It is nearly impossible to compare the advantages and disadvantages of online shop systems because they are complex systems with a variety of functions, that build for different needs. I’m talking about such a system for small and micro-businesses, where processes can be built around the functionality of such systems to some degree.

So this post can be only my personal impression of a system that I compared so far.

I’ve been searching for an online shop system for a relatively small company, with relatively few products in one branch, having moderate product diversification.Following requirements are important for me:


  • good looking out of the box and easy to adapt
  • price policy function
  • HTML capable product descriptions
  • good support of product variants
  • good support of payment methods
  • All kind of statistic, more is better
  • All of that out of the box if possible, just to be able to start.

Here in 2007 my favorites so far is seem to be OXID shop.

The shop at his self looks fine and also admin site is good structured. Finally, it provides the basic functionality comparable to osCommerce (another nice example) and some nice additional features for discount and price policy what I like. Also, it has a nice template and template configuration out of the box.

Any other recommendations?