Ecommerce Spot

Shopping Cart Details

osCommerce Templates

osCommerce Review

Review this cart!

Basic Information

Company name
Help
Harald Ponce de Leon
Product name
Help
osCommerce
Version
Help
2.2 Milestone 2
Sample customer sites
Help
http://www.lightingpro.com.au/

Price
Help
Free
Average review score
Help
3.5 star ratingAverage: 3.5
(21)
User reviews
Help
Reviewed by: Jenny
"I know VERY little about coding or shopping carts. I've installed several of them and had lots of trouble. But, I just had to write a review and say that OSCommerce is awesome! There hasn't been a single thing that I couldn't get the answer to from their forum. Everyone there is SUPER HELPFUL! My site is almost done. Just needs some fine-tuning that should be done in the next few days. YAY! "

Review date: September, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Renata
"In my opinion a lot of free software is let down by poor documentation. This software is no exception. It does everything that it claims to, and it's easy to do what you want ONCE YOU KNOW HOW. But FINDING OUT how can be very a frustrating experience. The forums are a bit hit and miss with getting info. Some people get great help, some are ignored. Searching the site is also hit and miss, because you'll find large numbers of matching but irrelevant entries. If you're serious about customising the site, I'd recommend getting hold of some books (try Amazon). If you want to use it out of the box without many changes, it's fine. If you want to modify it, be prepared for some frustration. If you're in a hurry, perhaps take a deep breath and review what else is available - even if it's not free. Time is money, and it might end up cheaper in the long run to have something which you can change quickly and easily."

Review date: April, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Mike
"Just don't... Main complaints I have relate to web design. Not intuitive at all. Takes hours to change one simple thing that should normally take seconds. The cart itself serves its purpose, but I wouldn't use it based on web design."

Review date: July, 2014   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Steve
"Oscommerce was once the leader in shopping cart software. Today it has to be languishing somewhere near the bottom of a very long list of its competitors. The software is free, but you do not get a lot of standard features. These you have to add from the list of hundreds, many of whech I found do not work. There is a free help forum that although helpfull is mainly staffed by business people that want to make money from you to add these addons. Its a shame really as it was once a great bit of software. My advice would be to choose any other product."

Review date: January, 2013   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Anne
"We have had our site hacked numerous times. We have to check it weekly to make sure it is running correctly. A local software development guy told us OSCommerce is known for being hacked."

Review date: May, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Kim
"This is the best shopping cart in the world. It has thousands of modules, ad ons, and is very flexible in allowing custom features. It can integrate with acounting software, CRM systems, and allows us to create very professional designs with it. The other bad reviews of this cart exist because many web designers don't know how to setup and customize it. At Designz23.com, we have used this cart time and time and again and build the best ecommerce sites on earth with it. "

Review date: March, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Kunal
"No extra features, Not a user friendly.. Its as good as making project from scratch.. time consuming"

Review date: November, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: pat
"osCommerce died and my website was destroyed when hackers got into it and destroyed thousands of wesites. NEVER a word from osCommerce! I had to have the entire site rebuilt. I would like to know what happened in February of 2011 tto have this happen. I lost everything.. all emails, accounts, etc."

Review date: July, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Tania
"I originally started out with this cart almost six years ago now. I helped run four of them for different companies (each with it's own different version between 2.0 and 3.01).. and every single one of them had problems from the get go; NEVER being informed when customers placed orders, different versions were never compatible with previous databases - forcing us to start from scratch, shipping modules were never EVER installed properly, among many MANY other issues where things wouldn't work the way they were supposed to. Three times over six years I was forced to start from scratch because of hacker attacks that OScommerce fails to patch out of the box and expect the average person to know how to do it on their own (why can't they do it to begin with?). Most recent attacks sent hundreds of spam emails from our email address, exploiting a gaping hole in the FCKEditor, which also left me dealing with irate people who had reported me to SpamCop websites across the internet. Once I deleted the shopping carts they moved on to another OsCommerce site with the same strategy. "Tech Support" is rude and unhelpful, generally blaming it on user computers having viruses and malware that gain passwords and info, speaking so technical about the issue it was just easier to delete everything and start over, or simply ignoring you once the problem became too much of a problem for them. In short I'd avoid this cart like the plague it is. "

Review date: June, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Jeanne
"My problem is with OSCommerce...hackers are invading! If you have an OSC store, be sure to check your site to make sure it's secure. Our site has been hacked and unfortunately, it's a daily clean up just for it to come back. People are uploading advertisements/malware into the code via OSC and making life completely miserable. Beware!"

