E-Commerce

The concept of e-commerce is fast becoming advantageous for both the vendor and consumer in today's fast moving and electronically-connected world.

For many businesses, e-commerce is becoming the only option, as companies become more and more interested in expanding their operations online. E-commerce has many benefits and advantages not found in the typical brick and mortar location, and therefore, explains why so many businesses are flocking to the web.

E-commerce offers buyers maximum convenience. They can visit the web sites of multiple vendors round the clock a day to compare prices and make purchases, without having to leave their homes or offices from around the globe. In some cases, consumers can immediately obtain a product or service, such as an electronic book, a music file, or computer software, by downloading it over the Internet.

For sellers, e-commerce offers a way to cut costs and expand their markets. They do not need to build, staff, or maintain a physical store or print and distribute mail order catalogues. Automated order tracking and billing systems cut additional labour costs, and if the product or service can be downloaded then e-commerce firms have no distribution costs involved. Because the products can be sold sell over the global Internet, sellers have the potential to market their products or services globally and are not limited by the physical location of a store. Internet technologies also permit sellers to track the interests and preferences of their customers with the customer's permission and then use this information to build an ongoing relationship with the customer by customizing products and services to meet the customer's needs.

E-Commerce Shopping Carts provide you with a platform to sell your products online. There are many e-commerce solution providers that charge an arm and a leg with outrageous set-up costs and ongoing monthly fees, but we are not one of them. We love and use open source standards and technology in all of our projects and because of this, we are able to pass on significant savings to you. We have a range of experience with shopping carts, but our preference is to work with osCommerce and OpenCart.

Online commerce isn't just for the big guys, we have created effective, profitable, easy to use e-commerce solutions for many small businesses. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you. Your server should support the powerful PHP web scripting language, fast MySQL database, and use a stable Apache web server to run an e-commerce website.

What you can expect with every e-commerce development project:
Great, fast loading, modern design
Content management system to easily edit your information pages
Product admin to add/delete/updated all product information and photos
♦ Searchable product database for visitors to find what they need
♦ Basic search engine optimization to help you rank better
♦ Professional stock photography as needed during design, to help establish site theme
♦ User friendly/search engine friendly navigation menu
♦ Email/information request forms to allow visitor inquiries
♦ Manual submission to Google, Yahoo, and Bing
♦ Free minor changes for one month following launch of new site
♦ Ongoing support for questions and issues

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.
 

OpenCart is a turn-key ready "out of the box" shopping cart solution. You simply install, select your template, add products and your ready to start accepting orders. It has order management and multiple payment gateways already built in and we provide lifetime free support and free software updates.

FEATURES

♦ Open Source
♦ Documentation
♦ Unlimited Categories
♦ Unlimited Products
♦ Unlimited Manufacturers
♦ Templatable
♦ Multi-Language
♦ Multi-Currency
♦ Product Reviews
♦ Product Ratings
♦ Downloadable Products
♦ Automatic Image Resizing
♦ Multiple Tax Rates
♦ Related Products
♦ Unlimited Information Pages
♦ Shipping Weight Calculation
♦ Discount Coupon System
♦ Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
♦ Module System
♦ Backup & Restore Tools
♦ Printable Invoices
♦ Sales Reports

osCommerce Online Merchant is an Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.

osCommerce started in March 2000 and has since matured to a solution that is currently powering 12,055 registered live shops around the world.

Today, osCommerce has been taken to the next level, moving towards an e-commerce framework solution that not only remains easy to setup and maintain, but also making it easier for store administrators to present their stores to their customers with their own unique requirements.

FEATURES

General Functionality
♦ Compatible with all PHP 4 versions
♦ All features enabled by default for a complete out-of-the-box solution
♦ Completely multilingual with English, German, and Spanish provided by default

Setup / Installation
♦ Automatic web-browser based installation and upgrade procedure

Design / Layout
♦ Template structure implementation to:
♦ Support for dynamic images

Administration / Backend Functionality
♦ Supports unlimited products and categories
♦ Products-to-categories structure
♦ Categories-to-categories structure
♦ Add/Edit/Remove categories, products, manufacturers, customers, and reviews
♦ Support for physical (shippable) and virtual (downloadable) products
♦ Administration area secured with a username and password defined during installation
♦ Contact customers directly via email or newsletters
♦ Easily backup and restore the database
♦ Print invoices and packaging lists from the order screen
♦ Statistics for products and customers
♦ Multilingual support
♦ Multicurrency support
♦ Automatically update currency exchange rates
♦ Select what to display, and in what order, in the product listing page
♦ Support for static and dynamic banners with full statistics

Customer / Front-end Functionality
♦ All orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
♦ Customers can view their order history and order statuses
♦ Customers can maintain their accounts
♦ Address book for multiple shipping and billing addresses
♦ Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
♦ Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
♦ Product reviews for an interactive shopping experience
♦ Foreseen checkout procedure
♦ Secure transactions with SSL
♦ Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
♦ Global and per-category bestseller lists
♦ Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
♦ Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation

Product Functionality
♦ Dynamic product attributes relationship
♦ HTML based product descriptions
♦ Automated display of specials
♦ Control if out of stock products can still be shown and are available for purchase
♦ Customers can subscribe to products to receive related emails/newsletters

Payment Functionality
♦ Accept numerous offline payment processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care processing, ..)
♦ Accept numerous online payment processing (PayPal, Paymate, 2CheckOut, Authorize.net, iPayment, ..)
♦ Disable certain payment services based on a zone basis

Shipping Functionality
♦ Weight, price, and destination based shipping modules
♦ Real-time quotes available (UPS, USPS, FedEx, ..)
♦ Free shipping based on amount and destination
♦ Disable certain shipping services based on a zone basis

Tax Functionality
♦ Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis
♦ Set different tax rates for different products
♦ Charge tax on shipping on a per shipping service basis

Zen Cart truly is the art of e-commerce; free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software. The ecommerce web site design program is being developed by a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think ecommerce web design could be and should be done differently.

