Building E-Commerce, What are the best open source & cost shopping cart applications?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by macsrules, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. macsrules macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008

    Here is my question.

    1. What are the best E-Commerce Applications out there, open source and cost?

    2. What do you use as your E-Commerce Applications when building sites?

    3. Best website cart applications and E-Commerce Solutions?

    Any information you can post is appreciated. Thanks in advance for the info.
  2. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    For an open source solution, I've heard good things about zen cart. I've never used it on an actual site but I have installed it to play around. The layout is very customizable and there are a lot of features.
  3. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
  4. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2004
    OS Commerece, CRE Loaded... Theres a few. Keep in mind they'll need a lot of customization to work within your requirements.
  5. macsrules thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    jsm4182 - I saw Zen Garden once before it looks like a good option.

    EvanLugh - This is the first I have seen this, it looks interested, seems to be a bit costly for just starting off. I like it though, thanks for posting.

    Okay, I usually like researching everything that is out there and determining what is the overall best solution.

    ChicoWeb - Yea, I know that solutions out of the box require a lot customization to get the look and feel to go with the overall theme of your site. Also, to add all the features you want. I just want to know all the best available options out there so I can study them. I know basic PHP so, I can edit the basic structure to get the look I am looking for.

    Everybody, please keep posting your suggestions, thoughts, and experiences?
  6. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    LiteCommerce - bit pricey but none-theless does the job.
    StoreFront - Never used, good recommendations, though.
    GeoCart - Does the job

    I'm still vouching for LightSpeed though ;)
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Please keep up with the responses! I posted a similar question a few days ago and look forward to hearing your answers.

    Something like Zen Cart seems like way overkill for my particular application, so I'm looking for something simple, simple, simple.
  8. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    PHPCart - Very basic, will need some skinning though as the default style sucks.

    osCommerce - Free, Open source. Good for startups or simple sites (njj).

    Agora - Used this before, again, same as osCommerce.
  9. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
  10. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Magento is the one to go for. There is a free version as well as an enterprise version ($8,000+ a year).
  11. jakeOSX macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2005
    while the cart itself is important, the first question you should be asking is:

    how am i processing the orders?

    paypal? google? amazon? your own credit card process (which i know nothing about...)

    start with your payment method, and then go from there. You could find the greatest cart in the world, and if you can't process a credit card? well, it is just an online gallery.

  12. vivithemage macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    oscommerce is very stable...easy to work with, and a lot of plug ins.

    It looks like the dev is updating a new one as well :)

Share This Page