Open source PHP eCommerce platforms provide many advantages for small business. Very few years ago open source PHP eCommerce platforms were extremely limited, but today there are plenty platforms to choose.
Here we can discuss best eCommerce platforms. Each and every platform has its set of pros and cons.
Some of the best open source PHP eCommerce platforms are:
Magento is the open source eCommerce platform. Many eCommerce website designers use this type of open source PHP eCommerce platform. Magento eCommerce platform community edition supports more than 200000 customer sites. The Magento Community edition is the free eCommerce platform. Magento version 1.9.1 is the latest version. Magento site is SEO friendly, but maintenance cost is high compared to other open source platforms.
osCommerce means open source commerce. Open source commerce is used by more than 15000 registered sites. This type of eCommerce platform is also available as a free software under the GNU (General Public License). Oscommerce latest version in development is v3.0. This platform payment gateway integration provides secure shopping transactions. Advantage of oscommerce is it can be hosted anywhere. It also provides more free templates. Oscommerce is a user-friendly and SEO friendly.
Opencart was released in 2009. Open cart is the other main PHP eCommerce platform for online merchants. Open cart provides more than 20 payment gateways more than 8 shipping methods and you can create number of categories, unlimited number of products can also be sold. Opencart is user-friendly. It is not more popular than other eCommerce platforms. Opencart provides excellent usability for both merchants and customers.
The Latest version of Prestashop is v126.96.36.199 it was released on January 2015. It is available in more than 40 different languages. Prestashop provides more than 310 integrated features 3500 templates and modules. It provides many features such as shipping discounts, one-page checkout, cross selling and product export etc.. Prestashop has more than 600000 customers. Prestashop is translated in more than 63 languages and used in many countries.
WooCommerce was released on August 2011 and developed by WooThemes. WooCommerce can be easily installed as other eCommerce platforms.It provides lots of menus, which makes your site customer friendly. WooCommerce is a popular open source platform for WordPress.