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osCommerce version 4.x installation via “Let me install myself” option for single active sales channel

Are you looking to set up an online store with osCommerce version 4.x but want to have just one active sales channel? Don't worry; we've got you covered! In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of installing osCommerce version 4.x using the "Let me install myself" option for a single active sales channel. Let's dive in!

Before we begin, it's important to note that the trial period for osCommerce 4.x is currently unlimited. However, by the end of 2023 or at the beginning of 2024, it will be limited to 30 days. After this period, you'll have the option to sign up for osCommerce hosting at a reasonable price or migrate your website to another provider.


Selecting Single Active Sales Channel

During the installation process, you can choose to have just one active sales channel. Here's how:

Step 1: Install OsCommerce 4.x on your server using the "Let me install myself" option.

Step 2: Follow the instructions from the manual provided for multiple sales channels, which will guide you through the initial steps or watch the corresponding video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkTWc63Vqoo&list=PLHN7KfrDE8gOOTgXVSeFEo4L15Y98IURB&index=6:



Step 3:

At the fourth step (Settings), you'll find a drop-down list of sales channels. Select the desired sales channel for your single active option. For example, we'll choose "Furniture" as our sales channel.

Step 4:

Fill in the required fields and click on the "Update Database" button to proceed.

Step 5:

Moving on to the fifth step (Administrator Account), fill in the necessary details and click on "Create Access" to create your administrator account. An email will be sent to your specified email address with the link to the administrator area and login credentials.

Step 6:

You can click either on the "To visit admin area click here" link or on the "Complete Installation" button.

If you click on the "Complete Installation" button, you can see the sales channel with the corresponding theme you have chosen - that is Furniture theme.


Removing Installation Directory

Once you've completed the installation, it's crucial to ensure your website's security by removing the installation directory. Here's how:


Step 1:

Log in to the admin area of your website.

Step 2:

Click on the "Dashboard" tab. You'll notice a warning asking you to remove the Installation directory for security reasons.

Step 3:

Use your FTP client to establish a connection to the server. Navigate to the "public_html" folder and delete the "install" folder from there.

Step 4:

Refresh the page to confirm that the warning no longer appears.


Confirming Sales Channel and Theme Activation

To verify that your single sales channel and theme are activated, follow these steps:


Step 1:

Click on the "Sales channels" tab. Here, you should see your chosen sales channel activated, while the other sales channels remain inactive but accessible for future reference.

Step 2:

Now, navigate to the "Design and CMS" and "Themes" tab. Ensure that the "Furniture" theme (or your chosen theme) has been successfully installed and that other themes are available for reference.


Start Configuring Your Website

Congratulations! You've successfully installed osCommerce version 4.x with a single active sales channel. You can now start configuring your website to showcase your products and services to the world.

Remember to explore the various features and customization options available to make your online store unique and appealing to your customers.

We hope this step-by-step guide has been helpful in setting up your osCommerce store. If you encounter any challenges or have questions, feel free to reach out to osCommerce support or the vibrant community of users for assistance. Happy selling!


Also, see the link to the playlist below demonstrating the osCommerce version 4.x installation on your own server, Install osCommerce for me and Let me install myself options:


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osCommerce 4.x

shopping cart



New PayPal Module (Latest API 2.0)

osCommerce 2.2

osCommerce 2.3

Shopping cart customizations


PayPal Express

APM (Alternative Payment Method)

Standard Variant

Advanced Variant



Front End

Install osCommerce for Me

Let me install myself

Multiple sales channels

Single active sales channel

Installation on your own server

Assigning theme to sales channel

Deleting sales channel


App Shop

Adding Free Module

Admin Area

Adding Paid Module

Installing Module

Opayo Pi Module

Development Mode

Email Verification Before Registration

Managing Languages

Managing phpMussel

Managing Orders

oscommerce.com account

Creating Manual Orders

Managing Customers

Managing Customer Groups

Managing Brands

Managing Categories

Managing Filters on Categories

Managing Products

Managing Stock

Assigning Products and Categories to Front Ends

Assigning and Moving Products to Categories

Managing Default Sort Order on Product Listing and Category

Managing Cross-Sell and UPSell

Managing Reviews

Managing Attributes

Managing Product Groups

Managing Properties

Managing Suppliers

Managing Warehouses

Managing Sales Statistics and Purchase Report

Managing Stocktaking Costs

Managing Deleted Orders

Managing Coupons

Managing Virtual Gift Cards

Managing Sales Price

Managing Giveaways

Managing Featured Products

Managing SEO

Managing Meta Tags

Managing XML Sitemap

Settings of E-commerce Tracking for Google Tag Manager

Setting up GA4

Managing Pages

Managing Menus

Assigning Theme to Sales Channels

Deleting Sales Channels

Managing Translations

Managing Email Templates

Managing Catalog Pages

Managing Shipping Modules

Managing Payment Modules

Managing Order Structure

Managing Socials

Managing Extensions

Managing Managers

Managing Access Levels

Managing Back End Menu

Managing Configuration

Mail Sending via SMTP

Setting up SMTP

Status Groups

Order Statuses

Comment Templates

Stock Indication

Notify Me when in Stock

Stock Delivery Terms

Cross Sell Type

Cache Control


Managing Countries

Managing Counties and States

Geo Zones

Managing Cities

city settings

Postal Codes

Managing Taxes

Managing Currencies


Viewing Who is Online

Managing IP Restriction

Error Log Viewer

Creating Installation

Address Formats

Image Settings

Sales Tags

Managing Front Ends

Managing App Shop

Going Live with osCommerce

Affiliate Module

Awin Module

B2B Module

Business To Business module

Bazaarvoice Module

Managing Blog

Collection Points

Managing Competitors

Customer Code Module

Customer Modules Module

Customer Multi Emails Module

Customer Products Module

Delayed Despatch Module

Delivery Options Module

Fraud Address Module

Frontend Session Module

Invoice Number Format Module

Maximum Order Quantity

Merge Customers Module

Merge Orders Module

Minimum Order Quantity

Neighbour Module

One Trust Module

Order Flags and Markers

Pack Units

Covered by Coupon Module

Klarna Module

LiqPay Module

Mollie Pay

Pay360 by Capita Module

pxPay Module

RBS WorldPay Module

Tyl by NatWest Module

Personal Catalog

Personal Discount Module

Product Bundles

Product Collections

Product Easy View

Product Global Sort

Product Ignored Payment Methods

Product Ignored Shipping Methods

Product Press Reviews

Product Relocation

Managing Refer Friend

Bookkeeping Detail Report

Changes History Report

Compare Report

Deficit Product Report

Emails History Report

Report by Email Module

Expected Products Report

Managing Freeze Stock

In Cart Stock Report

Low Stock Report

Manufacturer Sales Report

Ordered Products Report

Purchase Report

Stock by Manufacturer Report

Summary Report

Updating Opayo Pi Module

Updating Opayo Server Module

Temporary Stock Report

Universal Log Report

Managing Search Plus

Managing DHL Shipping

Managing FedEx Shipping

Managing German Post Shipping

Managing Google Zones Shipping

Managing Nova Poshta Shipping

Managing Personal Rate UPS Shipping

Managing TNT Express Shipping

Managing UPS Shipping

Managing United States Postal Service Shipping

Managing USPS Shipping

Opayo Server Module

Managing Support System

Managing Trustpilot Module

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