Which is the best Ecommerce platform?

by rosiebrown0 68 replies
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..
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  • 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
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    • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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..
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author carolynross09
    I prefer to Magento which is the best e-commerce platform
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  • 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author dasexperiment
    Try our Prestashop - free open source Ecommerce, popular in Europe. From your list I vote for Magento
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  • Profile picture of the author iobeek
    Vote for OpenCart here. Simple to tweak and use.
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  • 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.
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    • 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!
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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.
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      • Profile picture of the author plainwords
        Another vote for Interspire shopping cart and the hosted version, Big Commerce. For most small and medium sized businesses, they are the perfect solution.

        I've tried Magento and several others but have come back to Interspire/Big Commerce as my solution of choice. They are very easy to install and customize. You can do pretty much anything with them on the front end. The checkout is very user-friendly for the customer and there are some great stats in the back end.
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  • 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..
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  • 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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      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?
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  • Profile picture of the author pinterest01
    i'm go with OpenCart.
    very simple, easy to use, and have many addons...
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    • Profile picture of the author sadeeshbala
      I would prefer Zend Cart and Magneto
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    magento is the best from your list.
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  • Profile picture of the author hoffman
    If you want much information then you can use joomla w/ virtuemart, but I prefer magento most.
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  • Profile picture of the author SINROX
    I personally go with Virtuemart, WooCommerce and Prestashop. Magento a big no no for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author edward2011
    I would prefer Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author kgnsoftware
    In My Openion Some Best Ecommerce Platform Are :-
    1.Magento
    2.Virtue mart
    3.Zen cart
    4.osCommerce
    But Mostly I am Comfortable With Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author logoonlinepros1
    Open cart and joomla is best option for e-commerce site... Magento is to typical to manage...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alice R
    Magento obviously is the choice for many. However it really depends on what your selling and where the money goes. If your just selling digital products and the money goes straight to paypal, why not wp estore?
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  • Profile picture of the author SINROX
    If you are fine with using ready templates, use Magento. If you need to customise your cart or website, then choose virtuemart (Joomla) or WooCommerce (Wordpress). Magento is simply to difficult to customise due to its advance php programming.
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    • Profile picture of the author surzygyy
      From my side it is prestashop, I believe it is the most developed platform comparing with other.
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      • Profile picture of the author Magento modules
        From my side i prefer Magento Because Magneto is one of the best plat form for opening a E Commerce Store like what ever you want to sale like T-Shirts, Glasses store, Themes Store etc what ever Magento have a every kind of Extension, Plugin which is useful for building a E Commerce store..

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        • Profile picture of the author cwebconsult
          The best E-commerce plat forms are:

          BigCommerce

          Shopify
          Magento
          Volusion

          Yahoo! Merchant Solutions



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  • Profile picture of the author madelinekim
    Originally Posted by rosiebrown0 View Post

    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..
    Well, I think Magento is best option for you. It is an open source ecommerce platform. You get a greatly component rich, customizable and ascendible interface that could be effective for the businessmen and also for buyers.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    This guys are new...but love their e-commerce platform. Free to join and build e-commerce site !!!

    https://www.anazana.com/

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  • Profile picture of the author bigjonnyg
    zencart or wp-ecommerce...
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  • Profile picture of the author jaywilson915
    Today, "Magento Developers" are in a great demand. Reason behind it is that, Magento has become one of the most popular eCommerce software in current time. If any one wants to make an online store, the first preference is always "MAGENTO".

    → SEO Friendliness, Multi Store Capability
    → Large community
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  • Profile picture of the author situ08
    I will suggest opencart as it is very easy to maintain products and easy to install also.
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  • Profile picture of the author wemakelogo
    I have 5 years experience, as an E-commerce consultant, did worked for forutune500 consulting company three years, worked with 180+ large e-commerce solutions, nothing came close to Magento, but consider Bigcommerce and shopify as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesanalyst
    Hi,
    I have worked on Magento platform for a period of 6 months, I feel it is one of the best. Many customizations according the business requirements are available to improve our business. But I would like to say that there is one downside in using magento i.e, website will be slower. Rest all I felt excellent.

    Regards,
    James
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    • Profile picture of the author webdesigenusa
      I prefer Magento, I share some benefits of Magento like it is regularly updated. There are so many addons availeble in this software like SEO urls and meta tags, product comparisons, editable order emails, and shopping estimator in shopping cart without logging into the account.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbrettoncm
    There are many ecommerce platforms. I use a cart software app for my mobile commerce site which I find quite user-friendly. Online shopping, mobile payment and various other online transactions are so easy using it. If you want to use it for your mcommerce site, you can install it in your cell phone.

    For more information visit - http://www.cart2mobile.com/
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  • Profile picture of the author weboasis
    I prefer VirtueMart but like Magento too.
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  • Profile picture of the author NXmarketeer
    I'd go for Magento 100%!!! You can do great seo on it as well. The only problem is that it is a little heavy on the server side.
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  • Profile picture of the author printnet
    Tried loads over the years including virtuemart, opencart, oscommerce, magento, cubecart etc. In recent times have settled upon two platforms. CS-Cart for large complex sites. It's also the platform of choice for those that need to migrate off the old Interspire platform that has been retired. CSCart Pro ($295) is better than Magento in my opinion. Magento has loads of advanced features, but is still a beast. Good for coders, not customers. CS Cart Pro has a quicker setup, faster, nicer management tools and virtually bugfree.

