Best add-ons for osCommerce

The success of osCommerce is secured by a great and active community (3286 new uploaded files to Community Add-On Packages only in 2008) where members help one another out and participate in development issues reflecting upon the current state of the project. Here is a list of the best add-ons (and free, of course!):

  1. Ultimate SEO URLs – This contribution builds on the cName & pName code to give an even more flexible, search engine friendly, and cross server compatible SEO URLs
  2. Easy Populate & Products Attributes – Makes it simple to populate your OSC store with products without using the web interface at all. It also lets you download all your products into a csv file, edit them in the spreadsheet of your choice, and reupload them to update your products, changing prices, categories, quantities, etc.
  3. Simple Template System – Lets you create simple HTML templates to customize the look and feel of OSC. You simply create an HTML page that looks the way you want it to and put in placeholders for the various elements wherever you want to position them.
  4. Discount Coupon Codes – Create coupon codes for your customers to use for discounts on orders. Discounts are applied before tax and are displayed as one order total line for each applicable tax class. You can configure whether to display the order subtotal including the discount, or before the discount is applied.
  5. Purchase Without Account – Allow your customers to choose one of the following options at checkout time: proceed directly to checkout (no account creation), create a new account or login to existing account.
  6. Order Editor – easy to install, it allows you to add products to an existing order, reliably update order totals, insert coupons & discounts & extra fees, update tax on individual products, edit product information on individual orders, update product quantities, product prices, and more.
  7. ‘On the Fly’ Auto Thumbnailer using GD Library – Dynamically generate your product image thumbnails on the fly. It works with GIFs, JPGs and PNGs, produces much smaller thumbnail file sizes (saving bandwidth), maintains the proper ratio of your pics, and does not create any extra files on your server.
  8. Separate Pricing Per Customer – Allows you to assign customers to seperate groups and then give different pricing per product for each group.
  9. X-Sell – Cross-sell allows you to link products to each other to upsell/suggest items customers might also wish to purchase.
  10. Recover Cart Sales – This report will show you carts that are unsold so you can see what was at least added and then passed on for whatever reason. The report allows you to select how many past days you will view. Info also includes the customer name, phone number, email address, what items were in the cart, the cart total and you can contact all of them by the press of a button.

Best add-ons for osCommerce

The success of osCommerce is secured by a great and active community (3286 new uploaded files to Community Add-On Packages only in 2008) where members help one another out and participate in development issues reflecting upon the current state of the project. Here is a list of the best add-ons (and free, of course!):

  1. Ultimate SEO URLs – This contribution builds on the cName & pName code to give an even more flexible, search engine friendly, and cross server compatible SEO URLs
  2. Easy Populate & Products Attributes – Makes it simple to populate your OSC store with products without using the web interface at all. It also lets you download all your products into a csv file, edit them in the spreadsheet of your choice, and reupload them to update your products, changing prices, categories, quantities, etc.
  3. Simple Template System – Lets you create simple HTML templates to customize the look and feel of OSC. You simply create an HTML page that looks the way you want it to and put in placeholders for the various elements wherever you want to position them.
  4. Discount Coupon Codes – Create coupon codes for your customers to use for discounts on orders. Discounts are applied before tax and are displayed as one order total line for each applicable tax class. You can configure whether to display the order subtotal including the discount, or before the discount is applied.
  5. Purchase Without Account – Allow your customers to choose one of the following options at checkout time: proceed directly to checkout (no account creation), create a new account or login to existing account.
  6. Order Editor – easy to install, it allows you to add products to an existing order, reliably update order totals, insert coupons & discounts & extra fees, update tax on individual products, edit product information on individual orders, update product quantities, product prices, and more.
  7. ‘On the Fly’ Auto Thumbnailer using GD Library – Dynamically generate your product image thumbnails on the fly. It works with GIFs, JPGs and PNGs, produces much smaller thumbnail file sizes (saving bandwidth), maintains the proper ratio of your pics, and does not create any extra files on your server.
  8. Separate Pricing Per Customer – Allows you to assign customers to seperate groups and then give different pricing per product for each group.
  9. X-Sell – Cross-sell allows you to link products to each other to upsell/suggest items customers might also wish to purchase.
  10. Recover Cart Sales – This report will show you carts that are unsold so you can see what was at least added and then passed on for whatever reason. The report allows you to select how many past days you will view. Info also includes the customer name, phone number, email address, what items were in the cart, the cart total and you can contact all of them by the press of a button.

Magento vs. osCommerce – Online Stores Mean Business | Wakensys

The past months with recession effected has been a roller coaster ride for the economy all over the world. But tracking open source e-commerce systems over that same period of time has shown that online sales are still serious business.

Below is a comparision between osCommerce and Magneto open source e-commerce systems.

osCommerce
osCommerce has been there for quite some time and it has a very well established and responsive community to offer development and support. There are also countless numbers of ‘modules’ which could be found on the osCommerce web site, which allows developers to further customize osCommerce simplicity and flexibility resulting in ease of new add-ons.
But osCommerce is good when it comes to its ability to be translated and localized into any language. The development structure which is written in PHP using very clear definitions means that all the text seen on an osCommerce e-commerce store is handily stored in reference files which contains only plain text for translation which minimizes the risk of file corruption by web page translators.

It has been around for quite some time but those who are well versed in this area have seen a dramatic increase in demand for solutions in this platform over the last year.

Magento
Magneto is a new e-commerce store which scores highly for its look and overall features. The administrator back end is well organized and most of the items of concern are thoroughly covered, including rewritable URL’s (a must for well optimized online stores)

Magneto also has “Store View” which makes the online shop administrators to manage and set up multiple stores with the same products at different prices and even in different languages from the same administrator area.
This shows that Magneto is facilitated from within to translate many language packs which is already available, so all the hard coded static content and navigation are ready at a click of a button while having the admin area in your native language.

Magento is newer, so it isn’t surprising that this area started with fewer clients than osCommerce, but has maintained a more steady rate of increase over the past year. The number of clients each month that request Magento has skyrocketed during that time – there are 13 times more clients for Magento Solutions than there were last year.

Specific Features
For those curious about the specific features of each platform, the folks over at DCKAP have put together a handy chart. But either way you go, online commerce is a rising trend – and serious business!
Had experience with either Magento or osCommerce? Share your perspective in the comments!

Conclusion

Compare to both of the carts. Magento is the best ever I seen, I has so many features that i ever thought. And Customers are more satisfied with its features. But its a little slow compare to OScommerce.