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35 open source and free tools to manage your online store

Vangie Beal | March 7, 2013
From shopping carts to marketing tools to image-editing software, here's a look at 35 open source tools and hosted services that can help you get started with your own Web store.

5. Drupal Commerce Drupal Commerce leverages the features of Drupal 7 to build ecommerce websites and applications. With Drupal Commerce, you can create product types with custom attributes and manage dynamic product displays, orders, tax calculation and set discount pricing rules. Additional ecommerce functionality is provided through contributed modules such as Shipping, Stock, Coupons, File downloads and more. For those just getting starting, Drupal offers a "Commerce Kickstart" installation profile, seen below, which provides basic configuration of ecommerce modules.

The Commerce Kickstart provides ecommerce module configuration hints to Drupal Commerce users.

6. Loaded Commerce Community Edition (CE) Loaded Commerce CE This ecommerce cart is built on the CRE Loaded code base but includes additional security modifications. The cart is primarily designed to meet the needs of the SOHO storeowner who wants to add transaction capabilities to an existing website. Loaded Commerce features flexible options for product, customer, order and content management. It is customizable; you can change your site design using templates, edit customer information, orders and invoices. The Community Edition is free and supported by the Loaded Commerce Community.

7. Magento This is another enterprise-class ecommerce platform supported by a large ecosystem of solution partners and third-party developers. The platform offers marketing tools, search engine optimization, product catalog management and a one-page checkout option. Additionally, there are standard tools to manage tasks such as shipping, tax and customer service. The latest release of Magento Community Edition is a free version is available under the Open Software License (OSL) 3.0. Merchants can pay to upgrade to an Enterprise Edition.

8. OpenCart The OpenCart shopping cart gives Web shop owners the tools they need to quickly install the cart, select a template, add products and start taking online orders. The online store is designed using a built-in template system; you can also migrate a current website to OpenCart. Features include the ability to manage multiple stores from one admin interface, tax zones, shipping methods, back-end store administration and support for a number of payment gateways and languages. OpenCart is free open source software published under the GNU GPL.

9. osCommerce Online Merchant This free offering gives storeowners tools to manage both the front-end catalog and back-end administration. It provides a basic template layout structure to customize the product catalog. The Administration Tool lets merchants configure the online store, insert products for sale, manage customers and process orders. Released under the GNU GPL, osCommerce Online Merchant is supported by a large community of more than 256,000 storeowners, developers, service providers and enthusiasts.

osCommerce lets storeowners easily manage the front-end catalog and back-end administration.

10. PrestaShop This PCI-DSS compliant, e-commerce solution is designed to handle everything from Web store set-up to managing customers and orders. Features include a customizable catalog, marketing options, order customization and shipping options. PrestaShop is available in three languages-English, French and Spanish-with an additional 41 translations available through add-ons. PrestaShop is published under the OSL v3.0.


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