Consumers are increasingly being drawn to the usability of online shopping. This new means of shopping has enabled the customers to literally have power in their hands. They can now look for the best products, buy the best brands and also get great discounts and offers. The ability to shop from multiple devices, such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones have only popularized online shopping. Considering the huge demand of online shopping sites, many businesses are drawn to the online sphere and are venturing into ecommerce.
The key requirement of running an online store is to have customizable software. Most businesses have to back out because of the lack of budget to invest in proprietary software. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem in the form of open source ecommerce software. Open source software are developed and upgraded by a community of developers and are free-for-all. Anyone can copy, modify and redistribute the source code without getting entangled into any case of plagiarism. Open source commercial platform is quite the opposite of commercial software which has to be licensed, purchased and whose source code cannot be freely distributed. Below we have listed 10 advantages of open source ecommerce software.
It relatively costs less to run ecommerce open source software. Though not all OS are free, the operational cost (which includes marketing and branding) is considerably low. Some of the best open source ecommerce software are Magento, Linux OS, Apache web server and JBoss application server.
Open source software can be easily customized. If you are satisfied with the in-built features, you won’t need to spend an extra penny. Moreover you can also hire vendor developers to add features to the open source software and re-shape it according to your requirement.
Where there is the option to customize the software, it is natural to expect flexibility. Since there are no licensing restrictions, companies can immediately install additional copies to meet development and scalability needs without incurring additional cost.
If you already have a system powering your ecommerce platform but want to replace it with open source software, you will find that the integration process is very simple. Integration not only saves times and effort but also makes your system more flexible.
The GNU General Public License is a simple document and can be easily understood. When compared to its commercial alternative, the six page document is easy to understand and can be distributed to whoever is using the software.
Unlike commercial software, an ecommerce open source platform doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all model. The software can be tweaked to add functionality that makes the ecommerce website powerful. In other works, the responsive elements can be improved in open source.
Since open source thrives on a community of developers you will always find improvements being made. The large community support had ensured that open source software won’t get obsolete. There is always the scope to customize it yourself or take the help of the larger community.
When the developers of propriety software promise you advanced security, flexibility, adherence to standards etc., you have no option but to believe in what they claim. On the other hand, when it comes to open source e-commerce, you can usually verify such claims by checking the source code.
If you are unsatisfied with the features available on the open source software, you always have the option of adding features. There is a wide array of options just waiting to be downloaded and installed. No matter what you are looking for, you will always find it (or something similar).
Since the developers are also the users of open source software, there is greater chance of the codes being reliable and secured. Moreover the codes are improved and fixed much more quickly.