Open Source platform for E-Commerce

OpensourceE-commerce platform allows you to build business related to selling of products and services. You can choose any e-commerce platform among various Open-source e-commerce platform to develop an online store. Finding the right platform is not an easy task.

We provide you the list of some Open source e-commerce platform having their own advantages and disadvantages. These platforms are designed by keeping different types of users in mind.

Zen cart: Free Open-source e-commerce solution

It’s mainly useful for the complex sites. If your business involves in selling of a variety of products likes Perfumes, Accessories, Men’s clothes, Women clothes, sunglasses on a single website. It is PHP- based application requires knowledge of PHP programming. There are Plenty of add-ons available to customize their online store. It includes basic feature which is more expected such as discount coupons, newsletter, gift certificates and so on.
CMS is not available in the Zen cart application, so one has to integrate the separate system for CMS.

Magento:  Free

It is the fastest growing open source e-commerce platform in the market mainly suitable for complex websites having a variety of products including books, electronics, software all on a single website. For Enterprise Edition, one has to pay as it includes highly useful features like CMS useful to customize the website whereas Community Edition is mainly for developers is Free.

Ubercart: Free

Ubercart e-commerce platform is designed to integrate with only Drupal. This is mainly designed to sell things such as event registration and tickets, file downloads, etc. Drupal users feel comfortable while designing the store using this platform since the they are familiar with the features but people who are non-Drupal user may find it difficult.
Open API is also not available so you will unable to integrate your store with other systems.

OpenCart

OpenCart is a PHP-based E-commerce platform having very much active community for user support. It includes the features such as more than 20 payment gateways and 8 shipping methods. It allows you to use multiple languages, add numerous categories, selling loads of products and so on. It is user- friendly as consumers are allowed to write reviews about the item from your store. It is full of having around 2,700 themes which makes it look much better.

VirtueMart:

VirtueMart is also a popular open source shopping cart designed to work with Joomla. In VirtueMart, you can add numerous products and categories as well as you can map products to multiple product. It also allows different payment gateways. VirtueMart doesn’t provide the hosting support so owners     have to purchase a separate hosting package with other vendors. It is suitable for small businesses.

PrestaShop:

It is a PHP-based open source eCommerce solution provides a high level of customization. Using this application you can manage your orders, shipping, inventory and customers in real time from baking. It mainly comes up with more than 3,500 modules and templates and have 600,000 community members.

Oscommerce:

Oscommerce is the extremely popular platform which provides around 7,000 free add-ons to customize the store. They provide the Live chat Room facility for direct communication with other members of other communities.

There are many more open-source E-commerce platforms are available, including above, so one has to try more than one platform before making a final decision and integrate into the site.

What is Web Hosting?

6132161194_05f45c8386

Web hosting unlimited is a concept that is not as straightforward as the term implies. Many a webmaster has been burnt because they mistakenly thought that unlimited meant getting unlimited disk space or bandwidth. This is because the term unlimited in hosting language is not what one thinks when we use the same term in ordinary English.

We might use unlimited as a word to mean that the client gets unlimited disk space or unlimited bandwidth, unlimited in this sense will be redefined to mean something else and this meaning in turn will depend on the discretion of the web host. In fact, each web host tends to give this term a unique meaning and in most cases it means the exact opposite of the meaning that unlimited in ordinary English means.

An example of what unlimited means is that the host may ask you to check the fine print. This will reveal that the word means that it is possible to add whatever content the client wishes to add but perhaps not at one go. Put simply, this means that the client will not be able to utilize unlimited disk space in a single go.

What you can do is to make use of an undefined amount of disk space at first and then you can add some more later on. The trick is that there will be confusion regarding who makes the decision about how much the client is able to use at different points in time. Well, in most cases, it is the web host that decides.

The website manager will make rules regarding the MB that the client is able to use at first but they will omit to spell out the rate at which the disk space can increase. In fact, the web host can also offer you unlimited disk space but they will also place restrictions regarding how the space can be used by the client. This is to protect themselves from allowing every client to use unlimited disk space.

If the client is allowed to use unlimited disk space, the hosting company would need to spend a fortune to cater to such use. Therefore, before dealing with hosting services that are offering unlimited space you must first check their Terms of Service agreement. You will soon find that the host will not allow you to use the disk space for each and every purpose.

Mostly, it would mean that the space is only available for your website. So, at most you will not be allowed to make use of space for backing up your home or office computer at an offsite location. In fact, the web host will specify how much space you can realistically use.

Unlimited bandwidth is another feature to dealing with a web host. Here again there are differences in meaning as used by a web host and what we normally believe the word unlimited means in everyday English. This has given terms such as unlimited bandwidth or unlimited disk space a bad name.

The good news is that not every unlimited plan is suspect. Some web hosts will allow you to create unlimited email addresses. You do need to understand that unlimited in everyday English is seldom the unlimited that you hear in web hosting language.