    If you like software as a service and avoid the hosting issues, then BigCommerce is okay too and I've a couple retail clients using it. But like Shopify becomes costly when you've thousands of products.

    The other nice startup option for 2012 is WordPress with the Woocommerce plugin. I recently migrated an old Cubecart system with 1,500 products in 80 categories onto this, with stunning results and all done in under half the time it would take to update this old shop to Magento. The client loves the fact that she now has an advanced blogging and CMS platform at no added cost.

    The banking and shipping add-ons for woocommerce has exploded the last few months and code improved immensely since the early versions. For greater flexibility in design customisation I recommend the Genesis framework and not Woothemes own, although if you're scared of css and coding, then the standard woothemes and their ecommerce themes are adequate. But the new drag and drop Pagelines 2.0 Wordpress framework is worth a look too and compatible with the Woocommerce plugin. Regardless of the framework chosen, the free WordPress SEO (Yoast) addon is incredible and does a really good job of getting more search traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author karthickpearl
    Magneto is the best i've seen. Lots of options and features are really cool
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    Magento is best choice
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  • Profile picture of the author boosters
    Magento is not for shared server... i see most of the enterprise companies using their custom shopping cart which is quite expensive according to their customization. Well i have 2 website which is running on CS-CART but the problem in cs-cart they don't have enough addon and support was also not so good, they always first want money, even we ask simple question but in magento they have 500+ extension/addon which is definintely useful for everything like SEO, optimization etc...
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    I use woocommerce and I am loving it.
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    Large shop, using Magneto,
    Small shop, using WooCommerce
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    I have used a bunch over the last 5 years - I have just started using Zulu Cart and am really impressed with it: Zulu Cart
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  • Profile picture of the author diklon
    Magneto is best the world’s fastest growing ecommerce platform. It is used by 300000 business man.
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    BigCommerce or Magento. They have flat fees for unlimited products and some things are not worth the hassle. Each one has its pros and cons
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  • Profile picture of the author antac
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    Considering your profile says you're an "Ecommerce, open source & software Development Company" specialising in "wordpress, joomla, PHP, drupal, magento, typo3, ASP.Net, DNN, ruby on rails, Cakephp, smarty, symfony, software, portal, mobile application, website design" you should know yourself.

    At least you should know there's no solution that's always best, but it depends on the requirements and circumstances of this particular customer. That's your core business, and that's what you make money with: support of and advice about open source software.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmrumii
    I prefer woocommerce .
    To me it's the best platform.
    I don't think another can bet it anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author majes
    Magento is the best platform for an e-commerce store. But you have to choose a "Magento Host".
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  • Profile picture of the author bloodyuber
    Originally Posted by rosiebrown0 View Post

    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..
    I've seen the code itself and know a little bit about this market. with a programmer view:

    Magento has the widest theme support of the market as of 2012.
    Magento MVC platform is bad and programmers have tough time with customizing it.

    But i would still prefer it because it seems it would be the Ecommerce equivalent of wordpress.
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    • Profile picture of the author patricmilsont
      1) According to me Magento is best E-commerce platform. It provides superb open source as well as it is easily available in the market. With this platform we can make attractive sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author wellm97
    Magento is the best platform for eCommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author steliodj
    From your list i prefer Magento and WooCommerce.

    But i have to admit that with magento it can get ugly while messing with xml and stuff.
    Did you ever come across lemonstand.com ? I've heard really good things about them from respected members of the webdesign community.

    -Stelios
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  • Profile picture of the author luvtrees
    Magento is great for sites with lots of products, but it can be difficult to get it to look exactly the way the client wants, especially if you are using a third party template with all kinds of sliders and such. For small sites with just a few products, its easiest to go with the Paypal cart, some Mal's buttons or something that you can just pop-in without changing the site design. I try to stay away from the older open source carts like OScommerce, Cubecart and the like, if the cart script is not continually updated, expect to be hacked eventually.
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    • Profile picture of the author wyatt2011
      Anything out there similar to the old Bans site builder (Build a Niche). Easy for a newbie and inexpensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbrettoncm
    Have you ever thought of using cart2mobile software? I have used it and believe me it is fun using it. Today, most people are using smart phones to shop online. So, you can develop your e commerce or mobile commerce site using the best possible cart software app. This way, you will allow your online customers to browse through product list, select products, buy them and make online payment.

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  • WooCommerce, in my opinion, is the best shopping cart solution available. The theme support it top notch, plugins are amazing, it's quick and it's extremely powerful. You can quickly make tweaks to the code and CSS to create the perfect solution. It's also free and quick to get started.

    I use it on my own e-commerce website, caseitup.com (over 1,000 unique visitors a day), which is processing many sales (I use MediaTemple Hosting as well). It never has any major issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pixon
    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. I suggest... Magento
    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.
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