Building e-Commerce sites with open source

zen-cart-logoE-Commerce sites don’t have to cost as much as they used to. Seasoned web developers will tell you a shopping cart in the ol’ days would cost in the tens of thousands. One of the first e-commerce sites I worked on progressed into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, as the retailer kept finding a need for added features. In the end, it was a completely custom site that was fully integrated with the company’s sales, inventory, shipping and ordering system.

But today open source platforms provide the core code to develop a shopping cart. And, lots of those much needed features are already built-in. The software can give you company a head start on developing an online presence. Here is a list of just a few of the more popular free e-commerce packages.

Zen-Cart

Ubercart

osCommerce

Magneto

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