54 Open Source Replacements for E-Commerce Tools

Posted: novembar 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Open source e-commerce software with and without commercial support, including shopping carts, CMS and databases.

Some parts of the economy may have been in a slump lately, but not e-commerce. In the third quarter of 2011, online sales climbed 13 percent. And market researchers at Forrester predict that online commerce in the U.S. will see 15 percent growth during the 2011 holiday season, with online vendors ringing up $60 billion in sales.

If you’d like a piece of that action, it’s not too late to set up your own online store. A number of open source projects offer tools that make the process inexpensive and fairly easy.

For this list of open source ecommerce software, we found dozens of open source shopping carts and other solutions that offer good alternatives to proprietary tools. We also listed open source ERP solutions that include e-commerce support, as well as some other open source tools you’ll need to set up your site, such as content management systems, databases, and Web page editing tools. To make the list more manageable, projects are sorted by category, and then listed alphabetically within each category.

As always, if you know of other open source e-commerce solutions that we didn’t list, feel free to note them in the comments section below.

E-Commerce Solutions (With Commercial Support)

1. Broadleaf Commerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Java-based Broadleaf claims to be „the most cost-effective enterprise e-commerce solution available.“ While Broadleaf does not offer commercial support directly, consulting firm Credera does offer support and related services. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

2. Digistore Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Based on osCommerce (see below), Digistore offers a full list of e-commerce features and requires no coding knowledge to set up and manage. Customization and consulting are available from the Digistore team, and the site also includes links to third-party vendors who offer hosted solutions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

3. Fishop.NET Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

This ASP.Net-based package offers a „no frills“ solution that is easy to install and highly customizable. It’s also available on an SaaS basis (with prices in Euros). Operating System: Windows

4. Interchange Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Interchange has been around since 1995, and it supports a wide range of uses, including sales, content management, customer service, reporting and analysis, personalization, B2B, parts re-ordering, auctions, supply chain management, project management, online collaboration and even an MP3 jukebox. Professional support is available from a variety of third-party partners. Operating system: Linux, OS X

5. Magento Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Acquired by eBay earlier this year, Magento boasts more than 100,000 users, including OfficeMax, Harbor Freight Tools, K-Swiss and The North Face. It’s available in three different editions—free community and paid professional and enterprise—as well as a hosted SMB solution called Magento Go. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

6. OpenCart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Nominated for a 2011 Packt Publishing award, OpenCart offers a long list of features and user-friendly operation. Commercial support is available from a variety of international third-party partners. Operating system: Windows, Linux, OS X

7. Oxid eShop Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

This flexible e-commerce solution offers marketing integration, search engine optimization, easy admin management, an integrated CMS, couponing, reviews, ratings and more. In addition to the community version, it also comes in paid professional and enterprise versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

8. PrestaShop Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Winner of the 2010 Packt Best Open-Source E-Commerce Application Award, PrestaShop runs more than 100,000 e-commerce shops worldwide. Commercial support, training, customization and other services are available through the site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

9. Spree Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

This newer e-commerce platform calls itself „the world’s most flexible.“ In addition to the free download, it’s also available as a Rackspace-powered SaaS solution, and the site also offers discounts and easy sign-up for payment processing. Operating System: OS Independent

10. Tomato Cart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

This fork of osCommerce (see below) includes unlimited product categories, a review and ratings system, search box with auto-completion, product image zoom, 26 built-in payment methods, one-page checkout and more. Hosting with support is available from several third-party partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux

11. ZenMagick Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

This fork of Zen Cart (see below) offers features like unlimited products and categories, multi-currency and multi-language support, extensibility and simple PHP-based templates. Commercial support is available through Mixed Matter. Operating System: OS Independent

12. X-Cart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Downloaded more than 400,000 times, X-Cart is 100% PCI-DSS compatible, SEO-friendly, and it supports many payment processers and shipping carriers. In addition to the free community version, it also comes in paid Pro and Gold editions, with additional modules and services available for sale as well. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

13. xt:Commerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

Smarty-based xt:Commerce is a mature, German e-commerce solution with an English version available. In addition to the free community version, it also comes in premium supported versions with prices in euros. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

14. Zeuscart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, NetSuite Ecommerce

This open source shopping cart boasts a rich interface, good usability, comparison-driven shopping, SEO-friendly URLs, gift cards, coupons and more. Paid support services, including installation and upgrade help, are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux

E-Commerce Solutions (With Community Support Only)

15. dashCommerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

With tens of thousands of downloads every year, dashCommerce is a very popular e-commerce engine. It offers a drop-in provider model for payment, shipping, tax and coupon providers; unlimited products; single-page checkout and more. Operating System: Windows

