Which is the best Ecommerce platform?

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I want to know your views Which is the best Ecommerce platform?
Magento
Interspire Shopping Cart
SpreeCommerce
WooCommerce

I prefer Magento and suggest the same to my clients also.

What are your thoughts on this who is the best and why?

Thanks in advance..
#website design #ecommerce #platform
  • Profile picture of the author Alessandro Zamboni
    Hi RosieBrown, I used WooCommerce on my family shop website, and the results are pretty good.
    Also Magento is a good solution, but installation can get you in trouble.

    So I suggest you to install Wordpress, and put on WooCommerce with anyone of its available themes.
    If you want a real example, send me a PM and I will show the website.

    See you soon,
    Alessandro Zamboni
    • Profile picture of the author rosiebrown0
      Originally Posted by Alessandro Zamboni View Post

      So I suggest you to install Wordpress, and put on WooCommerce with anyone of its available themes.
      If you want a real example, send me a PM and I will show the website.

      See you soon,
      Alessandro Zamboni
      Mainly i am working on wordpress only..but i am using woocomerce very rarely.
      But what are the advantage of Using woocomerce than Magento
  • Profile picture of the author darrenleejoseph
    Hi @rosiebrown0,

    I don't like a one-size fits all approach - I've built ecommerce sites with Magento, OpenCart, OSCommerce and WordPress and what I would say is this: Magento is a big beast - sometimes overkill (and slower than it ought to be) for simple sites, but it is the most robust, scales extremely well and is owned by ebay; OpenCart is great for ecommerce sites that are not too complex - and my clients find it a breeze to use also. My last WordPress e-commerce website (for a photographer) used the WP e-commerce plugin and got hacked due to a vulnerability in another wordpress plugin, but the site did function well, it was user-friendly - and my client loved it. The WOOCommerce plugin and themes are great too.

    In choosing a solution, I would say, think about what the site has to do, is it relatively simple or complex? Who is going to be using/updating the product info - you or the client? And then depending on who will be using it on a day-to-day basis, decide what would be best for either yourself or your client from both a functional perspective (it gets the job done and serves it's purpose) and also from an ease-of-use perspective. Sometimes I think about the technical ability of my client and go for what would be friendliest for them to use.

    Hope that helps.
  • Profile picture of the author BlackWar
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    If I had to choose between installing WooCommerce and other, every time I'd go for WooCommerce..
    • Profile picture of the author BlueLayerHost
      WordPress isn't designed for e-commerce and you'll never have all of the functionality you may need that you get in a true e-commerce script like Magento.

      As a previous poster stated, Magento is a resource hog and bloated. Stay far away from OScommerce and that leaves me with my favorite...Interspire. Very expensive but very user intuitive and more features than you'll probably ever need or want.
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew H
    My choices when building for clients:

    Large shop with a lot of products - use Magento
    Informational site with few products - use Joomla w/ Virtuemart
  • Profile picture of the author Tonyk518
    Hands down CS-Cart. google it, I can post a link until I have 15 posts.

    They have a free , community version and paid versions.

    Takes less server resources than Magento but with lots of features. Been using if for years, since leaving X-Cart.
  • Profile picture of the author Wilcox
    Large companies normally prefer Magento. It really is the best solution in my eyes.

    Magento is packed with so many great features. Any corporate targeting Web Dev companies know that choosing Magento is the right decision. If someone ever came to me and told me they were not using Magento to code my large business. I would instantly turn them down.

    For beginners. Magento may not be the right choice. For large businesses, you bet it is.
    • Profile picture of the author Troy Glancy
      Originally Posted by Wilcox View Post

      Large companies normally prefer Magento. It really is the best solution in my eyes.

      Magento is packed with so many great features. Any corporate targeting Web Dev companies know that choosing Magento is the right decision. If someone ever came to me and told me they were not using Magento to code my large business. I would instantly turn them down.

      For beginners. Magento may not be the right choice. For large businesses, you bet it is.
      I agree 100% When I first started designing with Magento I hated it but now I love the platform. I have not found one thing Magento cannot do.

