Monday, April 22, 2013

OXID eShop now available in BitNami

We are happy to announce that OXID eShop is now available on BitNami library. OXID eShop is a flexible open source e-commerce software with a wide range of functionalities. Thanks to its modular, modern and state-of-the-art architecture, it can be modified, expanded and customized to individual requirements with the greatest of ease.

You can now download free, ready to run native installers for  Windows, OS X and Linux, virtual machines and Azure and Amazon EC2 cloud images.

You can now launch a free cloud demo server with the BitNami Cloud Launchpad by clicking the launch button below.

Launch OXID eShop

Marco Steinhäeuser, Community Guide at OXID eSales AG, has replied some questions about the OXID sShop project.

What is the goal of the OXID eShop application?

With OXID eShop, online merchants or integration agencies get a lean, modern and feature rich PHP software to build up a sustainable e-commerce business. OXID eShop is easy to customize: it uses the Smarty template engine for generating one's unique store front design. If you have to change or add some functionality for fitting OXID eShop into your business model, write an extension, put it into the modules folder and off you go. Thanks to the OOP (object oriented programming) architecture you'll be able to update your software and benefit from the latest innovations without loosing your changes.

Because OXID eShop is so simple to adapt there will be a short time to market -  OXID eShop is just e-commerce software for agencies with deadlines :-)

OXID eShop sample project

What are the main features of OXID eShop?

- High performance
- Scalability
- Good usability
- SEO friendliness (including rich snippets)
- B2B and B2C capability
- multilingual/multiple currencies
- Downloadable and virtual products 
- Integrated web2.0 components
- Private shopping
- Multi stores (only capable in Enterprise Edition)

Which projects or organizations are using OXID eShop currently?

By nature, usually merchants, online pure players as well as multichannel providers but also more and more manufacturer and vendors. We have very small mom-and-dad-shops as well as really huge players and everything between. Here's an extract of our bigger references:

Mercedes Benz Parts
Hellweg hardware store
Mayersche book store
Gravis Mac store
Carl Zeiss Jena

What are the benefits for OXID eShop to be available as BitNami stack installers, virtual machine and Amazon cloud images? 

Thanks to BitNami it is now possible for integrators, freelancers and ambitioned online merchants to easily get started, running their own development environment, building up staging machines and to test their modifications instead of working on their productive servers. This is very useful for module coders as well, as they can test extensions in different versions of OXID eShop. The most cool thing is that one can choose the environment by taste, no matter if preferring the Amazon cloud, a virtual machine or a LAMP, MAMP or WAMP stack.

We'd like to thank BitNami in the name of the whole community for the useful stacks!

We are glad OXID eShop is now part of BitNami. Would you like your favorite app to be part of BitNami? Make sure to suggest and vote for it in our contest!