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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from Demitry in 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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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from wettset in 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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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from SaphyraK in Translations   
    Merci, Chris! Will consider your kind advise. 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from Demitry in 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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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from wettset in New management and osCommerce v4   
    We are aiming for mid summer for a beta version. 
     
    Yes you can edit pages (content and design) from the back end and create multiple design templates. 
    You can import and export product data in csv formats. 
    There are certain sales reports built in, and if course full integration with Google tag management and analytics. 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from ejsolutions in New management and osCommerce v4   
    Thanks a lot for your interest in osCommerce! 
    It is our goal to make it comparable (or better) than Magento and other on-premises Ecommerce platforms and, at the same time, make it as streamlined as possible. 
    However to make it truly capable, extendable and supportable - we need to ensure it is done right. The time is different and the approach needs to be different too.
    We would very much welcome a review of the functionality of the new platform and of course of its code when it becomes available for such a review! 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from wettset in Multiple Design Templates and built in Designer   
    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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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from SaphyraK in 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-Official got a reaction from ejsolutions in osCommerce v4 demo   
    Edward, 
    To answer your questions in general:
    - osCommerce v4 will be based on the latest version of the Ecommerce platform that has been in development for the last 5.5 years. Not sure about which instance you've seen, but osCommerce v4 will be based on the latest PHP for this year - PHP 8. There are no plans to have an Ecommerce platform competing with osCommerce on the same market after osCommerce v4 is released. 
    - osCommerce v4 is a considerable difference to osCommerce v2 and other solutions, however we would not recommend investing time into learning of the previous versions of this Ecommerce platform. There could be differences in design templates, data structure, etc. There are currently no plans to move customers from their websites built using the previous version of the platform to osCommerce v4. 
    - osCommerce v4 is, first of all, for this community of merchants, developers, designers, consultants, everyone. And of course it is for the world - for far too many years this great brand was not developing and it is time to bring it back to prominence. 
     
     
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from SaphyraK in Loyalty or Bonus points   
    Loyalty (or bonus) points program can help merchants encourage their customers to place repeat orders.
    osCommerce v4 is coming with Loyalty points program feature (likely to be an add-on).
    Every product can have two points values - the amount it "costs" in points, and the amount it can give the customer if the customer buys it. 

    Value of points the customer can gain by buying this or that product can be displayed on product info pages and product listings too.

    During the Checkout, existing customers can see their balance in points and choose to redeem certain amount of points, using loyalty points as a payment method.

     
    Points can be checked, and edited in the back end for each customer.

    Further developments may include some more advanced promotional mechanisms that will involve loyalty points.
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from SaphyraK in 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-Official got a reaction from SaphyraK in New management and osCommerce v4   
    Steve, thanks for your comments! 
    We had first used osCommerce back in 2002 to create an online store for a client. Since 2004 we had been only creating online stores for clients, and we had used osCommerce back then. Over the years we were a sponsor, corporate sponsor, partner, etc. We even wrote and published a book on how to use osCommerce in the most efficient way.
    osCommerce doesn't have a bad reputation, no. It was neglected and we are here now to not just keep it going but to turn it into a mainstream Ecommerce solution for the benefit of businesses and developers. We are business-minded people and see this as a great opportunity for everyone. 
    You will be very welcome to use osCommerce for your projects, and we hope all members of this forum, not dependently on whether or not they are a member of group, club, or anything. We will welcome everyone to use osCommerce in this or that capacity (as soon as it is legal, of course )
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from SaphyraK in New management and osCommerce v4   
    Ashley, thanks for your comments!
    Sure, this will be updated along with other parts of the website and forum. 
     
    We believe it was mentioned previously, but still, older versions of osCommerce and add-ons will be available for enough time that is required for shop owners to move to the new version. We do not plan on closing access to those on the website or to corresponding sections on this forum. At the end of the day there are some 55,000 websites out there using osCommerce and we will not want for them to be pushed or rushed to upgrade as such. 
    At the same time, we would very much welcome when they do choose to upgrade, as it will be:
    a) beneficial for the shop owners 
    b) create good business opportunities for developers - members of this Community
     
    This Forum will not tolerate disrespect.
    Support - users of this Forum are welcome to support each other as such, however those businesses that require professional reliable support will be encourage to hire a developer (osCommerce development partner for example) to offer such support according to terms of their contract / service level agreement. We believe that people shall have a choice, and that osCommerce will benefit from offering such choice to its users. 
     
