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E-Commerce Comparison Table



E-commerce engine and template are two main things you need to create your online store.

E-commerce engine is a platform for your online store , it contains all necessary features to run your business online like: shopping cart, payment and shipping modules, product categories, capability of managing the catalog via the user-friendly admin panel without any programming etc.

E-commerce template is a theme for your store. It allows you to change the entire look of your site with a few clicks. No need to hire a designer and pay him hundreds of dollars. The template will make the process of changing your store look fast and easy.

 osCommerceCreLoaded 6.2Magento (Community)PrestashopVirtueMartZenCartOpenCart
License *License type under which the product is offered.GPLGPLOSL 3.0OSL 3.0GPLGPLGPL
Cost *How much the e-commerce engine costs.FreeFree (only version 6.2)Free (only community edition)FreeFreeFreeFree
Language *What programming language is used.PHPPHPPHPPHPPHPPHPPHP
Data storage *What type of the database can be used.MySQLMySQLMySQLMySQLMySQLMySQLMySQL
Open source code *Specifies if you have access to the engine source files and if you are able to edit them.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Package *See what is included into the template package you order.Engine with design, PHP, PSD, CSS, images, sample databaseTheme, PHP, CSS, PSD, images, sample databaseMagento theme, PHTML, XML, PHP, CSS, PSD, images, sample contentPrestashop theme, PHP, CSS, PSD, images, modules, sample databaseJoomla theme, VirtueMart theme, CSS, PSD, images, sample databaseZenCart theme, PHP, CSS, PSD, images, sample databaseEngine with design, OpenCart theme separately, PSD, PHP, TPL, JS, images, sample database
Skins system availability *The capability of changing the store theme through the admin panel.noyesyesyesyesyesyes

Modules and Boxes

Each e-commerce engine has modules that allow you to expand your store functionality. Such modules as login form, polls, list of latest or new products can make your store more interactive and user-friendly.

 osCommerceCreLoaded 6.2Magento (Community)PrestashopVirtueMartZenCartOpenCart
Affiliates *Information box for the affiliates.noyesnonononoyes
Banners *Module that displays banners on the store pages.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Bestsellers *Displays list of the most popular products.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Categories *Displays list of the product categories.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Contact us *The contact form and the store owner contact details.yesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Cross-Sell products *Displays the list of the Cross-Sell products.nonoyesyesnonoyes
Currencies *Box that allows you to switch the currencies.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Custom HTML modules *Box that allows you display any custom content from text and image to the complex HTML code.nonoyesyesyesnoyes
Featured Products *Displays the list of products selected by administrator as featured.noyesyesyesyesyesyes
Languages *Displays the box for the localization switching.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Links to content pages *Displays the box for the localization switchingyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Manufacturers *List of the products manufacturersyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Newsletter sign-up *Form to sign up for a newsletteryesyesyesyesnonoyes
Notifications *Box, in which a client can subscribe to getting information about the productsyesyesnoyesnoyes3rd party Module (price varies)
Order History *List of the client’s ordersyesnoyesyesnonoyes
Quick Find/Search *Quick search of products by keywordsyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Related Products *List of products related to the selected onenonoyesnononoyes
Reviews *List of customer’s products reviewsyesyesyesnoyesyesyes
Shopping cart *Displays the list of the products added to the cart.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Specials *List of the products marked as special.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Tell a friend *Box of informing of somebody about the store vie e-mail.yesyesyesnonoyesyes
Up-Sells products *List of Up-Sells products related to the selected one.nonoyesnononono
User info *Displays the info about the logged in user.nononoyesnonono
What’s New/ Latest Products/ New products *List of recently added products.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Whish List *List of the products and links marked by the used as favorite ones.nonoyesyesnonoyes
Who is online *Displays number of the logged in users.yesyesnoyesnoyesno

