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PRESTASHOP vs SYMFONY for a multi vendor ecommerce platform?

My team and I are looking for a technology solution for a multi vendor ecommerce platform. We want to build a first version in order to test our market, therefore we are looking for the fastest and cheapest solution. What are your opinions about SYMFONY vs PRESTASHOP? Thanks for all the inputs

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Shweta Dubey
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Shweta Dubey Entrepreneur
Business Development Manager at ALEA IT SOLUTIONS
Hi Elena, I would suggest you to use Opencart because it is one of the largest using Opensource which is secured also due to its architecture which is based on MVC. You will get the module available easily and can directly use the same module which will be the cheapest solution also.
Andrew Phillipo
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Andrew Phillipo Entrepreneur
Consultant Software Architect
There is lots of options but for your purposes I'd just use the new version of Magento 2.0 Community Edition and try to avoid using the awful third party plugins.


You can then think about upgrading to Magento Enterprise Edition should you need to in the future. You can also easily find developers who specialise in Magento. Like I say just be careful about using plugins because they can slow down your site a lot.

Good luck!
Brent Laminack
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Brent Laminack Entrepreneur
Principal at OpenFace Systems, Inc.
Elena,
To my knowledge, none of the open source shopping carts offer multi-vendor selling. You'll need to add a 3rd party extension. All of them do have extensions that will get you going in the right direction. These are almost universally called "marketplace" extensions. The key to success in any of these is to do a very thorough requirements definition, then map it to the functionality of each candidate produce. PM me if you need some help with that, I've danced that dance a lot of times.
I can say with certainty that rolling your own from Symfony or any other framework will take a LOT more time and effort than building on an existent platform unless your requirements so foreign that no package comes even close, which is doubtful.
Amol Chawathe
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Amol Chawathe Advisor
Startup Magician
Hello Elena,

I would suggest you to think of a new architecture based on API so you can share your inventory and also help get partners to easily join you.

I can help you with more technical solutions and ideas if you need.
Carl G. Lawson
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Carl G. Lawson Entrepreneur
Founder at Model Kit Central
Hi Elena,

Symfony is a php framework so you'll be doing a lot more work if taking this approach - figure a much longer time to completion. I have compared other solutions (including Opencart) and the best one so far is Prestashop. I suggest you research the multi-vendor features and add-ons for this app as a promising direction to consider. I will be using Prestashop to create an MVP for a new company I'm launching in the next few months - also to pivot my current company to a B2B model.
Andrey Osipov
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Andrey Osipov Entrepreneur
Co-Founder at Viosk International
Elena,
If you want to build something quick, I would just go with Shopify or similar, that would be your fastest and cheapest option, you can even do it without involving developers, but you are limited by the features it already has built into it and changing things is not easy.
We've worked with Symfony for many years, but it's a framework, not an ecommerce engine, it's great for building an MVP and turn it into full featured platform without scrapping most of the code you built for MVP and it's great for creating products exactly the way you need them, but it requires some preparation work, thinking through the requirements and architecture.
Let me know if you need any further help.
Israel Roth
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Israel Roth Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder & CTO at Labgoo
Elena, you might also want to check cs-cart that has multi-vendor solution
Elena Skliar
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Elena Skliar Entrepreneur
Co-founder chez La Pradelle
Thank you all for sharing your experience, given your answers I will suggest my CTO to start with Prestashop (which is I think the most widespread open source ecommerce software in France) and we will build a more advanced version with Symfony later on
Bruno Leveque
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Bruno Leveque Entrepreneur
PrestaShop Inc. CEO & Co-founder
Hi Elena,

Good news, we have been working really hard on our next release (PrestaShop v1.7) and it will now use Symfony. You can check out our Developers blog for more details and the benefits it will bring to our retailers.

Should you have any other questions/needs, I'd be happy to help, please feel free to touch base and let us know once you store is live ;-)

Best,
Elena Skliar
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Elena Skliar Entrepreneur
Co-founder chez La Pradelle
Hello Bruno,

We are glad to hear about this and happy to try the new version.

Thank you, we will let you know about our advancement!




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