Customers purchasing products through online media is growing steadily over the years. Experts are forecasting that 175 million people would use online media in purchasing goods online by 2016. Seeing the continuous growth, numerous e-commerce businesses are coming up in the market. But, it is not all easy to manage an online business as it requires expertise and knowledge of this field.
To deploy and manage eCommerce business site easily, a special platform is required. There are numerous paid platforms for business to manage the task by experts. But, it is costly and not affordable for a small business. To avoid high expenditure, most of the entrepreneurs like to manage their site themselves taking help of open source e-commerce platforms. Open source e-commerce platform provides features or applications required in online business at a minimal cost. Further, it contains developers and partners to assist the entrepreneurs to sort out problems quickly. So, let us look at some of popular open source e-commerce platforms useful for managing e-commerce site effectively.
OpenCart – It is an open sourced PHP based e-commerce solution provider for online businesses. It has excellent customers support for users with commercial partners for installation and customization. There are more 20 payment gateways and 8 shipping methods available and coupled with hundreds of shipping as well as payment gateways with the extension directory. Additionally, it is designed to manage multiple shops from one interface easily and has 2,700 themes under its directory.
PrestaShop – It provides e-commerce solution to a merchant and written in PHP based on Smarty template engine. It has more than 310 integrated features and 3500 modules and templates for users. The prominent features present in the platform are cross-selling, downloadable products, product export, one-page checkout, shipping discounts, and much more in the list. It has more than 6, 00,000 community members and downloaded over 4 million times. Further, it has been translated into 63 languages in more than 160 countries.
Magento Community Edition – It is a free version of the e-commerce platform. Users can enable additional features by installing extension and themes from the huge Magento Connect Marketplace. Though Magento doesn’t provide customers support a technical solution can be availed by users in the user forum. The platform is being used by more than 2, 00, 000 customers worldwide.
Zen Cart – It is an open source e-commerce application and in one-stop solution provider for the merchant. It is based in PHP and got separated from osCommerce code in 2003 focusing only on template based solution. But, now it has more than 1, 800 add-on features in 16 categories for users. The platform has more than 150000 members and 2, 00,000 threads worldwide.
Spree Commerce – This open source platform provides e-commerce solution and to users and courses for ecom business owners it is based on Ruby on Rails. The platform allows users to configure, supplement, and replace the functionality whenever needed. It has become a trusted e-commerce solution provider with over 45, 000 stores using the platform worldwide. Further, it has been translated into more than 30 languages for users.