It is no secret that stores have transformed in our time, not only in terms of the expanding variety of products and services they sell, but also in terms of the expanding variety of selling arenas they have available to them. eCommerce, for example, is an arena that has become quite a profitable phenomenon since it first emerged in the early 1980s. Fortunately for us, eCommerce applications came to our rescue shortly after eCommerce debuted. These apps enabled those of us who aren’t exactly experts in coding and software development to create and manage eCommerce websites. At this point in 2019, we have a huge selection of these eCommerce applications at our fingertips.
Does anyone else thank their lucky stars that the tech world has advanced so much that we can now easily build and design an online store without having to know anything about coding at all? What’s that? That is an oddly specific thing for which to thank your lucky stars? Yes, you are absolutely right. Either way, eCommerce applications are, as the kids these days say, “a real treat!”
It is now time to segway to the point of this blog post: osCommerce so happens to be one of these eCommerce applications, and it is sort of amazing…and by “sort of,” I mean “immensely.”
Quick confession before we discuss osCommerce, osCommerce features, and how to deploy a brand new cloud server with this application in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal: I definitely thought the “os” in “osCommerce” stood for “operating system” for longer than I care to admit. I was not correct in any way because it actually stands for “open source.” Oh yeah, that makes a lot more sense now that I think about it.
It is now time to quickly move on to the main event so we can all forget this confession ever happened!
The Main Event: Have we mentioned osCommerce is one of Hostwinds’ 1-click install templates that you can use to deploy a cloud server within the Cloud Portal? What’s that? Most definitely? Okay, great. In that case, let’s review what makes osCommerce unique.
What is osCommerce?
Good question, heading above! osCommerce is a true OG in the world of eCommerce, and it began its journey in 2000. It is a very solid, dependable application. I know that sounds trite, but it is really important because oftentimes a company’s profits are contingent on its website being functional, navigable, and professional. osCommerce’s easy-to-use interface and quality themes make all of those contingencies possible.
osCommerce is, as those kids say, “a winner” because it gives users the ability to design the way their product catalog appears to shoppers. In other words, you decide what kind of experience your customers have when you use osCommerce. The application also has a lot of tools and features worth mentioning, and we will be mentioning them now.
To start, when you use osCommerce, you are limitless as far as how many items you sell. The app also offers a variety of currencies from different countries. Furthermore, osCommerce allows for tons of add-ons…thousands of add-ons to be more exact. These include things like cool social media and shipping add-ons. Speaking of tons of options, you have tons of language options when you use osCommerce.
Once again, another trite statement: osCommerce is really user-friendly. It certainly seems trite, but it is a valid point to bring up, as the application’s design makes sorting through your products and orders a very easy process. You can also check out your client orders quickly with osCommerce because the app contains an extensive order tracking system.
Additionally, payment choices for clients vary, and you can specify what you want in that regard. osCommerce also comes with an address book and a stack of other features that we will outline for you now.
More osCommerce Features
There is no way we could exclude osCommerce’s huge and helpful community as we comment on “More osCommerce features.” What’s a more beneficial tool as you create your eCommerce site than being able to receive 24/7 support from the flourishing osCommerce community?
As a result of the innumerable individuals active in this group, it is safe to say you are pretty likely to find the answer to any question you may have.
I know what you’re thinking.
“How could there be more?”
Oh, there’s more!
For instance, the osCommerce team is constantly evolving the application. They will continue to generate more add-ons, so stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled. What’s that? No one has used that bizarre expression since the ice age? That makes sense, particularly in light of the fact that likely no one knows what the heck “peeling your eyes” means.
Another great thing about osCommerce: It is just as helpful with the back-end website procedures as it is with procedures concerning the front-end of a site. To that end, osCommerce uses MySQL for the database and storage elements of websites.
Last but not least, osCommerce has an excellent admin area that allows you to manage all those aspects that make up your eCommerce business, including inventory and client orders. Speaking of total control over your business, with this app, you call the shots when it comes to your shoppers’ shipping options. With that folks, it is almost time to sign off.
More Thoughts Before Signing Off
Yes, this is the concluding paragraph of the blog post, however, a step-by-step tutorial somehow seems necessary. Did we already ask you if we mentioned that you can create a cloud server in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal using the osCommerce template we offer? What’s that? Undoubtedly? Okay great.
In that case, let’s talk about it some more! osCommerce is one of the many applications you can install onto your tailor-made cloud server in the Cloud Portal. On a side note, isn’t the Cloud Portal just a dream? It is like the portal to the clouds of heaven. What’s that? Getting too far off topic? You couldn’t be more right.
In that case, here is how one would add osCommerce to their cloud server in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal:
1. Log in to your Client Area: https://clients.hostwinds.com/clientarea.php
2. Click the “Cloud Control” drop-down menu >> Select “Cloud Portal”
3. Once in the Cloud Portal, click the green “Create” button on the top right corner of the page >> Click the top option, “Servers”
4. After you have made all the selections necessary to customize your cloud server as you see fit, click the “Applications” tab to the right of the “Operating System” >> Select the “osCommerce” option
5. Make the appropriate selections based on what plan, resource limit, data center location, billing cycle, etc. you need, then click the green “Create Server” button on the bottom of the page
You are all done!
And what a coincidence because…this blog post happens to be all done too! Have a fantastic day.