Looking for the right eCommerce platform?
Guest blog by Michele Joel
Here are the top systems to consider:
Picture this, you’re about to launch a new online store for your business – or overhaul your totally outdated and hard-to-use eCommerce system – and you need the best platform available to power your business. You know you want to use open source software because it provides the flexibility and customizability to meet your current and future needs, and, of course, it’s free. You also know that you want to launch it in the cloud since it is cost-effective, enables you to easily add or subtract resources as needed and frees your IT team from the burden of implementing and managing new hardware and software.
But what eCommerce platform is best?
Tribeca Cloud – a new service that quickly and easily gets your business on the cloud ASAP – has selected the top eCommerce platforms we recommend for our clients. Here’s a quick rundown of our recent favorites:
Magento (Community Edition) is a feature-rich, open source, enterprise-class platform. It offers merchants flexibility and control over the user experience, catalog, content and functionality of their online store. Magento’s administration interface features powerful marketing, SEO and catalog-management tools to give merchants the power to create sites that are tailored to their unique needs. The Magento platform is trusted by more than 150,000 businesses, including some of the world's leading brands.
Zen Cart is a powerful, user-friendly, open source eCommerce application. It gives Web designers a robust and customizable electronic storefront that's easy to keep up-to-date with new features. Zen Cart provides usable, intuitive and unobtrusive purchase flows right out of the box based on best-practices. It can be installed and set-up by anyone with the most basic website building and computer skills. And, with advanced template systems that run on stylesheets and images, you won't have to sacrifice customization in order to take advantage of the simplicity.
osCommerce is a self-hosted online store solution that contains both a catalog front-end and an administration tool back-end. It provides a rich set of shopping cart functionality that allows merchants to market and securely sell products and services to customers worldwide with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved. osCommerce gives store owners complete control of their online store and data. The core feature set can be extended to meet the individual requirements of store owners via the thousands of add-Ons available. osCommerce has matured into a solution that is powering hundreds of thousands of live shops around the world.