    Thank you very much!
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from ezfindit in New management and osCommerce v4   
    Steve, 
    What will soon become osCommerce v4 has been in development for the last 5 years or so. It was conceived with the intention to have an Ecommerce platform that is modern, secure, flexible, relatively easy to upgrade, and has soooo many features that it can offer solutions to various businesses, of different sizes, from different industries and countries.
    There are a few hundred businesses using it at the moment. Businesses whose success can to some degree be contributed to the platform, as it automates a number of processes and operations, improves data quality, speeds things up from the users' point of view, etc.
    Our intention is to offer this platform to existing osCommerce users and developers, and broader public as such (i.e. people and businesses who didn't hear of osCommerce, or heard of osCommerce 10 years ago, or got upset with osCommerce not moving forward when the rest of the world did and switched to something else) so that we could redevelop the brand and community, and turn it into a very popular and successful Ecommerce solution and business for everyone involved into it.
    It takes some time to create osCommerce v4 from the current platform, and this is what we are working on now. We are looking to make it ready for php 8. We are moving some parts of the functionality into the add-ons. We're working on the manuals for users and developers, and so on. 
    We are really looking forward to releasing osCommerce v4 as soon as possible. And then - will continue working on it, releasing new features as apps and new versions several times a year (but not too often).
    We would be very happy to see you and everyone else using osCommerce v4 in this or that way. Creating and running new successful websites with it. Creating new apps, modules, design themes. Offering development support and Ecommerce consulting to businesses. There are so many things we can do together!
    And if somebody wants to still use some old osCommerce or another shopping cart for any reasons - so be it, it is totally fine. We want to see osCommerce v4 considered on its merits, on what positive change and improvements it can bring to the business - either of the online retailer or of osCommerce developer.
    You're welcome to get in touch via the Contact page, happy to have a phone chat with you. 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from ezfindit in New management and osCommerce v4   
    @domiosc Vicent, thanks for your post. 
    We strongly believe in osCommerce, and its community, hence we have acquired osCommerce from the previous owner and are working very hard to launch the new version and additional facilities and services later on. 
    As it was stated in the original post, and in all the comments above, osCommerce v4 will be OPEN SOURCE and FREE. 
    It will come with a great deal of features, immediately skyrocketing it to 2021 from pretty much previous millennia. 
    After v4 is out and available to the public, we will be working on a number of other very important tasks, like launching the App store, setting up proper support and documentation, providing development partners with means and facilities to offer their solutions and services to osCommerce shop owners. 
    Our goal is to make osCommerce a mainstream Ecommerce solution, and provide osCommerce community various tools to be able to find solutions and services (for shop owners) and offer such solutions and services for a fair fee (for designers, developers, consultants, accountants, you name it!). 
    As to the ERP Ecommerce - this is EXACTLY what osCommerce v4 is about. Or rather its ERP version - this is not clear at the moment yet. There are tools to manage suppliers, warehouses, stock. There are tools to connect to various 3rd parties via the API and other means. There are tools to manage customer communications, including returns. And many more. Our goal is to find a balance between offering a modern, featured, solid Ecommerce platform AND not overcomplicating it at the same time. Please sign up to become a Beta tester via our Contact page, and we will be happy to give you a preview version once it becomes available.    
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from valquiria23 in 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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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from puddlec in placing site from local host to real host problems   
    Steve, please refrain from advertising other shopping carts on this forum. We welcome all users of any software of course, and would appreciate new osCommerce v4 to be judged on its merits by its users. If you prefer to use another ecommerce software - that's absolutely fine, but you'll not be allowed to promote it here. 
    Also, please be reasonable and factual about the other ecommerce software and its recent history with osCommerce - happy to have a chat with you to not make it a public emotional discussion if you like. 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from puddlec in placing site from local host to real host problems   
    Steve, please refrain from advertising other shopping carts on this forum. We welcome all users of any software of course, and would appreciate new osCommerce v4 to be judged on its merits by its users. If you prefer to use another ecommerce software - that's absolutely fine, but you'll not be allowed to promote it here. 
    Also, please be reasonable and factual about the other ecommerce software and its recent history with osCommerce - happy to have a chat with you to not make it a public emotional discussion if you like. 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from puddlec in placing site from local host to real host problems   
    Steve, please refrain from advertising other shopping carts on this forum. We welcome all users of any software of course, and would appreciate new osCommerce v4 to be judged on its merits by its users. If you prefer to use another ecommerce software - that's absolutely fine, but you'll not be allowed to promote it here. 
    Also, please be reasonable and factual about the other ecommerce software and its recent history with osCommerce - happy to have a chat with you to not make it a public emotional discussion if you like. 
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from ejsolutions in osCommerce v4 demo   
    Edward, 
    To answer your questions in general:
    - osCommerce v4 will be based on the latest version of the Ecommerce platform that has been in development for the last 5.5 years. Not sure about which instance you've seen, but osCommerce v4 will be based on the latest PHP for this year - PHP 8. There are no plans to have an Ecommerce platform competing with osCommerce on the same market after osCommerce v4 is released. 
    - osCommerce v4 is a considerable difference to osCommerce v2 and other solutions, however we would not recommend investing time into learning of the previous versions of this Ecommerce platform. There could be differences in design templates, data structure, etc. There are currently no plans to move customers from their websites built using the previous version of the platform to osCommerce v4. 
    - osCommerce v4 is, first of all, for this community of merchants, developers, designers, consultants, everyone. And of course it is for the world - for far too many years this great brand was not developing and it is time to bring it back to prominence. 
     
