Multi-vendor e-commerce sites are really popular.
Sites such as eBay, Etsy and AliBaba have enormous reach and support with 100,000's of sellers on just one site.
However, multi-vendor sites are also really difficult to build and maintain. E-commerce itself is difficult enough, but when you multiply the number of transactions and vendors, you multiply all of the potential issues.
Still, we often get asked how to set up a multi-vendor site. For our members and our readers, here are 9 options for building a multi-vendor site with open source software.
Note: we haven't tried many of these options. Look at the price tags on some of them and you'll see why. Please approach this as a list of options and not recommendations.
#1. Magento with Marketplace
#2. OpenCart, Joomla, WordPress with Multi Vendor / Drop Shipper
#3. IXXO, Joomla, WordPress with IXXO Multi-Vendor Edition
#4. Joomla with Hikashop
#5. WordPress with TheCartPress and Marketplace eCommerce
#6. WordPress with GetShopped and Multiple Vendors Plugin
#7. CS-Cart with Multi-Vendor
#8. Drupal with Drupal Commerce
#10. Prestashop with Agile Multiple Seller