Glossary

Open Source E-Commerce Platform

An open-source e-commerce platform is a software tool that allows merchants to build and manage a digital storefront for their specific services or products. Moreover, this type of e-commerce platform enables online merchants to customize all aspects of their website code. They give the brand/company/business total control and responsibility for things such as:

  • Hosting. Merchants can select between cloud and on-premise environments.
  • PCI compliance. Merchants can choose how they implement security standards.
  • Security. Open-source e-commerce platforms have control over the security frameworks they implement.
  • Quality Assurance (QA). With open-source e-commerce platforms, merchants can perform QA for all applications as well as their integrations. CRM, ESP, ERP, CMS are on the list.
  • New tools. Merchants have control when developing new tools. For example, merchandising tools, advertising, promotional and discount engines,
  • Updates. Merchants make the final decision regarding the updates to install.

List of the most popular open-source e-commerce platforms:

  • Magneto. It has more than 200,000 users despite not being as powerful as the Magento Enterprise Edition used by reputable companies such as Samsung and Nike.
  • WooCommerce. WooCommerce is regarded as WordPress’s leading open source e-commerce platform with a 28% worldwide market share as of 2018.
  • OpenCart. This free open-source e-commerce platform is popular among small businesses. It does not require much programming knowlege.

Other open-source  e-commerce platforms to consider:

  • PrestaShop
  • SpreeCommerce
  • OsCommerce
  • ZenCart
  • JigaShop
  • DrupalCommerce
  • VirtueMart
  • 3D Cart
  • Zeus Cart
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