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osCommerce Installation

Here are the essential steps for a standard osCommerce installation in 5 minutes on your localhost.

1. Unzip the file oscommerce-2.2ms2.zip.
2. Copy the 'catalog' folder and put it in your web server directory path.

For example in Unix with Apache:
/var/www/htdocs/catalog

For example in Windows with IIS:
C:Inetpubwwwrootcatalog

3. Keep your MySQL database username and password handy
4. Point your browser to: http://localhost/catalog/install/ and follow the on-screen instructions
5. Remember to change the directory and file permissions as recommended during the installation process.

That's it. Congratulations on your installation of osCommerce.

Additional osCommerce installation Notes

* If you change your mind later about any configuration setting, edit the catalog/includes/configure.php file. Some relevant


fields in this file are:

define('HTTP_SERVER', '');
define('HTTP_COOKIE_DOMAIN', '');
define('DB_SERVER_USERNAME', '');
define('DB_SERVER_PASSWORD', '');
define('DB_DATABASE', 'osCommerce');

* If you can't change file permissions in Windows XP make sure "Use simple file sharing (Recommended)" is checked off.

Problem symptom: Can't change file permission. Right-clicking a file and choosing properties does not show the security tab where read, write and modify permissions can be controlled.

Problem solution: Go to Windows Explorer. Click Tools->Folder Options. Select the View tab, and scroll down to find "Use simple file sharing (Recommended)" option. Make sure it is checked off.

About the Author

Sanjib Ahmad has been in the IT industry for 6 years and works as the CIO for http://www.ambiah.com