Best eCommerce Platforms?

by mdsurf 72 replies
Hello,

I am going to build an ecommerce site and am wondering what would be the best platform. I am currently running a ecommerce site on wordpress but am not that pleased with it. Looking for something that is a little easier to customize and has good support. Maybe drag and drop too. Would also prefer something that is a onetime fee and not monthly but am open to the best solution.

been looking at magento commerce, 3cart, americommerce and a few others.

thanks for the help
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  • Profile picture of the author candres79
    If you like wordpress and want to continue using it I would recommend using shopperpress theme. There are quite a few nice, easy to use ecommerce plugins and themes for wordpress
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    • Profile picture of the author jamsl
      Hello,

      We are a custom website design and development company. We provide professional Magento theme design services. We develop custom modules for Magento, design it custom and try to meet all the specifications as per customer requirements.

      Tips and Tricks:
      I will share eight shopping cart “must haves” that I believe can help you select the proper ecommerce platform for your business and your marketing plan.

      1. Pick an SEO-friendly Cart
      2. Coupon Code Support
      3. RSS Capability
      4. Cross-selling Functionality
      5. Customer Reviews
      6. Product Sharing and Recommendations
      7. Multiple Images, Image Zooming
      8. Manage Campaign Landing Pages

      For word press shopping cart Users, you have to installed Pros and Cons of a WordPress shopping cart plugin

      For more information free to contact Us...



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      • Profile picture of the author mologic
        I would add to this:

        -import/export capabilities
        -newsletter list management
        -CRM compatibility
        -quickbooks compatibility

        all in all, great e-commerce means code and interface customization. Not all products are created equal.. so, find the e-com solution that best showcases and of course ranks your produdcts

        Originally Posted by jamsl View Post

        Hello,

        We are a custom website design and development company. We provide professional Magento theme design services. We develop custom modules for Magento, design it custom and try to meet all the specifications as per customer requirements.

        Tips and Tricks:
        I will share eight shopping cart “must haves” that I believe can help you select the proper ecommerce platform for your business and your marketing plan.

        1. Pick an SEO-friendly Cart
        2. Coupon Code Support
        3. RSS Capability
        4. Cross-selling Functionality
        5. Customer Reviews
        6. Product Sharing and Recommendations
        7. Multiple Images, Image Zooming
        8. Manage Campaign Landing Pages

        For word press shopping cart Users, you have to installed Pros and Cons of a WordPress shopping cart plugin

        For more information free to contact Us...



        Regards
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        email: info(at)attuneinfocom(dot)com
        Other: contact(at)attuneinfocom(dot)com
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    Several options are open to you. Magento. VirtueMart. Zen Cart. Drupal. Choosing among these what suits your work best is the important factor. All these e-commerce website platforms are open source, user friendly and free. They come with a lot of interesting features and are greatly flexible.
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    Do keep in mind Magento will require some time to learn but once you figure it out, you will realize how powerful it is. A lot of our clients use Magento for setting up their eCommerce website.
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    I agree with haymanpl



    Its been really good and effective also much more easy and reliable.
    Personally I consider Magento to be the best shopping cart software for E-commerce websites

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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    There are several other things to consider, security being a major factor. Are you going to accept credit cards? Be familiar with PCI compliance standards. https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/
    What information are you going to keep on-site? It is against most merchant accounts to store credit card numbers. Something you do not want to do.
    How many products are you going to have? If only a few then most any shopping cart will suffice. If it is a large number then you will need sufficient storage and processing power since some of these systems are resource hogs.
    Most systems have trials, if not free. Set up a development server and test them until you find one you like.
    Research for any security flaws and hacks for any system you have your eye on. Hacking seems to be running rampant now days, so having a secure system is a must. When you do set up your system be absolutely sure to lock down your server or hire someone to do this. There are many scripts that look for vulnerabilities in these shopping carts and you will get tested on a daily basis.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author acundy11
    Magento is the best one with the most features out of the box. That's what we use for our clients.

