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Top 5 Open-Source E-Commerce Platforms for growing your business (2018)

Choosing a right e-commerce platform is a crucial step for any entrepreneur when launching their business. However, you might find it a bit overwhelming to navigate a lot of platforms to find the best one for your online store, that’s why we’ve separated the gold from the dross for you to find out 5 best e-Commerce Open Source CMS Platforms in 2018. Here they are!

1, MAGENTO

Magento

It’s no surprise that Magento ranks first in the top leading open source e-commerce platforms in 2018. With well-designed website themes and useful extensions, Magento has attracted a massive number of worldwide users which generates $100 billion for its gross merchandise volume every year.

Recently, Adobe has bought Magento for $1.68 billion. With the resources including the large developer base, active creative community, and strong cloud infrastructure, Adobe promisingly will shape Magento better which offers more benefits to users.

Magento is open-source which means it is free to use, but merchants may want to pay for hosting, apps and premium themes to better run their site.

2) PRESTASHOP

Prestashop

Regarding the list of most preferred e-commerce platforms in the European zone, it is a big mistake if Prestashop is not included. Being launched in 2007, PrestaShop is currently used by more than 270,000 shops worldwide and is available in 60 different languages.

Prestashop allows users to download, install and set up the software completely free.

Not only appearing on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in Europe but this company also achieve the 2016 CMS Critic Award for Best eCommerce Software. They are selling both self-made and third-party premium modules and themes at their marketplace. 

3) WOOCOMMERCE

As you may know, WordPress is now one of the best platforms for blogging which powers the websites of many world biggest brands such as TechCrunch, MTV, Sweden.se, Microsoft, Facebook News, and Vogue. That’s why WooCommerce is included in the list as it allows integrating WordPress into an E-commerce site. Endowed with various free themes and plugins, WooCommerce undoubtedly will make your site more functional and active.

One of the greatest benefits when using this platform is that users can download the plugins for free within just a single click to be given access to various features. WooCommerce extra products options are one of those plugins. More features will be added to the WooCommerce product page like collecting input fields, file upload option, date and time picker, color picker, price selector, location selector, etc.

4) SHOPIFY

Shopify

Shopify is now being recognized as one of the most growing eCommerce premium CMS. Clean, simple, and easy-to-use are words that best describe this platform.

Shopify has been well received by tech website, CNET. The company said that they have provided this platform to more than 600,000 stores and increase the total gross merchandise volume up to $63 billion sales as of August 2017

5) OPENCART

OpenCart

There are many reasons why OpenCart can be a smart choice.

Firstly, it is jam-packed with numerous professional extensions provided by about 317,000 live OpenCart sites which allow users to customize their store as per their needs. Secondly, no monthly fees or catches are required which can help to save your budget. Last but not least, it is easy to install. Users don’t need to have technical knowledge to complete the installing process. Within minutes, they can get ready to begin accepting orders.

So, above are our suggestions about 5 best platforms to boost up sales for your online store. Hope that you can make your own optimal choice after reading this post!

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