Since it has been predicted that by 2016, there will be 175 million people shopping online, you might find ambiguity in selecting which E-commerce platform is good for your online store. We are presenting a comparison based on the general information available publicly and our personal experience obtained past 10 years handling E-Commerce projects. When choosing an open source e-commerce platform you might be offered with different packages. Each platform has its own set of pros and cons as they have been built and designed from different perspectives, with different users in mind. Creating a shop, uploading and tweaking an online shop can take a lot of time, so it is essential that you at least try a few different platforms before making your final decision. In this article, we will outline the top 3 E-commerce technologies which are different in use and different in performance.
Magento is by far the most versatile E-commerce platform of them all. More than 150,000 businesses around the word choose Magento as their eCommerce platform. Magento is a powerful, flexible and cost-effective eCommerce solution. Magento was built using the Zend Framework. Companies such as Nike, Lindt, Samsung, Olympus, OfficeMax, The North Face, Stussy and Nespresso all make their eCommerce website by using Magento to boost their online business. The premium, Magento Enterprise Edition solution is accessible based on an annual subscription but the Magento Community Edition is available as a free download under the open source OSL 3.0 license. The Community Edition is free, but is only advised to be used by Magento developers. The Enterprise Edition is extremely powerful and is full of useful and amazing features, but this can be expensive. If you are not a developer, your best bet is to pay a web developer to build a shop using the Community Edition.
Why to choose Magento as an e-commerce platform?
- Magento has a built in stable and reliable structure.
- Open source platform
- Magento allow us to modify existing features and add new ones.
- Magento can enhance you online business such as the shopping cart, catalog management, search, checkout and administration functions
Magento site is more SEO friendly as compared to rest of all. However maintenance cost of Magento is high as compared to other open source.
OsCommerce is one of the oldest open source platforms available in the market. Open source commerce is an online store management software program. OsCommerce is another most important free and open source e-commerce platform. Features are similar to that of Magento. With OsCommerce, you can have your choice of web hosts, but it will be advised to that it is in a secure hosting environment. On the backend, OsCommerce uses PHP for server-side programming and MySQL for its relational database management system (RDMS).
Features of OsCommerce
- It is Free to download
- Open source
- Can be hosted anywhere
- Free templates available
- Premium templates available
- Add-ons available from community members
- Customer and order management from the admin dashboard
- May require the assistance of a designer/developer
OsCommerce made the most excellent shopping cart available for a long time, but now you have many other better options which brings seo friendliness, user friendliness and also easy to mofify.
PrestaShop is free open source E-commerce solution. It has 310+ features and over 2,500 modules and templates. It is suitable for either big or small e-commerce websites. PrestaShop is powerful and has easy to use product management, site management, product displays and client accounts. PrestaShop also has powerful analytics and Reporting features along with SEP and marketing capabilities.
Features of PrestaShop
- Powerful and stable
- Easy to use product management, site management, product displays and client accounts
- Powerful Analytics & Reporting features
- Marketing and SEO Capabilities
- Easy to reach customer support
At time there are problems which need coding experience to fix them but apart from that PrestaShop is a great e-commerce solution, easy to set up, easy to use and lots of functionality.