Magento, osCommerce, OpenCart: Which is the best?

The designers from Forix Webdesign took three of the most successful softwares that promise to achieve just that and put them head to head in a comparison. To not steal too much of your time, this comparison comes along in the form of an infographic.


Magento vs. (osCommerce vs.) OpenCart: My 2 Cents

A decision for one or the other CMS to power your online store should not be made using your gut feeling. Once you’ve put all your eggs into one basket, it will be almost breaking your neck to reverse this decision. So, better think a while longer and get informed. And: never install an ecommerce solution without professional help.

Chances are, design agencies will recommend you Magento, osCommerce or OpenCart, at least – if not solely – among a few others. It’s not a waste of time to get to know these three contestants a little better. That’s exactly what the following infographic is aiming at. I especially like the comparison table, where they break down individual features. Though this can only be an overview that needs more profound analysis, it definitely is a good starting point.

Let me weigh in my own two cents before I step back and give the floor to Forix. My own experiences with Magento and OpenCart have made me categorize these two quite clearly. Magento is the Typo 3 of ecommerce, where OpenCart is the WordPress. Both are free and have no hard-coded limitations. Both are great systems.

OpenCart is easier to handle and faster to set up. It is all in all more understandable and compared to Magento does not need a similar level of initial training. The community is great and support is never a problem. Especially the admin dashboard guarantees for an almost intuitive access to any feature needed.

Magento on the other hand is more powerful from a certain range on up. It can do everything OpenCart can and adds to that, e.g. with the capability to handle multiple stores from one backend. This comes at a price and the price is only affordable to those who are willing to invest a lot of initial effort into establishing their online branch. If your perspective is going big on the net, Magento is a valid choice. If you just want to extend your little pet shop into virtuality you might be better off using OpenCart.

In case you didn’t know: Magento is part of eBay, OpenCart is coded by a much, as in much smaller team.

An Infographic With Some Errors

Now, before I really give the floor to Forix’ infographic I need to correct a few flaws they built into their little chart. The dates of the initial releases of the three contestants got messed up. osCommerce started out in the year 2000, not in 2011. The given date for osCommerce is where the latest version got published.

The numbers of websites powered by a given CMS are not valid. Magento covers more than 25% of the market, the other two fall way behind that share. The numbers given in the infographic suggest that they are much closer together than they really are. Magento claims to have been chosen by more than 150,000 customers. How many websites these customers run is another cup of tea.

The infographic claims that OpenCart covers 6% of the market. Other analysts see a much lower market share for OpenCart, and a higher share for osCommerce.

That said, let’s take to the infographic. As I told you, the most valuable part is the feature comparison anyway. Clicking on the image leads you to the source over at Forix Webdesign:


(Source: Magento vs osCommerce vs OpenCart – A Comparison (Infographic) | Forix Webdesign Blog)