How does Bagisto compares with VirtueMart?

Updated 2 January 2019

With many alternatives out there for eCommerce platforms, it can be troublesome to pick the appropriate one for your business.

Each eCommerce platforms is contending for its own market share with slightly different numbers of functions and capabilities.

Bagisto is an eCommerce platform built on Laravel and Vue.js stack. Bagisto is a fastest growing eCommerce ecosystem with functionalities like Multi-CurrencyLocalization, Multi-Channel Inventory, Point Of Sale and many more.

Nowadays, eCommerce industries are growing at a remarkable rate, but keeping an eye on the technological advancements is more than necessary.

Many eCommerce industries like Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento2, OpenCart are following the traditional approach to make the eCommerce Solution.

In the traditional approach, front-end and back-end of an eCommerce website were coupled together.

Thus it was necessary to develop the open source eCommerce framework which facilitates a clear separation of front-end and back-end development and move away from this tightly coupled model.

Dedicated shop, not an Add-on

Bagisto is a free open-source platform for the eCommerce solution which provides features like customizable components, simple shopping cart, faster services, easy setup and best suited for the mobile population.

Bagisto provides another functionality like excellent code quality, fully SEO optimized shop, powerful themes, and multi-language support.

Apart from that, Bagisto provides the feature like Multi-source Inventory Split, Multi-channel selling, and multi-currency support. That’s what makes Bagisto is completely dedicated e-commerce shop.

Bagisto vs VirtueMart

Unlike Bagisto, VirtueMart is not an independent shopping cart, but an eCommerce Add-on of a Content Management System Joomla. In the VirtueMart, many extension and plugin are not free to use.

VirtueMart often has the susceptibility and compatibility issue due to the update of Joomla.

Way to Bigger community developers

The eCommerce developer community is rapidly expanding.

The eCommerce companies like Magento, Shopify, and WooCommerce are growing their developers’ community because they are aware of the developer’s value of converting small products to monstrous platforms.

Laravel is one of the fastest growing community in the world for eCommerce development.

It is famous because of its simplicity, open-source framework, object-oriented libraries, MVC architecture, fast routing engine, powerful dependency injection container, schema migration, and robust background job processing.

It is the most starred PHP Framework on the Github and there are more than 28 million developers from all over the world greatly appreciate the robust feature of this platform.

According to the survey, Laravel is the most used PHP framework in the world.

Most used PHP framework

Source: Coders Eye

Joomla is built for CMS needs not for eCommerce

Joomla is a free open-source content management system(CMS) for publishing web content. A CMS is a web-based application to manage content, Website data, and other intranet application.

VirtueMart is an open source eCommerce plug-in for the Joomla CMS. The biggest problem with Joomla eCommerce that it is not specifically an eCommerce solution, rather we need to customize it with the help of an additional plug-in.

Joomla is built for cms not for eCommerce

Joomla provides the eCommerce solution with the plug-in. Most of the plug-in and extension in Joomla are not free and have a compatibility issue. Joomla eCommerce is not so SEO friendly and used for small module marketplace.

In Bagisto, you don’t have to install any plug-in or extension. Bagisto provides completely SEO friendly website.

Modern Tech Stack and Composer Based Development

Laravel is a web application framework with an expressive and elegant syntax. It follows the model-view-controller (MVC) architectural pattern based on the Symfony.

Laravel & Vue.js Ecommerce

Laravel is famous because of its functionality like separation of “Business Logic Code” from “Presentation Logic“, Message queue system, and task scheduling.

Vue.js consists of the friendly core library that centres on the view layer of a web page, and perfectly capable of powering sophisticated Single-Page Applications.

Laravel provides a composer based development tool that helps in dependency management. We can use it to declare your project libraries and manage (install/update) them for you.

When using Composer, the dependency management of your project will be in a single composer file named composer.json.

A composer based development is very useful in reliable access, full support of Docker, security, monitoring & maintenance, and distribute & share packages across your organization.

Headless is the Core

Nowadays, most of the eCommerce platforms follow the traditional approach. They have the eCommerce website where the front-end of the website is tightly coupled with the back-end.

Bagisto based on the Laravel platform provides Headless approach to design a website.

In the Headless approach, front-end, and back-end of your eCommerce store are “decoupled” which separates the presentation logic of your eCommerce store from business logic.

Headless Architecture

The headless approach provides flexibility, personalization, faster speed, and marketing effectiveness without hurting the back-end process.

Mobile Friendly and REST API  Support

REST API is the most commonly used style for designing APIs, primarily in the mobile world. It follows the client-server architecture which means that client and server both are completely independent to each other.


REST API also refers as REST web services because it implements REST principles as well as HTTP protocols. REST API architecture describes majorly five different constraints.

Bagisto follows the REST API which makes the website mobile friendly, reliable, portable, visible, simplified and provides separation between client and server.

Fully RTL Support

The demand for creating the Right to Left(RTL) websites has expanded over the years. There are many languages like Urdu, Arabic, and Farsi that follows writing and reading from right to left.

Bagisto is an open source eCommerce framework provides fully RTL website solutions.


According to the survey, 410 million people around the world are native RTL speaker and Arabic(RTL Language) is the fourth most popular language globally.

RTL support

Bagisto Provides RTL support website in which you can easily switch between RTL and LTR when setting up a multilingual website.

Bagisto also supports very first RTL ecosystem framework for MENA eCommerce market with integrated logistics and payment methods.

Contact us for the Bagisto open source eCommerce framework. If you want to flourish your eCommerce application with newer things, do check on for Bagisto. Please feel free to add a ticket and let us know your views at

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