Magento and osCommerce are two of the top leading open source shopping cart software available within the eCommerce solutions industry. This Magento vs. osCommerce article offers a shopping cart comparison of these two free shopping carts.
If you are not familiar with the term “open source” this means that the product is essentially free to the public. The “source” or “source code” is “open” for Internet users to download and use for their own personal use for FREE. Sounds like a great deal, right? Well…it is a fabulous deal if your eCommerce needs fits within a tiny nutshell of needed shopping cart features. Open source or Free shopping carts are perfect for businesses that are just getting started and looking for a way to promote their products.
Let’s take a look at what Magento and osCommerce have to offer their potential business customers.
|Physical and virtual products||Y||Y|
|Easy backup and restore database||Y||Y|
|Print invoices from the order screen||Y||Y|
|Statistics for products and customers||Y||Y|
|Support for static and dynamic banners with full statistics||N||Y|
|Customers can view order status/history||Y||Y|
|Temporary/permanent shopping carts||Y||Y|
|Fast friendly quick/advanced search||Y||Y|
|Product reviews for interactive shopping||Y||Y|
|SSL Secure transactions||Y||Y|
|Global and per-category bestseller lists||N||Y|
|Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown||N||Y|
|HTML based product descriptions||Y||Y|
|Control if out of stock products are shown||N||Y|
|Customers can subscribe emails/newsletters||N||Y|
|Online payment processing||Y||Y|
|Disable certain payment services based on zones||Y||Y|
|Weight, price, and destination based shipping modules||Y||Y|
|Disable certain shipping services based zones||Y||Y|
|Flexible tax by state and country basis||Y||Y|
|Set different tax rates for different products||Y||Y|
|Charge tax per shipping service basis||Y||Y|
|Send to a Friend||Y||Y|
|Multi-Tier Pricing for quantity discounts||Y||N|
|Customer Group-specific pricing||Y||Y|
|Auto-generated Site Map||Y||N|
|RSS Feeds for New Products, New Specials and New Tags||Y||Y|
|Google Site Map||Y||N|
|Multiple Images Per Product||Y||Y|
|Product Image Zoom-in Capability||Y||N|
|Add to Wishlist||Y||Y|
|Product listing in grid format||Y||N|
As you can see, whether you choose Magento or osCommerce as your source for your free eCommerce you will be able to create and manage a well enhanced shopping cart. However, if you wish to ever upgrade your shopping cart if you are using osCommerce you will have to transfer all of your files to another product and hope it is compatible. With Magento you at least have the option to upgrade to either their “Professional Edition” or their “Enterprise Edition” which will cost you $2,995 a year and up.
If you wish to consider a cheap yet popular shopping cart option, you may wish to take a look at BigCommerce.com. They offer 5 levels of shopping cart packages to choose from. You can start from the top with a shopping cart that has everything you will ever need, or from the bottom and upgrade your shopping cart as your business continues to grow. The BigCommerce shopping cart starts at just $24.95 a month.