      Sites 500 items or more Magento all the way.
      Sites 100 - 500 Presto or Magento
      Sites with 0 - 99 Woocommerce

      It also depends on what the customer wants. I have a customer that only has 20 products but they want many true ecommerce features other platforms do not have. One of the main features is they need something to handle freight shipping. There is a plugin made for Magento that supports their shipping provider.

      As others have said Magento is a pain. Pretty much "Magento is like a super model. She's great to take around and show off, but shes a pain to take care of" It is a big learning curve so you either have time to learn or you have to pay someone to do it. Once you have Magento you will never look at another E-commerce system again.
  • Profile picture of the author BRDesign
    I use magento for my website, it has a steep learning curve but lot's of options once you figure it out. I tried Joomla and virtumart witch was easy to set up but didn't have all the options that I needed for my site. PrestaShop is also easy to set up but has limited features unless you are will to pay for the add on extensions, witch I think are overpriced. Magento has a lot of free, or reasonably priced add on extensions.
  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    I haven't used any of the above listed eCommerce platforms for my websites. I have integrated the Paypal API with our website for offering a secure eCommerce experience in our website.
  • Profile picture of the author carolynross09
    I prefer to Magento which is the best e-commerce platform
  • Profile picture of the author JPRoss
    I'm always amazed at the people who try to use wordpress for e-commerce. Trying to shove a round peg in a square hole.

    Just did a ton of research about a year ago for our new site and picked Magento. It is slow, and it's a beast. But it's also awesome once you get it up and running.
  • Profile picture of the author dasexperiment
    Try our Prestashop - free open source Ecommerce, popular in Europe. From your list I vote for Magento
  • Profile picture of the author iobeek
    Vote for OpenCart here. Simple to tweak and use.
  • Profile picture of the author christinejones
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    osCommerce is an excellent platform. osCommerce is absolutely free under the GNU General Public License and caters very well to most people’s needs.
    • Profile picture of the author BillyDeason
      can someone with a basic idea use magento? or do I need programming knowledge?

      Just that I'm going to be starting up ecommerce stores soon and my strength is on the marketing side rather than this...want something user friendly!
  • Profile picture of the author Warrior Machine
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    • Profile picture of the author jackjohns
      Also, I prefer Magento Ecommerce platform because, Magento development has taken a many plunge in to the software development area serving as an perfectly ecommerce solution. Also, It provides them the vast shopping experience.
  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    Ive used about 8 different ones over the last few years. My favorite is definitely Open Cart. Based on the ease of setup and the ability to customise the code. Free too..
  • Profile picture of the author ScooterDaMan
    I've used quite a few and all of the above have their pluses and minuses.

    Big Commerce and Magento are certainly good but can get expensive if you have a ton of products. They also tend to require a good deal more technical expertise.

    I switched all of my websites over to Zulu Cart after using osCommerce/creLoaded for years. I like the flexibility and that I don't have to ever go into cPanel to do anything. It's all done from the Admin panel and there are no templates. You can create anything you want in in colors/sizes you want by just dropping things onto the page. It's also very SEO friendly.

    Fortunately, almost all of the carts out there have free trials, so you can play with them all and see what works best for you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Cartellian
      Originally Posted by satilydregon View Post

      It's similarly awesome and apparent how the introduction of the world wide web has modified the way we do things, especially in business. The web's rate and arrive at has performed a crucial part in how the economic climate performs in the modern times. It's indisputable effect is awesome.
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      Anyone else smell a bot pumped full of spintax?


      Moving right along....

      I've tried zen cart in the past and never got it past ugly... Dropped that project. Have been working with CafeCommerce, a paid service by dream host... And, I'm not to excited to keep paying for the fugly site.

      ...So, I'm on the hunt for a new ecommerce platform also and I'm really liking the thought of Open Cart and a paid template.

      I'm fairly tech savvy and also think Magento could be a good option, but one of the problems were having at CafeCommerce is slow loading times, so I'd hate to trade one CMS for another and keep the problem.

      Any other creative DIY solutions I should check out before pulling the trigger in the next couple days?
  • Profile picture of the author pinterest01
    i'm go with OpenCart.
    very simple, easy to use, and have many addons...

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