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Owning a website for your business is pretty much a requirement in this day and age. What good is a website that only shows customers what your company sells? Why not actually sell to them while they are there?

Use any of these 20 open source shopping carts to maximize your sales potential. Some of these aren’t open source, but they are all free. Create an online store and increase your revenue.

I am playing with Magento right now, to see what it offers, but I am still waiting for version 3 of osCommerce (it’s been 3 or 4 years since their 2.2 release), announced here:

Optimizing osCommerce Online Merchant v3.0 for PHP 5 now allows us to further improve and strengthen the framework and to pass the high quality level of coding to community developers to base their add-ons on. The performance of the framework will improve by removing the PHP 4 compatibility layer and by taking advantage of the new features PHP 5 provides such as SimpleXML, DateTime, Iterators, and new core functions. The design and security of the Object Oriented framework will also improve by utilizing the new features of the PHP 5 Object Model.

Another interesting cart is Instinct’s WP e-Commerce. What’s interesting here is that it’s based on WordPress platform. This reminds me of an older post about the ascension of WordPress on corporate sites:

Is WordPress suited for corporate sites? Will it handle the amount of different information and structure required for such a site? When web sites all over the world require more and more user interactivity, and WordPress is highly configurable using plug-ins, it might be suited for a large corporate site, an, moreover, easily updateable by a non-technical person.

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12 thoughts on “20 Open Source Shopping Cart Software

  1. I operate a blog that deals with shopping carts (and related e-business matters), and I see new offerings pretty much every week. It’s remarkable how much activity there is in this area.

    Another active cart site is

  2. StoreSecured offers ecommerce solution, shopping cart software and best ecommerce web hosting solutions that allow you to easily build an online store from any web browser. Visit

  3. Nice post about shopping cart, it really helps.I will be subscribing in you feed to have more ideas from you.

  4. Thanks for this, in my personal opinion Magento is the best one out of them all. It does take quite alot to run but in the end works wonders. It needs a little optimizing but in future it will rock more than it does!

  5. How about cube cart? It’s pretty stable shopping cart. Now it’s easy to switch with cart2cart web service. It automates migration to cubecart and makes it accurate. You can check for details

  6. I’ve also discovered Zen Cart while working for a client. It’s built on OsCommerce, and heavily optimized. It’s really easy to work with it as a developer.

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