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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 v4 release
July 25, 2022
osCommerce 4 released today ...
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osCommerce Roadmap
July 25, 2022
Read more about osCommerce Roadmap ...
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osCommerce is dead... Long live osCommerce!
July 25, 2022
How osCommerce started, became extremely popular, went into decline and almost died... And was re-born and is being launched today on the way to success! ...
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Earn with osCommerce!
July 22, 2022
Calling all osCommerce developers, designers, consultants!  osCommerce, realistically for the first time in its history, is offering you an opportunity to grow your business and EARN with osCommerce! Read on to find out how you can earn with osCommerce.... ...
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osCommerce as a mainstream Ecommerce solution
July 22, 2022
osCommerce 2.x (old osCommerce) is old, unreliable, and is not supported by most hosting providers. Use new osCommerce v4, the best open source shopping cart solution! Read more...   ...
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Try before use osCommerce
July 20, 2022
How the "try-before-use" works with osCommerce, and how you can try new osCommerce without hosting and decide on that matter in a month. Read more to find out... ...
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Self-hosted vs Hosted by osCommerce
July 19, 2022
Consider your choices whether to host osCommerce yourself or to order osCommerce-optimised hosting from osCommerce themselves. Read more to find out... ...

Self-hosted vs Hosted by osCommerce

What is osCommerce? Effectively, it is a plenty of source code in PHP files + design + the database. 

The latest hosting requirements for osCommerce can be always found in the osCommerce Wiki here:


And so, what is the best way to proceed with osCommerce - to host it yourself or let osCommerce host it for you?

For the last 20 years that was not a question, really. osCommerce was always distributed as an open source Ecommerce solution, and you were supposed to deal with the hosting yourself. It often involved a so called "shared hosting" for the beginner online shops. As the business would grow, so would the hosting requirements. Resuling in osCommerce moving to dedicated server, and sometimes - multiple servers connected in a cluster, with load balancer, etc. Then came the Cloud, and it became possible to host osCommerce in a Cloud, and scale it accordingly. 

Nowaday osCommerce can be hosted in several different ways:

  • VPS hosting - virtual private server - that allows safe and secure hosting of an osCommerce online shop for a very reasonable price 
  • Cloud hosting - similar to VPS but with cloud hosting specifics
  • Dedicated server(s) hosting - more traditional way to host Ecommerce websites, good for medium to larger businesses    

osCommerce can be hosted by the merchant or osCommerce developer on the hosting account of their choosing.

However, as of the launch of osCommerce v4, we have started to offer osCommerce's own, managed secure Ecommerce hosting services!

This is a totally new proposition and may be a solution in case you need a reasonably-priced reliable managed secure Ecommerce hosting solution. It doesn't come with great many hosting features as such, but it is fully optimised for Ecommerce (or, rather, osCommerce), allows to install an SSL certificate, and you can even add emails as an optional extra. 

The best thing is that you have peace of mind that whatever happens, the server will always be compatible with the latest stable osCommerce version, and will be always up to date with security and performance patches.

The choice is yours, and now you FINALLY have that choice!