When the E-Commerce revolution came to light, the face of retail changed forever and brands needed to move online to serve their digitally-savvy customers. Having a physical retail space was now a secondary consideration for the opportunist entrepreneur, and nearly anyone could sell their items online. In the US alone, consumers spent $226 billion online in 2013. There are many factors that can influence the success of an e-commerce platform: SEO, ease of registration, even the colours you use for your theme. There is also no shortage of CMS’ that are designed for e-commerce businesses, and they are different in what they offer. Here is a review of some of Letzgro’s favourite e-commerce CMS platforms and what they can offer your business:
OpenCart is an open sourced shopping cart system that has features and plugins that are customizable to your business needs. This PHP/MySQL based system is a cost effective solution that is great for startups and small businesses who want their basic needs met and don’t need an extensive add-on library in terms of functionality.
Megneto is often seen as the opposition to Opencart. It is more powerful than Opencart, and is more difficult to develop in. It is also more expensive, which makes it a great solution for more established clients. It offers powerful reporting and data features and is very customizable for your business needs.
Shopify is a hosted solution and is undoubtedly one of the most popular shopping cart software systems on the market. New merchants can set up a basic online storefront in a matter of minutes by following the solution’s 7 step guide. Each app or plugin is available for a fee, so pricing depends on how sophisticated your e-commerce site will be. Letzgro uses Shopify’s stack of solutions to develop custom themes, customize plugins, and maintain the store for its clients.
Ubercart is a Drupal solution, which gives developers access to the extensive library of Drupal plugins when customizing their Ubercart e-commerce solutions. It takes someone with Drupal experience to develop with Ubercart, as it can be a complicated system to work around. The great thing about it is it is very established, meaning there is extensive literature available online for developers when they run into issues or have questions.
At Letzgro, we create your e-commerce landing pages, catalogue, checkout, delivery and payments, social logins, a corporate backend, and more. Learn more about our e-commerce software development.