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Review of the best Open Source online e-commerce applications

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Review of the best Open Source online e-commerce applications

Are you looking for an easy way to create your online store? You have come to the right place! Here, you will find the most popular open source, free or affordable shopping cart applications capable to create a powerful online shop in a matter of minutes.

What is a shopping cart? The shopping cart is software that allows you to create an ecommerce website very easily. Thanks to the shopping cart, you can create great-looking e-store, with lots of pictures of your products and you can start receiving online payments right away. Your customers can select multiple products on your website and pay with their PayPal account or credit card. The shopping cart software automatically totals the order and shows taxes and shipping rates.

Below you will find an extensive list of the best shopping cart scripts, which are powerful in their functionality and easy to use. If you are running a Joomla-powered website you will find the most popular Joomla shopping cart extension.

SiteGround offers 24/7 expert technical support for any hosting issues with the shopping carts listed below.


osCommerce is a free, open source online shop software. The default installation includes a large number of features that you can easily enable and configure. With osCommerce shopping cart you can add multiple products on your site, organize them in categories, set discounts and special promotions. osCommerce allows you to set your prices in different currencies and accept all popular payment methods: PayPal, credit cards, cheques. osCommerce has a built-in shipping and tax functionality.With SiteGround osCommerce hosting package you get free installation of osCom and can start building your e-store right away! The company experts have prepared detailed tutorials how to create and manage your website with osCommerce, as well as numerous troubleshooting tips.


Magento is an open source eCommerce platform, which uses the newest technologies on the web. It offers professional features, flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of the online shop. With Magento you can establish an e-business with convenient product and catalog browser options, extended customer management, advanced analytics, reporting and marketing promotions tools, and much more. Magento has an intuitive administration interface, it is completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network.The Magento hosting package at SiteGround offers free Magento setup and expert 24/7 technical assistance for your online shop. provides also advanced hosting solutions for medium-sized and large stores. Magento eCommerce solution


CS-Cart is paid shopping cart software written in PHP & MySQL. The CS Shopping Cart is easy to install, has an intuitive template management system (compared to osCommerce) and user-friendly admin area. By default, CS-Cart is integrated with more than 35 popular payment systems such as PayPal, 2CheckOut, GoogleCheckOut, WorldPay, etc. It includes 5 professional templates and their 20 color schemes in all. CS-Cart is a fully multilingual software with multicurrency feature. It has also an advanced Order management tool, Affilate add-on, Product configurator, Feature comparison and Gift Registry modules.SiteGround offers reliable and secure web hosting services for CS-cart and you get free CS-cart installation and assistance SiteGround partners with CS-cart


Prestashop is a powerful shopping cart solution, which is available for free. It is an open source platform, which means you pay no fee and can modify the tool to suit your needs. There is a growing community of PrestaShop users, who make the shopping cart better every day!With SiteGround Prestashop hosting package you get free Prestashop installation and can start building your online store in 15 min!


Zen cart is being developed by a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants who have first-hand experience in e-commerce. Zen Cart is the outcome of their continuous mutual work. It is a free and user-friendly shopping cart, and is distributed as an open source software.With SiteGround Zen cart hosting package you get free Zen cart installation and can start building your online store immediately!

Avactis Shopping Cart

Avactis Shopping Cart is an ecommerce application that allows you to easily integrate an online store into your existing site. It is a very convenient tool for the quick launch of an online business. Avactis is equally suitable both for companies selling clothes, cosmetics, footwear, furniture, jewelry, etc. and for companies offering digital products, such as software, music, games, e-books and e-documents.SiteGround offers reliable and secure web hosting services for Avactis and you get free Avactis installation and assistance. Avactis eCommerce solution

Cube cart

CubeCart is an eCommerce script written in PHP & MySQL. With CubeCart you can setup a powerful online store as long as you have hosting supporting PHP and one MySQL database. CubeCart is very powerful and easy to connect to various payment gateways.SiteGround offers reliable and secure web hosting services for Cube cart.

Virtuemart – Joomla Shopping Cart

Virtuemart (formerly known as php-Shop) is an independent open-source shopping cart solution. However, it is better known as an e-commerce component for Joomla! CMS.SiteGround offers free Joomla and Virtuemart installation with the Joomla hosting package.