Sunday, October 11, 2015

AbanteCart delivers open-source e-commerce

10/11/2015

I’ve always appreciated the ethic that drives open-source software projects. Rather that paying steep prices for packaged software, talented enthusiasts pool their skills to create and support applications that often have higher quality than the commercial versions.

That’s why I was pleased to see the arrival of AbanteCart, an open-source shopping cart program for e-commerce. The software lets website owners and developers sell just about anything, just like the big catalog sites do it, but without the need for high-priced support.

AbanteCart is free. There are no startup, licensing, subscription or transaction fees and no special training or knowledge is required to install and manage it.

Like most of the best open-source programs, there is a robust library of free and inexpensive plugins created and shared by users. Some of the more popular extensions include support for PayPal, credit cards processing, UPS or USPS shipping and live chat.

Anyone interested in trying AbanteCart can create a free personal demo on the AbanteCart website and follow product news @abantecart on Twitter.



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