OsCommmerce FAQ (23 Articles)

How to setup osCommerce to use SMTP

osCommerce could be setup to use the SMTP functionality inside its back-end, but there are some manual modifications needed in order to fully setup the SMTP functionality of this application. Follow these steps to complete the setup: Access the osCommerce administrative panel. The URL should be similar to http://yourdomain.com/admin. Go to Configuration > Email Options. […]

How To Secure OsCommerce

In order to secure OsCommerce please follow these steps: 1. Download all your OsCommerce files 2. Create a backup in case something goes wrong later 3. Scan all the files with an antivirus software and delete the suspicious ones 4. Check manually for suspicious code in your files. If you have doubts about parts of […]

OsCommerce Security Check

If you have any doubts that your OsCommerce security has been compromised please follow these steps: 1. Check if you have any .php files in the images directory. By default OsCommerce does not store any .php files there. 2. Check for suspicious admin users. This can be done by logging in your OsCommerce admin backend […]

OsCommerce Admin Login Problems

If you cannot log into your OsCommerce admin area try the following: 1. Open your OsCommerce database through PhpMyAdmin. If you are not sure which it is check the file includes/configure.php and look for a constant called 'DB_DATABASE'. 2. Run the following two queries: CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS administrators (   id int(11) NOT […]

How to optimize osCommerce for better performance?

osCommerce is one of the most popular free shopping cart applications currently available. Here are some tips on how to improve the performance of your osCommerce shopping cart: Check your website using this online tool. It will give you valuable information on what modifications can be made in order to improve its performance. Reduce the […]

How to configure osCommerce to work with a new domain?

In order to configure osCommerce to work properly with another domain, you should modify the two configure.php files in includes/ and admin/includes/ folders to reflect the new domain. The settings that should be changed in includes/configure.php are: HTTP_SERVER - you should change this to your new domain name, e.g. http://newdomain.com: define('HTTP_SERVER', 'http://newdomain.com'); HTTP_COOKIE_DOMAIN - again, […]

E-commerce application comparison: osCommerce vs CRE Loaded

In this article we will list the most important pros and cons of osCommerce and CRE Loaded Standard. Hopefully, this will help you in your choice of a free shopping cart application. CRE Loaded: pros: - very easy to use; - the standard installation includes a lot of extra modules; - well-organized admin area; - […]

E-commerce application comparison: osCommerce vs Zen Cart

osCommerce and Zen Cart are two of the most popular free shopping cart solutions. But which one is better? Which one of these two would be more suitable for your needs. In this article we have tried to make a comparison between osCommerce and Zen Cart. osCommerce: pros: - easy installation; - a lot of […]

How can I see the exact version of my osCommerce?

In order to check the version of your osCommerce, you should open the includes/application_top.php file located in your osCommerce installation folder. Look for these two lines: // define the project version   define('PROJECT_VERSION', 'osCommerce Online Merchant v2.2 RC2a'); The value after PROJECT_VERSION defines your current osCommerce version. You need help with a shopping cart? SiteGround […]

How to transfer my osCommerce from one host to another?

Transferring your osCommerce application includes copying your files and database and modifying the two configure.php files in includes/ and admin/includes/ folders to work with the new server settings. The most important settings which should be modified in includes/configure.php are: HTTP_SERVER - you should set this to your domain name, e.g. http://yourdomain.com: define('HTTP_SERVER', 'http://yourdomain.com'); DIR_FS_CATALOG - […]

How to add a banner in osCommerce?

You can easily add a custom banner to your osCommerce shop from the application's admin area > Tools > Banner Manager. More information on how to manage your osCommerce shop can be found in our osCommerce tutorial. You need help with a shopping cart? SiteGround is specialized in eCommerce hosting and provides expert support for […]

How to generate the necessary certificates for PayPal IPN?

The PayPal IPN contribution for osCommerce offers OpenSSL public/private key encryption to securely send the order information to PayPal during checkout. Here is information on how to generate the necessary certificates: 1. You should have OpenSSL installed on your computer. Linux distrubutions should have it installed by default, and a Windows version can be downloaded […]

How to configure osCommerce to work with SSL?

In order to configure osCommerce to work with SSL you should open the file public_html/catalog/includes/configure.php and make the following changes: define('HTTP_SERVER', 'http://www.yourdomain.com'); // eg, http://localhost - should not be empty for productive servers define('HTTPS_SERVER', 'https://yourdomain.com'); // eg, https://localhost - should not be empty for productive servers define('ENABLE_SSL', true); // secure webserver for checkout procedure define('HTTP_COOKIE_DOMAIN', […]

How to install eCommerce on my hosting account?

By default all Siteground accounts come with no pre-installed applications. An Ecommerce pack may include several features and most often begins with an OsCommerce, a CreLoaded or a Zencart installation. You can have easily installed one of the above by following our Shopping Carts tutorial. You need help with a shopping cart? SiteGround is specialized […]

osCommerce does not use the private SSL

After purchasing your private SSL you have to manually reconfigure your application to use it. For more information how to configure the SSL for osCommerce please check this link: https://www.siteground.com/kb/How_to_configure_osCommerce_to_work_with_SSL/ You need help with a shopping cart? SiteGround is specialized in eCommerce hosting and provides expert support for a large number of shopping carts. Check […]

ZenCart / osCommerce / CRELoaded shows security warnings

After a ZenCart / osCommerce / CRELoaded installation you may receive the following warning: "Warning: I am able to write to the configuration file: /home/user/public_html/includes/configure.php. This is a potential security risk..." In order to fix this issue you can follow these steps: Log in your cPanel and go to the File manager; First navigate to […]

How to install a different template to an existing OsCommerce?

osCommerce does not support a template installer option, as Joomla CMS or phpBB forum do, for instance. Installing a new template for osCommerce is actually a new installation of the osCommerce files. The installation of the template will not affect your database which means you will not lose your data and products. You need help […]

The requested URL /account.php was not found on this server.

This issue is most commonly caused by incorrectly configured SSL settings for your OS Commerce. If you don not have private SSL and your OS Commerce is enabled you will receive this error. Enabling/disabling SSL in osCommerce is quite straightforward. You have to edit /includes/configure.php to disable SSL and the code takes care of the […]

osCommerce error ‘Cannot reassign this’

The error appears because your OS Commerce is based on PHP4 rather than PHP5. To resolve the error message, you should follow the instructions below: 1. Go to your cPanel. Refer to SiteGround cPanel access guide. 2. Click on the File Manager icon. 3. Click on the folder icon next to public_html folder name. 4. Click on the folder […]