    However Ecwid has a nice drag and drop feature. It depends on what your needs and budget is. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdsurf
    Hello everyone,

    I am wondering what are the best eCommerce solutions?

    I am using wordpress shopperpress at the moment and absolutely hate it, its extremely slow, bugs out alot and is just a general pain in the a**.

    I would like to use something else but there seem to be so many different options out there, I would really like to see what solutions other people are using.

    I don't have any coding skill so would like something thats drag n drop. Would also like something thats flexible too tho, maybe with themes like wordpress? or is easy to change the layout with.

    Thanks in advance
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    • Profile picture of the author mdsurf
      and i would like to use something that has an integrated shopping cart, ie can use paypal pro or something similar
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    • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
      There are quite some good ones in the market but which platform to choose depends on your needs.
      Wordpress ecommerce plugins are one time pay if you select a paid plugin...free ones are not so good. Magento is a good one but its complicated and costly. Joomla virtuemart is again very complicated and bulky. You can try shopify which is good but its premium.

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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
      Magento is good but very resource hungry, I have heard of people with large shops having to get dedicated servers to cope with it, but this is just here-say so probably a little exaggerated!

      Couple of good plugins for Wordpress are Cart66 (used to be PHPurchase) and you could even use Wordpress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart which is a free plugin but you would be adding the items as posts and adding the button only with that.

      I have a bunch of ecommerce sites and I tend to still go back to a modified version of osCommerce, but if you have no programming skills then modification to make it look less like the standard install would be tricky, but as far as function it does everything you need it to and isn't too much of a hog on the resources.

      Hope you get it sorted whatever way you go!
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      • Profile picture of the author Johnny Optimo
        I have had a great experience with Magento

        But then again, I've been a web developer for more than 10 years and modifying PHP and CSS is like microwaving popcorn to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author adesbarats
        I use Magento and you are correct, it is very resource hungry. The problem with open source Magento is that there is ALOT of features built into the core code. Most of these features you will never use but they add tremendously to your computing overhead - end result is it will make your site sluggish, especially if you have a lot of products. We actually have a dedicated server to help with this issue but even then, site load times are a problem.

        Other issues with Magento - Unless you have a good understanding of Magento code, you will require outside Magento expertise to fix bugs, add extensions, make site changes, conduct upgrades, etc. And I can tell you from experience, 99% of the so called Magento experts out there are not experts. When it comes to Magento, you get what you pay for with respect to IT support.

        We are moving away from Magento to look at other options such as Shopify and BigCommerce. Yes, you pay a monthly fee but those monthly fees are far lower then what we currently pay to keep Magento running smoothly.


        Originally Posted by RockstarMedia View Post

        Magento is good but very resource hungry, I have heard of people with large shops having to get dedicated servers to cope with it, but this is just here-say so probably a little exaggerated!

        Couple of good plugins for Wordpress are Cart66 (used to be PHPurchase) and you could even use Wordpress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart which is a free plugin but you would be adding the items as posts and adding the button only with that.

        I have a bunch of ecommerce sites and I tend to still go back to a modified version of osCommerce, but if you have no programming skills then modification to make it look less like the standard install would be tricky, but as far as function it does everything you need it to and isn't too much of a hog on the resources.

        Hope you get it sorted whatever way you go!
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        • Profile picture of the author johnwaugh123
          E-commerce solutions have developed to include core functionality for navigation, shopping cart, checkout, shipping and handling, as well as taxes and some level of integrating to an OMS or an ERPS.
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          Magento has a killer product to compete with shopify and bigcommerce
          it's SaaS and called magento Go

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          Originally Posted by adesbarats View Post

          I use Magento and you are correct, it is very resource hungry. The problem with open source Magento is that there is ALOT of features built into the core code. Most of these features you will never use but they add tremendously to your computing overhead - end result is it will make your site sluggish, especially if you have a lot of products. We actually have a dedicated server to help with this issue but even then, site load times are a problem.

