Building an e-commerce website for your business from scratch is really a time-consuming process and unless you’re doing it yourself, it can cost you thousands of dollars.
So, if you don’t want a unique design for your e-commerce website, you can build your own website using pre-built modules in less than an hour.
For this purpose, you just need a hosting company and the best open source Content Management System (CMS) to save you from writing the whole lot of complicated lines of code.
WHAT IS CMS?
A Content Management System or CMS is a system in which you can log in to your website, create new pages, edit, publish or delete the content, manage pages or change almost anything.
Now you may wonder what is an open source CMS ?
A CMS can be open source or proprietary based on the fact that whether the publisher allow the user to edit and make copies of the source code or not. The source code of an open source software is accessible to everyone and anyone can contribute to the code.
However, a proprietary CMS is opposite of the open source CMS. A proprietary CMS is the legal property of its creators. The source code of such a CMS is not made public and only its license holders can use it.
List of top 5 open Source CMS platforms for e-commerce website development:
- Magento (Best eCommerce Website development platform, but difficult to maintain)
- WordPress + WooCommerce (Easy to use, but slow)
- PrestaShop (It is best for big websites and not easy to use)
- Open Cart (It lies in between Magento and WooCommerce, best e-commerce CMS platform for medium scale websites)
- Shopify (SaaS based best eCommerce platform for those who don’t want headache of maintainance, price starts from $29/month)
Let’s see a quick summary of these top 5 open Source CMS platforms one by one. Here we go..
1. Magento: df
Magento Open Source or the Magento Community Edition (CE) is completely free for anyone to download and use. Magento CE meets almost all requirements of a business owner who want to initiate an e-commerce website.
It includes features like products, website designs, payment gateways, shipping and a thousand number of themes and templates for your e-commerce store.
A major disadvantage of using Magento is that, the development team should be well aware of the PHP Zend framework used in the codebase of Magento.
For more information : https://magento.com/home_page
Top websites using Magento:
- Fox Connect
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2. WordPress + WooCommerce:
WooCommerce is an open source plugin used in WordPress. It provides many add-ons that boost the performance of your e-commerce store.
For example, PayPal add-on in WooCommerce provides a single payment solutions for debit and credit card. Its Checkout add-on allows you to highlight relevant products and offers to the consumer.
The major drawback of WooCommerce is its limited usage possibility in WordPress. So, you have to re-build your website in WordPress to be able to use WooCommerce.
If you already have your website on WordPress, this plugin can do wonders for you.
For more information: https://woocommerce.com/
Top websites using WooCommerce:
- Awesome Inventions
- Blue Star Coffee
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PrestaShop is in e-commerce market since 11 years. In this long period of development, PrestaShop has grown a quite intuitive administration panel.
PrestaShop provides versatile platform with countless features and most importantly it is the best CMS for beginners who have just started programming for their online adventure.
But PrestaShop in the long run is a hard deal because of large number of bugs release. Fixing them needs a really good command in the programming.
For more information: https://www.prestashop.com/en
Top websites using PrestaShop:
4. Open Cart:
Open Cart allows you to make website and run it immediately to get more customers.
It creates a global presence of your business as you get an access to the community which provide dedicated commercial support. There are also number of free ad-ons on Open Cart.
The point where your e-commerce store can lack is the SEO experience. It creates duplicated pages for various URLs which has to be fixed at coding level in your design. Also e-commerce platform on Open Cart is slower as compared to other CMS like Magento.
For more information: https://www.opencart.com/
Top websites using Open Cart:
Shopify is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. In this you have to pay a monthly fee to use this tool. For an e-commerce store, it is an excellent option.
The themes on Shopify make your website look beautiful as well as professional. The messenger chatbots on shopify have greatly improved the user experience. Shopify also makes a larger number of plugins available on Shopify store for automating various tasks.
However, you really need to consider its competitors like Magento which are difficult to work with but provide very flexible customization.
For more information: https://www.shopify.com/
Top websites using Shopify:
- M2S Bikes
- WP Standard
- Beard Brand
- Taylor Stitch
Thanks! for having a read. Stay tuned for more info on hosting companies and CMS platforms.