Though open source solutions offer lots of freedom, they often open the door to many unforeseen challenges and limitations for e-commerce retailers.
Some of these challenges include:
Back end: many times open source platforms do not have the ability to synchronize the back end properly and as a result cannot be stabilized and built upon effectively. The reason for this is because so many programmers have altered the code that the codes begin to conflict. This leads to the necessity to hire more developers and programmers which is expensive and can also result in a loss of revenue if the site is already live.
Shopodex only allows programmers to work within the structure of their chosen template which enables consistent and compatible development as well as fostering brand consistency.
It is difficult to provide a consistent, cohesive online experience with open source platforms. Many site owners and developers don’t know how to design their site in order for it be high performing and high converting. Site owners can get lost in a site whose design doesn’t help their company accomplish their goals. Implementing design decisions can be technologically difficult and complicated as often a change on a single page does not translate to the rest of the site. This often requires lots of customization and skill which equals lots of cost.
Shopodex elimates these problems with its template based approach as it helps to maintain consistent format, carry design elements throughout the site, as well as making the site more aesthetically savvy.
Time and Money: Open source custom based platforms inevitably require that site owners invest lots more money. They can end up costing as much as 4x more than template based platforms, and development and maintenance takes hundreds more hours. Furthermore, the cost is often unpredictable as there are so many unforeseen expenses such as redevelopment, security patches and extensions.