The development of the nopCommerce platform began in 2008 as a project on the .NET framework and ASP.NET projects, supported by the CodePlex initiative of Microsoft. For those who don't know, CodePlex (2006-2017) was the predecessor of GitHub, the largest web service for hosting IT projects and collaborative development today.
Over the course of a dozen years, there were several positionings of nopCommerce in the market, including an open-source ecommerce engine, open-source CMS shopping cart software, and, finally, ASP.NET Core ecommerce platform based on Microsoft technologies.
In 2011, version 2.0 was released, which was ported to ASP.NET MVC 3 and supported Razor syntax for views. Then in 2013, version 3.0 was released, and new versions appeared as Microsoft updated frameworks. Most recently, the migration of the nopCommerce project to .NET 6 took place in February 2022.