5 Open Source Best E-Commerce Platforms
We have had the most success with this e-commerce platform. Although they advertise their enterprise solutions, the community edition for developers (like us) is actually free. One of the challenges we have faced with the community edition is the performance can be significantly lower than the enterprise edition. We were able to customize a server that runs Magento E-commerce just as fast as the enterprise edition which gives our clients the snappy shopping experience they want for their users. Many large merchants such as Toms, The North Face, and OfficeMax use Magento as their e-commerce platform of choice.
The guys at Opencart have definitely emphasized open source and documentation in this product. Although it may lack the large community of extensions that Magento offers, it is considerably lighter as an application which can make it an advantageous choice. It has unlimited categories, a template engine, built in payment gateways, tax rates, shipping weight calculation, and most of the bare bones necessities for an e-commerce platform.
Free under the GNU General Public License and as open source as e-commerce gets. OsCommerce is feature rich but it is recommended that a designer gets heavily involved due to the shortcomings of it’s default template system. The visual appeal of the stores it showcases go from beauty to beast. The bottom line is, the functionality is there, the aesthetics are not.
WordPress e-Commerce Plugin
We have used this one for past clients before. Although the free version is open source, it is missing some important features that are only available in the “Gold Cart” version. Technically it makes this list, but I would not expect a free ride if you want to actually process payments outside of Google Checkout and Paypal. The payment gateways are only included in the “Gold Cart” version. the nice thing is that it integrates into WordPress so you can administer the store and the other content on the website from a single administration panel. Theming it is also a cinch.