16. Eclime Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Based on osCommerce, Eclime offers fast performance and a template-based design that’s difficult to mess up. It also offers SEO capabilities, media playlist support, wishlists and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

17. JAllInOne eCommerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

This eCommerce platform is designed to integrate with the JALLInOne ERP/CRM suite. Key features include fast search, catalog browsing, support for promotions and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

18. Free Simple Shop Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

As the name implies, this project offers a simple shopping cart engine that can be incorporated into more complex sites. It’s based on PHP and MySQL, and it integrates with Google Analytics. Other features include an inventory control system, support ticket system, automatic payment notifications, search-friendly URLs and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

19. JadaSite Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Java-based JadaSite offers enterprise-class e-commerce features like BIRT reporting, product import/export, AJAX-based components, a WYSISYG editor, multi-currency, multiple language support and more. Paid support packages are not available, but JadaSite does offer consulting services for installation, customization, upgrades, etc. Operating System: OS Independent

20. Modern Merchant Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Describing itself as „smart and simple,“ Modern Merchant offers a no-frills, easy-to-use e-commerce shopping cart. It’s easy to install and extensible with a variety of plug-ins. Operating System: Linux

21. nopCommerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

One of the few .NET-based open source e-commerce options, nopCommerce is highly customizable with a pluggable architecture. It was designed to be search-engine-friendly and gets high marks for usability. Operating System: Windows

22. Order Portal Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Aimed at manufacturers, distributors and rental companies, Order Portal is best for established companies that are looking to add an online presence. It also integrates with a larger Web Business Suite available from the same company. Operating System: Linux

23. osCMax Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Another osCommerce fork (see below), osCMax aims to be easy enough for small startups and advanced enough for larger operations. It offers unlimited products and categories, vouchers and coupons, Web-based administration, support for multiple payment processors, spreadsheet-based data entry and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

24. osCommerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

More than a decade old, osCommerce powers nearly 13,000 online shops. Highly customizable, it offers more than 6,700 free add-ons to extend its capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

25. Plici Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

This French project offers a „powerful and extensible“ e-commerce solution. Check out the website for a helpful demo of Plici in action. Be warned that much of the documentation is in French, but English translations are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux

26. Satchmo Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Django-based Satchmo calls itself „the webshop for perfectionists with deadlines.“ The site offers links to more than 100 stores created with the software, so you can see it in action for yourself. Operating System: Linux, OS X

27. Self Commerce Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

A German project, Self Commerce is based on xt:Commerce (see above) and the Smarty template engine. Much of the website documentation is in German, but English versions of the software are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

28. SimpleCart (js) Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

This very lightweight (under 20kb) JavaScript-based shopping cart offers very fast setup and doesn’t require a separate database. However, in order to use it, you will need to know HTML. Operating System: OS Independent

29. Ubercart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Ubercart is an e-commerce add-on for the Drupal content management system. It offers a configurable product catalog, single page checkout, anonymous checkout, an integrated payment system and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

30. VirtueMart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

This add-on for the Joomla CMS offers advanced features like encryption, flexible tax models, shipping address management, multiple currencies and languages and more. The site has a demo and a number of links to live shops that use its shopping cart engine. Operating System: Winodws, Linux, OS X

31. Zen Cart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Fortune3

Designed by „a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants,“ Zen Cart puts the emphasis on ease of use. Key features include a newsletter manager, support for coupons and gift certificates, XHTML templates, multiple payment and shipping methods and more. Operating System: OS Independent

ERP Solutions with E-Commerce Capabilities

32. Apache OFBiz Replaces NetSuite , Sage ERP

In addition to e-commerce and ERP functionality, the Apache Open for Business Suite includes CRM, supply chain management, enterprise asset management, point-of-sale and other capabilities. It offers small businesses advanced e-commerce features along with excellent flexibility. Operating System: OS Independent

33. Compiere ERP + CRM Business Solution Replaces SAP, Microsoft Dynamics

Owned by Consona Corporation, Compiere boasts that it is the „most modern, adaptable and affordable ERP solution.“ It includes e-commerce, financial management, purchasing, materials management, order management, project accounting, sales, service, and performance management and reporting capabilities. It also comes in a paid enterprise version and is available on Amazon’s cloud computing services. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

34. Neogia Replaces NetSuite , Sage ERP

This French ERP suite includes B2B and B2C e-commerce capabilities. It’s designed for small to mid-size companies. Operating System: Windows, Linux

35. opentaps Replaces SAP, Microsoft Dynamics

Opentaps customers include Toyota, Honeywell and other well-known companies, and it supports e-commerce CRM, warehouse and inventory management, supply chain management, financial management and business intelligence. In addition to the free community version, it also comes in a paid professional version or a cloud-based version through Amazon Web Services; consulting and add-on modules are available as well. Operating System: Windows, Linux

