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Overview:

osCommerce is the most advanced web store system existing today. It's based on PHP and is compatible with most database servers available today, one of the most used of those is MySQL. osCommerce also works great with Apache HTTPD. osCommerce offers numerous payment, tax and shopping cart features and modules. It requires PHP's ImageMagicK or GD module for the graphic support. A mod_rewrite module for Apache would also come in handy.

Installation:

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In this screen you can see the osCommerce setup welcoming you. System requirements are shown in a box in the left part of the screen. Next to that box osCommerce will tell you if your system meets the requirements. As you can see I'm missing the cURL extencion for PHP, but this isn't fatal. Proceed by pressing the continue button on the right.
 
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This is the database settings screen. Set up your server host (localhost is default, there is high probability that you don't need to change that), database access username, user password and database name. Note that osCommerce tables don't have prefixes, so it's best to have it installed in a separate database, just for it, to avoid problems with other installed tools. Click continue to start the database import.
 
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The database is now being imported and configured. Now you should wait until the process finishes.
 
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The database setup has finished and now is time to do some webserver settings. In the first field enter the full address to your new catalog. Usually this should set itself on its own. This is the address that users will enter in their web browsers to access your online catalogue. In the second field enter the full path to your catalog, including it's folder. For windows based host you should have something like D:\www\mysite\catalog and /var/www/mysite/catalog for linux/unix based server.
 
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Now it's time for some user related settings: Store name - this is the name of your online store, something like "Joe's pizza" or "Super Computers LTD"; Store owner - most commonly this is the owner of the store, if we take the example "Joe's pizza", this should be "Joe Smith" or something like that; owner's e-mail, something like john.smith@joe-pizza.com; and last but not least, administrator username and password, this will be the account to manage the online shop.
 
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This is the final screen of the installation process. This means that the installation has finished successfully. You can proceed to the newly installed catalog or go to the administration tool and start configuring. I'm continuing to the catalog.
 
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Your online shop is now installed but there are still some things left to do. As the warnings on the top point out, you should delete the install directory and make the readonly (chmod it to 0444).
 
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Your osCommerce system is now installed and secured. The only thing left to do is do some additional configuration via the admin panel, put some stuff on sale and you're good to go.
 

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