Initially, the mall was designed to manage the creation of new database
tables to facilitate each new store being created. The new store name
was used as a prefix for the new table set. This has been replaced
by the store ID number which is internally generated.
This gives a much higher level of security, and removes a bug in the store creation process which was exploited.
SQL injection has been removed, and the admin management tool has been improved to ensure security for individual
shop vendors. The power of oscMall can offer great benefits, because of the boom in the online business sector
resulting from the spread of broadband Internet technology.
Multiple business models now supported
Since every business has unique needs and characteristics, w have developed
the mall system to be able to use various business models. The retail
business model comes with the default mall system installation at no charge.
Other business models will be offered for sites which require different
solutions once the initial mall release has gone through the finial debugging
stage. The oscMall will support restaurant, wholesale and tourism
based shops. All can run in the mall at the same time and will give
your mall the flexability to cater to many different businesses
If you are looking to offer a different service or need a business model
customized, we are here to deal with this. Since this is the first
release of this feature, we will continue further development to stream
line the logic, and minor upgrades will occur.
With many features built specifically by us for each business model,
this feature will add flexability for your mall not found in other mall
Shared Cart System
Now people purchasing from the mall will be able to have products from various
vendors in the cart at the same time. Each vendor still retains
the ability to manage their own shipping and payment systems, but now the
customer will loop though each vendor's payment system during checkout.
This feature at present is always on, but in the future the shared cart
system will be a feature which can be switched on or off. This shared cart
system will give your mall the functionality to allow your vendors to
set up stores with only one item, or an entire online market.
With a bidding system also planned, additional revenue methods will
be available to mall owners. This was a suggestion given to us
by users. We want the mall to work for you and for you to have
the functionality you need.
A Template Driven Mall System
Initially developed by SystemsManager Technologies, our system
has given many businesses and people the ability to add in their own layout
with ease to their osCommerce site. The basics of this template system is used by many other "Loaded" systems out there and
is still one of the most popular osCommerce modifications used today.
We have cleaned up our template system even further, and still allow for any and
all shops to maintain their own unique look for their shop. This feature
can be turned on or off by the mall admin for greater control of the system.
Since we are following the osCommerce MileStone Releases, we have stopped
any further development on our template system and have chosen to use the
system osCommerce is developing in the next release of the oscMall System (version 5).
Advanced Language System
We have completely overhauled the initial osCommerce language system, to
have a more user friendly tool with 99% of the text placed into a database
table. This means that for just about any text on the site, you can
go to our language tool and make your required changes.
Changes made in this manner will take affect across the site. This multi-language
system is installed and maintained with minimal technical expertise needed,
and a quick look in our forums
will help answer any questions regarding this process.
Our system comes with a WYSIWYG text editing system. This language system
creates a powerful tool for store admins.
Comes with a language system that is customizable for all shops if the
mall admin wants to turn on this feature. Contains the functionality for
each store to manage their own site text, making each store truly unique.
Comes with a dynamic page creation system which allows you to add in any
new content pages to the site with ease.
Comes with English as standard language install.
Will soon support Danish, Russian and German languages
Mall Wide Searching
We have changed the internal storage system for products, and now
use one table for the product storage. This has enabled
a mall wide search feature which was asked for again and again by our
users. So we have set up the system for a mall wide search.
This is an initial release and may need some refinement. The
search can be broad or narrow and will allow for products from all vendors
to be listed. The use of one product category listing for all
vendors is now in place. The store category listing system will
become an optional feature. Plans are to use the optional individual
product category box listing for sites that use separate cart systems, verses
the single category listing for shared cart sites.
Other changes from version 3 to version 4 include:
Reduced number of tables created on each instance of new shop
CVS tree at Source
Forge will be maintained to manage version and bug fixes for version.
Several contributions have been modified to work with the oscMall
™ system, which will be
freely available for download.
Shop rental system in place, to offer the sale of shops to vendors
(recurring billing not supported at this time).
Sales tracker for the mall admin (planned use is to charge shop vendors
a percentage of the sales) is being worked on.
Limit list products on various shop rentals (ie vendor can list up to 10
products only or whatever it is set to).
e-book for the Mall owner functionality/operation of the oscMall
™ System (coming soon).
e-book documentation on the management of an individual shop, written for
the novice e-commerce store owner (coming soon).