OpenCart Review

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Opencart is an easy to-use, powerful, Open Source online store management program that can manage multiple online stores from a single back-end. Administrative area simply by filling in forms and clicking Save. There are many professionally-written extensions available to customize the store to your needs.

OpenCart is an open-source, downloadable shopping cart that’s free to own, upgrade, and use. The software is based on PHP, so any merchant looking into OpenCart would benefit from a background in that programming language.

OpenCart follows a core+extensions model. Out of the box, it’s a fairly light platform and requires add-ons in order to perform higher-level functions. Fortunately, OpenCart has a large and diverse community of developers who are consistently adding to an already enormous pool of 13,000 extensions.

If you’re thinking about using OpenCart for your online store, you should consider a couple of things. First, you’ll have to be comfortable setting up and maintaining a highly-technical store largely on your own (support is limited). Second, you’ll need to be prepared to purchase a good number of add-ons.

If you’re comfortable with both of those aspects, keep reading for a full analysis of OpenCart.

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“Free” is a tricky word when it comes to open-source software. Yes, OpenCart is free to download, upgrade, and use (and that’s great!), but that doesn’t mean you’ll operate your platform free of any charge.

You are responsible for your own security and hosting, so basic expenses include web hosting, a domain name, and an SSL certificate. You’ll also have to spend a significant amount in the form of extensions.

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