matured to a solution that is currently powering 12,689 registered live shops around the world.
Nowadays, OS Commerce has been taken to the next level, moving towards an E-commerce framework solution that not only remains easy to setup and maintain, but also making it easier for store administrators to present their stores to their customers with their own unique requirements.
The success of OS Commerce is secured by a great and active community where members help one another out and participate in development issues reflecting upon the current state of the project.
How to Install and What are the Requirements?
OS Commerce can be installed on any server where a web server with PHP has been installed on and has access to a MySQL database server.
This includes shared servers, vps server,dedicated servers, and also locally on the computer you are currently using, using Linux, Unix, BSD, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
You Should take care to ensure:
1) OS Commerce runs on all PHP versions from 4.0 to the latest version, while at the same time taking advantage of new PHP features introduced since the PHP 4.1 series and remaining compatible to 4.0+ versions.
2) OS Commerce runs on all PHP enabled web servers, in both module and CGI based installations, on many operating systems
3) OS Commerce runs on most server specific configurations ranging from dedicated servers to shared servers that utilize different PHP configurations such as register_globals and safe_mode restrictions
These Following point will describe OScommerce in detail :-
a) It is a online / e-commerce management software program
b) OScommerce compatible with PHP / MySQL (known to be used more with PHP V4)
c) Available under GNU General Public License
d) It aims to meet all the requirements of Online trading
e) Customizations are available
f) Browser compatibility
g) Multi-lingual software / Automated web-based installation
h) Different products and categories
i) Payments gateways – Authorize.net / 2Checkout.com / iPayment.de / PayPal.com / PsiGate.com / SECPay.com / TrustCommerce.com / Manual CC paymentes / on-line payment processing
j) Currency Support (exchange rate server)
k) Dynamic Images support / products downloads / Administration modules / Backup and Restoration
l) SSL support
m) Shipping Options
n) Tax Functions