Hotcakes Commerce is Now Open Source

— We're releasing Hotcakes Commerce, one of our Arrow-sponsored Innovation Products, as an open source project under the MIT license. Here's why.

Posted: June 08, 2017

Why We're Going Open Source

We want to drive greater adoption and see what the community can do with a full-featured ecommerce CMS. The Hotcakes product is something we are quite proud of, and we are excited to be able to share its full capabilities with you.

There are a lot of smart developers, marketers and designers out there who are trying to help customers adapt to the changing landscape of the modern digital enterprise. Many of them need more capable software solutions, and we believe Hotcakes is the perfect platform to help them achieve their goals.

The platform offers many rich features, providing a strong foundation for future innovation. The open source model will enable developers to build on that foundation and share their creativity and passion with other members of our burgeoning online community.

Leading the charge for the Hotcakes open-source initiative is Practice Area Partner, Shaun Walker. Given that he launched the DotNetNuke® open source project more than a decade ago, we felt he'd be the right guy for the job. So why the MIT license? 

"We chose the MIT license because of its permissive nature and the fact that it provides organizations with the most flexibility to use the product in both commercial and non-commercial applications," said Walker.

What This Means for Arrow Digital

Arrow Digital will continue to be highly involved with Hotcakes, guiding the ongoing development of the product, and serving as stewards of the open source community.

In addition, we'll provide ongoing integration, implementation and custom development services for the Hotcakes product. By partnering with us, you gain access to our in-depth knowledge of ecommerce and content management, letting you derive the most value as possible. We did build it after all!

What This Means for Developers, Marketers and Designers

For developers, marketers and designers: Hotcakes is your oyster. You'll be able to take advantage of all of the advanced features that were formerly only available as part of our commercial product offering, from the loyalty program management functions to the advanced ecommerce performance dashboards.

If you want some assistance with a Hotcakes implementation, we're here to help. Also, if you want some tips on how to get started with the platform, check out Hotcakes' resource page

This is an exciting time for the Hotcakes community. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store (pun intended)! If you have any questions about Hotcake’s transition to open source or about our enterprise consulting services, please feel free to reach out and get in touch with us.