We believe that it would be symbolic to start our Marathon dedicated to e-commerce platforms with the article on OsCommerce. Launched in the 2000s, OsCommerce is the granddad of the majority of famous platforms such as Magento and has kicked off the era of eCommerce infrastructures worldwide. Today, OsCommerce also has a wide and enthusiastic community behind it, with more than 296,887 store owners, developers, and service providers.
At its core OsCommerce lets you set up a highly customizable and extendable online store with the most necessary add-ons. If you’d like to further extend your store’s features, check out OsCommerce’s huge marketplace that has 8,689 free add-ons. Not as much compared to WordPress, however still an impressive opportunity for store customization and smooth UI/UX.
Despite being fairly easy to set up, stable releases, and detailed documentation, many store owners note that OS Commerce is slightly behind the schedule on the UI/UX aspect. For example, it falls short on the user experience by not offering any product comparison features out of the box. Unlike changing things in more up-to-date platforms, the system lacks APIs, a universal URL handler, or hooks, so changes are often made to core system files which can create widespread and devastating effects on your store if you’re not careful.
Day-to-day store management is fairly simple; orders, reports, banners, the product catalog, and more are easy to access and edit via the admin panel. That being said OS Commerce lacks many essential features that are included in other frameworks, such as, related product modules, multiple-related stores, and multiple user permission levels. There are community plugins that can add some of these features to you. Combined with the JO1N financing gateway, it can potentially boost your buyers’ behaviors and average spending.
OS commerce offers a fairly decent user experience, browsing and purchasing products is easy, so is rating and reviewing products. OS Commerce Overall OS Commerce is a good option if you need a simple store that’s easy to administer.
OsCommerce is a great option because it is easy to use, easy to tweak, and easy to get running just the way you want it. But there is a problem when it comes to reliability and scalability, and when your product database gets to a certain size, you will start to notice the website breaking up a little, making it more likely to experience outages and technical difficulties.
For that reason, OsCommerce is probably the right solution only for those who want to test the e-commerce waters, so to speak, before moving on to more feature-rich and functional solutions.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy to get started with, OsCommerce might be the solution you need. But if you’re thinking huge scale, it might be better to switch up to something more robust.
OsCommerce is a rather basic piece of e-commerce software, but it still delivers all the must-have e-commerce features:
The main OsCommerce software is completely free. You can just download it straight from the official website.
That being said, you will stumble upon additional costs:
There’s more to choosing the perfect e-commerce solution for your website than budget. Whether you’re building a site with WordPress, OpenCart, or something else entirely, you have a lot to consider. For instance:
Of course, we all have budgets to consider when it comes to choosing e-commerce software. With that in mind, it’s worth looking at the price of your new e-commerce tools.
Shopify pricing starts from around $29 per month if you want more than just a button on your website (Shopify Lite).
While using OsCommerce isn’t difficult, and can be grasped quickly, the interface isn’t the most modern one. Working with the platform daily brings back the memories of software interfaces from the ’90s, and I’m not joking here.
Don’t get it wrong; all options are there, and browsing through the admin panel is intuitive, but the looks of it all are lacking, especially compared to some of the more modern e-commerce solutions.
Example screen when adding a product:
When it comes to payments, by default, OsCommerce integrates with PayPal Standard, through a built-in module.
You can also get additional payment modules from the Community Add-Ons section on OsCommerce website.
OS commerce offers a fairly decent user experience, browsing and purchasing products is easy, so is rating and reviewing products. Overall OS Commerce is a good option if you need a simple store that’s easy to administer.
JO1N team has recently published a module that makes our solution compatible with OsCommerce payment gateways. Integrating our solution into your store processes will help:
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