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Creating an Online Store is Easy with osCommerce and Evohosting!

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Want to create your very own online store? It’s simple with Evohosting!

All of our hosting plans come with Installatron, the premiere auto-installer plugin for cPanel, allowing you to install up to 60 FREE scripts quickly and easily! This week, we’ll be highlighting one of these free scripts, osCommerce, an ecommerce and online store-management software program.

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osCommerce makes setting up, running, and maintaining online stores fast and simple!

Some of the features offered by osCommerce include:

  • Statistical tools to help you keep track of stock, your best customers, best-selling products, and frequently viewed items
  • Ability to have an unlimited number of products and categories, leaving you free to make your shop as large as you like
  • Excellent frontend functionality, making it possible for your customers to find, purchase, and review products quickly and easily
  • Multicurrency support, allowing proprietors from all over the world to sell their products to customers in a number of different countries
  • Support for physical and downloadable products, allowing you to sell shippable objects or virtual items such as image, audio and video files
  • Processing of offline payment (cheque, money orders) and online payment (PayPal, 2CheckOut, Authorize.net)
  • Flexible tax setup, allowing you handle taxes on local and global levels, so you are free to sell your products to customers all over the world
  • Real-time shipping quotes available from a variety of companies (UPS, FedEx. etc.)
  • A rapidly growing number of add-ons available at http://addons.oscommerce.com/ to take your shop to the next level

osCommerce’s template structure allows you to easily customize the appearance and layout of your shop AND it supports dynamic images. Also, there are tons of websites offering loads of templates for osCommerce at a range of prices–including FREE!
http://www.algozone.com/
http://www.keenwebtemplates.net/files/osCommerce-templates.php

osCommerce has a lot of different options to configure, so some users may find it a little overwhelming. Thankfully, osCommerce offers excellent documentation available at http://www.oscommerce.info/docs/english/. The documentation has lots of screenshots and is written in a straightforward and easy to understand manner, so you don’t need to be a techie to follow along. If you’re new to online shops, then I would suggest reading the documentation before jumping right in.

If you have a specific question that you can’t find an answer to in the documentation, osCommerce also has a forum which can be found at http://forums.oscommerce.com/ and a knowledge base which can be found at http://www.oscommerce.info/

But the best part of all is that osCommerce is easy to install with Evohosting! Simply login to your control panel, type Installatron in the find box (or scroll down to the Software/Services section near the bottom of the page), and click Installatron Script Installer. On the next page, click osCommerce, create a username and password, and click install. Once osCommerce installs, select admin to login. Once inside, you’re able to start configuring your online store!

So what are you waiting for?

  • Just choose your hosting plan — we recommend the medium package for small businesses and the large or XL for bigger companies
  • Install osCommerce in just a few clicks
  • Start building your shop today so you’re customers can start shopping tomorrow!

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be highlighting Magento, another ecommerce platform available FREE fom Evohosting!

2 Comments

  1. On March 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Cat M. said:

    Thanks a lot Chris! Glad you enjoyed the post. I’m just putting the finishing touches on this week’s blog about Magento, so be sure to check back soon!

  2. On March 19, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Chris Moran said:

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran