There are many open source e-commerce platform that enables you to start your business online. Open source platform is available for free, you can download and modify them, so if you prefer to do it yourself, all you need is to invest time rather than money. However, if you have no clue on how to do it, you might need to consider hiring somebody to do it for you.
We also compiled some information & comparison for payment solution commonly used in Malaysia. It is recommended to look into payment solution information before starting an e-commerce store, since you would need to consider the cost of subscribing payment solution and to start your online transactions.
Now, let’s dive into few open source e-commerce that commonly use in Malaysia. What are they? What’s the difference between them?
#1 – Magento
Magento offers a lot of features and flexibility. It is capable of handling all scales of business – from small to large enterprise. On the right hand, it is able to create beautiful and feature-rich website. However, it requires much more resources to run compared to other platform. Magento is very much intended for expert programmers.
Magento comes with two versions – Community Edition and Enterprise Edition. Community Edition is free while Enterprise Edition is not. Both offer many similarities, except for certain elements: Developer Support, Return Handling, Performance (Enterprise builds to handle large catalog), Advance Search.
Finding developer or support for Magento shouldn’t be big issue since it is supported by large community.
Magento Introduction Video
#2 – WooCommerce
WooCommerce is an extension of WordPress, which enable WordPress powered website to become an online store. WooCommerce is acquired by Automattic, the company which makes WordPress.
It is easy to easy to install, flexible and feature-rich. If you are familiar with WordPress, then WooCommerce should be easy for you. It requires some technical skill if you want to have many customization. However, many features (plugins) and the theme are available which is developed by the community.
Also note to mention that the community support for WooCommerce is large, which can ensure bug free, easily smooth out problems and obtain advice.
WooCommerce Introduction Video
#3 – OpenCart
OpenCart is easy and straightforward for its user. Even the build-in features are not as much as Magento, it is enough to run online business and require less resources to power up. It is easy to install and configure.
Community support for OpenCart is large, you can get various support in term of bugs, problem with the platform and others. OpenCart plugins and themes are available everywhere and quite considerable amount of it.
If you are trying your hand with setting up your first online store, without or little technical knowledge, OpenCart may be your first suitable choice.
OpenCart Introduction Video
#4 – PrestaShop
PrestaShop offers user-friendly interface and it is easy to install and configure. Most of hosting company allows you to install it by one-click button and you are ready to customize your store. Various build-in features that support your online business such as product management, analytics, reporting, taxes, payment, shipping and many others.
PrestaShop has been around the market for quite long, the community is quite large, so you most likely able to find support, themes and plugins you need.
PrestaShop is also one of the platform to try if you have none to little technical knowledge.
PrestaShop Introduction Video
|Release Date||March 2008||2011||2010||2007 August|
|Plugins / Modules||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Theme Available||700+ (TemplateMonster.com)|
|Plugins Available||Magento Connect|
|300+ WooCommerce Extensions|
|13000+ OpenCart Extensions|
|Creator||Varien||WooThemes||OpenCart Ltd.||PrestaShop SA|
|Multi-Currency||Yes – Require Some Coding||Extension||Extension||Extension|
|Technical Knowledge Required||High||Medium||Little||Little|
|Shared-Server Hosting||Not Recommended||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Business Size||Any Size||Small-Medium||Small-Medium||Small-Medium|
|Ease of Installation||Moderate||Easy||Easy||Easy|
|42,000+ Likes (WooCommerce Facebook)||4,700+ Likes (OpenCart Facebook)||81,000+ Likes (PrestaShop Facebook)|
|3,6000+ Followers (WooCommerce Twitter)||2,600+ Followers (OpenCart Twitter)||27,000+ Followers (PrestaShop Twitter)|
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Ecommerce Usage in Malaysia – May 2016 (View)
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