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How to Deploy osCommerce on Cloudways Via SSH

Updated on  11th November

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Open Source Commerce (OSCommerce) is a very popular PHP based Ecommerce application. It is considered to be one of the best platforms for building your online stores from scratch. The best thing about OSCommerce is that it is an open source solution that has a very strong community around the globe.

More than 75,000 ecommerce websites are using OSCommerce. Presently, there are two stable versions of OSCommerce that are available, with version 2.3 being the most stable one. OSCommerce supports different languages and popular payment mediums like 2checkout, iPayment, and Paypal.


Hosting OSCommerce 2.3 Using PHP Stack on Cloudways:

Cloudways is a popular managed hosting provider which uses the top most cloud infrastructures to provide hosting services to hundreds of websites around the world. The best part about Cloudways is its 24/7 Customer Support team that is responsive of all the feedback which is received from the customers. Recently, customers at Cloudways has been requesting support of OSCommerce as a one click application on its platform. At present, we are working on checking the feasibility of adding OSCommerce as a standalone application. However, you can still install OSCommerce on the Cloudways platform through the SSH.

This tutorial is about how you can install Oscommerce on Cloudways platform easily through SSH.

First, you need to make sure that you have SSH service access on server. On cloudways, each application has its own independent SSH and SFTP access. After you are done with SSH, follow the following procedure to install OSCommerce on Cloudways.

Step 1:

Select Cloud Services

Sign in to your Cloudways account, and select a service provider from the list of available providers from the application console. For this time, we are selecting Digital ocean.

cloudways console oscommerce installation

Step 2:

Select application

cloudways console Oscommerce installation

Now select PHP stack as your application. You will get an empty application with a basic PHP page. Select your server size, your nearest location and then click on launch. You will then be redirected to the following page:

cloudways console OScommerce installation


Click on manage server. You will be redirected on the following page:

cloudways console oscommerce


Click on Launch SSH Terminal. You need to provide login details. For this, go to the click n go application tab, copy the details and paste the required details:


Step 5:

We will have to extract the .zip file of OSCommerce from GitHub using the wget command in SSH. Now paste the URL of the latest OSCommerce release from GitHub. Paste the URL of the zipped file and then press enter. You have just installed the zipped file on your server.


Step 6: You now have to use the following command to unzip the content of the installed file:


Step 7:

Once unzipped, move the contents of the file using following command:


Step 8:

Visit the Cloudways platform application tab and click on the application url. Now run the web installer of OSCommerce. Copy the username, password and database name from the click ‘n’ go application and paste the admin credentials and then press enter, you will get the following window on your screen. os5 Now click on Continue. It will take few seconds to import the database. Once done, you should see the following screen: os6  Step 9:

Fill out the details as instructed in each text box. Write your store name, store owner name, store owner email address, administrator username, administrator password and time zone. And then press continue. os7

Step 10:

Now click on Online store, you can see the Oscommerce store template like this:


Now to make your folder secure, you need to remove install folder by using the following command:

oscommerce installationYour very own OSCommerce store is now live on the Cloudways platform. You can now start building your store and adding products in it. Start with pointing your domain and then start customization of your theme. You need to be sure that your OSCommerce based store is customized as per your target audience with the correct elements in the right place.Take advantage of the best managed hosting platform by signing up for a FREE TRIAL and starting your very own PHP based OSCommerce store now.

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Ahmed Khan

Ahmed was a PHP community expert at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Cloud Platform. He is a software engineer with extensive knowledge in PHP and SEO. He loves watching Game of Thrones is his free time. Follow Ahmed on Twitter to stay updated with his works. You can email him at

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