Ecommerce is expanding rapidly. Ecommerce platforms are constantly evolving to meet the needs of retailers entering this space. Every retailer business from corporate to pop-shop owners are turning to ecommerce platforms to either save money or have greater control over their online presence. If you are planning to move to online business here’s a selection of some options that should be on your shortlist.
Magento Open Source, formerly known as Community Edition, is a free open source (obviously) platform built in PHP. It gives it open source users all the basic tools they need, saving some of the more powerful, optional tools for paid versions.
OpenCart is another feature rich open source platform. It offers more than 2,700 themes. The platform is used by 342,000 plus ecommerce sites and the community is very active. OpenCart offers a longer list of payment gateways, and the option to add more through extensions.
If you’re a fan of WordPress, WooCommerce is your ticket. It’s considered the leading open source platform for WordPress and it has a large base of enthusiastic users. If you’ve used WordPress before, you’ll find it really easy to install and get your shop running quickly. WooCommerce is built to work with themes, including default WordPress theme. There is also a free official theme, Storefront, which comes in 14 different flavours.
Several payment gateways are available, such as PayPal and Stripe and direct payment is an option, although it is up to the site owner to provide the SSL and other PCI compliance criteria here.
PrestaShop is a PHP-based platform based on the Smarty engine, and it comes with loads of integrated features. There is a well-stocked theme store and having fairly active developer community. It also provides training courses and there are regular conferences and meetups available.
Spree Commerce is a newer ecommerce platform and it’s unique because it’s built with Ruby. If you’re familiar with Ruby and the Rails environment and looking to shift away from PHP, this is software to consider.
Spree is a lightweight system, due in large part to its coding. Users say that it runs quickly and doesn’t take up a lot of online resources.