Online shopping is the activity that consumers engage in when purchasing products or services over the internet. This activity has many distinct advantages over ‘traditional shopping’ for both consumers and the businesses.
eCommerce enables businesses to stay open all of the time, expand their customer and geographical reach, provide the potential to reduce costs, and allow for niche targeting. The consumer benefits in many ways too, including the convenience of being able to shop any time of the day (or night), avoiding queuing, travel expenses, have more transparency over prices, etc.
This feature focuses on shopping cart software, which is software used in eCommerce to enable consumers to purchase goods and services online. Anyone who wishes to run an eCommerce site has a wide range of platforms and software to choose from, many of them being proprietary. However, if you want to operate an eCommerce site, Linux makes a strong platform, with a wide selection of Open Source eCommerce software available.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality free Linux eCommerce applications. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to set up their own online shop.
Now, let’s explore the 6 eCommerce applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Zen Cart||Provides an easy-to-setup and run online store|
|Magento||Marketing, search engine optimization and catalog-management tools|
|osCommerce||eCommerce and online store-management solution|
|VirtueMart||Used with Joomla! or Mambo Web Content Management Systems|
|PrestaShop||Full-featured, cross-platform eCommerce shopping cart application for Web 2.0|
|osCMax||Based on osCommerce with additional functionality|
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