OpenCart or Spree Commerce? Spree Commerce or OpenCart? Both are open source, ecommerce platforms, so there can’t be too much of a difference, right? Well, when you take a closer look, you can see that—yes, there are many differences between the two. With that being said, let’s look at a side-by-side comparison between Spree Commerce and OpenCart.
OpenCart has far more websites built on it than Spree. So, that’s it, right? Advantage: OpenCart? Not necessarily. Due to its customizable nature, a company would need some programming chops to start out on Spree.
That’s why, though OpenCart has a firmer hold on the market share, Spree has it beat in the top 10K sites, top 100K sites, and top million sites, in terms of web traffic. In fact, not a single site in the top 10K is built on OpenCart. So, when making your decision, it has to come down to this: Do I want the easier platform to start out on? Or the one that will be there for your when you need it most—when your traffic and sales are through the roof.
Once your company grows past the point where the basics can do the trick, your going to need some extensions and features. OpenCart is noted for having generally affordable pricing on these features. But, you know what’s better than being “generally affordable?” Being… FREE!
Yep, that’s right. All of Spree’s extensions are free, and you can’t beat free. Big advantage to Spree Commerce here.
Community and Support
Spree Commerce is noted for having an incredibly passionate and supportive community. Questions on QA sites like Stack Overflow are usually answered quickly, and will often be handled by Spree Commerce developers themselves. In fact, Spree Commerce’s community stats stand at 611 contributors and over 15K commits. OpenCart’s stand at 143, and 4K, comparatively.
Plus, you’ll never see a comment on Spree like this review on OpenCart: “Unfortunately, bad attitude of the main developer and his forum moderators keeps serious developers away from using OC. On a daily basis, negative posts about OC or their business partners are being removed.“
The goal for every ecommere startup is growth. So, why use a platform that can’t scale with you? Remember those “generally affordable” OpenCart extensions we talked about earlier? Well, they’ve also been noted as having poor transitions from updates and minimal support for troubleshooting.
Like we mentioned already, all of Spree Commerce’s extensions are free. And when you’re really ready to explode on the market, you can take a page out of the book of major ecommerce powers Bonobos and Fortnum & Mason and give Wombat—the automated integration platform built by Spree’s engineers— a try.
Ok, so this is probably the point where you’re saying we’re a little biased. And, well, you’re right! We firmly believe that Spree Commerce is the best ecommerce platform in the world. (Remember that thing about a passionate community—the same thing can be said about our employees).
With that being said, the only way you’re going to find out for real how Spree can be the best fit for you, is to do what over 45,000 retailers have done already–give Spree Commerce a try. It’s free and there aren’t any scary contracts, so what do you have to lose?