          Other issues with Magento - Unless you have a good understanding of Magento code, you will require outside Magento expertise to fix bugs, add extensions, make site changes, conduct upgrades, etc. And I can tell you from experience, 99% of the so called Magento experts out there are not experts. When it comes to Magento, you get what you pay for with respect to IT support.

          We are moving away from Magento to look at other options such as Shopify and BigCommerce. Yes, you pay a monthly fee but those monthly fees are far lower then what we currently pay to keep Magento running smoothly.
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            Originally Posted by Ryce View Post

            Magento has a killer product to compete with shopify and bigcommerce
            it's SaaS and called magento Go
            Since it is now owned by Ebay I wouldn't use it if my life depended on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author mdsurf
      okay, thankyou for your help/responses i think im going to look around magento a see how that works out
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      shopify.com
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      • Profile picture of the author abpages
        Try BigCommerce.com

        We've used the other open source platforms for years, had nothing but problems with keeping them secure and updated. Installing different addons can become a nightmare if not tested properly. Then when you actually start to get a lot of traffic, you need your own server to run it all properly.

        Save the headache.

        Cheers
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      Originally Posted by robwilley7 View Post

      If you are looking to set up your own online store, then you will need to find a platform to do it on. Luckily, there are a huge range of different platforms to choose from that all have different features and will each be suited to different people. Here is a run through of what we think are some of the best open source out there
      1.Wordpress
      2. Magento
      3. osCommerce
      4. Zen-cart
      5. Prestashop
      6. UberCart
      7. OpenCart
      8. NopCommerce
      9. AgoraCart
      10. CS-Cart
      I would generally tend to agree.. except it looks like the OP was looking for something a little different..

      Originally Posted by mdsurf View Post

      I am using wordpress shopperpress at the moment and absolutely hate it, its extremely slow, bugs out alot and is just a general pain in the a**.

      ....

      I don't have any coding skill so would like something thats drag n drop. Would also like something thats flexible too tho, maybe with themes like wordpress? or is easy to change the layout with.

      Thanks in advance
      BigCommerce is going to be a completely hosted/tested/supported solution that you won't have to worry about WP type bugs with. Don't get me wrong, those other options are great for high-end customization and very specific functionality. But, for someone wanting templates, ease of use, and most likely a dedicated support team, a hosted cart like BC is probably a better option.
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        I'll second the vote for Big Commerce.

        I found it easy to learn/use, easy to modify and customize (and if you have absolutely no knowledge, you can find someone to do it for you, cheaply - hey, you could hire me ).

        I'm not gonna lie, I've had some issues with their customer service (it's not the BEST, but it's not the worst) and I've had support tickets through email get ignored, but when I called and spoke to a support ninja my problems were dealt with.

        Honestly, it's got more features than you'll probably even need, and that's a good thing. I started out with WordPress Shopperpress as well and HATED it. It did nothing I wanted it to, was always buggy, was completely unprofessional (stupid emails, people would register for my site and get their password emailed about an hour later, etc.) so I went to Big Commerce.

        I was able to get my shop completely to my liking really fast with pretty much any feature I could think of, plus some.
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      Prestashop is the No 1
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      I like Magento
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      I like ecommerce site in wordpress version. Because it easy to outsource some plugins and ecommerce theme.. Another thing is, its cheap! ;-)
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      I Like VirtueMart
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      There are lots of ecommerce platform out there but for me i go with magento. This platform gives you total control over the look and functionality of your store. Its feature rich, flexible, scalable and robust good for any online store you want.
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      i like zen cart
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      Take a look at ecwid, its fairly new and its cool
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        I would have a look at Prestashop - It is easy for a newbie to configure - It has a web 2.0 look about it and there are plenty of templates and plugins available.

        However : Most of the (good) templates and plugins are NOT free.
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      I've used Magento, Shopplugin for WordPress and regular old PayPal buttons.

