In e-Commerce flexibility and safety are crucial. That’s why, the Open Source Software has become so popular in the industry.1 There are a lot of interesting solutions available in the market. We have decided to bring together the most popular ones:
A WordPress Plugin. Over 6 million of downloads makes an impression. The authors boast that WooCommerce supports nearly 18% of all e-stores. Thanks to its popularity, a couple of renown brands have chosen this WordPress plugin. It is surely enough to implement simple e-shops and the possibility to integrate with the CMS WordPress is a big asset.
This popular software enhancing the functions of the WordPress platform has been developed since 2006. Impressive 3 million downloads in the WordPress store. It’s definitely good for small and simple e-shops.
The last out of WordPress’ e-commerce additions. Before choosing this e-commerce solution, it’s worth comparing it with the two other mentioned above.
A more advanced than the WP plugins solution, with hundreds of ready-to-use integrations payment systems, deliverers, etc. It enables you to create multiple e-shop instances and has some basic functions useful when building B2B solutions. OpenCart has an active community that creates thousands of templates and add-ons.
Also Drupal CMS, finally, has it e-Commerce extension – only for Drupal lovers.
It’s one of the most popular e-commerce solutions, being the extension of a CMS system – Joomla, in this case. The solution powers several percent of all e-commerce sites, according to Alexa Top 1 Million . At the same time, it’s in top 3 softwares, when it comes to migrations to other platforms.
A popular software, especially in Europe, already powering over 200 thousand e-stores. Just like it predecessors, it has been created in PHP. What differentiates it, is the ability to handle digital products (basic one, but still…) The software has already been translated into 65 languages. We have made a few implementations using PrestaShop, with no significant problems. It’s the second most popular software companies choose when changing the platform.
At present, Magento is the most popular e-commerce software – built on PHP Zend framework, and powering over 25% of e-stores, according to Alexa Top 1 Million. The open source version of the Magento software resembles an Enterprise solution. Its flexible architecture makes it possible to build advanced e-commerce applications. Magento is the product of choice for a number of large companies and the platform is very often an alternative to high-end corporate solutions, like SAP hybris. We ourselves stopped using PrestaShop in favor of Magento. It’s the leader among the platforms that companies migrate to. (Our portfolio of Magento projects).
This is the first popular e-commerce platform in RoR, gaining quickly on popularity, as a starting platform, for smaller shops. Gradually, bigger projects are being implemented in Spree. It’s a platform definitely worth following.
This, one of the first e-commerce platforms, has been in the market since 2000. Unfortunately, the age does not act in its favor. The archaic structure makes realisation of more demanding projects practically impossible. We have all created e-commerce projects in osCommerce. However, today it doesn’t offer much more than good memories of the old days. At present, it’s the No.1 platform as far as the outward migrations are concerned.
Created in 2003, Zen Cart is a branch of the internet dinosaur, osCommerce. Its very lineage doesn’t invite you to build new e-shops using this software. It still has an active community and a significant market share. However, just after osCommerce, it’s a solution most frequently abandoned in favor of more up-to-date softwares.
An e-commerce framework based on PHP – Symfony 2. A few thousand of shops have already chosen this software. It’s worth watching its development.
Also based on Symfony 2 framework. This very promising project is developing organically and in pre-beta mode. It already has 600 thousand downloads. Its team is about to introduce a fully functional and stable version 1.0.
It’s an all-inclusive type software offering the following functions: ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), E-Business / E-Commerce, SCM (Supply Chain Management), MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning), MMS/EAM (Maintenance Management System/Enterprise Asset Management), and POS (Point Of Sale). At the same time, it looks like the 90s software and doesn’t win your love. Unfortunately, we have no information about its implementation reality. If you have experience of Ofbiz, please, leave your comment.
A solution based on Java and Spring Framework technology, it clearly bets on scalability as a competitive differentiator. Similarly to Magento, it has an Enterprise version offering the producer support.
Another solution based on Java on our list. Like Broadleaf, it emphasises scalability. Also, you can purchase the Enterprise version. A few well known brands use this solution.
It’s a dynamically evolving CMS based on Zend Framework. It enables multichannel content distribution. Its creators experiment with an e-commerce mode. The future of pimCore is still not entirely clear. However, the potential possibility of combining CMS, PIM and e-commerce functions, makes it worth your attention.
The newest solution in the line-up. Since it’s new, we need to wait a bit to see its concept crystallize. Unfortunately, so far, nothing interesting could make it stand out.
In our research, we’ve also come across this oftware, apparently once popular in Germany, which is rather a curio how to use www site to scare a user away. 🙂