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The Best Open Source Platforms (Ecommerce)

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For effective running of an E-commerce website or an online store, the importance of an Open source E-commerce platform can be ignored. These platforms assist in the effective and professional running of an online store. There are several E-commerce platforms that are available in the market. Through this article we will list and briefly explain some of these E-commerce Platforms to you. Before we jump to the actual topic let’s see some of the basic benefits provided by an E-commerce Platform.


  • There is no requirement of a Vendor Lockdown
  • The availability of an old school integration surely serves as an advantage
  • E-commerce platforms make customization easy and simple
  • E-commerce platforms provide adequate security to a webpage

E-commerce Platforms worth experiencing!

Now let’s see some of the E-commerce platforms who have created a buzz in the market due to their wonderful offerings and features.

1.      Magento

The community edition of Magento is truly awesome. The greatest thing about the community edition is that there are several features that have been added in it. Most of these features are not available on other Open source Ecommerce platforms that are available out there. The main features are related to management of multiple stores, different currencies and a variety of languages.

2.      PrestaShop

The biggest benefit of PrestaShop is that it very easy to utilize as compared to some of its counterparts. The software is utilized in more than 250,000 different online websites of the world.  The software is very easy when it comes to customization and installation. Without doubt PrestaShop is one of the best E-commerce platforms available.

3.      OpenCart

OpenCart is highly popular in those circles which are involved in small level businesses. The software is ideal for people who lack in programming experience. The application is very simple and does not possess complex functionality found in some of the other shopping carts available out there. However high simplicity also means less features.

4.      osCommerce

osCommerce is one of those applications that have been in operation from almost last fifteen years. The application is home community created add-ons in access of 7000. The software allows you customization as far as designing and improving the appearance of your storefront is concerned. More than 260,000 store owners are using this software.

5.      Zen Cart

Zen Cart also has considerable following when it comes to Open Source Ecommerce Platforms. The software is blessed with a wonderful system related to product management. Zen Cart can help you in the management of inventory as well. The software provides you with absolute control. Zen Cart can lose speed especially if loaded with too many products.

6.      Spree Commerce

Spree Commerce is a relatively new platform and is a kind of an application that has its basis on Ruby on Rails. The platform is modular in nature and can be configured with ease. Similarly the functionality can also be upgraded. The software is used by popular retailers like 3D Robotics.

7.      WooCommerce

WooCommerce is highly compatible with WordPress hence is worth using if your website has been developed via WordPress. The application boasts a rapidly increasing utilizer community. The software can be managed and installed with ease without much of a serious difficulty. Popular retailers using this software include names like EcoKitty and Cupcake Studio

8.      Jigoshop

Jigoshop is also a WordPress-based solution which is gaining fast fame in the market. The software is lightweight especially if compared with its counterparts. The application is conducive for all those individuals out there who want to improve their plugins, storefront, plugins and extensions.

9.      VirtueMart

VirtueMart is highly compatible with Joomla. It helps in the effective running of your Storefront. The high side of the application lies in the fact that it is SEO friendly which means that by applying professional SEO you can surely achieve a high ranking for your webpage.

Make your Move

If you have just started your business then keep one thing in mind and that one thing is that you cannot survive without a strong online presence. Online presence is not a piece of cake and for this you need to think seriously and may have to seek help from some professionals too.




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