Top 5 open source e commerce solutions ever

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Here, we have gathered a list of top 5 open source eCommerce solutions which seems to be the best options for online shopping website owners. If you are an eCommerce website owner, possibilities are, you are already using one or more of them. But, still take a look at each of them and compare them to find out the most befit solution according to your business in every term. http://101ecommerce.com

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Top 5 open source e commerce solutions ever

  1. 1. Here, we have gathered a list of top 5 open source eCommerce solutions which seems to be the best options for online shopping website owners. If you are an eCommerce website owner, possibilities are, you are already using one or more of them. But, still take a look at each of them and compare them to find out the most befit solution according to your business in every term.
  2. 2. Magento is the most popular and famous eCommerce solution which you would definitely come across during your search. It enjoys the similar status in eCommerce websites to WordPress in normal websites. Magento is purchased by the eCommerce giant eBay and is being developed further and marketed heavily for people to use it.
  3. 3. Features: 1.Creation and management of multiple stores 2.Attributes based product definitions. 3.Guided/filtered/ layered navigation in category and search pages 4.Configurable search with auto-suggestion 5.Multi-tier pricing 6.Web Services API, can be used for integration with 3rd party software 7.Integrated with Google analytics 8.Admin Dashboard for report overview 9.Multilanguage support
  4. 4. Good Factors: 1.Comprising more features into its free version than other similar options. For instance, Supporting multiple languages, multiple currencies, mobile friendly and capability to support multiple store-fronts 2.One free version is available – called ‘Community version’ 3.Rich ecosystem – many developers/users have created numerous add-ons, plug-ins to choose from 4.User-friendly interface with simplicity in mind 5.Significantly flexible and scalable Bad Factors: 1.Hard to find Magento developers 2.Costly if you are running a good business – Though, the Community version is free, other options for large business are costly. For instance, the Enterprise version starts around $15,000/year and ‘Premium’ Enterprise version costs you no less than $50,000 3.It generally needs specialized hosting on dedicated servers. Shared hosting will negatively affect on the website’s smooth experience
  5. 5. osCommerce is 14 years old. Though, statistically it lags far behind Magento, but for beginners and low budgeted entrepreneurs, this is one of the best option. Features: 1.Compatible with all PHP 4 versions 2.All features enabled by default for a full out-of-the-box solution 3.Object oriented backend 4.Multilanguage support 5.Easy integration, changes and support for dynamic images 6.Numerous offline payment processing 7.Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis 8.Weight, price and destination based shipping modules 9.Orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
  6. 6. Good Factors: 1.Flexible administration panel 2.Being a light-weight software, it gives its share of improving the site- speed 3.Over 63 languages are supported 4.Powerful security measures 5.Mass inventory changes enabled Bad Factors: 1.More suitable for small or medium scale business 2.Some important add-ons are to be purchased 3.Complicated programming 4.No export tool
  7. 7. Features: 1.Unlimited catagories, products and manufacturers 2.Tamplatable 3.Multi-languages, multi-currency support 4.Product reviews and ratings 5.PCI compliant 6.Unlimited Module Instance System 7.Error Logging 8.Multiple Tax Rates
  8. 8. Good Factors: 1.Appealing Interface 2.Large number of extensions and plug-ins to choose from 3.Tools available backup and restore 4.MVC and XHTML 5.Efficient for server resources Bad Factors: 1.Occasional errors with updates and plug-ins 2.Large code file size of the basic unoptimized version 3.Though, feature-rich, some functionalities are still missing
  9. 9. WooCommerce is a plugin for WordPress based websites. Any WP based website needing to transform itself into an eCommerce website, could use this plugin. Although, nothing can beat the dedicated eCommerce platforms like Magento or Prestashop or Shopify, WooCommerce could be extremely easy, useful and kind of a boon for the business owners who are familiar with the functionality or WordPress and are reluctant to learn Magento or other eCommerce platforms.
  10. 10. Features: 1.Multi-download support for digital products 2.Realtime Checkout validation 3.Localization 4.CSS overhaul 5.Inline star rating display 6.Cache friendly cart widgets
  11. 11. Good Factors: 1.Huge Flexibility 2.Great integration with WordPress 3.Familiarity of longtime WordPress users 4.Vast Customization option 5.Big Community 6.Benefits of WooThemes 7.Top Notch security features Bad Factors: 1.Not a dedicated eCommerce platform 2.Cost of extensions and extra features could add up 3.No technical support for free version 4.Slower store page load 5.Supports only PayPal and offline payments 6.Somewhat complex
  12. 12. Each of the listed solution is good or bad in one area or another. You need to evaluate the options according to you needs. If you are a new player with limited budgets go for the solution which is free and still provides enough features to run your initial business easily. If you are bigger player with enough budget and very serious goal to grow into Goliath-sized business go for the option which are provides all-round services keeping the future needs in mind (not necessarily the priciest ones). We have just represented you the different ways, you are the one to decide what you will need. If the decision is tough, you always have the option of the professional help – both free and paid – available by 101eCommerce. Source: http://101ecommerce.com/top-5-open-source-ecommerce-solutions-ever/

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