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osCommerce is an Open-Source-based online e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to set up, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.

The osCommerce application in WebsiteOS will allow you to easily install and uninstall osCommerce on your domain. The application also provides an easy way to access your storefront and osCommerce's administration interface, which is used to configure or edit your store's selection of products.

Installing osCommerce

To install osCommerce:

  1. Open the osCommerce installation application in WebsiteOS, under "e-commerce".
  2. Click "Begin".
  3. In the window that opens, click on "install osCommerce".
  4. Select a directory to install your store under.
    • You will not be allowed to install your store in a directory which already contains data.
    • You can create a new directory or subdirectory to use by selecting an existing directory from the list, typing a directory name in the text area provided, and clicking "create directory".
  5. osCommerce needs to create a database in order to run. Enter a database password for the database that will be created.
  6. Enter a username and password for your administration directory. You will need to know this username and password in order to configure your osCommerce store.
  7. Click "Next".
  8. Select a template for your storefront. Clicking on a thumbnail from the list on the left will display a larger preview image to the right.
  9. When you have decided on a template, click "next".
  10. Your store has successfully been installed. You should note the information provided in the summary screen which is displayed.
  11. Click "next" to go to osCommerce's administration interface to configure your store. You will be required to enter the administration login and password that you created in step 6 above.

Store Administration/Configuration

Once you have installed osCommerce, you can access the store's administration page by clicking "next" at the last step of the installation process, or by clicking the "Configure osCommerce" button on the main screen.

For detailed information on configuring your store, please read the documentation provided by osCommerce.

Note: as the osCommerce application in WebsiteOS handles the installation and uninstallation processes, you may safely skip these sections in the manual.

Uninstalling osCommerce

To uninstall osCommerce:

  1. Open the osCommerce installation application in WebsiteOS, under "e-commerce".
  2. Click "Begin".
  3. In the window that opens, click "uninstall osCommerce". WARNING: all of your store data will be permanently lost, even if you reinstall your osCommerce store at a later date.
  4. Enter your database password.
  5. Click "next".
  6. osCommerce has now been uninstalled.
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