10 PHP Based Open Source eCommerce Applications

by Ahmed Khan  October 1, 2015

In the last few years, ecommerce platforms based on PHP have totally revolutionized the online shopping industry. These open source platforms enable you to start your ecommerce store with just a basic knowledge of PHP and Design. I have listed 10 of the most popular PHP platforms that you can use to build your own store. Have a go through this list and select the platform that best suits your need. You can host your store on Cloudways as well!

10 PHP Based Ecommerce Store Builders

  1. Opencart:

Opencart is a very popular PHP ecommerce platform. Opencart has a very strong and a helpful community of professionals. Opencart has an easily manageable interface with more than 8 methods of shipping, 20 gateways for payment and hundreds of gateways and shipping methods in the directory. You can customize your store by choosing any one of the 2500+ attractive themes. Its interface is not only visually appealing but also easy to use. You can find the complete guide for using opencart by clicking here

  1. Prestashop:

Prestashop is a PHP based ecommerce platform that is built on the smarty template engine. Prestashop offers around 310 features, including on page checkout, downloadable products, features cross selling and one page checkout. Prestashop is used in 160 countries and has been translated into 63 different languages. This has helped build Prestashop a strong community around the world with more than 60k community members. Prestashop also comes with customizable themes and feature add-ons.

  1. Oscommerce:

OsCommerce is one of the oldest open source ecommerce builder with more than thirteen thousand stores that are built using the software. Stores built on OSCommerce can be customized using thousands of add ons. The community around OsCommerce exceeds 280k members and is suitable to be used with PHP and MySQL based servers.

  1. Zencart:

Another open source ecommerce solution based on PHP is the Zencart, which is basically an extension of the oscommerce and was branched in 2003. It has more than 16 categories and 1800 add ons and is going strong with a.community of around 150k active members that provide support for different languages.

  1. X-cart:

First released in 2000 by Creative Technologies, X-Cart has now become a prominent name in the list of ecommerce solutions. X-cart has the distinction of being one of the very first PHP based ecommerce software and it is now being used by more than 30k websites. X cart offers shipping carrier integration like FedEx, UPS, Canada Post and Australia Post. X-cart has in-site Payment modules to ensure fraud screening.

  1. WooCommerce:

WooCommerce is a popular plugin for the PHP based CMS. It enables you to convert your wordpress sites into ecommerce stores. The plugin was originally developed by Jigoshop. Woocommerce is one of the most used softwares for ecommerce site building (used by 380K retailers till now) because it has a huge repository of plugins and themes.

  1. Drupal Commerce:

Drupal commerce is an open source ecommerce solution that is used by a little over 5K sites. Drupal commerce keep an organized track of orders, receipts, payments and invoices along with integration of different options for shipping and payment methods. Drupal is based on Drupal content management system and offers complete administration system including checkout form and multi currency. It also offers third party integrations for social networks, fulfillment and accounting services.

  1. Virtuemart:

It is an ecommerce solution which is written in PHP and was previously known as mambo PHPshop. It is suited for websites having low or medium traffic. It is a plugin for Mambo/Joomla that supports extensions like Zlib, XML and MySQL. Virtuemart is a customizable software where developers can update, view or customization operations according to their needs.

9.   Jigoshop:

Jigoshop is also an open source solution for ecommerce applications which is based on the popular CMS, WordPress. Like virtuemart, Jigoshop was also developed for small and medium enterprises. The first edition of Jigoshop was released on 31st may, 2011.

10.  Zeuscart:

Zeuscart is another PHP based open source ecommerce builder that is very easy to use. Zeuscart supports many features that can help you increase sales and promote your business very well. It is a customized ecommerce solution that even a nontechnical person can start using to build an e-store with minimum efforts.

I have just introduced you to some of the most known PHP based ecommerce website builders. All these softwares can be easily integrated on Cloudways and you can start building your ecommerce site with just a few clicks.

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About Ahmed Khan

Ahmed was a PHP community expert at Cloudways – A Managed PHP Hosting Cloud Platform. He is a software engineer with extensive knowledge in PHP and SEO. He loves watching Game of Thrones is his free time. Follow Ahmed on Twitter to stay updated with his works. You can email him at ahmed.khan@cloudways.com

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