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An open source shopping cart basically enhances the open source software package. Anybody can utilize an open source shopping cart whether it is a developer, enthusiasts or even a storeowner. As a store owner you can always pay for any kind of additional service or support in case you are using an open source shopping cart.

Pros

Now let’s discuss some of the benefits which you can grasp through an open source shopping cart. The benefits are as follows

  • The open source shopping cart can be installed and customized for free
  • The software is compatible for all kind of online businesses regardless of size
  • There are variety of custom extensions and templates in offering as far as an Open Source shopping cart is concerned
  • As a user you are free to select the hosting providers

The choices

There are many open source shopping carts that can be utilized by you. The options are several and in the headings below we have discussed each individual option briefly

1.      AgoraCart

AgoraCart is a shopping cart which is both secure as well as customizable. The shopping cart can be installed even on your existing website. AgoraCart is home to features like category support, tax rates options, customizable templates and store management tools. AgoraCart is also PA-DSS compliant. The shopping can support payment gateways in access of 10.

2.      ZeusCart

ZeusCart is basically a PHP/My SQL shopping cart which is web based in nature. The shopping cart is renowned for its rich user interface. ZeusCart also meets the requirements of Web 2.0.  The shopping cart is ideal for medium and small storeowners.

Some key offerings of ZeusCart are category management, inventory management and SEO compatible URLs. Other key features of ZeusCart are shipping options, discounts and taxation and email templates.

3.      Broadleaf Commerce

Broadleaf Commerce serves as an open source alternatives for enterprise companies. The shopping cart provides you with a platform which is enterprise level in nature which can be customized as per your specific business needs.

As a user of this shopping cart you can manage upsell, customer accounts, develop promotions and of course manage email marketing as well.

4.      Zen Cart

Zen Cart is also an open source and free shopping cart that has been created by a chunk of consultants, shop owners, designers and programmers.  There are several options in Zen Cart through which you can actually get the cart customized. The customization can be done via a template system.

5.      Commerce.CGI

Commerce.CGI is considered as the first ever free Perl shopping cart that exists on the web. The shopping cart was first introduced back in the year 1998 and ideal for servers that are Unix-based.

However the cart can also be ran on Windows NT (minor code adjustment needed).  Commerce.CGI can also serve as an add-on for a website which already exists.

6.      PrestaShop

Everything from the web store can be handled via PrestaShop. As a store owner you can easily manage and develop the catalog (front-end) and marketing. Through this cart you can also customize orders and change shipping choices as well. The shopping cart is home to three languages and around 41 translations are also available.

Managing top menu of your Presashop website is also very easy with support of Mega Menu PRO, you can shape any type of mega menu you want by just dragging and dropping elements. This module support visual menu editor which is very useful for ones who has no code knowledge.

* Watch this video to see how Mega Menu PRO works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mU38sk4nvU

7.      Loaded Commerce

The Loaded Commerce has its basis in CRE loaded program. The shopping cart also contains security modifications. The community edition of the shopping cart has been developed specifically for home office, small office and storeowners who desire to add transactional abilities in a website already existing.

8.      osCommerce Online Merchant

osCommerce Online Merchant comes along with tools and features that assists storeowners in the management of their back end administration and front end catalog. The 2.3.1 version of this shopping cart is home to template structure that can be utilized for the customization of catalog front end.

The administration tool helps the merchants in configuration of online store, processing of orders, management of customers and inserting of products for the purpose of sale.

9.      Magento

Magento is a shopping cart which is supported by an eco-system of solution partners which is global in nature. The shopping cart was acquired by the famous eBay back in the year 2011. The shopping cart is renowned for its ecommerce features for functionality, presentation and content.

The shopping cart also offers tools pertaining to marketing, catalog management and search engine optimization.

To Sum Up

These were some of the shopping carts that have gained a lot of fame in the market. All these shopping carts are high in quality however for fruitful results you need to pick the one which you think is compatible with your business.

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