Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Great osCommerce templates

Throughout the World, a thousands of businesses have implemented osCommerce (it stands for “Open Source Commerce”), the leading open source e-commerce and online store-management software program.

It's totally free under the GNU General Public License. This software can be used on any web server that has PHP and MySQL installed. According to their official website, osCommerce is powering 12,688 online shops (as of now). The current version is the Milestone 2.2 release. However, a lot of people are looking forward to the release of Milestone 3.0.

When you download the software, one major problem is the design integration, as it doesn't come with ready made templates. However, you are in luck. There are loads of high quality osCommerce Templates on the osComemrce Cafe.

Set up by Myles O'Reilly in March 2006, this is the largest osCommerce template membership site on the internet. Myles is also the author of the popular book'The Programmers' Guide to osCommerce'.

Registering with the osComemrce Cafe will enable you to access and download as many osCommerce templates as you like on the site. Yes! That's right. Unlike other companies, you don't have to pay by template.

Customers can sign up for a period of three month, six month or for one year. Currently they have 70 templates under various categories ranging from animals & pets and books to software and sports. More templates are on the way.

The membership fees are quite reasonable too. Only $89 for three months, $158.00 for 6 months and $299 for a year's membership. Compare that to around $150 per design as charged by other companies. This site will appeal especially to web designers and developers who will have to access to several professional looking templates without spending a fortune paying for each single template.

I also noticed that they have a free osCommerce button generator on the site. Just choose your options (color, size, font and background) and then click the 'submit' button. It will result in a zip file with all the buttons, which you can then download.

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