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|Oscommerce A Viable Ecommerce Solution !
Ecommerce has become the buzz of the day !! The Internet success
stories revolving around Ecommerce, Online selling or shopping
has been increasing day by day and the late thinkers are losing
a huge market.
The advent of online payment gateways, improvement in Supply
chain management and paucity of time to go to the physical
stores have been the root reasons for the growth in online
business. But just thinking about one's own Ecommerce site makes
one shudder due to huge investments required. The branded or
customized Ecommerce solutions start at exorbitant price and the
maintenance charges also come out be pretty high.
So, when the opportunity is so attractive and investment
potential low, open source solutions come into sight. The open
source solutions have changed the way web based sites and
softwares are running. The community development, open source
nature, low cost of ownership (virtually free) and high ROI are
basic ingredient of Open Source Solutions. osCommerce (available
as free download from http://www.oscommerce.com) is the most
comprehensive and popular open source Shopping Cart system on
Internet. It has a huge list of features and is probably the
most versatile shopping cart solution and offers vast range of
customization choices for the on-line storefront owners
depending on their need at a very affordable price. The basic
script can be downloaded totally free with complete source code.
The costs of customization and hosting are the only implicated
costs which when compared with other solutions, will be meager.
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 released under the
GNU General Public License. osCommerce is a complete online
store solution that contains both a catalog frontend and an
administration tool backend, which can be easily configured over
web. osCommerce was started in March 2000 and has since matured
to a solution that is currently powering 6,204
shops around the world.
Requirements : osCommerce utilizes Open Source solutions to
provide a free and open e-commerce platform, which includes the
powerful PHP web scripting language, the stable Apache web
server, and the fast MySQL database server. With no special
requirements, osCommerce is able to run on any PHP 4.1+ enabled
web server running on Linux, Solaris, BSD, Mac OS X, and
Microsoft Windows environments.
Features : - � Oscommerce is template based and offers complete
scope of customization. � The Backend to manage the site offers
support for unlimited product categories and products; both
virtual and physical. Multilingual, multi currency support,
database backup and restore facility, stock availability,
invoices and customer relation management are inbuilt modules. �
The Frontend offers customers to browse complete catalog with
ease, wishlists, personal accounts with purchase history and
multiple billing and shipping addresses, and many other user
friendly features to make the overall shopping a nice
experience. � Payment module covers numerous offline payment
processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care
processing, ..) and online payment processing (2CheckOut,
PayPal, Authorize.net, iPayment, ..) � The shipping and tax
module fulfils almost all the major requirements.
Apart from these features, there are thousands of contributions
developed by efficient developers and companies. The online
forum support on at http://forums.oscommerce.com is very popular
and no nonsense forum where any post regarding any query, error
gets answered. The community development and maintenance has
played a major role in developing such a huge success of
So, the basic shopping cart enables one to start a readymade
Ecommerce site in minimum time and minimal costs.
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