Tutorial on How to Install osCommerce!

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If you’re thinking of running your own online store or internet shop, then you should check out osCommerce!  osCommerce is a popular open source shopping cart software application — it comes equipped with loads of great features, it’s easy to use, and osCommerce is so simple to install!

This tutorial provides you with screenshots and easy to follow instructions for every step of the installation process.  Just follow along, and you’ll have osCommerce installed in minutes!

Login to your cPanel and type “installatron” in the find box.  The Installatron icon will appear to the right of the box.


Click on the Installatron icon.  On the next page, type “oscommerce” in the search box and hit enter.


On the next page, click the “install” button.


On the next page, you will need to configure your osCommerce installation using the install wizard.

The Location section allows you to choose where you install osCommerce.  If you have multiple domains in your cPanel account, then you will need to select the desired domain from the Domain dropdown.

If you want people to be able to access your osCommerce installation by simply visiting your domain name, then leave the Directory field blank.  However, if you want people to access your osCommerce installation by visiting a URL like www.yourdomain.com/store, then you should type store in the Directory field.


The Version section allows you to choose which version of osCommerce to install, accept the license agreement, and manage automatic updates.

You can select the version of osCommerce you would like to install by using the Version dropdown.  We recommend always installing the latest version, as it will offer the most security and features.  If you want the admin area of your osCommerce site to use a language other than English, select your desired language from the Language dropdown.

Next, you can review the license agreement for osCommerce.  If you don’t want to accept the license agreement, then you will not be able to install osCommerce.

Next, you can manage your Automatic Update settings.  We recommend automatically updating to new minor versions and security releases, as this will help keep your osCommerce installation secure from hackers.


The Settings section allows you to customise your osCommerce installation.

You can enter the username, password, and email address for the admin area of your osCommerce site.  Please do not use “admin” or “administrator” as the username for the admin area of your site, as this will make your installation vulnerable to hackers.  Also, please choose a strong password for the admin area of your site to help make your website as secure as possible.  Make a note of your username and password; you will use these details to login to the admin area of your site.  The admin email address for your site is where all messages regarding updates, password resets, etc. will be sent.


The Advanced section allows you to choose whether or not you want to manage databases, email notifications, default backup locations, and automatic backups yourself.  Unless you are familiar with managing these settings, we recommend choosing to allow Installatron to automatically manage these settings for you.

Once you’ve configured your settings, click the Install button to begin installing osCommerce.


Once you’ve successfully installed osCommerce, you will be able to login to the admin area of your site by clicking the admin URL.


Enter your username and password, click login, and you’re ready to start building your online store with osCommerce!

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1 Comment

  1. On July 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    pubs in bolton said:

    Great informative detailed tutorial, thanks for this helped me out a lot, cheers Tim