OsCommerce Frequently asked questions:
What are the advantages of using and open source
Price, number of add-ons available, number of payment
gateways available, low cost hosting, and large developer
and merchant community. A better questions would be "what
are the disadvantages of closed source shopping cart."
Oscommerce has attracted a community of over 100,000
registered users who are developers and store owners who
contribute to it's success. Over 3000 extra features that
have been developed and made available by the Oscommerce
community. This is unique to this shopping cart. An amazing
feat. If it doesn't cater to ones need out of the box then
there is likely an add-on available. Free of course.
Why don't some users use Oscommerce?
As of milestone two the graphic design is quite difficult
to change. Developers can easily change it but merchants
with no coding skills would find it too difficult and need
to hire a developer. The design layer and application layer
are not separate. On the next version milestone three the
framework will allow the design and application layer will
be separate so design changes will be much easier. No
editing of source code would be necessary. This is just one
of the new advantages of the next Oscommerce release due out
When is milestone 3 to be released.
The beta is available now; and the final version should
be available sometime in 2006.
Does the Oscommerce allow for integration of financial
and shipping software to help automate customer relations,
There are add-ons available for this.
Does Oscommerce offer the same amount of payment
gateways as other carts?
Oscommerce offers many more gateways than other carts
because so many were developed by other developers around
How do the Oscommerce developers make a living it the
cart is free?
The main developer is supported by donations and others
make a living by operating their own website design services
that are separate from the Oscommerce project.
Who are the lead developers of Oscommerce?
Harald Ponce de Leon and Christian Lescuyer.
Does 1st Choice offer Oscommerce web hosting?
Yes, our web hosting solutions are affordable, secure,
I'm not a developer and need help setting up
Oscommerce; can 1st Choice help me?
Of course; please visit our
free estimate page to get started.
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