Hello April 2021, the generation to fight for eCommerce Business. One of the fast developing industry since few years. To develop a ecommerce or online store we have go some most clever content management systems CMS around the internet. Some are open source – FREE some are paid versions with monthly subscriptions.
Come Let’s discuss and list the Pros and Cons of the popular CMS for developing ecommerce stores.
Magento Commerce by Adobe is one of the strongest built system for ecommerce. As far as now currently there are 1,87,500 Magento sites are live. Magento’s market share, in specially, should continue to grow as a niche-focused preferred solution, although it may take some time to catch up with its key competitors.
If you are starting a big and mid range online store you can generously take Magento. Available for free as well paid version. The installation of Magento PHP Script is not so difficult. There lots of themes available in the market, but comparing to other eCommerce CMS themes, Magento Themes are expensive. Required deep php knowledge to customize the theme if the settings not available in admin dashboard.
Extensions(Modules/Plugins) availble for further adding additional features to Magento, again extensions also expnsive there are very less free extensions availble in market. So if you are newbie, setting up Megento Website on believing Themes and Extentions, make sure the budget.
I really appreciate the code structure, security, backend management, cache system, which is really well organized.
I will recommend Magento for the projects with good Budget and big online store system.
Prestashop from French developers, as nowadays depends on opensource community developers. One of the most popular, easy handling CMS ever. If anyone used WordPress can easily handle prestashop. Very simple process to setup, as usual it install script, connect database, upload theme, modify as per the needs. Almost all features for ecommerce is readily available in prestashop. So it might not required that much to purchase additional module, if in case required, available in market with reasonable price. As well there are lot of free modules available, since the prestashop source is open source, you free to modify the code.
As WordPress is popuar blogging website, now a days it is widely used CMS for multipurpose website. Wherther it is business, news publisher, ecommerce for any kind of service wordpress can be customized. As lots of free themes and plugins available in the market as well wordpress is opensource, customization is simple process.
One big minus is wordpress is basically not developed for ecommerce whereas for blog. But thanks to woocommerce plugin to enable wordpress blog cms to ecommerce cms. Woocommerce is best for startups, one who strong in wordpress functionaliy.
Opencart is also free/open source cms for ecommerce, but still plugins/modules and themes needs to add additional functions to the basic ecommerce. The price range is little moderate. Opencart is almost similar to prestashop, but still lesser functionalities.
Opencart is best for startup ecommerce.
5. Monthly Subscribtions
All the above are monthly subscriptions, with limited customizations, but easy to handle the orders, customers, products and pages.
Basic Modules Required for any CMS eCommece
- Social Login
- SMS – OTP – Mobile Login
- Language Translations
- Currency Exchange Rates
- SEO Advance
- Page Speed, Security
- Loyalty Points
- Compare Products
- Offer Promos
- Affiliates Systems
- Newsletter email collections
- E-Mail Management
- SMS Alerts
- Push notifications
- product video
- Product 360 degree view
- Get Customer’s location map
- Get customers flexible time for delivery
- Career/Shipping Plugins
- Payment Modules
- Auto reminders for abandoned carts
- Send reminder with discounts
- Google Merchants
- Live Chat Features
- Allow Cookies
- Blog in ecommerce
- spin to win feature
- get estimated delivery time with po box number
- customize invoice/email
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