      Bottom line is, use a platform which will suit your needs and what you are selling. If you're going with a platform just because it has features 1 - 10 but you'll only use features 1 - 5 then you're wasting your time. Go with the platform which will benefit your present and relevant needs the most.
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      I use both Magento or Zen Cart on my stores.
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      Currently powering more than 10,000 ecommerce sites around the world, it can be used on any web server that has PHP and MySQL installed. The default installation includes features that one can easily enable and configure. OsCommerce allows the user to set prices in different currencies and accept all popular payment methods: PayPal, checks, credit cards, etc.

      Most popular features:

      unlimited products and categories support;
      multicurrency support;
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      What every you choose just work it from the scratch it will help you a lot to avoid the technical problems and show the better performance.
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      VirtueMart. It has been designed to work alongside Joomla!, is a really neat cart which customers feel instantly comfortable with. Not only does it let customers buy things, it lets them create an account, add addresses and access their order history.
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    • Profile picture of the author donaldsmith
      There are 15 Open Source eCommerce Platforms.
      1. Magento (free)
      2. osCommerce (free)
      3. Zen Cart (free)
      4. X-Cart ($115)
      5. CubeCart (free)
      6. VirtueMart (free)
      7. Ubercart (free)
      8. PrestaShop (free)
      9. LiteCommerce ($109)
      10. Spree (free)
      11. Avactis (free basic version, otherwise $19.95 per month or $199)
      12. AgoraCart (free)
      13. WordPress e-Commerce Plugin (free)
      14. OXID eShop (free)
      15. Digistore (free)
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        Originally Posted by donaldsmith View Post

        There are 15 Open Source eCommerce Platforms.
        ...
        9. LiteCommerce ($109)
        ...
        Just would like to clarify this point. LiteCommerce v2.2 was a commercial cart sold at $109.

        But the new LiteCommerce 3 is free, open-source shopping cart that is distributed under the OSL 3.0 license. The LiteCommerce source code is hosted at GitHub.
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      For me Zen-Cart is the best ecommerce platform. Zen-cart is very easy to install and it has a good tutorials set with it download package.
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      eCommerce platforms, breaking each one down into its several pros and cons. There is a wide choice available, so it’s critical that them do their research before choosing which one is right for them.
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      15 Best Free Open Source Ecommerce Platforms | Web Resources | WebAppers
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      Volusion is really good one if you're looking for a complete ecomm web hosting package and they've got some big clients such as National Geographic as their client.
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      Yahoo Merchant Solutions is ne of the top three ecommerce platforms today
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      I like donald's list. However, I would like to add more to it.

      There's also nopCommerce for people who want to develop on asp.net.

      I personally prefer open sources. Paid ones may not be that worthwhile considering that open sources have many plugins already available which can make them as powerful or as feature-rich as paid ones.
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    I think Joomla and Magento will be the best if you are going to build eCommerce website. WordPress is also great and popular CMS, but it is good for blog building. Joomla has eCommerce extentions, as example you can use the most popular VirtueMart component. Magento aslo has a lot of eCommecre extensions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Web Tempest
    You may have just had a bad experience with wordpress - make sure you check some of the ecommerce themes at themeforest.net. Otherwise shopify is great if you change your mind about a monthly fee
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    I'm using joomla, it has a lot of plugins special fot that
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  • Profile picture of the author OrangeTree
    The answer to the question is more complex than the anecdote based claims most of us make. There are many ecommerce products out there, and I am not going to make snap claims that one is best. Many are good, a few are not.

    Magento gets a big mention, and I agree that it is a good product. It has limitations - but they are quite possibility not relevant.

    The first thing you need to establish to choose a system for your ecommerce is exactly what you are hoping to achieve. What are your products. How do you wish to display them. What customer functionality and searches do you wish to include. What back office tools to you need. How will you do your inventory control. What reporting are you looking for. Will you want/need integration with other software, such as an accounts package.

