Getting the right ecommerce system for your online shop is vital in selling your products and services successfully online. There are many different platforms you can use each with their pros and cons, but what is important is that you can add your products easily and manage your shop simply.
Here we have six available ecommerce platforms that you can use:
Shopping Cart Creator by CoffeeCup
CoffeeCup were famous for their HTML editor and FTP software a number of years ago. They have recently launched a new ecommerce software package called Shopping Cart Creator.
The software allows you to create an online shop through a simple WYSIWYG editor where you can use pre-made themes or create your own with the shopping cart designer tool. It really is a simple package, which is great for first time users and web designers alike.
The software works by downloading it to your desktop and updating the website once set up through the built in FTP programme. The only downside to this is that you can only change the website from a computer with the software on, however each download comes with 3 licenses for separate PC’s or laptops. The price paid is a one off fee and starts at around £32 for the basic version.
BossCart is a very good ecommerce platform and is used by some professional web designers. BossCart runs on PHP and so can be accessed via an online admin area which makes it perfect for those who want to edit their website from anywhere with an Internet connection.
There are cool features such as exporting your products into eBay and importing product feed data into your website via a CSV file. There are many templates to choose from and if you have CSS knowledge you can edit the style to your own personal taste.
BossCart is a one off fee and can be purchased from their website and costs £249 for the premium version. There is also a white label version available for web developers making BossCart a very attractive option for all.
Actinic is an ecommerce platform available for a variety levels of users, including start-ups, experienced businesses and web developers.
Actinic allows you to create a bespoke shopping cart website with a drop and drag product catalogue. You will need some HTML and CSS knowledge to style the templates but if not you can always use the ones that are already available. It has some great features such as a voucher codes section to allow you to create money off coupons as well as ‘also bough’ lists which help users to see what others have bought in certain categories.
The real advantage of Actinic is that it can also be integrated with Sage accounting software and internal EPOS systems so that you can manage your overall stock levels effortlessly. This is a good premium option for those serious about ecommerce.
Actinic business ecommerce packages start from £399.
Zen cart is open source software and is completely free to use and download. It comes pact with features including discount code generators, newsletter manager and gift certificates.
It can be set up by those with basic web deign skills and is great for experienced developers too. Templates can be edited using XHTML and CSS making it very customisable and things such as product categories are unlimited.
Zen Cart is nice and straightforward making ideal for those looking to set up complex shopping carts as well as basic. There are many websites using Zen Cart as it’s shopping cart solution.
Roman Cart is for those who just want to take simple online payments. It allows you to create simple buy now buttons and add them to any website you have; however it was built. You can then take payment your preferred way through the Roman Cart system.
The cart area can be edited with HTML and CSS to look just like your website, making this a simple solution for those looking to get started selling online.
Roman Cart can be used for free but the more features you require means that you have to up your package, this can go up to £400 for the all singing and dancing version.
WordPress E-Commerce Plugin
The WordPress platform is just great in general for creating blogs and content driven websites. There are many great plugins available for WordPress and one of those is the e-commerce plugin.
The e-commerce plugin allows you to sell products through your WordPress blog or website. All you have to do is simply download the plugin and put it into your WordPress plugins folder. Once you have done this simply activate it in your dashboard and away you go. There are many features including multiple payment gateway options and voucher code generators.
If you like WordPress, then you will love this plugin. There are also some upgrade options available for things such as moving images and grid layouts, these are inexpensive and very powerful.
There have been over 500,000 downloads of this plugin so it is becoming very popular and it is completely free to download and use.