Top 5 Content Management Systems for eCommerce

By / Dec 21, 2009 / Tools

eCommerce continues to steadily evolve as it’s become one of the most reliable, and preferable ways to purchase goods. Its very existence has allowed countless number of businesses reach new heights, and take advantage of endless possibilities. As new standards, ideas, and applications for eCommerce role out, the strength of your online presence must support these new trends.

Having a powerful and dependable Content Management System is becoming less of an option and more of a need. Below we’ve outlined 5 of the best Content Management Systems to fuel your eCommerce. Please note that CMS’s like WordPress and Joomla, although not entirely focused on eCommerce, they offer effective plugins to take care of your basic and intermediate level needs.

Business Catalyst


Business Catalyst allows you to build typical eCommerce web sites that range from small to medium sizes. Once you sign up you’ll get a hosted eCommerce application that provides you with a dedicated content management system (CMS) that has the power to jumpstart blogs, shopping carts, and forums. You’ll also be greeted with easy to understand analytics that let you track web site visits and customer activity. The user interface is simple and concise. Business Catalyst not only helps build your online store, but it manages it as well. BC is a full-featured hosted application that offers great support over the phone, email, or live chat.



Magento is classified as an open source eCommerce platform that eases the flow between design and online sales. Magento is one of the fastest growing eCommerce solutions in the market, and with their long list of features it’s not hard to see why. Magento likes to out-smart other content management systems for eCommerce by providing excellent options to grow your site. Magento is a very flexible eCommerce platform that lets you Manage multiple websites, integrate Google Website Optimizer and over 50 payment gateways.



PrestaShop is a free, open source eCommerce platform that delivers a wide variety of features such as the full control of your inventory, orders, shipping and tracking, allowing you to manage your business in real-time. This eCommerce platform has a WYSIWYG editing tool for your products and the managing of images. Your online store can be customized at any time, accept PayPal payments, and manage customer based subscriptions. PrestaShop can send payments directly to your bank account, or your PayPal account.



Open cart’s admin area has a well designed user interface that simplifies the process of tweaking your site. When you first begin using this eCommerce platform you’re given a customizable layout that gives your products an adequate amount of “breathing room”. OpenCart lets you take full control of your shipping features and the ability to take coupons. You can use coupon codes for your existing customers as incentives. Open Cart is ideal for small to medium sized businesses that are looking for flexibility and the power of useful tools at their fingertips.



osCSS is simply a php eCommerce shopping application that’s built on the oscommerce GPL code. It’s available for a free download and distribution. This version complies with current web standards by using XHTML 1.1 as the mark-up language. You’ll have full take on how to display your products and the way they will be shipped. Although osCSS isn’t the most popular or powerful eCommerce CMS, it sure does get the job done.

If we’ve missed any important ones, please share it with us!


  1. FreeFuelForever
    June 20, 2012

    I have set up sites with prestashop, ubercart and drupal commerce. Anyone wanting to use a shop out of the box, know nothing, customize nothing, Prestashop installed on your web with Fantastico or some other installer allows you to just start posting your shop up online. Simple, and little learning. Prestashop offers a fixed set of features, and if those are enough for you, great.

    Now, drupal (with ubercart or commerce) is a completely different animal from these other carts that are just scripts. You have to go and do some programming to add a new feature if Prestashop does not have it. In drupal you can just install another module, if someone has been kind enough to make what you want.

    This is a fundamental difference: Prestashop can set up in minutes by someone who knows nothing, but the features are fixed unless you are a programmer. Drupal could set up in minutes as well, but it took a few hours for me to learn how the content management system works. Once you learn how to use drupal, though, you can program nothing and know nothing, yet add any number of features to your site using modules that thousands of other people wrote.

    Ubercart has more modules available than commerce and is easier to use. Drupal Commerce allows more flexibility,which is lost on most of us.

  2. Alexandre
    September 17, 2012

    I’m using IQ Cart and i’m suprised because its fully integrated with Joomla and i can use all PrestaShop’s features into my joomla website. IQ Cart is a PrestaShop component for Joomla CMS.
    I found the component here .
    Also a demo exists here .


  3. Steve
    January 7, 2013

    We use Teleriks Sitefinity ( almost exclusively.

    Its a fantastic user friendly drag\drop CMS (killer looking UI too)…and backed by crazy great support.

    My problem with the OpenSource options is support. You have to post to tons of forums and pray for a response…plop 1 ticket to telerik and 24 hours later you have a quality response and a code snippet :)

  4. Dan
    February 20, 2013

    We have integrated an ecommerce system into – check it out, you can create nested categories and products with multiple descriptions and its super-quick to create.

  5. Razibul Hassan
    June 10, 2013

    Drupal e-commerce, Virtue Mart, Zen cart are three other really powerful eCommerce platform that store owner should consider.

  6. York Graphic Designers
    June 10, 2013

    Just about to take the plunge with Open Cart as Magento looks a bit complex for what I need. Only thing is that on most of these CMS’s they don’t seem to have an of the box blog capability?


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