    Without a detailed specification, it is unwise to make claims as to which is best.

    However, there is good news! Many of the products mentioned above are actually, when you have become conversant with them, pretty versatile!
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    wordpress is a good choice
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    Really don't know why you want to change Wordpress to another platform, but I can recommend you joomla. Joomla has a lot of ecommerce plugins, especially you should check virtuemart.
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    Try opencart.com. I find it easy to use and it works the first time.
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  • Profile picture of the author cravereplace
    The best platform that I have used is by far Magento.

    It is strictly for eCommerce, like OSCommerce, but I feel that it's just a 'big kid' ecommerce platform. Better features, faster and more versatile IMO.
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    I'm not saying Prestashop is the best but its pretty flexible and is lighter than some platforms. I suggest to consider the number of products before choosing the right platform.
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    You should seriously consider using OpenCart as a ecommerce Platform. I have my own online store with my partner. I love using opencart and the backend is so easy and secured.
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  • Profile picture of the author rnsinformatic
    I will recommend Meganto, if you have a big enterprise and need to process all sales online. Unless we have our own secure and easy-to-use CMS for small and Mid-sized business. Our CMS is very easy to customize and website take a few time to load.
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    I personally use python cart It's an excellent shopping cart it does everything you need to run a successful ecommerce store. They also have great documentation. You can view python cart at pythoncart.com
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    Hi I want to create a blog with a ecommerce site for weight loss products and programs. I want to drive traffic to my site from mostly video uploaded to youtube etc. if I use optimized press for the squeeze pages. will this look strange if it does not blend into the main ecommerce theme of another wordpress theme. Do you know of good example where this has been used out there? i thought I could try to create a squeeze for almost all the videos i upload. then get there details at least before they browse the ecommerce site. Also what is the best theme to use thanks everyone
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    • Profile picture of the author vivaarturo
      have alook at bigcommerce.com this is a good platform and easier to produce a site if you do not want to do any programming. magento is also good, take a look at the hosted platform form magento called magento go

      cheers
      Arturo
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    • Profile picture of the author tcraw1010
      Originally Posted by michaelbishopp View Post

      Hi I want to create a blog with a ecommerce site for weight loss products and programs. I want to drive traffic to my site from mostly video uploaded to youtube etc. if I use optimized press for the squeeze pages. will this look strange if it does not blend into the main ecommerce theme of another wordpress theme. Do you know of good example where this has been used out there? i thought I could try to create a squeeze for almost all the videos i upload. then get there details at least before they browse the ecommerce site. Also what is the best theme to use thanks everyone
      For what you are trying to do - and for the sheer versatility and expandability - I would recommend a Joomla+VirtueMart platform - as you will be able to blend multiple elements into one complete website experience and robust CMS.

      While I do like Magento, it is still primarily/solely an ecommerce only platform. Sure, there are various extensions available - but, in my opinion, most of them are still WAY too overpriced. For the most part, you can extend VirtueMart to do pretty much everything Magento does - including layered navigation, wishlist and compare products.

      My opinion/advice, mind you.
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    3dcart.com will meet 100% of my requirement
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    I've used Finest Shops. They have really good customer support. However, there is a bit of a learning curve to understand their platform. Once you grasp it, you can come out with a really simple and easy to use ecomm site.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahmadbasyir
    Hi guys,

    Yes, magento is good platform for eCommerce. But WordPress also is a good customizable platform..

    Do you have check this plugin (this is paid version after searching at google): WordPress eStore Plugin Features | Tips and Tricks eCommerce Site

    This is a free one: Wordpress ecommerce and member management plugin | Cart66

    Thanks,
    Basyir
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    WordPress in my opinion cannot provide a selling platform as robust as Magento, so my vote is for Magento!
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  • Profile picture of the author goldenspiralstudios
    Well if you plan on building ecommerce store then you should go with the best which is magento. Feature rich, flexible, scalable and robust good for any kind of online store functionality you want.
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