Free, E-Commerce Software & Resources

Digistore E-Commerce is an open source ecommerce solution based on the popular osCommerce engine. Boasting improvements both to the administration and the end user experience – Digistore has quickly become a popular choice for people wishing to market products online.

Whether you are an established online retailer, or a new business venture, Digistore provides the foundation for successful online marketing. Pre-configured for New Zealand conditions, Digistore allows users to be ‘live’ and selling only minutes after installation is complete.

Digistore is a full content management system that requires no HTML or programming knowledge to operate. Digistore is available for download completely free of charge under the GPL – General Public License Agreement.

Digistore Features

The last recalled features of Digistore were as follows. Please note: this list should be fairly accurate, but no guarantees are made.

  • HTMLarea ( WYSIWYG editor). A WYSIWYG (pronounced wiz-ee-wig) editor is one that allows a user to see what the end result will look like while the interface or document is being created. You can use the WSIWYG editor to create HTML code in a graphical interface. No programming knowledge is required
  • Advanced template colour and layout control. The store template, layout, site width and colours can be modified from the administration control panel. No programming knowledge is required for basic customization of your store..
  • Instore advertisement manager. Allows the administrator to load advertisements which are then displayed within the store. You can run multiple advertisements at one time, disable or enable as required
  • Thumbnail and large product images + Lightbox
  • Express checkout option
  • Secure administration login and access control

Customer / Frontend Functionality

  • All orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
  • Customers can view their order history and order status
  • Customers can maintain their accounts. Customers can login and manage there own account details, orders and account settings.
  • Addressbook for multiple shipping and billing addresses
  • Customer Reviews
  • Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
  • Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
  • Forseen checkout procedure
  • Secure transactions with SSL Secure Sockets Layer. Used by most commerce servers on the World Wide Web this high-level security protocol protects the confidentiality and security of data while it is being transmitted through the internet. Based on RSA Data Securitys public-key cryptography, SSL is an open protocol that has been submitted to several industry groups as the industry security standard. Denoted by the letters HTTPS in the URL
  • Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
  • Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation

Administration / Backend Functionality

  • Unlimited products and categories supported
  • Products-to-categories structure
  • Categories-to-categories structure
  • Add/Edit/Remove categories, products, manufacturers and customers
  • Support for physical (shippable) and virtual (downloadable) products
  • Contact customers directly via email or newsletters
  • Batch print system print invoices and packaging lists
  • Easily backup and restore the database
  • Print invoices and packaging lists from the order screen
  • Statistics for products and customers
  • Multilingual support
  • Multicurrency support
  • Full order editor add/delete products change shipping/billing address
  • Recover abandoned Cart Sales
  • Complete checkout when customer didn’t return to store after payment
  • Low stock report
  • Multiple product delete/move/copy
  • Multiple product update
  • Monthly sales reports
  • See what search terms your customers are using
  • Easily monitor any changes to your files
  • Secure site from any injection attacks
  • Inactive users
  • Easily see who’s shopping online and not just browsing
  • Easily create and edit new information pages via inbuilt CMS System
  • Product attribute clone, easily add same attributes to another product

General Functionality

  • Compatible with all PHP 4 versions and PHP 5 support. The PHP Hypertext Preprocessor is a programming language that allows web developers to create dynamic content that interacts with databases. PHP is basically used for developing web based software applications
  • All features enabled by default for a complete out-of-the-box solution
  • Multilingual support (English, French and German as standard)
  • SEO url’s unix type O/S wont work with apache for windows
  • Bad robot blocker
  • Stop Cross Site Scripting attacks
  • Optional “Must Accept Terms and Conditions” options
  • IP address recorded in order to deter fruad
  • Meta tags on the fly or add your own via admin

Template Structure

  • Allow layout changes to be adaptive, easy, and quickly to make
  • Support for dynamic images

Product Functionality

  • Dynamic product attributes relationship
  • HTML based product descriptions using WYSIWYG editorA WYSIWYG (pronounced wiz-ee-wig) editor is one that allows a user to see what the end result will look like while the interface or document is being created. You can use the WSIWYG editor to create HTML code in a graphical interface. No programming knowledge is required
  • Automated display of specialsSpecials are also displayed on a separate in store specials page
  • Out of stock products can still be shown and are available for purchase
  • Tell-a-friend email function
  • Customers can subscribe to products to receive related emails/newsletters
  • Product qty discount either global or per product
  • Product bundle
  • Buy x amount get y amount free
  • Recently viewed products controllable via admin on/off
  • Discounts via coupons

Payment Functionality

  • Accept numerous offline payment processing (cheque, offline credit card processing.)
  • Live credit card processing (2checkout, Paystation, DPS, Paypal, Authorize.net)Live credit card processing is the capacity for a website to interact with a payment gateway service to automatically authorize and process credit card transactions in response to orders placed through a website in real-time. We recommend Paystation ( paystation.co.nz )
  • Disable certain payment services based on a zone basis
  • Enable free product downloads
  • Further payment modules can easily be added

Shipping Functionality

  • Weight, price, and destination based shipping modules
  • Free shipping based on amount and destination
  • Disable certain shipping services based on a zone basis
  • Shipping by percent
  • Further shipping modules can easily be added

Tax Functionality

  • Flexible tax implementation – pre setup for New Zealand conditions.
  • Set different tax rates if applicable
  • Charge tax on shipping on a per shipping service basis
  • Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis