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Commonly used open source e-commerce softwares

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The online sales might go up to $249 billion by next year. The US also estimates that nearly 175 million people of the entire population shall be shopping online by 2016.Online sales are growing and new accounts have rapidly established their business online. This has taken business to another lucrative and high level

Here below, there are a few most commonly used e- commerce software listed:

  1.  osCommerce
  2. Zen Cart
  3. Magento
  4. PrestaShop
  5. OpenCart

osCommerce:

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It is one of the oldest open source shopping carts in the market osCommerce came into existence in the year March 2000. This project was oriented from Germany.

This is the most popular can commonly used e-commerce community which consists of more than 270,000 members. Hence the user will be able to lean on thousands of osCommerce experts web developers who are specialized in the e-commerce platform.

The other name for osCommerce is modular system which enhances the out of the box features by installing add- ons There are nearly 7,000 and above add-ons that are available for the user to extend the functionalities of the software.

The history of osCommerce has been vulnerable for many security reasons. In 2011, 4.5 million osCommerce web pages were infested due to security issues and attackers affected the sites with malicious code. These kinds of issues were patched immediately.

Server Requirements:

  • Server side programming – PHP
  • Database – MySQL

Website: http://www.oscommerce.com/

Examples: 

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Zen Cart:

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The features of Zen Cart mostly resemble osCommerce. It is not any surprise since Zen Cart was developed using the osCommerce code base. This one provides retailers with customer management marketing tools such as gift certificates, coupon codes, discount and sales rules and many such things.Zen Cart’s main target is towards its developers and advanced users. They are experts in creating websites with Zen Cart and editing, updating it with the same templates. This is quite a complex affair when compared to the newer online shopping cart.

Server Requirements:

  • Server side programming – PHP
  • Database – MySQL

Website: http://www.zen-cart.com/

Examples:

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Magento:

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There are more than 125,000 merchants who have been served by Magento. This is an open source project which was established in the year 2007 and later it was acquired by eBay. It is a highly configurable and robustly featured which attracted lots of contributors.

Magento features are similar to that ogging and content management.It is one of the best solutions for those users who manage multiple stores from single admin interface and database with lots of customization and excellent maintenance.

Features:

  • A complete tool set for eCommerce.
  • Attracts and retain customers
  • Makes buying easy

 Website: http://www.magentocommerce.com/

 Examples:

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PrestaShop:

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This is one of the most essential e-commerce marketing tools which have the capacity to run multiple online stores through one installation. It provides very good support and technical documentation which is a great choice for online retailers.It currently holds more than 130,000 active online shops in very short span of time. This open source e- commerce solution has been downloaded by more than 2.6 million users. It provides shoppers with a smooth shopping and easy checkout process.

Features:

  • It provides catalog management, inventory management and product export options.
  • It allows the customer to compare the products with price and other features.

 Website: http://www.prestashop.com/

Examples:

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OpenCart:

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Open Cart is one of the youngest e- commerce platforms which have proven its success with its simplicity and excellent usability for online merchants as well as their customers. Their project contributions are very responsive and offer new features. It is really useful for the online merchants.

Features:

  • It is a multistoried capacity.
  • It allows the customer to rate and review their products.

Website: http://www.opencart.com/

Examples:

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opencart example image

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