According to CAGR estimates, the global e-commerce market will grow at a rate of 11.34% over the period 2020-2024, reaching US$6.07 trillion. Below we have listed our top open source eCommerce framework that you should consider to build your online shop and get a slice of this big pie.
Considered to be as the bible of the eCommerce industry, Magento is the most widely used tool for eCommerce development. Almost 17% of the eCommerce websites around the world are built on the Magento framework.
With wide community support, robust features and full control over design and functionality, Magento leads the pack and tops the open source chart.
WooCommerce is the leading eCommerce platform for the WordPress community. If you have any knowledge of WordPress basic programming skills, you can easily integrate WooCommerce and manage your products easily.
Because of its dependency on WordPress, it might not be so much appealing for big stores but for those who are using WordPress, it can be useful to publish their storefront on WordPress
Opencart is one of the most preferred frameworks amongst startups and small business. Anyone having even a little bit of programming experience can easily use the framework because of the ease to use and simplicity to control the backend functionality of OpenCart.
Even if Opencart has found itself on the side of minimum functionalities as compared to other shopping carts, it's still very popular amongst developers due to easy accessibility and less complex features.
Along with that, with the most developers using it, it has also got strong community support.
With over 300,000 stores running successfully around the world on this framework, PrestaShop is one of the popular platforms amongst many merchants operating in the European region.
However, for customising the fully functional website, you need to purchase a few plugins which put PrestaShop on the downside.
The newly launched framework might be the only downside of the platform but it's catching very fast amongst the opensource and laravel communities.
With the availability of multi-vendor plugin and easy to customise laravel framework, Bagisto has forged its path amongst the top 5.
There are other popular open source eCommerce framework too like Virtuemart, osCommerce, Zen-Cart, SpreeCommerce etc that are being used by the lot and you are free to make your choices based upon the requirements.
Every open source eCommerce framework has got its uniqueness and the usage is mostly based upon your specific needs. As such, the definition of the best framework does not exist.
Do let us know in comments which eCommerce framework has been the go-to solution for you and the problem it has resolved.