If you are looking to expand your empire by means of hosting your very own store on your website the unless you are going to pay someone to build the store (not always at the most reasonable price) then you will need Shopping Cart Software. With so many versions of Carts out there it can get a little confusing as to which one to choose. So I have posted a few Shopping Carts that are relatively easy to set up and use and best of all free.

The Art of E-Commerce

Zen Cart is a user-friendly, open source shopping cart system. The software is being developed by group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think e-commerce could be and should be done differently.

ViArt Shop Free

ViArt Shop is an ecommerce package available to install in PHP and offers you one system capable of performing all of the functions needed to run a business online. (limited amount of products to 50)

Free Shopping Cart Software

Commerce.CGI is a Free ecommerce shopping cart program complete with a powerful web based store manager application for managing your online store. Commerce.CGI offers two variations to the CGI Cart; Commerce.SQL and Commerce.HTML all of which are free.

Quick.Cart is a simple e-commerce solution designed for your own web shop administration.

VirtueMart Logo

VirtueMart is an Open Source E-Commerce solution to be used together with a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla! (but also works with Mambo). Joomla and VirtueMart are written in PHP and made for easy use in a PHP / MySQL environment.


The WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress is an elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online.

Please submit any comments if you know of a version that should be on this list as well.

Any suggestions, ideas? Feel free to comment on this article!

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