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osCommerce 4.07 release
October 26, 2022
osCommerce 4.07 release notes  ...
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FREE osCommerce Design Webinar
October 18, 2022
osCommerce is looking to have a Webinar to demonstrate how to modify existing and create new designs. All interested parties, businesses, designers, and developers, are welcome to indicate their interest to participate by commenting on this post in our Forums: https://forums.oscommerce.com/topic/497631-webinar-oscommerce-design/ See you online soon! ...
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osCommerce Apps - free until 1/1/23
October 13, 2022
While the osCommerce team are working hard on adding apps to the App Shop, we have decided to make ALL available osCommerce-made applications free in the App Shop until the 1st of January 2023.  You're welcome to download any app via the App shop, and use it to build your own osCommerce site or such for your client. Your feedback is highly appreciated.  With best wishes, osCommerce team ...
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osCommerce 4.05 release
September 21, 2022
osCommerce 4.05 has been released! Read more to find out how to upgrade to the latest version and what has changed ...
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Hybrid Ecommerce
August 16, 2022
osCommerce brings a new type of Ecommerce platform to the market - a so called Hybrid Ecommerce. So what is Hybrid Ecommerce? We see it to be the best of both worlds - an open source (and free) Ecommerce solution that is also hosted as if it was SaaS (or EaaS - Ecommerce as a Service). This means users (businesses and developers) do not need to worry about hosting requirements and at the same time have full access to the source code and can change or implement any custom features, integrations, etc. Of course, it is always possible to host osCommerce on your own server! It is just so much easier (and quite likely more cost effective!) to use osCommerce's own hosting solutions.  Hybrid Ecommerce from osCommerce Users can choose to have osCommerce installed for free on one of our servers to try osCommerce before use.  Once satisfied with its features, speed, robustness - they can choose to move to a paid osCommerce hosting account or to download and use osCommerce site on their own server. Move to an osCommerce-managed server is done automatically. Server environment is optimised for osCommerce, allowing it to give the best performance. It is also managed and upgraded with the latest server software. Most importantly, osCommerce installation can be automatically updated to the latest version of osCommerce (and Applications) as well. Any customisations, done right, will stay but all the standard modules and the core of osCommerce will be regularly updated, bringing fixes, changes, new features. Full FTP and mySQL access are offered to businesses and developers should they require such.   ...
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osCommerce 4.03 release
August 16, 2022
osCommerce 4.03 has been released. Read more about what's new in the latest version of popular open source free shopping cart! ...
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osCommerce 4.02 release
August 09, 2022
osCommerce 4.02 release, update notes, download instructions ...
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osCommerce 4.01 release
August 04, 2022
osCommerce 4.01 is available from https://www.oscommerce.com   Changes are available from osCommerce Wiki:  https://wiki.oscommerce.com/index.php?title=Change_Log We will continue working on fixing issues and adding features, osCommerce will be regularly developed and updated. ...
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osCommerce 4.0 Interview
August 03, 2022
What is osCommerce 4.0? How it was created and why? What is the team behind osCommerce? How was osCommerce released during the war in Ukraine?  All of this and more in the video interview, done by David Goodale of Merchant Accounts (Canada):     Visit Merchant Accounts Canada  for the full video and transcript ...
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osCommerce proudly developed in the UK and Ukraine
July 27, 2022
As many readers would know, osCommerce is headquartered from the UK but the majority of our team members are in Ukraine. Same as it was for Magento btw, and for many other amazing technological solutions. What many readers perhaps do not realize is that osCommerce continues to be developed while the war is raging in Ukraine.  For example, the final touches to version 4 were made in the evening, while air raid sirens were wailing in many locations in Ukraine where our colleagues are located. We would like to once again express our appreciation and applaud the strong spirit of our colleagues who managed to complete their task (be it with a delay) and release osCommerce 4.0! Those men and women who continue to work hard on adding more features, enabling the App Shop, fixing those teething problems that users of osCommerce report to us. We are working hard to release more features and solutions, and will be updating you in due course! ...
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osCommerce is dead... Long live osCommerce!

osCommerce is dead... Long live osCommerce!

As we are launching new osCommerce 4 today, we feel it is important to share our thoughts on what has happened with osCommerce in the first 20 years of its life as a leading open-source Ecommerce platform.

osCommerce - the beginnings

osCommerce started in 2000, and it was great for its time! It continued to be developed by a team of enthusiasts (to versions 2.x), and quickly a community grew around it - of merchants and developers. It was an exciting time, and, rightly so, osCommerce became perhaps THE most popular Ecommerce platform for a while. 

Unfortunately, because of the lack of the commercial strategy, old osCommerce (2.x) never took off as a successful viable commercial product, ready to support bigger businesses and help them with their challenges. And then, the team behind it simply stopped its development. An attempt was made to create version 3, but it never materialised. 

Decline of old osCommerce

osCommerce was still going, but its competition was more active, and they had business acumen that was obviously lacking at osCommerce. This resulted in osCommerce slowly slipping to the very back of the market share reports, becoming almost negligible there.

By the end of 2020, osCommerce was pretty much dead as an Ecommerce solution for business. Yes, it still had some 46,000 shops using it. Yes, it still had a massive community of loyal supporters. But it lacked life in it. It lacked any modern technologies or features. It lacked vision and direction. 

New hope for osCommerce

When Holbi took over osCommerce in the beginning of 2021, the one and only goal was to bring osCommerce back to life, and make it a mainstream Ecommerce solution for both businesses and developers. We didn't plan on using the old code, simply because it was too OLD. It is not practical to take a piece of software that is more than 10 years old, and try to make it modern. Instead we decided to restart osCommerce on our new Ecommerce platform - Powerful Commerce.

Powerful Commerce is a modern, feature-rich, modular open source Ecommerce platform with Enterprise-level features, suitable to run small, medium, large, and global businesses. It was made by Holbi, and is being continuously supported and developed further, every day. Importantly, Powerful Commerce was inspired by the old osCommerce. But made better, modern, the way it was always supposed to be.  

The work to produce new osCommerce out of Powerful Commerce took more than a year. During that time we streamlined the codebase, removed unnecessary modules, extracted a number of features into "osCommerce apps". We made it easy to install, easy to import data from old osCommerce. We added osCommerce Wiki, the App Shop, osCommerce Hosting. 

Long live new osCommerce!

Today we are proudly launching new osCommerce 4 and giving it to the world. osCommerce 4 is a modern free shopping cart and open source Ecommerce platform. It will remain free, as osCommerce has always been. osCommerce 4 is not the old osCommerce 2.x, it is a new system. But the spirit of osCommerce lives on in it! We just made osCommerce into something that it was supposed to evolve, had it been given a chance. We gave osCommerce and osCommerce users and community a chance to have a mainstream Ecommerce platform. To be able to use osCommerce to grow their businesses. To earn with osCommerce by creating Apps and Designs, offering services, and so on. We welcome everyone who would like to join us on this journey to a success of the new osCommerce