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OpenCart & PrestaShop: Good or bad for your Online Store?


Daniel Serbu - February 17, 2021 - 0 comments

Today we’ll discuss about the advantages and disavantages of OpenCart & PrestaShop. Moreover, I’ll present the the good and the bad parts of each e-commerce solution and I’ll share some tips and tricks. This is not a comparing shopping cart solution, but more a place where we present the best solutions for top shopping online platforms. It’s all about online shopping!

OpenCart & PrestaShop: Good or bad for your Online Store? Top ecommerce platforms

So, we’ll start presenting each platform, with all the good and bad parts.

OPENCART

What is OPENCART? An OpenCart is an online store management system. It is an source PHP-based using My SQL database and HTML components. The Support is provided for different languages and currencies. It is freely available under the GNU General Public License. From May 2016, 342,000 websites were using OpenCart. It was initial release in April 2010.

 

opencart logo online store

 

How does it look like? On OpenCart’s official website we have some demos images with store front look and administration look (dashboard).

 

shopping online OpenCart - Store front look

OpenCart – Store front look

 

shopping online OpenCart - dashboard look

OpenCart – dashboard look

 

The first benefits of using Open Cart in accordance with what they say on the official website:

  • Open-Source and Free – Open source means transparent. OpenCart comes with free downloads and updates. Zero monthly fees.
  • Powerful Store Management – Benefit from our built-in SEO. Easy manage products, customers, orders, taxes rules, coupon codes and more.
  • Extensions and Themes – The biggest eCommerce selections of modules and themes to expand your store functionality.
  • Support You Can Trust – We’ve got you covered! OpenCart offers free community or dedicated commercial support.

OpenCart powers over 342.000 eCommerce Entrepreneurs all over the world.

 

PRESTASHOP

What is PRESTASHOP? PrestaShop is a freemium, open source e-commerce solution. The software is published under the Open Software License. It is written in the PHP programming language with support for the MySQL database management system. PrestaShop is currently used by 250.000 shops worldwide and is available in 60 different languages. Initial release was in July 31, 2008.

 

prestashop logo online store

 

How does it look like? On PrestaShop official website we have some demos images with store front look and administration look (dashboard).

shopping online PrestaShop - store front look

PrestaShop – store front look

 

shopping online PrestaShop - dashboard look

PrestaShop – dashboard look

 

The first benefits of using Open Cart in accordance with what they say on the official website:

  • Customize your store – Choose your colors, your logo and a design from among a selection of professional-looking themes.
  • Drive your business – Manage your products, orders, customer relationships, and track your statistics.
  • Attract visitors – Share your content on the social networks and your blog and attract more visitors.
  • Sell globally – Easily present your store in several different languages and currencies.

 

 

ADVANTAGES (OpenCart & PrestaShop):

  • Multiple payment and shipping methods;
  • Sell unlimited products and +13000 plugins;
  • Many of the add-ons are also free;
  • You are given dedicated technical support;
  • Complete set of reports and metrics.

ADVANTAGES (OpenCart & PrestaShop) good or bad

DISADVANTAGES (OpenCart & PrestaShop):

  • Limited scalability and unprofessional design;
  • It creates canonization issues for SEO;
  • It can be difficult to import your inventory list;
  • It offers a slow checkout experience.

 

DISADVANTAGES (OpenCart & PrestaShop) good or bad

 

CONCLUSION (OpenCart & PrestaShop)

 

CONCLUSION (OpenCart & PrestaShop) good or bad

 

You can choose PrestaShop if you are on a low budget to set up a standard e-shop with some standard features that gives good online exposure to your business.

OpenCart is an interesting alternative for PrestaShop. It’s a very good script for beginners and intermediate programmers/shop owners. It works fine with almost any number of products.

 

BONUS

I even prepared a video about Opencart and Prestashop. Enjoy!


You can find on internet many more free e-commerce platforms that can be implemented, so you have multiple choises. I think the key is to find your suitable e-commerce shop platform. If you need more features available for you e-shop you can try a paid platform like Shopify or BigCommerce. Maybe in the future I will make an article about top paid platforms.

Hope I helped you. What platform you choose between OpenCart & PrestaShop? And who do you think is good or bad for your online store? Don’t forget, shopping online is cheaper than offline.

 

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Daniel Serbu

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