What are Open Source Shopping Carts?

Learn the difference between them and the ready systems for setting up online stores.

Currently, to create an eCommerce website and start selling products or services on the Internet does not need too many efforts, since there are several platforms available on the market that do not require technical knowledge and, in a few hours, you can put your eCommerce business in the air.

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One such solution is the Virtual Store, developed for those who have no experience with programming and need something simpler and expressive. But those who want a more robust system and have more technical knowledge can choose a virtual store built on the Open Source platform.

Highly professional, these platforms are perfect solutions for anyone looking to add more features, capabilities and exit the basics.

Using an open-source resource means to have free access to the tool’s code and be able to move it at will. This greatly increases the degree of customization of applications, because you have a base that is already built and can change, add and remove features and functionality you want. This, of course, provided you have knowledge in programming or are working with a professional who will develop your eCommerce website.

Using this type of tool, you can change and develop the code, but need not necessarily do so. These types of eCommerce systems are often complete and are always being improved. So even if you do not change any line of code, you still have an excellent tool to work.

The platforms

Some open-source online stores are available in the market, but it is better to know them well before opting for one. The best known are:


One of the first platforms to stand out and current leader in the number of stores using this system, Magento is a modular eCommerce model in which you can add different features to make your complete store and can modify the look and feel according to your business.

One of the strongest points, Magento is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly, responsible for helping to improve the positioning of a website in search engines like Google.

Because of the popularity that it has won and the large and active developer community that it has, there is a plethora of themes and plugins, free and paid, that you can use for your business. It is recommended for those who have or want to develop a large store.


It is widely recommended for front-end developers and ideal for anyone working with JavaScript. Despite having over 7000 installable plugins and features such as credit card module and the delivery of products, templates and panels are a bit simpler than the Magento, which makes it a more suitable system for medium stores or small companies.


More than 100,000 stores use this system, which is one of the most beloved in the world. PrestaShop has over 3,500 modules and a simple and friendly panel that will help you to manage your store without having a headache.

If you choose this platform, you can also choose between 2 000 layouts and have access to SEO resources, Analytics (Google tool that helps you track the performance of your website) and complete management of the store by phone.

Now that you know the open-source and also the best platforms in the market, do not hesitate and start to develop your online store! Do not forget that Nestify has hosting plans that are suitable for these platforms!

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