Monday, March 06, 2006

5 reasons not to use oscommerce

By Justin Silverton

What is Open Commerce?

From oscommerce.com: "osCommerce is the leading Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, license fees, or limitations involved.

The goal of the osCommerce project is to continually evolve by attracting a community that supports the ongoing development of the project at its core level and extensively through contributions to provide additional functionality to the already existing rich feature set."

Why Shouldn't I use it?

1) no separation of logic and presentation

Smaller applications can be created without separating logic and presentation, but when an application gets as large as oscommerce, there needs to be some kind of templating system in place.
A templating system can also be used to cache dynamic pages and improve the overall performance.

A good, scalable system needs to be engineered from the ground up. It looks to me like it was hacked together with pieces of code here and there

2) difficult to integrate into an existing design

out of the box, the cart works fairly well. If you want to make any drastic design changes, you will run into major issues.

Although it is free, and this may be intising to many companies, the time and labor cost of updating the cart to suit your needs ends up being more than many of the commerical carts available.

3) security

although it is updated, #1 makes it very difficult to make updates without having to manually open up each .php file and make the changes yourself.

4) cannot have multiple sizes of image previews (thumbnail, medium, large)

5) admin navigation issues

a) hard to do shipping cost per item (with different items having different costs) per country
b) editing product descriptions seems a little awkward. overall, it looks like it was developed for a programmer, rather than a store owner.


cubecart - http://www.cubecart.com/
sunshop - http://www.turnkeywebtools.com/
miva mercant - http://www.miva.com

open source

interchange - http://www.icdevgroup.com/


  • Its funny that I found this article now because I had just got oscommerce installed and was looking at it to make the ui fit inside of my current site design. Its a nightmare for doing this. I definately have to find different software but I wasn't to impressed from the looks of the ones that you have listed off. time to keep looking. Tnx

    By Anonymous Scott, at 3:03 PM  

  • i am Russian and was looking for some adjustments for oscommerce...
    and i just found out that the main version of oscommerce is not supporting for very long time, but there is alot of alternative compilation of main engine with some useful additional modules.
    And this compilations has all problems fixed cause alot of users using and testing them :)
    just find one for you and enjoy !


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 AM  

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