Review date: March, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: obdit
"i have tried a few shopping carts which are reviewed on this site. oscommerce though has a lot of features and is good. the default template CSS is not compatible with IE6/7 (didnt test with other IE browsers). the code layout is a bit hectic making some alterations difficult. the support is good and has a large userbase. getting the right extension for what you want should be easy, but may need some php knowledge to get older extension versions working with the latest OScommerce. the admin is a bit cumbersome but generally find what you want. overall, a good shopping cart but not the easyest to get to grips with."

Review date: March, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: CMDV
"It may seem difficult to create a spectacular and business-fit online store. But with oscommerce, you only need to explore the package, add some creativity and wollaa! Your store is finished magnificently!"

Review date: August, 2009   Version reviewed: 2.2 Milestone 2

Reviewed by: Garry
"Oscommerce is a superb collaborative piece of work. It is usable ‘out of the box’, but, if you're prepared to put in a few hours, read the tips section of the forum and install a few contributions it can quite easily be customised to produce a great, custom styled shopping experience. I started out with no Knowledge of PHP, MySQL whatsoever, and even now my skills are very limited – but I was able to quickly locate the information I needed to create the store that I wanted."

Review date: February, 2007

Reviewed by: Devless
"OSC is an extremely customisable solution the gives a webdeveloper every bit of flexibilty to change how the cart/site looks, feels and functions. OSC is not for the beginner, and requires a savvy operator to customise appropriately. Version3 of Oscommerce (to be released in 2007) is a complete re-write of the solution, with even more integrated features, templating and customisation built into the base product. OSCs greatest asset is its huge forum and contributions submitted by OSC members all over the world."

Review date: January, 2007

Reviewed by: Jessica
"I know people love this shopping cart, but I absolutely cannot stand it. I've worked with it a number of times on client sites and it leaves me shaking my fist in the air every single time. The admin is confusing, it is difficult to locate options and features to turn them on or off. You need to know a goodly amount of php to truly modify the cart so it no longer looks like oscommerce. It is impossible to make this cart meet web standards or validate with clean code. I know there are "pumped up" paid versions, and I assume when one really "knows" the cart, it's easier to use, but I greatly dislike it. I'd recommend ZenCart over oscommerce any day."

Review date: January, 2007

Reviewed by: Ramon
"Don't waste your time unless you intend to use it as is out of the box and I wouldn't recommend that personally as the default design is so old and tired. There are lots of user contributions, but you have to be very careful not to step on one another when you apply them. I made some major adjustments to the look and feel and flow, but not without a huge cost and basically just throwing away any possibility of upgrading. I haven't looked at Zen, but if I was going with a freeware again that would seem to be one possibility. I just don't understand why so many webhosts are still carrying this one (including my current!) Good luck."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: DJDevon3
"The cart requires register globals on. No template system is provided. "Contributions" from other users number in the hundreds to thousands and all are hard to implement. It requires you to hack up your osc files in order to do the most basic of things. The cart is plagued with exploits and hacks. The developers don't do much to improve it such as incorporating a template system and many other things that should come standard. The file structure, administration, installation. I tried it for about a week before moving to Zen Cart which is a fork of OSC but with all the goodies by default. I wouldn't let my mother use OSC it's pretty bad. Help on their forums is horrible too. There are so many people asking for help and their site only displays about 20 posts at a time. So in about an hour your post is moved onto the 2nd or 3rd page without a response. Zen-Cart is the ugpraded bigger, better, faster version of OSC. OSC was really popular for a while because it was the best there was but it was still horrible. The development community was drown out by those in charge never upgrading it the way it should have been. If they fix the file structure and add a template system it wouldn't be that bad. But Zen has already done that and probably better than the OSC developers could do so I'll stick with them unless something better comes along."

