What is the difference between hosted e-commerce and open source

Hosted E-commerce Solutions vs Open-source

When starting an online store, one decision you have to make at the very beginning is whether to go with a hosted e-commerce platform (or SaaS platform) or go with self-hosting (open-source). Jumpseller is a SaaS solution (hosted e-commerce solution) and in this article, we talk about the advantages Jumpseller has over open source solutions like Magento, WooCommerce and Prestashop.

But first let us talk briefly about what are open-source and hosted solution and how do they differ.

Hosted vs Open-source


Without getting too technical, we can say that open-source means that the source code is made available on a universal level. This means that you have the capacity to have more input and customization. However, some people are completely tech averse and have a hard time dealing with coding or programming. It is most beneficial to go with open source for people who are familiar with the technical side of the operations and can handle managing the back end of a website of an online store. But it can be hard to create a decent looking online store without having knowledge of programming.

Hosted Platforms

With hosted platforms, you do not have to worry about programming, coding or managing the back-end processes, as they are generally restricted by the hosting platform. This means that the SaaS (software as a service) platform takes care of all your problems and you just have to worry about your product/service and running your business. You are provided with all the support and maintenance to have a smooth sailing.

Why Jumpseller?

Being a hosted solution, Jumpseller follows the best practices and provides the following advantages over open source platforms:

  1. Infrastructure: The entire infrastructure of your online store will be managed by Jumpseller.

  2. Security: To make sure your data and information do not fall into the wrong hands, Jumpseller will take care of the security for you.

  3. Faster service: Jumpseller utilizes content delivery network CDN and provides optimum performance.

  4. Hosting fees are included: Once you sign up, the hosting fees are included so you do not have to worry about the uncertainty in costs down the line.

  5. Payment gateways: With Jumpseller, you can make use of different payment gateways around the globe and do not have to waste time with integration yourself.

  6. Upgrading software: The software is always kept updated and maintained.

  7. Languages: With Jumpseller, the software has the backend in several languages, since many open-source is only in English.

  8. Keep adding new functionality: Jumpseller makes sure to never be static and always looks to improve and innovate.

  9. Customization: Changes in the Theme are simple, with theme options or just HTML/CSS, which gives you an easier job or structuring and designing your store.

  10. Downtime: Jumpseller is able to handle thousands of requests/sec without any downtime.

  11. Low-cost: Overall, choosing Jumpseller will be cheaper as the costs are fixed and there is no room for uncertainty.