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OS commerce vs Magento


Both solutions are license-free, open-source with no hard-coded limitation for developers all over the world and a strong community approach. Surprisingly, while osCommerce had its prime time between 2004 and 2008 and then stop developing, Magento is constantly growing since 2007.

The graph below illustrates search volume index that is permanently increasing for this platform. You can check that in the graph below. Also now at Alexa ranking Magento is number 1 e-commerce solution, while osCommerce is number 4. If you check the table below you can see that numbers speak for itself.


osCommerce Magento
Number of stores 12,800 sites About 200 k stores with 30 k merchants
Number of partners 15 partners more than 300 partners
Number of official developer companies 4 More than 200 companies
Support/Community over 270,000 community uncountable worldwide community
Extensions 7 thousand an uncountable number of extensions
Number of themes and templates 75-100 500+
Payment methods 42 modules are available more than 200.
Shipping methods 19 shipping methods modules around 170 extensions
HTML5 image uploader icon icon
Coupons icon icon
Discounts icon icon
Product image zoom capability icon icon
E-mail templates icon icon
Responsive Design can be done but with a cost build in option in the newest version
Latest version osCommerce Online Merchant v2.3 Magento CE 1.9 / Enterprise
Hosting from 10$ 20$ +


OsCommerce has over 1.5 Million postings that have been made by over 270,000 community membersconsisting of store owners, developers, and service providers.

A free community forum account is required to submit commercial support enquiries.

Magento has international support from developers and other retailers all over the world. At Magento you have ready to use and learn from free tutorials, group’s discussions and huge knowledgebase.


There are around 7 thousand of add-ons at osCommerce. Though it also seems the number of new features is decreasing year after year. The number though is big, as there are not many buil in features at osCommerce that you can take advatage from for free, to make your osCommerce site you have to invest in many extensions.

Magento has one of the largest marketplace of extensions with thousands of them being free to use, they are reviews, tutorials on how to benefit from them and how to install them. Almost every day something new appears.

Check list of magento build-in features


osCommerce 4$ – 10$ month a shared hosting service fits just fine

Magento hosting range from 20 $ – 200$ preferred one is dedicated hosting if you have a lot of traffic if your traffic is medium range shared hosting also should be enough.


osCommerce – Sage pay, PayPal, Secure pay in the whole 42 modules are available

Magento – Build ones: Website Payment Standard, Payments Website Payment Pro, and Autorize.NET. Available integrations: more than 200.


osCommerce 19 shipping methods modules, there are available for FedEx, USPS, and UPS.

Magento build options: Free shipping, flat rate, table rates, online rates there are around 170 extensions, all delivery services makes it easy to integrate with them like DPD, FadeEX, DHL express and more.


Magento build templates are much more modern and attractive than at osCommerce. You can see it with these template examples. What is more Magento 1.9 has a build responsive design option, so no extra cost here. Read about responsive design

oscommerce vs magento templates



  • SEO friendly solutions like search words report or the ability to enter SEO friendly URL’s and meta tags configurable to all pages of your store and much more. Especially with Google Analytics features added.
  • Responsive build in template
  • Newsletter in the pop-up with specific promotions
  • One step checkout extension range of extensions from free to 245 euro.
  • Editable order e-mails
  • Speed Optimized
  • Ajax cart to increase conversion
  • Social media integrations in unstandardized way
  • Up sell – Magento build option while on os-commerce not all sites offer upsell and it depends on the industry if this is included in a design,
  • Cross sell – also Magento build option while on os-Commerce you have to install a module
  • Blog integrations

Magento-covers-the-quarter-of-e-commerce-market1/source inchoo.com

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