We recently started providing development and customization services on OpenCart. OpenCart is a turn-key ready “out of the box” shopping cart solution. You simply install, select your template, add products and you ready to start accepting orders. It has got all the features you need to run your e-store.
We have been doing development in osCommerce and Magento for the last couple of years both of them are an excellent open source shopping cart applications but the problem is the default skin of osCommerce is very basic. You always have to completely modify/alter store front’s template but admin interface remained same. The problem is client’s does not like the admin interface at all.
Then came Magento. We did many projects in it. It’s a complete, well thought and well written shopping cart system. This again was not the solutions what we are looking for. It’s over complicated. It takes more time to develop any extension as compared others and the top most drawback is that it’s very slow. You always need dedicated high end servers.
OpenCart is our ultimate choice now. It’s database architecture and front-end is like osCommerce but far better than OSC. It’s admin looks like magento but is not slow like Magento. It’s based on MVC architecture, very similar to CodeIgnitor. If you know CI and OsCommerce then OpenCart development is very easy to learn.