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OsCommerce Quick Guide

osCommerce Guide. Preparations

The first and the most important things you need to start your website is web hosting and domain name.

  • Hosting is an offer that allows you to run your website on the internet. In a few words it’s a place for your website files on a computer permanently connected to the internet (server).
  • Domain name is a name for your future website like info.template-help.com, google.com etc.

There is a huge amount of domain and hosting offers over the internet from different hosting companies. Unfortunately the web hosting market has various fraud offers that can harm your business. We recommend you to be careful in choosing a hosting provider and gather as much information as possible before ordering.

Before you can start setting up your osCommerce website please make sure that you and your hosting server is fully prepared for osCommerce.

1. Hosting requirements

Open the osCommerce official website at osCommercecommerce.com and check the osCommerce requirements. These are the list of features and requirements that your hosting server should fit. We recommend you to contact your hosting provider to learn if you can host osCommerce on their hosting server.

Some hosting companies offer automatic osCommerce engine installation from the hosting control panel. You can use this option in case the offered osCommerce version fits the osCommerce template requirements

2. Software requirements

If your template would be customized by the third party developer or you are willing to order the template installation from templatetuning.com you can skip this step.

Otherwise, if you are willing to customize the template yourself please make sure you have all required programs installed on your computer. You can check the template preview page to see the template software requirements. Usually you need the following programs to edit the template:

The first application you need is a archive manager, the software that can extract the files from the password protected template package.

  • If you are on MAC you can use StuffitExpander software.
  • If you are on Windows you can use WinZip software.

Both archive managers have free trial versions available for download so you can use them.

  • Adobe Photoshop – to edit images
  • Adobe Dreamweaver – to edit CSS styles, HTML and PHP files, JavaScript files etc
  • Adobe Flash – in case your template has flash animation and you want to edit it

Note that the above Adobe applications are required for the template customization, in other words you need them if you want to change the template design, layout and functionality. If you are fine with the template and want only to install it and change content you don’t need any specific software.

You may also need the FTP manager to upload the files to your hosting server (in case your hosting control panel doesn’t have any). You can use any FTP manager like FileZilla, CuteFTP, TotalCommander etc

osCommerce Guide. Downloading

When you are done with the preparations you can start downloading the osCommerce files to your computer.

osCommerce templates are provided with the included osCommerce engine files. In other words there is no need to download the osCommerce engine from the offical weebsite. The necessary version of the engine is included into the template package.

After the template purchase you got an e-mail with the link to the purchase details page. There you can see your order details and download the template using the Download button. The template is provided as a ZIP file. Download it to your computer and save it.

osCommerce Guide. Extracting

When you are done with the downloading you need to extract the files template package.

The template package contains the password protected sources_XXXX.zip file. It countains the template source files and could be extracted only WinZip or StuffitExpander.

The following tutorials will show you how to extract files on Windows(WinZip) and MAC(StuffitExpander).

osCommerce Guide. Uploading

After extracting the files you need to upload the osCommerce files and folders to your hosting server. The extracted osCommerce template files looks as follows:

  • osc
  • catalog
  • extras
  • admin
  • css
  • download
  • ext
  • images
  • includes
  • install
  • pub
  • tmp
  • index.php
  • account.php
  • download.php
  • other files and directories…
  • screenshots
  • sources
  • fonts_info
  • info

All these files and folders from the catalog folder should be uploaded to your hosting server. The catalog folder contains the osCommerce engine and template files.

If your hosting control panel has the built-in FTP manager that is able to extract files directly on the server you can upload the engine package as a single ZIP file and then extract it to the necessary folder.

The files should be uploaded to the PUBLIC_HTML or WWW directory on your server.

If you don’t see PUBLIC_HTML or WWW directories on your hosting server please contact your hosting and specify where to upload the website files

osCommerce Guide. Installation

As I mentioned above the osCommerce template package is provided with the osCommerce engine files included. So when you are done with the uploading files you can start the installation procedure. In your browser type your domain name or domain name/root to your osCommerce installation. At that moment the installation will begin.

The osCommerce template are provided with included sample data. There are no separate SQL files so there is no need to import anything into your database. The sample data will be installed automatically.

If you are installing osCommerce template over existing store please check the following tutorial: osCommerce 2.2 Setting up your existing shop without re-installing