I have used a few Ecommerce Packages over the last few years and to be honest there are so many available to choose from. I have selected what I believe to be the best out there. I have had personal experiences with Cubecart, Magento, Prestashop and Opencart. But have a look at the others I have listed and see which package meets your requirements best.
Some basic things I would suggest looking for are:
- SEO Friendly URLs
- Google Compatible Sitemaps
- Google Base (Shopping) Feed
- Multi Currency Support
- Good Selection of Payment Gateways
- ……………The rest is up to you.
Cubecart (v3 Free / v4 Paid)
CubeCart is an “out of the box” ecommerce shopping cart software solution which has been written to run on servers that have PHP & MySQL support. With CubeCart you can quickly setup a powerful online store which can be used to sell digital or tangible products to new and existing customers all over the world. There are a great deal of powerful features enabling your business to trade online successfully. It is easy to modify the look and feel of your store to match your company’s branding or to site comfortably beside your existing website due to CubeCart’s powerful HTML template system. Our solutions are robust, flexible, affordable and are supported by not only a profitable and stable company but a thriving community of enthusiasts who are keen to recommend it and share their ideas and experience. To use CubeCart you will require a compatible web hosting account. If you wish to take credit/debit card payments a merchant account will be required to work with one of the supported modules.
Control every facet of your store, from merchandising to promotions and more. There are no limits to creativity with Magento. Magento’s SEO features and user experience will attract and convert more qualified customers, leading to business growth. Reach more customers by creating targeted micro-sites using Magento’s multi-store retailing functionality. Magento’s commercial open source business model yields a product that is superior for a fraction of the cost.
osCommerce has attracted a large growing e-commerce community that consists of over 216,600 store owners and developers who support each other and extend osCommerce Online Merchant with add-ons being contributed on a daily basis. To date there are over 5,500 add-ons that are available for free to customize osCommerce Online Merchant online stores and to help increase sales. osCommerce Online Merchant is an Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved. With over 8 years of operation, osCommerce has built a showcase of over 14,100 online shops that have been voluntarily added to the live shops section, and powers many thousands of more online shops worldwide.
PrestaShop is professional e-Commerce shopping cart software that you can download and use for free. The big advantage of open-source software: you’re never ‘locked’ to expensive commercial software.
Advanced shopping cart software, designed as online marketplace to enable multiple sellers/vendors to offer their products in one online store, X-Cart Pro incorporates all the features of X-Cart Gold shopping cart software and, in addition to that, provides advanced Multi-vendor functionality. Every seller can manage his/her separate inventory, customers’ wish lists and order history, set up their own tax rates, discounts and coupons while the administrator/store owner manages general store operation, configuration and perform maintenance. Recommended for companies running multi-vendor online stores and companies willing to offer a place in their online store to third party businesses. The aforementioned features and abilities make X-Cart Pro one of the best online marketplace systems in the world.
Interspire is a global leader in e-commerce and email marketing software for SMEs, digital agencies and ISPs. Over 40,000 organizations rely on Interspire software to sell online, launch content-driven web sites and profit from automated email marketing.
Zen Cart (Free)
Zen Cart truly is the art of e-commerce; free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software. The ecommerce web site design program is being developed by a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think ecommerce web design could be and should be done differently. Some shopping cart solutions seem to be complicated programming exercises instead of responding to users’ needs, Zen Cart™ puts the merchants and shoppers requirements first. Similarly, other shopping cart software programs are nearly impossible to install and use without an IT degree, Zen Cart™ can be installed and set-up by anyone with the most basic web site building and computer skills. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart™. Even the commercial programs have a hard time competing.
Open Cart (Free)
OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online shopping cart system. A robust e-commerce solution for Internet merchants with the ability to create their own online business and participate in e-commerce at a minimal cost. OpenCart is designed feature rich, easy to use, search engine friendly and with a visually appealing interface.
Actinic offers a range of award-winning ecommerce packages combining ease of use, flexibility and security with all the features needed to build, maintain and manage a successful online store.
If you can suggest any other packages you have personally used please let use know below.