The Top 19 Open Source B2B eCommerce Platforms
By implementing an open source B2B eCommerce platform, you can ensure your business has a customizable approach to launching your online store with access to third-party developers, how-to guides, and consistent support from associated communities.
Below, we have curated a list of open source eCommerce platforms. Further, many of the options here also have enterprise versions, extension libraries, advanced features, and personalized themes. Keep reading to learn more.
Open Source Ecommerce Platforms
OroCommerce: Named a Major Player in the 2020 IDC MarketScape for B2B Digital Platforms, OroCommerce offers out-of-the-box B2B eCommerce solutions. For instance, you can manage B2B corporate accounts across geographies, sub-departments, and business-units. Further, OroCommerce offers multiple price lists for corporate accounts, business units, or individual buyers with an unlimited number of pricing tiers, currencies, and price points. Also, your customers can create multiple shopping lists that they can complete at any time or easily purchase saved products. Moreover, the dashboard offers reporting on business KPIs, customer purchasing patterns, and more so you can build targeted marketing campaigns with advanced segmentation.
Spree Commerce: Built on Ruby on Rails, the open source Spree Commerce eCommerce platform offers multi-currency and multi-language options for brands worldwide. The good news is it now offers a free version, and you can get it headless. It also comes with a progressive web app and a web store. Spree Commerce can boast over 1.1 million downloads. The community has 10,100 GitHub stars with over 780 contributors. You also get dozens of extensions, over 30 integrated payment options, an advanced discounting platform, responsive storefront, and multi-store for various brands.
OpenCart: With this eCommerce platform, you can use a single back-end to run multiple stores. Features include a mobile-friendly admin, detailed product descriptions, order handlings, and consumer management. Other tools include sales forecasting and reporting, marketing extensions, and more. In addition, OpenCart provides over 13,000 themes and modules. Currently, OpenCart forums span 550,000 posts with over 110,000 registered members.
osCommerce: Making its debut in 2000, osCommerce is one of the first of the open source platforms. Around 21,000 online shopping sites use osCommerce. Also, it's forum has accumulated 1.6 million posts. With its Online Merchant edition, you get a comprehensive eCommerce system that includes 9,100 free add-ons and a customizable front-end and back-end admin.
Odoo: This eCommerce app includes a suite of open source eCommerce, inventory, point-of-sale, accounting, customer, and project management tools. You also get integrated payment and shipping with customizable themes and pages. Moreover, you can create sophisticated sales proposals along with managing and marketing a blog. Additionally, you can create, mail, and monitor your email marketing campaigns.
Pimcore: With this eCommerce platform, you access a headless framework that can manage complicated product catalogs, varied promotions, product structures, personalized checkouts, various currencies, product views, and price lists. Pimcore is also API-driven to serve both B2C and B2B eCommerce. There are several options including a free Community Edition or Enterprise Subscription.
Mailchimp Open Commerce: Once called Reaction Commerce, the Mailchimp eCommerce platform offers a vast range of plugins to manage features, shop setup, customer experiences, and even backend services. Further, it is built on React, Node.js, and GraphQL as an API-first modular commerce stack. And you can build your store around your product catalog by configuring their displays within the admin dashboard then using tags for enhanced organization.
Saleor: Saleor is frequently downloaded by midsize and enterprise organizations. It offers a progressive web app and online store so customers can shop from anywhere. It provides multiple variants so you can sell customizable products. The dashboard can provide displays in over 30 languages with a mobile admin. Further, Saleor is written using GraphQL and Python written on a Django framework.
nopCommerce: This open source eCommerce solution offers over 1,500 integrations. Moreover, its community has around 250,000 members. It is based on Microsoft's ASP.Net framework. You can also get all the major payment methods, advanced shipping options, business reporting and analytics, E.U. privacy support, unlimited products and accounts, and multi-vendor and multi-store features.
Ecwid: This eCommerce platform has come a long way since it made its debut in 2009. Ecwid is designed so smaller businesses can incorporate online stores within their existing sites seamlessly. The name stems from "eCommerce widget," offering the ability to update websites instantly. Further, changes are replicated across every site. With a Premium plan, you can sell on Amazon, Instagram, and Facebook.
Sylius: This eCommerce platform launched a beta version in 2016. Today, it offers a commercial edition called Sylius Plus. Sylius is open source and headless, targeted at mid-market and enterprise businesses. Its flexible framework can support various currencies, cross-border commerce, frictionless personalization and integration, and promotions. It also comes with a scalable infrastructure and responsive admin panel. We can't forget the community with over 620 contributors who have shared more than 250 plugins.
VirtueMart: You can expect to access the Joomla CMS with VirtueMart. You can also run this eCommerce platform in catalog or shopping cart mode. With Joomla templates, you can revise the appearance and style of your site. Further, you can access tools to manage your customers, inventory, improve search ratings, offer payment forms, shopping options, and more. If you get the VirtueMart eCommerce Bundle it comes with Joomla.
Joomla: Joomla is a popular and long-time entrant in the eCommerce market as it launched in 2000. To date, it has over 200,000 members in its community. It's open-source and free CMS can be used to create an online reservations' site, eCommerce, small business sites, and more. The framework offers data reporting, customizable product catalogs, inventory management tools, and more.
Zen Cart: As a newer iteration of osCommerce launched in 2003, Zen Cart is an open source and free eCommerce solution. It provides 16 categories of over 2,000 add-ons. The Zen Cart community is quite active with around 30 contributing developers at any given time. It is also based on PHP with HTML components and a MySQL database.
Shopware: This eCommerce solution offers three editions--Starter, Professional, and Enterprise that provides revenue sharing between 0.5% and 3%. This platform is also one of the originals on our list as it was launched in Germany in 2000. It is supported by Vue.js and Symfony. Its previous iteration, Shopware 5, boasts over 800,000 downloads. Further, Shopware 6 is based on Bootstrap and Twig.
WooCommerce: If you've ever used WordPress, then you may have heard of WooCommerce. It offers 140 region-specific gateways with the option to accept cash on delivery, major credit cards, checks, and even bank transfers. WooCommerce is also built on the WordPress CMS. With WooCommerce you can get live shipping rates from the most widely-used carriers, label printing, mobile apps for all the major providers, automated tax calculations, and more. It has an active support community with consistent meetups. It's also quite customizable with over 600 extensions and a wide variety of plugins.
Drupal Commerce: This eCommerce solution is built upon Drupal CMS modules. To date, over 500,000 digital stores utilize Drupal Commerce. In addition, it offers over 250 services and third-party apps to use at your convenience. You can also sync Drupal Commerce with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites. Drupal Commerce is lauded for its capacity to enhance merchandising, link content and products frictionlessly, and expansive search engine optimization tools.
Magento Open Source: Once called Magento Community Edition, you can now access Magento eCommerce for free. What does it include? Well, you can get around 4,000 extensions along with multiple themes, resources, support levels, and partners. If you want more, Magento offers a hosted enterprise version. To understand how to use the platform better, Magento provides a certification program with eCommerce training classes.
PrestaShop: This eCommerce platform is in high demand in Latin America and Europe; so much so that it is the solution for over 300,000 online retail sites globally. PrestaShop is supported by the Symfony framework incorporating over 600 features for multi-shop configurations, product catalog setup, and more. In addition, you can find over 3,000 PrestaShop add-ons for customizations, enhancing conversions, strengthening customer loyalty, and bolstering traffic.
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