Ecommerce is one of the fastest growing market segments with more and more products and services being offered online. The ecommerce market is also supported with advent of internet enabled handheld devices such as smart phones and tablets.

This brings us to ecommerce hosting that provides full fledged support to online ventures by enabling users to choose from a plethora of ecommerce platforms including Magento, OsCommerce, PHP Auction, and  VirtueMart, among others. These advanced ecommerce platforms enable online merchants to launch their online shops that can be of different sizes ranging from few products to full-fledged super stores that offer thousands of products under hundreds of categories.

Choosing right ecommerce platform

Ecommerce platform play a vital role for enabling buyer friendly functionalities to facilitate easy management of online enterprises. Magento and OsCommerce can be considered as the tow undisputed leaders of the entire domain of ecommerce. These are highly sought after inventory management and shopping cart solutions with broad spectrum of features. In terms of support, users can rely on both the options that provide robust support for professional and highly responsive management of their online ventures. Let us understand these popular and versatile ecommerce platforms on the basis of their vital attributes.

Ease of management

Management of Magento hosted online store including its creation is quite easy. Magento is open source ecommerce platform hat is designed to be highly effective and to run on LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Magento is a highly resource intensive platform that can lead to excessive consumption of resource in a shared hosting environment, causing neighboring sites as well as your ecommerce site to underperform. It is advisable to select a VPS or dedicated hosting plan to effectively run Magento ecommerce platform.

OsCommerce is easy to install and requires PHP and MySQL. It may not need Linux or Apache, but you can think about these for minimizing hosting expenses. OsCommerce is not as feature rich as Magento and does not enjoy seamless compatibility with modern web browsers. Moreover it cannot be compared with Magento in terms of ease of customization.  However, OsCommerce does provide an attribute of easy setup when compared with Magento.

Community support

Community support is a common in both platforms since these are backed by vast open source communities. The big difference is huge financial and infrastructural support received by Magento from eBay enterprise. This also explains why the platform affords free availability of premium support plans from large network of service providers. On the other hand, OsCommerce has no backing of any major commercial entity. It is also backed by a relatively smaller community of developers. Hence we can conclude that the free community support for Magento is much more extensive than OsCommerce.

Assessment of more features

Magento provides broad assortment of attributes that have potential for further extension by its strong base of solution providers. It integrates multiple SEO features, custom modules for coupons, reporting, product variations, and much more. If you are in need of a particular functionality for your ecommerce store, it is most probably already available or can be created by Magento’s pool of solution providers.

The updates are much more frequent in case of Magento than OsCommerce. Users of Magento need support of technically efficient staff for managing these updates, otherwise things can get confusing. In terms of the superiority of code, you need to give more marks to Magento. OsCommerce features a complex code and is not able to deliver functionalities of modern commerce.

It is obvious that Magento is able to provide slightly better package of features and support system than OsCommerce, thanks to its association with a major internet brand.  However, you need to understand that superiority of Magento cannot be extended to all features and functions while comparing with OsCommerce.

OsCommerce can be chosen by users that are not in need of wide array of features and are not concerned with frequency of updates. OsCommerce has lesser requirements in terms of server specifications and can be operated PHP 4.1 server. It provides ease of installation and enables addition of large number of products due to its indexed database. OsCommerce also facilitates addition of Search Engine Functionalities.

Conclusion

There can be no two opinions about ease of installation and many more user-friendly attributes of OsCommerce. In most of the other parameters of comparison, Magento turns out be to be a shade better than OsCommerce. It designed to offer much more modern outlook of a trendy ecommerce store than OsCommerce and bar greater flexibility and stability.

The verdict can tilt in favor of Magento but the user needs to analyze objectives of the proposed ecommerce store before making a final decision because both platforms enjoy extensive popularity when it comes to running large ecommerce ventures that are able to handle huge number of products as well as categories.