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What is TomatoCart Hosting?
If you want to make money online, one of the best ways to do it is to set up an ecommerce website and sell products. TomatoCart is an Open Source application for running online stores.
TomatoCart is a Free and Open Source ecommerce application written in PHP. It was forked from OS Commerce 3. The reasons for this fork are not clear. It may have been that the new developer was frustrated with the lack of progress on v3 of OS Commerce, or wanted to take the software in a different direction.
As of this writing neither OS Commerce 3, nor TomatoCart, have been under active development for around two years, and OS Commerce 3 has not released a stable version. It seems that the TomatoCart team formed to make some progress on the long-awaited v3 of OS Commerce, but development did not progress much beyond that. It is unclear at this time whether TomatoCart is any more stable than it was at the time it was forked.
Why you should not use TomatoCart
Running an online business is a serious undertaking, with a lot more complexity than most people understand. Other, more mature Open Source projects provide better and more stable ecommerce software.
It is always a danger to begin using an Open Source project that is no longer under active development. If no one is developing it, that is a sure sign that the original developers are no longer interested in it, which should be a cause for concern. Is the software not that interesting? Did the developers reach a point beyond their skill level?
In the case of TomatoCart, the project began as a fork. This means that the developer who started this project didn’t even really start the project. There’s nothing really to suggest that TomatoCart will have any longevity.
Why you should use TomatoCart
The only sensible reason I can imagine for using this software is if you are a developer and want to work on the software yourself. With over 100 open bug issues in its GitHub repository, there is apparently a lot of opportunity to contribute and make an impact.
Alternatives to TomatoCart
Another option, if you want a store as part of a larger content-based website, is to use an ecommerce plugin along with WordPress.
For a more detailed explanations of you options for ecommerce software, along with tips for hosting an online store, see this article on ecommerce hosting.