OpenCart MarketPlace Multi Vendor Extension Review

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OpenCart Market Place is the OpenCart based multi-vendor extension that lets you create the multi-seller/merchant marketplace.

Front end:
As it was built on open cart e-commerce platform, the front-end comes with all the goodness of open cart features such as homepage slider, multi-level menu, best seller widget, category wise product selection, price filter, latest/recently added products, shopping cart, buyer login, order tracking and etc.

Apart from these default open cart features, the extension creates some of the functions like vendor/seller/merchant/partner signup/registration form, using this one can apply for this special account and can start selling the product. The best part is the module not only creates the separate form but it also adds the special notification menu “Sell” into the top of the page. By clicking the account, one can get more information (the information can be modified) about the selling goods with the portal.

multivendor opencart

multivendor opencart

Back-end
The extension creates the following back end

  • Buyer: The place where buyers can update their profile, shipping address, track their orders, provide reviews about sellers and products they bought.
  • Vendor: Vendor end provides the place for merchants to manage their products, contact information, managing the orders, and updating orders.
  • Administrator: Administrator end provides full feature set such as managing the products, managing the vendor profiles and their commission percentage/membership fees, moderating the reviews from the customers, and viewing reports.

Features: OpenCart Market Place Plugin

Front End Features

  • Open source code: The plugin comes with the open source code which makes any further customization easier.
  • Captcha powered forms: All forms (registration and contact forms) are powered with Captcha support which provides additional security to fight against spam (this feature can be disabled)
  • SEO friendly URLs: By choosing the SEO friendly URL option, the website URL system turns into search engine loving URL structure for the whole portal system.
  • Product and Seller review: Comes with in-built review system for both products and sellers
  • Affiliate platform: The extension comes with in-built affiliate platform integration, so the sellers can recruit the affiliates and change the commission structure for their products.
  • Supports both Physical and Downloadable products: The extension supports both physical and downloadable products. These digital files can be downloaded from the buyer's download area.
Bulk Shipping configurations using Vendors CSV upload

Bulk Shipping configurations using Vendors CSV upload

Seller Dashboard Graphics

Seller Dashboard Graphics

Adding new products using seller controlpanel of open cart marketplace extension

Adding new products using seller control panel of open cart marketplace extension

Seller Features

  • Seller Branding: Every vendor assigned with the separate vendor page where the buyers can view the company profile of the vendor with social media profiles, products portfolio (by clicking this one can view the entire list of products offered by the vendor in a paginated layout), feedback score (feedback score of the vendor), best-selling and latest addition of products from the vendor. The seller can also upload logos, promotional banners, HTML content and also can change the background color of their page according to their own color choices or company preferences.
  • Bulk Shipping and TAX configurations: If the vendor has different shipping and tax configuration for different regions then they can modify the changes in bulk by uploading the settings through CSV file.
  • Dashboard charts: Vendor dashboard generates chart automatically which provides clues about total orders, sales amount, no of products in the inventory

 

Default dashboard of administrator opencart marketplace addon

Default dashboard of administrator Opencart marketplace add-on

Moderating vendors information using Administrator functions

Moderating vendors information using Administrator functions

Affiliate commision managment from Admin panel

Affiliate commission management from Admin panel

Review and Conclusion

Pros

  • Supports both physical and downloadable products
  • Affiliate program integration
  • Administrator can choose between commission percentage or listing fees for vendor products
  • Full fledged vendor branding
  • Detailed documentation

Cons

  • Need some extra features to accommodate ever growing marketplace needs
  • Extensions cost extra

Payment Gateways

Authorize.Net, Amazon Payments, First Data, Klarna, LiqPay, Skrill, PayPal and many more. Choose any of the 36 Payment methods that come integrated with OpenCart or download among hundreds more available via the OpenCart marketplace.

Conclusion
If you are looking for the multi-vendor solution with OpenCart means, this is a good solution. However, much of the breadth of functionality with OpenCart comes with add-ons, making this free solution not so free. Please check out our homepage, or better yet, check out our active and independent reviews to get the complete picture.

Comments

  1. Does this work with the Open Cart Booking and reservation plugin. I want to create a multi vendor booking market place using open cart – is that possible using this with any other booking/reservation plugin for opencart.

    • Junie Pigeon says:

      Thanks for dropping the line.I just read your requirement.But I fear,the particular feature you are looking is not supported with this addon.It’s because,these two concepts are entirely different .What we are referring here is “multi vendor shopping cart” which involves creating the platform for the vendors to sell their products on common marketplace(physical or digital products).

      Yes,its a shopping cart for selling the products and the user interface is designed for managing the products(creating,editing,deleting),invoices,payments and so on. As the control panel functions are entirely different it won’t support any kind of booking or reservation capabilities .

      And it seems your referred plugin(Open Cart Booking and reservation plugin) offers the capabilities for single merchant(vendor) to integrate the booking and reservation process with their website.But if you want to implement the particular feature means you have to ask the particular extension author that ,if it comes with the feature that you looking in or ask them to customize the feature you are looking for!

  2. Hi guys,

    Just wanted to let you know that you’re reviewing Webkul Marketplace, but linking to MultiMerch Marketplace (us). Those are two completely different extensions for OpenCart. Could you please fix the links as MultiMerch doesn’t have to do with this?

    Thank you,
    Martin

    • administrator says:

      Hi Martin,

      I removed the image. I believe the rest of OpenCart review, but please let me know if there is anything else I could do.

      Best… Lee

      • Martin at MultiMerch says:

        Thanks! We’d be happy to get a review of our own on your website. We’ve recently released a new stable version of MultiMerch 8.x with various new features and it would be great if you could list us as well.

  3. Is this possible that i can make a separate vendor portal that interacts with OpenCart and your extension ? Any API or something. Basically my main goal is i don’t let my suppliers and even general users know that i am using any plugin or platform.

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