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What is AbanteCart eCommerce?

AbanteCart is a free eCommerce application that is designed, built and supported by experienced enthusiasts that are passionate about their work and contribution to the project. This is not commercial project and there was no rush decisions or shortcuts in this project. We like what we do, and we strongly believe that AbanteCart one of the best and state of the art eCommerce platform available. AbanteCart operated based on donations, contributions, marketplace proceeds and advertisers financial support.

AbanteCart License

AbanteCart is under Open Software License (OSL 3.0). License details are bundled with source code package in the file LICENSE.txt. Details are also available at this URL: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/OSL-3.0

AbanteCart architecture (A bit technical).

Although, AbanteCart architecture approach is innovative and unique in whole, AbanteCart is based on MVC model that is used by many other applications. This makes AbanteCart architecture easy to understand and follow.
AbanteCart utilize some GPL third party modules to provide familiar interfaces.
AbanteCart backend is coded in PHP and supports MySql database. It is not based on any third party PHP framework and build from ground up to lead with highest performance. Core code was designed with flexibility and expandability in mind, without lacking focus on security and performance.
Frontend of AbanteCart is mobile optimized and based on Bootstrap v3 and jQuery. In administration, jQGrid is utilized for viewing and editing data lists in spreadsheet like interface.

eCommerce owner's and user's benefits

  • Expandable shopping cart application with fast growing number of extensions. Easy extension installation and management with one step installation. This allows to add virtually any feature or service to AbanteCart in the future, that this is very important in current dynamically changing technology environment.
  • Upgrade support right from control panel section. Backward supportability in upgrades and backup / restore are followed in every upgrade.
  • Virtually FTP Free eCommerce solution. No need to know code, complex programs or programming to manage, upgrade and install modules. Manage your eCommerce application 100% in the slick web based interface using any browser of your choice.
  • Fast performing and low computer resource consuming shopping cart application. Can be installed and run in virtually any shared or dedicated hosting.
  • Feature reach shopping cart application right out of the box. Standard features allow to set up complete eCommerce site with all the tools needed to sell the products online.
  • Large number of payment and shipping modules supported by default or with additional extensions.
  • Very secure solution with up to date industry security practices and inline with PCI compliance.
  • Flexible layout for pages allows to setup pages and navigation based on best usability practices and improve conversion.
  • Sophisticated and easy shopping cart control panel with “Search anything” feature for fast information location and edit. Help instructions embedded right into the control panel pages.
  • Flexible resource library to manage media files in the application.
  • Fast initial set up and migration from other shopping carts with easy data import from major shopping carts.
  • Whitelable capability allows redistribution of the cart with private brand. Licensing compliance is required. (coming soon)

eCommerce developer's and contributor's benefits

  • Well organized code based on MVC concept.
  • Layered core code that is not needed to be touched for the extension of features development.
  • Number of tools and classes to manage and debug application and workflow
  • Good extension organization and ability to extend the application features and provided connection to multiple channels.
  • Backward compatibility in classes and functions, gives ability for less effort in the upgrades to new versions.
  • Flexible construction of layouts, forms and resources (media files)
  • Dataset concept to reduce need to create or extend SQL tables for some features.
  • Developers API documentation and open forum for discussions.

eCommerce affiliate's and service provider's benefits

AbanteCart is connected to third party extensions market place. This provides is a great opportunity to generate additional revenue based on sales of extensions and services through AbanteCart administrators interface or control panel. If you set up your client to use AbanteCart or rebranded (whitelable) copy of it, you will earn solid commission on every extension or service purchase that this client does via his control panel. This is indefinite until this client still uses the AbanteCart. If you build up the client base of AbanteCart store owners, this can add up to good revenue and payback for your eCommerce support for your clients.
This feature is especially beneficial for hosting companies and eCommerce service providers.
You will need to register with market place provider company to be qualified for affiliate program.

Note: AbanteCart is community based project and has no responsibility for third party market place providers. Market place providers are a regular sponsors and contributors to the project.


Please help us maintain and expand AbanteCart features. Together we will have an Ideal Open Source Ecommerce Solution for everyone.

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