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Free Software for a Virtual Mall: CMS & e-Commerce Multi-Store

About

Php-MultiShop offers the promising combination of two open source projects to create an online "mall", and is based on two core components: the PHPNuke content management system (so-called 'portal-side') and the osCommerce storefront (called 'store-side'), using an unique DataBase.
Also is possible an installation on different DB (for example to integrate existing stores, based on oscommerce and working on other servers), but the full features are available only using the same DB.
How it works
First is required the installation of the portal-side, through the new user-friendly web installer, then the configuration (admin email-address, portal name, ...). If you already have PHPNuke installed, there is a simple add-on module that you can get that will do the same thing as the full version from Php-MultiShop: read the documentation section for further details about the installation.
After the portal, can be installed one store through the store-side (based on osCommerce). Also for this installation the package provides an user-friendly web installer, just with an attention, choosing the PREFIX for the store you are installing.
What is the PREFIX: this is an alphanumeric word to identify the store into the platform (and DB) from the portal and other stores; for example, choosing the word 'shop1' as PREFIX, all the database tables of the store you are installing will start with this prefix: shop1_products, shop1_categories, shop1_orders, ...
To install more than one store, which is the whole purpose of having a mall, you have to install the store-side for each store that want to have in the mall. Then, copy the store-side (with the installer) in another directory of your server, choose another PREFIX, and install the new store.

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Features
Php-MultiShop is a Shopping Mall Script with integrated Content Management System (or CMS, that we call portal-side). This Script allows you to easily create your very own shopping mall in a minutes.

  • portal-side.
    The CMS is based on PHPNuke, that integrates in its inside all the instruments that are used to create, in a broad sense, an information portal. Given the immense number of present functions in the installation and in an even greater quantity of modules developed from third parties, the system is the complete solution for any webmaster who would like to developed his own portal.
    Some features are:
    • Multilingual, with 33 language available.
    • Setup / Installation: Automatic web-browser based installation
    • Design / Layout: template struture implementation to
    • Community Forums
    • WebMail
    • Management of Banner Advertising
    • Administration Surveys and Polls
    • Database Optimization and Backup
    • Logging and Referrers
    • Content and Story Manager
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Newsletters
    • Reviews
    • Topics
    • Privates Messages System
    • Panel of Administration
    • Web Links
    • ... many other modules and blocks
  • store-side.
    Every shop (based on osCommerce) will have all the functions and the personalization of a traditional osCommere shop still being able to trade independently from the Mall. Each shop will still have the ability to utilize its own internet domain and administration will still be completed bye the Shop owner.
    • Multilingual: completely multilingual with English, French, German, Italian and Spanish provided by default
    • Setup / Installation: Automatic web-browser based installation
    • Design / Layout: template struture that allow changes and personalization to each store
    • Administration / Backend Functionality
      • Supports unlimited products and categories
      • Add/Edit/Remove categories, products, manufacturers, customers, and reviews
      • Administration area secured with a username and password defined during installation
      • Contact customers directly via email or newsletters
      • Easily backup and restore the database
      • Easily backup and restore the database
      • Multilingual support
      • Select what to display, and in what order, in the product listing page
      • Support for static and dynamic banners with full statistics
      • Print invoices and packaging lists from the order screen
    • Customer / Frontend Functionality
      • All orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
      • Customers can view their order history and order statuses
      • Customers can maintain their accounts
      • Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
      • Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
      • Product reviews for an interactive shopping experience
      • Forseen checkout procedure
      • Secure transactions with SSL
      • Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
      • Global and per-category bestseller lists
      • Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
      • Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation
    • Payment Functionality
      • Accept numerous offline payment processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care processing, ..)
      • Accept numerous online payment processing (2CheckOut, PayPal, Authorize.net, iPayment, ..)
      • Disable certain payment services based on a zone basis
    • Shipping Functionality
      • Weight, price, and destination based shipping modules
      • Real-time quotes available (UPS, USPS, FedEx, ..)
      • Free shipping based on amount and destination
      • Disable certain shipping services based on a zone basis
    • Tax Functionality
      • Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis
      • Set different tax rates for different products
      • Charge tax on shipping on a per shipping service basis
    • Product Functionality
      • Dynamic product attributes relationship
      • HTML based product descriptions
      • Automated display of specials
      • Control if out of stock products can still be shown and are available for purchase
      • Customers can subscribe to products to receive related emails/newsletters

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Requirements
The requirements to run Php-MultiShop are the same as those for either PHPNuke or osCommerce on their own. Namely, Apache 1.3.x or 2.x, PHP 4.x or 5.x and MySQL 3.23 or greater.
Operating System: all 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP) and all POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes).

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