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osCommerce Hosting – How to Quickly and Easily Set Up Your Online Shop

osCommerce: The Open-Source Shop System for Beginners and Experts

osCommerce is a comprehensive, freely scalable open source application for online shops. Based on PHP and MySCL, and providing an "out-of-the-box" solution for eCommerce providers, the open source software is constantly developed and improved by proactive programmers. Once installed, you can easily set up, design and customize your online shop in your browser. If you use the IONOS osCommerce hosting, you can quickly and easily set up and operate your online shop via click & build – including product and category pages, individual shop functions, pictures, videos and more. Using the benefits of this shop system is extremely convenient with the IONOS osCommerce hosting package.

Easy Installation and Application of osCommerce

With IONOS hosting osCommerce can be downloaded and used in just a few simple steps. Through the IONOS Control Center the application is quickly set up – simply select osCommerce in the app center, install and create your shop in a few clicks. Using your browser, start to design your shop. Whether beginner or expert, osCommerce makes setting up a complete online shop fun and easy for everyone. You want to sell internationally? No problem, osCommerce is available in many languages and enables you to set up multiple online shops, depending on your needs.

Diverse Features of osCommerce

osCommerce offers diverse features, that make designing your online shop easy. Choose from numerous osCommerce templates to give your shop the desired look. Countless example shops demonstrate the various design possibilities with osCommerce. You can use the osCommerce designs for an unlimited number of product and category pages and integrate helpful features, like shipping costs, payment methods, product reviews or newsletter marketing. This way, osCommerce allows you to set up a comprehensive online shop that offers your customers an ideal shopping experience. As a flexible and simple shop system, osCommerce is optimally tailored to online shop owners.

Our IONOS osCommerce Hosting Offers

With IONOS you can choose from a variety of hosting packages for your online shop. Each of our packages includes a managed server, which easily integrates osCommerce into your eCommerce project. Depending on the size and needs of your online shop, you can choose up to 4 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD storage. Our osCommerce hosting provides the ideal conditions even for larger online shops, with regular updates and geo-redundant data security. Make the most out of osCommerce with IONOS – easy installation, dedicated hardware and strong security for one or more online shops. With IONOS osCommerce hosting you can jump straight in!

How does osCommerce work as an online shop system?

The open source solution osCommerce is a comprehensive and reliable application for the development of online shops. Web providers receive a proven, extensive and open source "out-of-the-box" solution with a GNU General Public License that is continually extended, updated and optimized by an engaged community of users and programmers.
The free software can be downloaded easily with IONOS osCommerce hosting and is installed with just one mouse click, so you can get straight to setting up your online shop. The intuitive user interface of osCommerce lets you customize and tailor your online shop specifically to your needs using your browser. Users of osCommerce also have access to more than 7000 free extensions for the functional design and optimization of their online shops. The open source software lets web shop operators upload an unlimited number of product and category pages with information and other media (pictures, videos etc.) and flexibly edit them – for physical or downloadable products.
The extensive features of osCommerce further allow for the implementation of functions like the basket, search field, product reviews, e-mail notifications or bestseller lists. Additionally, osCommerce not only offers multiple language options, but also offers other important features, like product statistics, order summaries, numerous payments, currency and delivery options, data security and newsletter options, that improve the shop and guarantee an optimal shopping experience for the customer.

osCommerce vs. Magento – What are the biggest differences?

Nowadays there are many different system solutions. Aside from the osCommerce solution, Magento is a widely distributed online shop system. Both osCommerce and Magento are "out-of-the-box" solutions; they offer the most important functions for setting up a comprehensive online shop immediately and provide the optimal foundation for successful ecommerce. A direct comparison of the two nevertheless reveals some significant differences.
Compared to osCommerce, the installation of Magento is more complex and requires powerful server resources to run optimally. As an extremely powerful online shop system, Magento is particularly well suited to larger companies with an extensive range of offers and multiple web shop domains. osCommerce is easier when it comes to installation and operation by comparison, making it the better solution for smaller businesses or beginners. Magento also offers specific marketing tools for search engine optimization (SEO) of your online shop or tailoring the meta title and description to the Google search result pages. osCommerce does however allow you to view product and customer data statistics.
Operators that value web design will appreciate the many creative options that Magento provides for creating an individual aesthetic for their online shop. On the other hand, those that want simple handling with solid functions should opt for osCommerce. Magento supports smartphones and tablets using mobile compatible HTML5, while osCommerce requires the user to download a special responsive template. Therefore, making the choice between osCommerce and Magento ultimately comes down to your specific wants and needs when it comes to functionality and the scope of your shop.


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500 email accounts
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All the benefits at a glance

Easy online shop solution: With osCommerce you profit from an established shop system that is used world-wide and offers you all the important functions for your personal web shop – quick, easy and in multiple languages.
Numerous functions: Choose the aesthetics and functions of the shop yourself. With more than 7000 extensions, designing your shop according to your individual desires is quick and easy. Plus, you can always rely on the community forums to help you with any questions about the application.
Maximum IONOS comfort: With osCommerce hosting from IONOS you can jump straight into designing your shop. We manage your server with a secure connection, updates and maintenance. We are happy to answer any questions or assist you with any problems.

osCommerce FeaturesAvailable
Open Source & free
Easy installation "out-of-the-box" (Click & Build with 1&1)
Free extensions (7000 +)
Add-ons for the US market
Flexible payment methods
Different currencies (including currency conversion updates)
Umlimited product and category pages
Product reviews from customers
Password protected admin area
Customer contact via email and newsletter
Simple backup and restore function (managed server from 1&1 with geo-redundance)
Printable invoice and order lists
Product and customer statistics
Customer account with address book
Flexible shipping costs configuration
Bestseller list for top products
Languages / Countries
Europe, USA, International
User interface
HTML / browser based
Server requirementsPHP, MySQL
Integration of other online servicesPayPal, Amazon, eBay, WordPress, MailChimp, API2Cart
Operating systems
Windows, macOS, Linux
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FAQs - Frequently asked questions
Unlike other shop systems like Magento, osCommerce systems don't offer automatic optimization for mobile devices. However, it does provide you with the option to download a responsive design template and integrate it in your shop. The huge osCommerce community also offers a host of useful and party free extensions for users to download. This ensures that your web shop can also be used for mobile ecommerce from smartphones and tablets, without having to manipulate the software or requiring you to have programming skills.
Yes. Among the many available osCommerce add-ons, some are tailor made for the UK market – to make running your shop in compliance with all the rules and regulations a breeze. Many osCommerce add-ons are available to download for free, thanks to the osCommerce community. The add-ons are easy to install, integrate, and contain all the important functions to ensure that your online shop complies with all UK commerce laws. These include, useful information on shipping costs and VAT, prices are displayed before and after tax, information pages on creating an imprint, confirmation of terms and conditions and information on returns.
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