said 4 months, 1 week ago:
My site was previously built on ZenCart. I liked it okay, and like OpenCart, it was a free shopping cart system. ZenCart had far more of a patchwork look/feel to it from the admin end, I think largely due to having been developed by a number of software contributors, not all taking the same approach (for instance, some selections would be field inputs (1=on, 2=off), while others might be True/False checkbox selections or radio button selections). Not being the one who has had to do all of the heavy IT lifting on either platform, I can only add that my husband has repeatedly said that he prefers OpenCart over ZenCart.
With OpenCart, we have purchased a handful of extensions, some of them fairly basic but really necessary features; others costing $10, maybe $20, but big time savers when it comes to listing setups, etc. While that takes it out of the “free” column, we’ve spent well under $200 to get what we have. (I’ve lost count of the hours of setup and tweaking.)
OpenCart comes with various features that weren’t part of ZenCart – Wish List, Compare, related products, affiliate, just to name those that come to mind at the moment.