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    Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

    osCommerce v4 comes fully prepared with modern on-site SEO features. 1. Page properties Every entity like product, category, landing page, website pages have editable page URL, title, description, H tags, image alts, and so on. It is possible to set templates for each type of page in the SEO settings in the back end. And it is also possible to override those settings to make granular changes to, for example, product catalog. 2. Rich text snippets describe pages in a better way for Google and other search engines 3. Pre-integration with Google tools (Analytics, Tag manager, various Trackers), where only the account code needs to be specified in the back end to complete the integration 4. osCommerce v4 allows for redirects (301) to be set for particular entities (like products, etc) or through the whole website (SEO redirects functionality) 5. XML site maps are generated automatically by the website 6. Page load speed has been optimised to pass Google Page Speed test successfully SEO functionality comes "out of the box" and will be included into osCommerce v4 FREE and open source version. Watch this space, more updates to follow!
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    New management and osCommerce v4

    Jack, thanks for this post! The solution is being developed and we will be updating the public about our progress shortly.
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    New management and osCommerce v4

    osCommerce is under new management. We thank Harald Ponce de Leon and the historical development team, wholeheartedly, for creating osCommerce and will now work hard to develop it into a modern successful Ecommerce platform. osCommerce v4 is to be released in 2021! osCommerce will continue being open source and FREE to use. There will be an opportunity for developers and designers to offer their commercial products (apps) and services in osCommerce Shop. osCommerce v4 is about: business growth for shop owners new revenue streams for designers and developers modern, powerful, and secure Ecommerce platform for small, medium, and large B2C and B2B businesses API-based integration with 3rd parties osCommerce that is easy to support, maintain, and upgrade mobile and SEO friendly platform smooth migration from osCommerce 2.x and other Ecommerce solutions Discussions on this release are welcome at the Forums, where a new section for osCommerce v4 has been created. Questions about osCommerce shall be emailed to hello@oscommerce.com Development Partners and Beta Testers are always welcome! Please sign up via our Contact Page. We will notify you when the Beta version becomes available (likely in June 2021). Development Partners - we will make preview versions available to you, please indicate your interest when signing up for the Beta Program. Thank you to everyone who has been patiently waiting for a new release of osCommerce!
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    App Store or Add-on Store or...?

    Interested to know your thoughts on how to best call it. Please share your ideas and explain why you think it is best to call it this or that way. Thanks!
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    osCommerce v4 demo

    @Gyakutsuki nice talking to you today! Having reviewed a bit of new osCommerce v4, could you please provide your un-biased comments and opinion of what you've seen today? Thanks!
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    Translations

    Looking for volunteers to help check and complete translations of osCommerce v4 into your native languages. To start with: - Dutch - German - French - Spanish - Norwegian - Italian - feel free to offer yours here! Besides our gratitude and mentioning in this Forum, will provide you with all possible features and apps for your online store on top of osCommerce v4 when it becomes available. Thanks!
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    Next osCommerce v4 demo

    Hi all, Going to have the next demo on Thursday the 13th of May at 4:30pm UK time. It will be a live demo of the current version of the platform, front end and back end. If you've already seen a demo last month, you probably wont find many differences there, but those who have not done it - you're VERY welcome to join. Will send a Google Meet invitation to anyone interested - please contact via the Contact Us form on the main website and provide email address to send it to. Have a nice weekend!
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    Currencies and Rounding