     
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from ejsolutions in osCommerce v4 demo   
    Edward, 
    To answer your questions in general:
    - osCommerce v4 will be based on the latest version of the Ecommerce platform that has been in development for the last 5.5 years. Not sure about which instance you've seen, but osCommerce v4 will be based on the latest PHP for this year - PHP 8. There are no plans to have an Ecommerce platform competing with osCommerce on the same market after osCommerce v4 is released. 
    - osCommerce v4 is a considerable difference to osCommerce v2 and other solutions, however we would not recommend investing time into learning of the previous versions of this Ecommerce platform. There could be differences in design templates, data structure, etc. There are currently no plans to move customers from their websites built using the previous version of the platform to osCommerce v4. 
    - osCommerce v4 is, first of all, for this community of merchants, developers, designers, consultants, everyone. And of course it is for the world - for far too many years this great brand was not developing and it is time to bring it back to prominence. 
     
     
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    osCommerce-Official got a reaction from freakystreak in New management and osCommerce v4   
    Ashley, osCommerve v4 comes heavily SEOed, at least in terms of on-site SEO. 
    It is possible to set default template for URLs, titles, descriptions, image ALTs, and some other parameters for products, categories, landing pages, and some of the system pages too.
    Then, it is possible to override the said properties for any particular entity, if required. 
    It is also possible to add SEO redirects from old URLs to new, thus helping customers who found an old indexed URL in Google or elsewhere to the new product page. 
     
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    osCommerce-Official reacted to sackling in osCommerce v4 demo   
    Thanks so much for the demo today, I really appreciate you taking the time to show it off. 
    I saw some really nice features that would certainly be considered enterprise or at the very least, require a lot of add-ons/apps and customization to achieve with some of the more popular ecom cart platforms out there right now. 
    multiple storefronts, multi-currency, full multi language (checkout pages too, looking at you shopify), different pricing per currency/customer - all of those features are either required or highly wanted from a platform but I was not able to find anything that seemed as robust (maybe Magento has this but it is a much bigger beast). 
    That being said I still am very curious to see how things run in reality, especially when loaded with many SKUs/attributes. How quickly it is able to run on a shop with approximately 100,000 SKUS will ultimately be very important to me. 
    I look forward to having the actual code to play with and test. 
     
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    osCommerce-Official reacted to Papanco in osCommerce v4 demo   
    👍thank you, the new oscommerce will truly be a high-level restart: let's  support Vadym and the new project as much as possible.
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    osCommerce-Official reacted to Gyakutsuki in Import - export process   
    There is a specific database osCommerce v2 but after you must use this import and if have some customization, you must develop or important in your hand.
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