osCommerce stands for open source commerce. It is an e-commerce and online store-management software program.It allows for free and easy creation of workable and user friendly eCommerce sites. We can use it in any web server that has PHP and MySQL installed. It is available as free software under the GNU General Public License.
The software is written in what is called object oriented code.There are currently two releases of osCommerce. Versions 2.3 (stable) and 3.0 (in development) are developed as two independent programs, and as such do not share code.This software suite includes templates.These are pre-created e-commerce designs that allow for quick and easy creation of a functional site.
The advantages of osCommerce
osCommerce is one of the most dynamic open source e-commerce solutions available.
osCommerce makes a site which provides easy ordering, a variety of easy, convenient payment options and ease of shipping.
osCommerce has a huge list of features and is probably the most versatile shopping cart solution.
osCommerce offers vast range of customization choices for the on-line storefront owners depending on their need at a very affordable price.
osCommerce is a complete online store solution that contains both a catalog front-end and an administration tool backend, which can be easily configured over web.
The disadvantages of osCommerce
The major disadvantages of osCommerce is that, there is no inbuilt ways to password protect the administration area of OsCommerce .
It is not template driven.So, changing the look of the website is not so easy or flexible as compared to a template driven solution.
The major disadvantage of osCommerce is that if any kind of customization is required, it can take time to change the code without the help of the developer.
If any kind of customization is required ,it can take time to change the code without the help of the developer.
It has a very limited attributes system.