I have read a lots of comment about ecommerce software on this forum. It seem that the most praise one are oscommerce and x-cart. After trying those two and also Intercahge I have to said I am not that impress. Those aplications seem well suited for a small site with 100-200 products but not suited to a bigger ecommerce site with multiple warehouse/provider/product type. Also, osCommerce php code did not seem prety well structured and clean. I also have some doubt on the development works put in those package. In order to understand my reserve I have to add that I am currently employed by a ecommerce company powered by a custom Java solution. I suppose that my question will be the following: Is there any, 'low cost' powefull, extendable, ecommerce software avalaible or is there only costly, high-end (webspere,etc) and cheap, low-end solution (with no real Core code in a object oriented programming).
Sorry for my bad english, trying to learn as fast as I can :)
As with any other product or service, you get what you pay for in most cases.
Now, there ARE alot of very good free or low cost scripts that are offered in all markets. But to be honest, if you are looking for true business class script design, you will have to either hire someone to custom code or buy a high end pre-made script.
You can't expect enterprise class coding, design and capabilities from someone who is doing it for free. If they have put that much time and effort into something, they are going to ask a fair price which is usually not cheap.
So, if you are looking for something to handle a large scale purchasing system, you will most likely not find it in the free or low cost options.
One possible solution - find an open source code option that has the best abilities then pay someone to customize it to your needs. that may be the least expensive route.
PS: your english is just fine and easy to understand!
Originally posted by jeanc
Those aplications seem well suited for a small site with 100-200 products but not suited to a bigger ecommerce site with multiple warehouse/provider/product type. Also, osCommerce php code did not seem prety well structured and clean. I also have some doubt on the development works put in those package.
You could be correct in your assesment. But here is my 2 cents.
osCommerce is only the front end what you do at your
backend - warehouse/provider/product type will probably be handled through the adminstrator menu only.
Can you provide some links to web sites or Articles that provide more information. Not sure what your
business requirement or specification is.
Cleanliness/structured code should not be a judgement of of
how well the software works. If you look at the linux kernel or even microsoft source code you will not use it if that is your judging criteria. In general Open Source is developed by many
programmers with different levels of expertise and also from
different languages and programming backgrounds. Unless the
project is very new and created by a single author you will always
find code that looks untested and unclean.
I think what you are asking for requires customization with off the shelf software. Too many times people look for the software that does all things, but it just doesn't exist. Heck I've had to customize coupons almost 50 different ways alone. I currently resell digiSHOP which uses objected oriented php.
If you're looking for true enterprise level applications, with ability to integrate into warehousing processes of various manufacturers/vendors - take a look at Websphere Commerce - It wont be cheap, but... itll do what you require.
I dont think you can get an open source app, right out of the box, to integrate with warehouses and supply chain of multiple vendors...