    osCommerce v4 will support multiple languages and multiple currencies. Currencies are managed in the back end, under Settings / Localization / Currencies Similar to how it was implemented in previous versions of osCommerce, it is possible to add new or manage existing currencies and set: - currency symbol (left and / or right) - decimal and thousand separator - decimal digits - the exchange rate against the default currency Exchange rate can be updated manually or automatically (via Oanda). HOWEVER, in osCommerce v4 there exists a new feature called Marketing Prices! Marketing prices feature, when enabled (disabled by default), allows setting up custom product price in each currency. So, one and the same product can be $9.99, £8.99, and €9.95 not depending on the actual exchange rate! More than that, with Marketing prices comes another wonderful solution called Rounding, something our Swiss customers, for example, will surely appreciate. Rounding allows to set how marketing prices shall be rounded in the chosen currency, or how they should all be transformed. There exists an option to round all prices in the selected currency to 0.05 - meaning that 2.21 CHF will turn into 2.20 CHF and 19.93 CHF - into 19.95 CHF. Also to 0.10, or 0.00. There exists an option to set all decimals in all prices to 0.00, or 0.99, or 0.95.
  9. osCommerce v4 is coming with support for Multiple Design Templates and built in Template Builder. Template management doesn't require any PHP coding, and is done via the back end of the website. It is possible to create, import, and export multiple design templates. This opens ways for professional designers and developers to offer their osCommerce templates for sale in the future App Marketplace - announcements to follow. Design templates are managed and modified via the back end of osCommerce, using a special built in Designer. It is possible to edit template settings in several ways (visual editor and CSS editor). It is possible to add, move, and delete various widgets from any page of the osCommerce website. Additionally, all documents (invoices, packing slips, emails) can be edited if required. It is also possible to create copies of the existing pages. For example, there can be 2 or more product pages, and different products can be assigned different designs of the product page. Support for Responsive design is implemented, as well as an additional optional Mobile view for each template. The system allows both professional designers and end users (i.e. shop owners) change the look and feel of the osCommerce online store without going deep into the code or even without HTML knowledge. Of course designers and developers are able to modify widgets or create new widgets to extend functionality of osCommerce v4 Have any comments or questions? - please feel free to post them here. Interested in becoming a Beta tester - sign up via the Contact Us form on osCommerce.com website to be added to the list, get notified about the releases quicker, and get access to the Beta version as soon as it becomes available. Would you like to learn how to create beautiful osCommerce templates and offer them on this website to shop owners? Sign up via our Contact page. Watch this space!
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    Payment methods

    osCommerce v4 will come with a number of payment methods. It is being debated now which ones will be included into the "box" installation and which ones will be moved to be apps (free or paid), so the list below is to be confirmed. Payment methods split in two major groups - online and offline. Each sale channel (front end or virtual) may have a number of specific payment methods assigned to it; one and the same payment method can be assigned to more than one sale channel, and in that case the settings of such payment method can be made completely different for different sales channels. Payment methods (same as shipping methods) can be present in the system but be not installed, or activated, or linked to a particular country or region. In that case they will appear in the back end (corresponding filters to be set) but not in the front end. Payment methods can be also linked to particular customer groups only. Payment methods can be made available to particular parts of the system. So there could be payment methods only available to wholesale clients, or only to back end users for example. Offline payment methods are currently as follows: COD (Cash on Delivery) COD for POS Credit Card for POS Cash Collect Purchase Order (likely to be used by customers paying on account) Offline payments (general offline payment method) It is possible to easily extend this list and add more offline payment methods, they mostly act as placeholders and are mostly used to record the fact of payment and then run analytics on what methods customers used to pay. Online payment methods are currently as follows (in no particular order): SecurePay BrainTree Authorize.net PayPal (various implementations, including Express checkout) Klarna checkout (likely + online finance!, to be confirmed) Poli WorldPay SagePay Recurly (to be confirmed) SecPay Pay by Amazon (to be confirmed) MultiSafePay Layby Humm by FlexiFi (online finance!) Global Payments (former Realex) LiqPay OxiPay It is very likely that some of the above modules will be moved to a new category Online Finance before the release of osCommerce v4 UPDATE: Stripe is also available as a payment module!, thanks @14steve14 for pointing this out!
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    Gift vouchers

    Gift Vouchers come pre-built with osCommerce v4. Set possible gift voucher values in the back end: The gift vouchers are available for purchase in the front end at the following URL: /catalog/gift-card and look like this: Once purchased (via normal shopping cart / checkout process for "virtual" products), gift vouchers come to the recipient's email address as unique code that can be redeemed by the user in the front end and used during checkout as a payment method.
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    Next osCommerce v4 demo

    hi All! A couple of updates: 1. Demo(s) - there have been a number of demos offered, via Google Meet, of what will soon be osCommerce v4. We have had interested users from various countries connecting, asking questions, etc. Unfortunately very often interested parties would not connect for some reason - we hope they will be able to connect next time then 2. New version - it is about 3-4 weeks away at the moment, we will be announcing as soon as it becomes available 3. Documentation - here we need help from interested parties. We have a Wiki-type website but would like to ask for assistance to fill it in. Please contact via the Contact page of the main website if you're happy to offer help. Thank you!
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    Menu Editor

