Creating an Online Store
Your control panel
comes with an on-line store builder - osCommerce.
* This document isn't
a storefront management guide. It only explains how to run integrated
e-stores from your control panel. For instructions on how to operate your
on-line shop please visit the corresponding company site.
version 2.2 (see below on how to update your version)
osCommerce is an open source e-commerce solution and is released
under the GNU
General Public License (GPL).
categories, products, manufacturers, customers, and reviews
for products and customers
- Tax zones,
classes, and rates
parameters in database for remote editing
- Not tied
together with the catalog module (admin module can be installed
on another server)
- Payment and
- Backup tool
address books (other shipping destinations)
(not logged on) and permanent (logged on) shopping carts
catalog for products or manufacturers
reviews by customers
transactions with SSL
- Number of
products in each category are shown
what other customers have brought (relating to the current
Setting Up osCommerce
To set up osCommerce
online shop, do the following:
- Click osCommerce
on the control panel home page.
- On the page that
follows, enable osCommerce for the online store domain.
- Create a database
and a user. osCommerce uses MySQL databases to store your commercial
data, such as products, catalogues, etc.
WARNING: Assigning a previously created
MySQL database for use by osCommerce will clear contents of all its
The databases used
by osCommerce will show among your MySQL databases marked "(Locked
You can manage
osCommerce databases with any MySQL GUI client or the built-in
phpMyAdmin control panel.
* For more information on MySQL please refer to MySQL Support chapter of this
- Set permissions to
the "admin" directory using the Protection utility on the
This is done to restrict public access to osCommerce configuration.
Now let's take a look
at the osCommerce controls:
- ON/OFF -
enable/disable the resource. Switching off your osCommerce will
permanently remove all your osCommerce settings, databases, etc. So the
next time you enable it, you'll have to configure it from scratch.
EDIT - click the
icon in case you somehow corrupted the templates and want to get them
fixed. Also, use it if you have just set your e-shop to use SSL
certificate. This option resets the config file using the current
hosting settings and restores the osCommerce files from the bundle.
UPGRADE - click the icon to update osCommerce to
the newest version.
- E-SHOP - click the
icon to go directly to your on-line store.
ADMIN - click the
icon to go to your osCommerce administrative panel.
- Click the Apply link to change server configuration. Without it
osCommerce may not work.
to version 2.2-MS2
osCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 contains lots of bugfixes, so if you run the prior
version, we highly recommend you to update your online store building software to
- Back up all your
custom osCommerce settings.
- In your control
panel, go to the osCommerce settings page.
- Choose the domain
you are running your online store on and click the Edit icon.
That will update osCommerce scripts.
- Click the Upgrade
icon. This will update osCommerce database:
Important: Please make sure that your current osCommerce version is older
than 2.2-MS2 before performing the upgrade.
* When updating osCommerce IGNORE the following message:
Warning: Installation directory exists at: /hsphere/local/home/your_account_name/domain_name/catalog/install.
Please remove this directory for security reasons.
Complete the update and only then remove this directory.