There are plenty of paid solutions for creating an ecommerce website, but there is also a wide choice of free, scalable and robust opensource shopping cart scripts available. I will mansion the best 10 of them right here below.
Magento is a very professional shopping cart system, supporting SEO friendly URLS and a lot of extras which you normally wouldn’t get in an opensource script. It offers easy installation, clean coding and simple template customization as well as unlimited pages, products and customers. A wide range of payment gateways are supported as well as a lot of shipping options are built-in.
jCart is a free Ajax shopping cart thatâ€™s easy to install and customize.
Ubercart is an open source e-commerce solution fully integrated with the leading open source content management system, Drupal, winner in two categories of the Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Awards. This is a killer combination for anyone looking to build a community around a product, sell access to premium content, offer paid file downloads, and much more, all while maintaining a seamless connection to your users.
Prestashop is a really robust, feature rich shopping cart with a vibrant community and lot of features which you normally get only for a paid shopping cart solution. Probably one of the best choices out there.
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.
Cubecart is a free shopping cart solution, but the new version v4 is no longer opensource but you have to pay for it if you want to upgrade. Cubecart has a wide range of supported payment gateways and is pretty straight-forward if you are not yet similar with shopping cart systems. Definitely a good choice if you want a simple shopping cart solution.
osCommerce is the “grandfather” of all open source shopping cart solutions. This is probably the most feature rich shopping cart solution available, there are plenty of plugins available to extend it for nearly any usage. Also the community is very helpful if you run into troubles.
AgoraCart is a very popular shopping cart solution written in Perl/Mysql. Despite the pretty complicated Perl-Language, the installation and the customization is pretty easy, as there is a good installation guide and as well a nice css-editor available which makes it possible to edit your templates right from online from your browser.
If you are more a designer rather then developer, then zencart is for you. It allows really easy customization through XHTML-templates, also has a newsletter manager, gift certificates, banner manager…. There are also a lot of addons available to easily extend the functionallity.
Storesprite is free as long as you don’t remove the copyright. It features easy installation, simple customization and a lot of features which are right build into the core installation. It also supports a wide rang of payment gateways and sweet features like customer ratings and comments.