Open Source E-Commerce Holy Grail Quest
December 10, 2008 (114 Responses)
I’VE BEEN on a long running quest for the Open Source e-commerce holy grail: Multi Store, Multi Vendor functionality, and now it seems many others have joined the quest too.
One of the most popular items on my website in recent years has been an article entitled The elusive Opensource E-Commerce Holy Grail: Multi-Site, Multi-Store, which is probably worth a read if you’re in the market for an open source e-commerce solution and trying to decide which one is for you. The comment trail alone makes for great reading as quite a few contributors haveÂ included their opinions and thoughts about various products.
Given that the article was written back in 2007 I decided it might be time for an update, and also because so many other (new) products and potential solutions have been mentioned in the comment trail I think it’s a good time to widen the scope of the article as well.
So here is what I’ve decided to do. I’m going to build up a functionality matrix – in other words desired functionality in the perfect solution – and then contact all of the product developers in the list for a view on what their solutions are currently capable of doing, as well as what future enhancements they have planned. Depending on the response I’ll publish each item in isolation as well as the full updated list – hell I may even dedicate an area of the website to it.
So – if you’re interested in participating in this quest, or if you just have some specific functional requirements that you believe should be included in the review – then please get in touch with me and let me know. Alternatively if you can think of any product or solution that you wish included in the scope of my reviews – just let me know that too. Keep in mind the functional list I’m looking for is not what’s available today, or what bog-standard e-commerce solutions can deliver, it’s quite opposite actually. I’m looking for that list of functionality that we can’t get today and therefore are hoping for in an upcoming or in-development solution, or at the very least if it’s possible to get this functionality included in the developer roadmap for any product it would suffice. I’ll try all the angles.
You can either leave comments here on this article or contact me seperately. Either way I’ll publish a consolidated list and then go do the reviews of the various products out there on the market to see what the state of play us now days, almost 18 months since the original article. I will try to make this as thorough as possible, utilising a common approach to all vendors and their solutions and grading/marking them appropriately.
It might also help to let potential developers out there know just how many people are waiting on this type of functionality, so feel free to link back to this or any other related articles on my website and publish your own thoughts on the subject matter. Hell – maybe we should start up a petition site