In this tech-savvy world, it’s essential for every business to have an online existence to grow & have more exposure. Many premium e-commerce platforms allow enterprises to sell their products and services online. It takes huge expenses along with nickel and dime for businesses to set up their online shop, which apparently the small and medium-sized businesses just can’t opt.
In that case, the open source e-commerce platforms happen to be a great alternative. Not only they are quite affordable, but also most of them are free. If you are up for the perfect level of customiz ability, community support and scalability for your online business, here’re the top 5 open source e-commerce platforms that you must consider. Let’s dive in;
Magento Community Edition
Although Magento has the Paid Enterprise Edition as well, many businesses still can have a lot of the same features out of it Community Edition at no cost. With Magento’s Community Edition, you can enjoy tons of features that aren’t being offered at many other open source platforms. It allows you to manage multiple stores, choose different languages and currencies as well.
Many of its users are consistently coming up with the new plugins and extension to have more flexibility. Magento is known to be a considerably scalable platform. Perhaps that’s the reason why most of the premier e-commerce platforms consider it. While being on the free community edition, you can buy plugins and extension just for a few pennies.
Prestashop is a popular open source platform on the global scale. With over 250k e-commerce stores, Prestashop has turned out to be quite a user-friendly platform to get along with. It can easily be installed and customized. In fact, it’s all up to you how much work you put into it from downloading the hosted version to managing your level of technical control.
In case you are willing to delve into the code further and have more flexibility in customization, purchasing the additional themes would be a better option.
OpenCart is indeed a perfect match for small businesses, especially for those having no deep programming expertise. It has quite a simple interface with manageable functionalities, unlike many other platforms. It prefers adding user-friendliness to complicating it with a clustered interface. There are tons of plugins to have more flexibility. In short, the simplicity is what turns out to be its USP.
One of the leading e-commerce platforms, osCommerce possess over 7000 communities created add-ons. It allows you to have more customizability regarding designing and enhance the functionality of your e-commerce store. Having vast support network worldwide, it guarantees to solve all the technical problems one might have with regards to the software, and its in-depth functionalities.
Being one of the leading e-commerce platforms supported by WordPress, WooCommerce has the rapidly-growing user community. Since WordPress owns it, the user-friendliness and wide range of customizability set it apart from all the other platforms. Perhaps that’s the reason why the most reputable brand all around the world prefers using WooCommerce.
One of the reasons why WooCommerce is doing so well is its mobile-friendly nature. Most of the businesses’ target audiences are shopping online nowadays, which makes businesses jump the gun to have WooCommerce to have more exposure, scalability and customization.
Being one of the leading digital agencies in the Middle East, Traffic Digital recommends its clients to go for these reputable platforms if they are willing to have an online store.