When some people think of ecommerce, they tend to imagine paying a big vendor huge licensing fees to create a storefront for their business. As a result, some small businesses may even avoid ecommerce altogether or only sell through a third-party online marketplace.
Open source ecommerce applications are affordable and provide you with the freedom to modify the software to fit your business needs.
Magento is a big name in ecommerce for both its commercial and community editions. Numerous major names rely on Magento, such as Nokia, Samsung, and Fox.
OS Commerce is one of the oldest and most trusted open source shopping carts. Many web hosts will install it for free, and you can have a storefront up and running pretty quickly.
PrestaShop adds a lot of style and features that you may not find in some of the smaller open source shopping carts. Its website includes a marketplace for templates and add-ons.
ZeusCart is strongly community-driven and focuses on providing functionality and keeping up with current web standards for quality ecommerce. Among those modern features is the ability to sell digital product downloads.
Ubercart is designed with the high-tech business in mind. While you can use it to sell physical products, it also includes support for file downloads, event registrations, premium site access, and virtual economies.
All of these open source ecommerce solutions support a wide variety of payment gateways and software add-ons. Each has unique features that may make it more appealing for your specific business. You may also want to choose one based on the ease of its installation or one that your web host will install for you. Some of them also offer commercial services for those who need professional installation and/or support.