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I've been a PHP developer since it came out.  I have seen several different PHP based shopping carts come and go.  I have extensive experience with osCommerce and more recently OpenCart.

osCommerce seems to be outdated and really hasn't been developed for a long time.  But it does have several extensions.  On the other hand, OpenCart seems to have a more modern feel, but lacks extensions (especially non-commercial extensions).

Has anyone had any experience with other shopping carts that are PHP based?

I am on the verge of creating my own OS shopping cart (or maybe a fork of something) that meets the needs of a modern cart with open extensions.  Although I am hoping the need for extensions would be minimal if the cart is planned correctly.

So I guess I am looking for input on what is already out there and also input for what is wanted by others.

If it comes down to creating a new shopping cart software. It would be based around PHP, MySQL (or maybe a DB abstraction class) and jQuery.  
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uh Zen Cart?
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I hear good stories about Magento (there professional edition is free I think).

Personally I think osCommerce really sucks (from a developer point of view).
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Magento rocks but requires a more optimized server! For lighter shopping cart, Presta Shop is more suitable.
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I've just installed Presta Shop, yet to configure it. Will keep you posted.
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Some nice little features on presta shop... had a quick squizz over it, might come in handy  8-)
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I've checked out Presta... the interface isn't very clean.  It needs a lot of work.  It is like someone started with a basic cart and decided to add all these extra features without any planning.

I have also looked at Magento.  It is a great cart.  The only problem is that the Community Edition (professional starts at $3k+ a year, enterprise $12k+ a year) is missing most of the features.  Some very basic ones that are necessary for any modern online store.

I haven't done anything with Zen Cart, but will take a closer look.
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I think Magento is very complete compared to the rest. There's tons of extensions provided by the community that eventually balanced out what is not in the community edition. I have been using them for 3 years and it's getting better everyday.

IMHO, Zencart & OSCommerce has passed it's prime time. smiley
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There's tons of extensions provided by the community that eventually balanced out what is not in the community edition

I was thinking about that.  But didn't take the time to look.  I'll dive into that a little further too and see how it pans out.
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I prefer zeuscart to be the best open source php based shopping cart software. It is a Free GPL Shopping cart software.

zeuscart dot com
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