 

Blogging Platforms

36. eShop Replaces: TypePad

This WordPress plug-in offers good, basic e-commerce features, but lacks some of the more advanced features in other e-commerce solutions. It does integrate with most payment processing systems. Operating System: OS Independent

37. Jigoshop Replaces: TypePad

Another plug-in for WordPress, Jigoshop boasts lightweight code, advanced reporting and „out-of-the box awesomeness.“ Paid support is available. Operating System: OS Independent

38. WordPress eCommerce Plug-In Replaces: TypePad

Downloaded more than 1.3 million times, WordPress’s eCommerce plug-in is a tried and true way to add e-commerce capabilities to your blog. Support, additional themes and other features and services are available for a fee. Operating System: OS Independent

Content Management Systems

39. AIOCP Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico

Short for „All In One Control Panel,“ AIOCP is describes itself as a combination website management system, content management system, web application development framework and e-commerce management system. Paid support and other services for AIOCP are available through Tecnick.com.Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

40. Alfresco Replaces: SharePoint, Documentum, Open Text

Alfresco is not only a Web CMS, but also a document management system and collaboration platform. E-commerce isn’t its primary focus, but the site’s solutions showcase does include an example of how the software can be used to power an online store. Operating System: Windows, Linux

41. DotNetNuke Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico

This ASP.Net-based content management system powers more than 700,000 sites. Numerous e-commerce extensions and modules (both free and paid) are available, and the core software comes in both free community and paid professional or enterprise editions. Operating System: Windows

42. Drupal Sitecore CMS, Kentico

One of the most popular CMS’s in the world, Drupal users include the White House, AOL, Yahoo, MTV, Popular Science, the World Wildlife Fund, and many others. It offers two different e-commerce modules for building B2B or B2C sites. Operating System: OS Independent

43. Get Simple Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico

This „simplest content management system ever“ has been downloaded more than 60,000 times. It can be used to manage content on e-commerce sites, but because it doesn’t use a separate database, it’s best for small stores with products that won’t change frequently. Operating System: Linux

44. Joomla Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico

Powering 2.7 percent of all sites on the internet, Joomla claims to be „the world’s most popular open source CMS.“ Many e-commerce sites use Joomla, and more than 200 e-commerce add-ons are available. Operating System: OS Independent

45. Magnolia Replaces: SharePoint, Sitecore CMS, Kentico

Used by numerous Fortune 500 companies and government entities, Magnolia is an enterprise-grade content management system that „runs thousands of mission-critical websites.“ In addition to the free community version, it also comes in a paid enterprise edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux

46. WebGUI Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico

Unlike many of the other open-source content management systems, this „all-in-one CMS“ includes a shopping cart and an integrated payment gateway as part of the core software. The website includes a tremendous amount of documentation and help for those just getting started. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X

47. XOOPS Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico

XOOPS is a modularized, database-driven content management system and Web application development platform. It currently has 20 e-commerce modules, as well as other tools for helping you build your online store. Operating System: OS Independent

Databases

48. Firebird Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server Standard

First created in 1981, this RDBMS boasts „excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers.“ Professional support is available through several of the companies that support the Firebird Foundation. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

49. MySQL Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server Standard

Many of the open source e-commerce solutions on our list require the MySQL database in order to function. It comes in both a free edition and paid editions which are supported by Oracle. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

50. PostgreSQL Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server Standard

Another good option for storing your e-commerce data, PostgreSQL claims to be „the world’s most advanced open source database.“ Commercial support and hosting are available through third-party providers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Web Page Editors

51. Amaya Replaces: Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional

Created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Amaya is both a browser and a Web page editor. It supports HTML, CSS, XML, XHTML, MathML and SVG. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

52. BlueGriffon Replaces: Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional

Launched in 2011, this replacement for the older NVU open source Web editor is powered by Gecko, the engine that runs Mozilla’s Firefox. It offers an intuitive WYSIWYG interface that’s helpful for those who are new to Web design. The basic software is free, but several add-ons do require a fee. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

53. KompoZer Replaces: Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional

Another NVU derivative, KompoZer aims to make it easy for newbies to create professional-looking websites. The interface is very similar to Dreamweaver, and it offers a tabbed display, an integrated FTP site manager, a CSS editor, easy forms and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

54. SeaMonkey Replaces: Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional

This all-in-one tool includes a browser, e-mail client, feedreader, HTML editor, chat client and Web development tools. It’s more suitable for advanced users who are comfortable writing code. Operating System: Windows, Linux

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