|Developer(s)||Harald Ponce de Leon|
2.3.4 / 5 June 2014
|License||GNU General Public License|
OsCommerce (styled "osCommerce" - "open source Commerce") is an e-commerce and online store-management software program. It can be used on any web server that has PHP and MySQL installed. It is available as free software under the GNU General Public License.
OsCommerce was started in March 2000 in Germany by project founder and leader Harald Ponce de Leon as The Exchange Project. In its infancy, OsCommerce was referred to by Ponce de Leon as "a side thing" and "an example research study". By late 2001, a team formed for its development and in the words of HPDL, this was the point the team started taking the project seriously.[unreliable source?]
As of August 2008, OsCommerce reported over 14,000 'live' websites using the program.[needs update] This number is almost certainly conservative, given the inclusion of OsCommerce in hosting panel application installers such as Fantastico and Softaculous.
In November 2010 the development of OsCommerce v2.2 was met with another stable release. Version 2.3, as it was branded, takes advantage of the benefits of tableless web design, and includes a number of social networking tools.
The current iteration is version 3.x (in development) and is a major re-write of the program to incorporate an object-oriented backend, a template system to allow easy layout changes, and inclusion of an administration-area username and password definition during installation. The latest development version is 3.0.2, and was released on 6 August 2011.
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. Contributions, the official name for the open-source community developed plugins, are developed for either 2.x or 3.0, and are incompatible with one another.
|Release date||Release name|
|12 March 2000||The Exchange Project Preview Release 1.0|
|14 May 2000||The Exchange Project Preview Release 1.1|
|2 December 2000||The Exchange Project Preview Release 2.0|
|13 December 2000||The Exchange Project Preview Release 2.0a|
|6 March 2001||The Exchange Project Preview Release 2.1|
|17 February 2003||OsCommerce 2.2 Milestone 1|
|7 December 2003||OsCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2|
|12 November 2005||OsCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 Update 051112|
|13 November 2005||OsCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 Update 051113|
|17 August 2006||OsCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 Update 060817|
|3 July 2007||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.2 RC1|
|16 January 2008||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.2 RC2|
|30 January 2008||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.2 RC2a|
|12 November 2010||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.3|
|14 November 2010||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.3.1|
|31 March 2011||OsCommerce Online Merchant 3.0 (development)|
|6 August 2011||OsCommerce Online Merchant 3.0.2 (development)|
|18 July 2012||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.3.2|
|15 August 2012||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.3.3|
|26 September 2013||OsCommerce Online Merchant 18.104.22.168|
|5 June 2014||OsCommerce Online Merchant 2.3.4|
Distributed under the GNU General Public License, OsCommerce is one of the earliest PHP based Open Source shopping cart software distributions. As such, it has spawned a number of forks, such as Zen Cart (2003).
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