London, United Kingdom, January 17, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- After a thorough review of some of the best free and open source shopping carts available, Antropy Consulting decided to use OpenCart for the majority of its clients requiring ecommerce websites.
The review covered a range of factors including support for different languages and currencies, search engine friendliness, page load speed and responsiveness, ease of use for clients and flexibility to adapt to different client requirements.
Other factors that were considered are the size of the online community who can support users and help to answer questions and the number and quality of extensions and plugins that can be used.
Paul Feakins, Managing Director at Antropy was asked if OpenCart was comparable to bespoke shopping cart software. Paul said, “It’s a good question. If you have a team of developers and a budget of tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds you could develop a shopping cart to function exactly how you need, but in many cases there really is no need to spend so much and the solution already exists in the form of OpenCart which can be modified as much as required due to the flexible architecture and its open source nature. The barriers to entry for start-up online retailers are now very low indeed, and that can only be a good thing for consumers.”
Paul continued, “It was important to do the research before choosing a shopping cart to work with because once you select a platform and choose to develop with it, it makes sense to stick with it. Making sure that we selected the very best at the beginning will save problems further down the line. It will help to make sure that our customers and their customers are extremely happy with the online shopping experience provided.”
A summary of the review that Antropy Consulting undertook is on its website here: www.antropy.co.uk/services/ecommerce/shopping-cart-review
The official OpenCart website is at www.opencart.com