Review date: September, 2006

Reviewed by: John
"If your PHP, HTML and MySQL savy, this free cart may be for you. This cart has many nice feature but lacks many user interfaces to do typical admin and color/layout customizations."

Review date: February, 2006

Reviewed by: Hamed
"i want to make it very simple, you can not find anything like this, Simple Powerful, Very easy to customize and most important massive community where you can find what ever you are looking for and as someone who develop some add-ons i personally recommend it Keep up the good work Harold"

Review date: October, 2005

Reviewed by: Mike
"I went through (paid for) two other major shopping cart softwares before I tried osCommerce. After a year and a half of working with it (one year with it "live") I am very pleased with it. Besides being open source, it is the most customizable solution I have found. Between the thousands of user submitted modifications (known as "contributions" on the site) and the open code that you can tweak, you can adjust it to do just about anything. But even more beneficial, in my opinion, is the well established and helpful user forum at the osCommerce website. With all the positive I can say about it, I must also say that it isn't for everyone. "Out of the box" it is fully functional and generally as good as most carts you pay for. But there are some tasks that should be done after installation that require some knowledge of how to manage your web site. Also to do the modifications I mentioned, one must "get under the hood". In summary, I like and wouldn't use anything else now."

Review date: June, 2005

Reviewed by: Frank
"We have been using this cart for 3 years now after migrating from the ezicommerce cart. Although some programming and html experience is needed to get this cart working optimally, it is still a great solution 'out of the box'. A robust and helpful community is a great asset for this cart. There are many add-ons developed by users and the development team is continually improving the security and backend. We can thoroughly recommend this cart for advanced users or those keen to learn some simple PHP. "

Review date: May, 2005

Add Your Own Review
Ecommerce Spot Comments This is certainly one of the best shopping carts available in the market today. First of all it's absolutely free. The second thing is that, it has tons of features. Since it is an open source cart, at any point of time, if you see any feature, which you may need, you can simply put a request for that in the forum. Really an outstanding cart!
Read an interview with the man behind osCommerce.

Technology

Supported operating systems
Help
Windows, Linux, Unix, OSX
Language
Help
PHP
Database
Help
MySQL
Source code
Help
Yes
Reseller discounts
Help
Yes

Features

Product limit
Help
No
Category limit
Help
No
Multi-language
Help
Yes
Gift certificates
Help
Yes
Loyalty program
Help
Yes
Email merchant on order
Help
Yes
Affiliates program
Help
Yes
Site search
Help
Yes
Search optimization tools
Help
Yes
Product reviews
Help
Yes
Newsletters
Help
Yes
Discount coupons
Help
Yes
Customer registrations
Help
Yes
Wish list
Help
Yes

Shipping

Shipping price range
Help
Yes
Shipping weight range
Help
Yes
UPS lookup
Help
Yes
USPS lookup
Help
Yes
Fedex lookup
Help
Yes
Canada Post lookup
Help
Yes

Tax & Payment

Tax by state
Help
Yes
Tax by country
Help
Yes
PayPal
Help
Yes
Authorize.Net
Help
Yes
Verisign
Help
Yes
Worldpay
Help
Yes
Secure Trading
Help
Yes
Others
Help
Yes
Non credit card options
Help
Yes

Support

Customer forums
Help
Yes
Free support
Help
Yes
Paid support
Help
No

Reports

Sales reports
Help
Yes
Search reports
Help
Yes
Low stock reports
Help
Yes
Inventory reports
Help
Yes

 

Is there an error on this page or an update needed?

Last updated: 22 Oct 2014

Copyright ©2017 PoppyWeb Pty Ltd. Registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About us | Privacy Policy | Site Map