    Menu is a totally new concept in osCommerce v4 that comes built in and "out of the box". Instead of website menu being effectively a copy of the category tree in previous versions of osCommerce, in version 4 we have created a totally separate entity for menus, which can be embedded into any part of any page. And so, Menus are managed from a special section of the back end: You can switch between different menus existing in the system or create a new one. It is possible to export and import menus, to move them between websites. A menu is a list of a tree of choices. Each menu item can have its own name, link (if not predefined link to one of the website's pages), and style class: So, it is possible to rename categories as they get added to the menu, or even have the same category more than once in the menu. Besides categories and brands, It is also possible to add links to website's pages (like Shopping cart, Contact, etc), to the content pages (like About, Privacy policy, etc), or to a completely random URL (custom link).
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    osCommerce v4 Wiki

    Looking for contributors to the new osCommerce wiki. We need to create usable manuals, real-life "how to" instructions for merchants. We also need to create manuals for designers and developers. Please comment here to indicate your interest or contact us via the website. Thanks!
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    New management and osCommerce v4

    Hi Demitry! Yes, indeed, Vadym's here. Nice to e-meet you! I'm afraid my days of programming a long gone (well, never say never!) but we are a decent size team of engineers who are looking forward to re-establishing osCommerce as a mainstream, "cool" Ecommerce platform. There are two reasons why we do it: - we want to make it a successful business for ourselves, and for the members of this community - this is what osCommerce as a brand, and members of this community fully deserve - to see it grow again after years of not being developed Product-to-market strategy can not be disclosed on a public forum, however there are indeed some points that can: - osCommerce v4 will be an "on premises" solution to start with. Next year we will consider SaaS option as well. As an "on premises" Ecommerce platform it will not be competing with the likes of Shopify directly, but rather with Magento and similar - osCommerce v4 will come fully SEO and mobile optimised, supporting design templates, with built in CMS and design editor, a number of great features - all free. - osCommerce v4 will come ready for a number of osCommerce-created add-ons and, eventually - for add-ons created by the members of this community - it is going to be a relatively low-code platform, that will allow not just designers and developers, but also pro-users like consultants, Ecommerce and marketing managers, etc using it to customise customer experience It may not have sense to compare it to WooCommerce though, as Woo is less a specialist Ecommerce platform than osCommerce and is perhaps not as suitable to solve customer problems that osCommerce can resolve. Feeling noble indeed, but we are in business, and have been for quite a few years. It makes no sense to run osCommerce for the sake of it. It shall work and bring profit. The strategy is to achieve success not just through sales of our own services, but by allowing members of this community offering their solutions and services too. We want osCommerce is to become a business engine, available to everyone who is interested in it, able to use it, and happy to play by the rules. It is a complete re-write indeed. Not to worry, it will not. Since it is a complete re-write, it will not be able to support any 3rd party plugins as such. We will be publishing guides on how to create new add-ons, new design themes (templates), new widgets, and new modules (like payment, shipping, order total, etc). There's definitely a learning curve there, but eventually it will be well worth it, for everyone!
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    Translations

    Merci, Chris! Will consider your kind advise.
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    osCommerce v4 Wiki

    Please could you pm to discuss?
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    Order Structure (totals) modules

    It is possible to configure, enable and disable multiple modules that together constitute Orders in osCommerce v4. There exists a special Order Structure menu under Modules, which to a degree extends what used to be Order Totals in previous versions of osCommerce. As with all the modules, we have made it possible for osCommerce developers to create an add their own Order structure modules. Currently existing modules are as follows: Their position (which can be re-arranged by using the drag-and-drop feature) defines how the system uses them for every order. Each order total module has a number of settings, including restrictions and positioning: It is possible to set, for example, the shipping fee, to include tax on the checkout pages, but exclude tax on the invoices.
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    Shipping methods

