Magento vs OsCommerce

Magento or OsCommerce? Let’s try to compare these e-Commerce applications and see which one is better to chose while launching online shops.

Before Magento’s release OsCommerce was one of the most popular solutions. Has the situation changed or not? Why some people prefer using Magento while the others go for OsCommerce? Which application is better?

Magento needs dedicated servers from particular hosting providers in order to run fast shops while shared web hosting account will be enough for OsCommerce.

Some people state that OsCommerce is easier to edit and Magento is better for web developers rather than shop owners. The others argue this statement proving that Magento is also easy-editable software. It seems Magento is really easy to install and manage if you know how to do it properly. In fact our recent posts have some links to Magento Installation tutorials. Note some companies like offer to auto-install Magento directly from their web site on the server.

Magento is a new solution which is regularly improved. Web developers and store owners look forward the new releases of Magento. At the same time OsCommerce is rather old and it doesn’t surprise its owners with new updates.

Professional web developers believe Magento takes the best from Oscommerce. That is to say it’s an open source solution which can be easily customized. At the same time Magento developers go further and enhance their creation with new and important features. I also recommend you to read an article “Should I Convert My Oscommerce Website To Magento?”. It will be very helpful for those of you who hesitate which e-commerce application to choose. Reading this article you’ll also find out the advantages of Magento over OsCommerce and what you should consider before switching from one application to the other.


11 Responses to “Magento vs OsCommerce”

  1. Emerson on March 27th, 2009 10:33 pm

    Asking myself the same question, but I’m almost 100-percent that I’ll choose magento. I’ve seen the oscommerce code and it makes me want to cry. It’s a real mess and the backend looks like it was built by a high school HTML class in 1994. Just my two cents…

  2. Lav on June 12th, 2009 11:18 am

    I agree with Emerson. osCommerce back-end is pitiful. Someone really should sit down and create a module which makes the back-end more user friendly. However, thanks for the link to the interesting article.

  3. Mark on October 1st, 2009 10:40 am

    OsCommerce really does have a horrific back-end. But there is a contribution which makes it somewhat nicer:

    Although if you are just starting out, I would strongly recommend avoiding osCommerce and immediately getting to know a more solid ecommerce software such as Magento.

  4. steve on October 15th, 2009 10:36 am

    Ah well, those above obviously don’t know how to code, if you are a noob then you will have problems with oscommerce, somebody with coding experience like me will have no issues making it do whatever I want it to do. I downloaded Magento and it’s too set in stone, it’s like wordpress for commerce, useless.

  5. joy on October 25th, 2009 10:49 am
  6. enigma1 on November 21st, 2009 10:42 am

    Come on, get serious, Magento is not suitable for e-commerce. Switch off jscripts see if it works. Use a shared SSL see if it works. Block cookies see if it works. So many different configurations it won’t work. And so not only you need a virtual or dedicated server but it won’r work for all customers.

    osCommerce is specifically designed for merchants and naturally has a large community due to its simple framework. You can rant as much as you like about spaghetti code of osC, but merchants do not sell OOP code on their stores.

    You will customize a site at the end of the day and you don’t want to mess with thousands and thousands of files all the time.

  7. oscdev on December 20th, 2009 8:18 pm

    Like enigma1 I am a fan of oscommerce and have clients that have been
    using it successfully for several years. The thing about oscommerce that makes it popular is the large community and the abiltiy to enhance the shopping cart with thousands of available plugins.

  8. chris on April 14th, 2010 12:43 pm

    I thinking to change one of my websites from oscommerce to magento. The main reason is security. Do you believe that magento is more secure or oscommerce with security patches can be secure?

  9. Brett on May 1st, 2010 8:51 pm

    We launched a Magento site but I’m having the hardest time figuring out how to customize the design. At the very least, I’d like to upload a custom header. Are there any good tutorials?

  10. Lewis Robinson on May 19th, 2010 8:03 am

    Can anyone suggest a reliable Dedicated Server hosting that is not very expensive?;~*

  11. Tristan Coleman on August 31st, 2010 6:57 am

    when possible, i always use a dedicated server for my webhosting needs eventhough it is expensive'”*