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Open source ecommerce platforms – the best 15 available

When it comes to open source ecommerce platforms, there are plenty to choose from. Here, we take a close look at the 15 best available, which should help guide you in the right direction. I’m not going to lie- finding the perfect platform is not easy.

Each one has its own set of pros and cons and has been designed with a slightly different user in mind. Uploading products and customising your store can be very time consuming, so make sure you have given several platforms a try before you make that final decision and integrate one into your site.

1. Magento (free)

You’ve only got to look at Magento’s client list to realise what an excellent piece of open-source software it is. Samsung, The North Face, Stussy and Nespresso all use it to power their online stores. It’s used by 30,000 merchants and is the world’s fastest growing ecommerce platform. You have to pay for the Enterprise Edition, which is packed full of extremely useful features, but the Community Edition, meant for developers only, is free to download and use.

2. osCommerce (free)

osCommerce is absolutely free under the GNU General Public License and caters very well to most people’s needs. Unsurprisingly, considering how easy it is to set up and run, it’s extremely popular, powering over 228,700 online stores. Such popularity does come with a significant downside however- it makes it harder for you to differentiate your store from the thousands of others out there. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’re going to need to use some of the 5,800 add-ons available, some of which cost money.

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1 thought on “Open source ecommerce platforms – the best 15 available”

  1. Great list but i would love to add EasyStorehosting also.

    I have tried it, and it genuinely works.
    EasyStoreHosting offers e-commerce hosting without any extra charge and
    The best thing is that provide “technical support service” free of cost.

    So you have to do anything by yourself, just shoot a mail to them, they will do it for you.
    The most important thing to do is to figure out what you need in an e-commerce system.
    Once you figure all that out, now you have something to research. You go and test demos of all the products then decide it.

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