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Open Source E-Commerce: Twelve Promising Programs

Jan 21, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kerry Watson)

"All of the Big Three-- osCommerce, Zen Cart, and CRE Loaded -- stumbled last year. The maker of industry giant, non-progressing osCommerce disappeared for most of the year, finally to have a fresh and enthusiastic new osCommerce Project team pop up and complete the milestone their way in record time. Likewise, the Zen Cart team announced a new version for launch in February 2008 that never appeared. In December, the team dusted off the announcement and re-posted it as new news by giving it a new version number and some new features.

"Of the Big Three, only the CRE Loaded team made it to market with a new version last year. However, a shocking new annual pricing scheme alienated much of their market of developers and online store owners. The CRE team rectified many of their errors, returning to a more sane marketing plan and once again making the Standard Version free, but market enthusiasm never returned to previous levels."

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