Engine Features

The following table displays the main features of the e-commerce engines:

 osCommerceCreLoaded 6.2Magento (Community)PrestashopVirtueMartZenCartOpenCart
Customer Management *Tools for tracking customer, checking order history, details etc.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Multiple Languages *Capability of running a store in multiple languages.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Multiple Currencies *Capability of using multiple currencies.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Currency Conversion *The prices are changed according to the currency exchange rates.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Flexible Tax Calculation *Capability of changing the store taxes per country, city, state or other custom conditions.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Flexible Shipping Calc *Capability of setting the store shipping rates per country, city, state or other custom conditions.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Customer Notifications *Tools to send the customer notifications about the order status, registration etc.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Polls *The polls system lets your customers vote for some goods, offers etc.nonoyesnoyesnoyes
Products Import/Export *Tool for bulk products import/export. Allows you to move your products database to different store or backup it. nonoyesyesyesno3rd party Module (price varies)
Statistics *Representation of the store statistics (visitors, orders, income). yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
WYSIWYG editor *The visual editor for making the product customization more easy and user friendly. noyesyesyesyesyesyes
Multiple Stores *System for running multiple stores on a single installation. Like car parts shop, clothes shop and cosmetics store on a single engine. nonoyesnononoyes
Category unique theme *Capability of changing the store design per products category. nonoyesnononono
Product unique theme *Capability of changing the store design for each product info page. nonoyesnononono
Modules/Boxes Management *Managing modules and boxes through the store administration panel. yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Custom Pages *Capability of adding customer content pages. yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Newsletter *Tools for sending newsletters to your customers. yesyesyesnononoyes
Product Attributes *Custom product options like size, color, weight etc. yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Downloadable Products *Capability of selling the downloadable products like website templates, sound tracks, videos etc. yesyesyesyesnoyesyes
Multiple Product Images *Capability of adding multiple images to a single products. yesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Subcategory Dropdown In Top Menu *Drop-down menus for multi-level product categories. yesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Stock Level Control *Capability of controlling the number of products in stock. yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Product Ratings *Capability of setting rates to the products by your customers. yesyesyesnoyesyesyes
Product Reviews *Capability of leaving reviews for the products in your store. yesyesyesnoyesyesyes
Banners Management *Capability of managing banners through the store administration panel. yesyesnoyesyesyesyes
Products Expected *Tools to display the expected products listing. noyesnonononono
Category Images *Capability of adding the category images. yesnoyesyesyesyesyes
One page checkout *Fast loading single page checkout procedure. yes (ver. 2.3.1)noyesnononoyes

Customer Rewards

Can you imagine a successful store that doesn’t treat customers well? Discounts, bonus offers and special prices will for sure attract your customers.

 osCommerceCreLoaded 6.2Magento (Community)PrestashopVirtueMartZenCartOpenCart
Coupons *Capability of setting the discounts and reduce products prices per various conditions. noyesyesyesnoyesyes
Gift Certificates *Capability of creating gift certificates for your customers. noyesyesyesnoyesyes
Special offers *Capability of creating special offers. noyesyesyesyesyesyes

Search Engine Optimization

Will you be able to attract hundreds of visitors to your e-commerce website if it won’t be visible by the search engines? Search engine optimization is not an easy thing. But some e-commerce engine have the built-in features to make the process easier.

 osCommerceCreLoaded 6.2Magento (Community)PrestashopVirtueMartZenCartOpenCart
Meta Tagging *Capability of setting meta tags and keywords for your products, categories and store itself. yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
RSS Feeds *Capability of creating newsfeeds containing most recent store products. nonoyesyesyesnoyes
SEF URLs *Search friendly URL’s make your pages more visible to the search engines.yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Sitemap *Sitemap is a single page that displays all your store links to categories, products, content pages. Makes your website more visible to the search engines.nonoyesyesnonoyes

Payment Modules

It’s a good idea to let your customers pay for your goods using the payment gateway they like. Each e-commerce engine has several default built-in payment systems.

 osCommerceCreLoaded 6.2Magento (Community)PrestashopVirtueMartZenCartOpenCart
Bank Wirenononoyesnonono
Cash on Deliveryyesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Check/Money Orderyesyesyesyesnoyesyes
Credit Cardyesyesyesnoyesnono
Electronic Checknonononononono
GeoTrust quick paymentsnonononononono
Google Checkoutnononoyesnonono
PayPoint.net SECPayyesnononononoyes
Quick Commerce Prononononononono
RBS WorldPay Hostedyesnononononono
Sage Payyesnononononoyes
World paynoyesnonoyesnoyes
YourPay APInonononononono


  • Thanks a lot! This really helps with choosing an e-commerce engine to start working on!

  • Naumaan Asid

    Thanks buddy, now I can choose easily e-commerce plateform :)

  • Thx a lot

  • cool…