    Same as the Payment methods, Shipping methods in osCommerce v4 can be linked to: - a particular sales channel (website) - customer group - country or region and be available for the front end (checkout or quotation), back end, and POS. Shipping methods can be also linked with one or more tracking methods (to be described further). Same as the payment methods, Shipping methods can be installed, enabled or disabled. There exist a number of "offline" shipping methods, where prices are set manually in the back end. And a number of "online" shipping methods, which provide integration with the corresponding shipping provider's API. It is very likely that "online" shipping methods will find their way to a special section of the back end when osCommerce v4 is released. It is also likely that such "online" shipping methods will be made available through the marketplace, either for free or for a nominal fee (in the latter case it will be surely less than their analogues from WooCommerce, etc). And of course osCommerce developers will be very welcome to create new solutions and list them as apps too. One interesting new solution is Click and Collect shipping. It is possible to set Click and Collect locations in the settings of osCommerce v4, and then allow customers to choose Click and Collect as a shipping option on checkout. Here is the list of currently present "online" shipping modules, in no particular order: - FedEx - DHL - UPS - USPS - TNT express - NovaPoshta Another interesting new solution is a so called Zone Table method: - it allows for setting up various shipping zones, by country, by region of the country, or even a range of post/zip codes - it allows for setting up various shipping methods and naming them accordingly - and finally, it links zones and shipping methods together, allowing setting up delivery costs by order price, weight, volume, dimensions, etc
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    How do I develop an ecommerce site using osCommerce?

    osCommerce is indeed a very popular open source PHP Ecommerce platform. It has indeed been around for a bit more than 20 years now. Please note, however, that we are working on a new version of osCommerce, v4, that will replace the old v2.x shortly this year. Therefore further comments in this post will be given related to v4 It very much depends on the nature of your online business. But it is possible to say that the features of osCommerce, the fact that its core version comes free and open source, and the presence of this community of merchants and developers makes osCommerce a very good choice as an Ecommerce platform. - free - open source - support by community and also supported by development partners commercially - built in CMS - built in support for multiple sale channels - built in design builder - advanced stock, warehouse, supplier management - advanced marketing system and so on Please could you elaborate and give examples? To install a core version - should not take more than a few minutes. Again, could you please elaborate on your server, hosting, and of course - the nature of the online business? Design is managed in the back end of the website. Important is to make a decision whether or not to split desktop with mobile versions of the design. And which resolutions to design the site for (i.e. responsive design). There's a paid plug in that does it. Same for eBay and French CDiscount. Work is in progress for the new (v4) version. For 2.x there exist a lot of books and tutorials. That will depend on the nature of your website, your desired customisations, etc It can be anything from several hundred dollars to hundred thousands or more.
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    Gift vouchers

    Would you like to discuss this offline, it is an interesting issue we'd like to learn more about, please
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    Marketplace features

    Thank you very much Loic, it is an interesting one indeed! osCommerce will be coming with possibility of integration with existing marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, CDiscount) but this is a whole new thing - its own marketplace - and will be extremely interesting to implement if there exists enough demand for it.
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    Happy International Women's Day!

    Wishing all those wonderful women on this Forum, users of osCommerce, Ecommerce designers and developers, CEOs of their companies, amazing human beings, to have a fantastic International Women's Day! Huge respect to you, not just on this day, but at all times. Team of osCommerce
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    Marketing features

    osCommerce v4 has an extensive set of Marketing tools designed to help businesses grow, and at the same time - making it easier for Marketing managers and consultants to run their day-to-day activities. First of all, websites based on osCommerce v4 come with advanced on-site SEO modules. Each instance, like categories, products, content pages, home page, etc automatically receives an SEO-friendly title, URL, description, etc which can be overridden in the back end. Site speed is of the paramount importance, hence most osCommerce v4 websites can reach 95+ in Google Page Speed tests (providing product, content, and banner images are properly optimised for web use). osCommerce comes with Discount Coupons and Gift Vouchers pre-implemented. Same goes for Abandoned Shopping Carts (or Recover Carts). There’s a difference to the previous implementations though, as now it is possible to convert an abandoned shopping cart into a new order directly from the back end of the website. Banner management comes by default, with facilities to create and manage text, image, or HTML banners. Advanced Promotions program allows creating various special deals and publishing them on the website. The likes of “Buy X, get Y cheaper” or “Buy any of the X category and get special price on Y category”, or “Spend X and get Y free of charge” and many more are now available. There also exists pre-integration with TrustPilot, Give away feature, Product Collection management, Testimonials, web Chat (based on Tawk.to), and Newsletter management (via integration with Mail Chimp). Have questions or comments? Post them here!
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    Typical "How to" questions

    Would like to ask everyone to post here their typical "how to" questions, based on their real-life experience working with osCommerce and other Ecommerce solutions. Example: How to set up PayPal Express Checkout? How to create virtual products? How to change logo? Thanks for your help, it will help make osCommerce v4 a better platform.
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