FEATURES

♦ Easily keep your products/catalog updated - no HTML coding required to add, delete, or modify products.
♦ Switching from one installed template to another is as simple as a couple of clicks in the Admin.
♦ Merchandise Pricing options - single and multiple items can be put on sale. Sale options include percentage-off, fixed amount off, new price, etc. Sales can include or exclude product attributes. You can add or exclude a discount from a special. You can put a whole category or the entire store on sale.
♦ Products can be marked as free or Call for Price.
♦ Products can be marked as Featured for specific highlighting/attention.
♦ Products can be linked and/or copied to multiple categories.
♦ Minimum or maximum quantities and units - you can sell one per customer, or require at least four and in multiples of two. You can set requirements on a per-product basis.
♦ Quantity discounts can be configured per-product for varying pricing levels or quantity levels.
♦ Product attributes can be added, either as radio buttons, checkboxes, drop-down lists, text boxes, file uploads, file downloads, and more. Attribute options can up charge the price of an item, and an item can have its price completely controlled by attributes. Attributes can be configured as read only so as to provide a features list.
♦ One-time fees can be added to products via attributes.
♦ Attributes also support text pricing, such as price-per-word or price-per-letter for personalizing.
♦ Attributes can show image/colour swatches.
♦ Store layout can be controlled in great detail simply by switching settings in the Admin area. Choose your side column and box widths, bread crumb separator, which sideboxes you want to appear where on the page, enable/disable links in various places.
♦ Entire categories of products (or individual products) can be enabled/disabled with just a few clicks.
♦ Sort order of products is easily controlled in the Admin area.
♦ If you need to take your site offline for a period of maintenance, you can do it easily by posting advance notices, as well as a friendly Down For Maintenance page that's also search engine friendly. Webmaster and web designer can specify IP addresses to override maintenance and still access the site for testing.
♦ You can send administrative emails on most customer shopping activities to various administrators as desired. Email addresses are protected from abuse, as they are not displayed on-screen. The Contact Us page can be configured to support multiple destinations, such as sales, technical support, webmaster, and so on.
♦ Nearly every piece of information about your products can be controlled in the Admin area, giving you the ability to fine-tune how your products and services appear to your customers. Features and options can be enabled/disabled quickly and easily.
♦ Multiple items can be added to the shopping cart by simply entering quantities and clicking Add.
♦ The product type feature allows you to customize information fields and display format for different products differently. Products for sale vs. documents for viewing, vs. music downloads, and the list goes on.
♦ You can add multiple images to your products, in small/medium/large format. Popups are available if desired for viewing of larger images.
♦ A verification for agreement to the Terms of Service has been added for compliance with new laws regarding privacy and disclosure.
♦ Shipping options - multiple carriers are supported, including hold for pickup, free delivery in an area, and most major couriers and postal services.
♦ Customer access control - you can set up your shop to only allow customers access to pricing or pricing but not buying until after being authorized by an administrator. You can restrict them from browsing at all too, if desired.
♦ Showcase - you can set your store up to be simply a product showcase, without pricing at all.
♦ Search options allow you to search for products based on name, description, meta tags, price, and more.
♦ Meta tags keywords and descriptions can be controlled at the per-product level, all from the administrative interface.
♦ Built in WYSIWYG page editor for modifying non-database pages.
♦ Advertising banners - show information about your business colleagues and track banner link activity. Banners can open in new windows so that customers never really leave your site.
♦ Shipping estimator allows your customer to get an idea of their shipping costs prior to checkout.
♦ Coupons and gift certificates are easily handled both by customers and administrators.
♦ Customer group pricing allows groups of users to receive a set discount amount at checkout.
♦ Newsletter and product notification systems.
♦ Low order fees can be configured.
♦ Shipping tare, large package handling to give fine-grain control over shipping services.
♦ Tax rates, tax zones, etc easily configured in the Admin area.
♦ PayPal IPN and many other popular merchant services supported.
♦ Customers can write product reviews (approvals can be required by an Administrator).
♦ Low stock notifications to administrator when inventory is getting low (level can be configured).
♦ Scalable from small shops to larger shops with hundreds of thousands of products.
♦ Track who's online interactively.
♦ Multiple language support.
♦ Multiple currency support.

PrestaShop is a full-featured, cross-platform open-source eCommerce shopping cart solution for the Web 2.0 era. PrestaShop is free, is customizable, stable, and "weighs" only 2.2MB for a quick and easy installation. It's by far the best eCommerce solution for small and medium online stores.

FEATURES

Catalog
♦ Unlimited categories, subcategories and products
♦ Product customers' evaluations and comments
♦ Products and accessories packs
♦ Quantity discounts
♦ Wishlist
♦ Customizable products (picture, text...)

Customers
♦ Ability to create customers' groups
♦ Customers follow up (forsaken carts)
♦ Loyalty system (points)
♦ Customer referral program
♦ Newsletter opt-in
♦ Created carts back up

Orders
♦ Customizable orders statuses
♦ Returns management
♦ Real time consultation of created carts
♦ PDF invoices, slips and delivery slips
♦ Special offers (promotions, coupons)
♦ Configurable minimum order amount

Payment
♦ Unlimited payment means
♦ Payment means filtering per currency, country or customers' groups
♦ Paypal (pre-configured)
♦ Moneybookers
♦ Hipay
♦ Google Checkout module
♦ Shipping
♦ Unlimited carriers and destinations
♦ Email notifications for delivery statuses (configurable)
♦ Package monitoring via package number
♦ Ability to offer delivery fees
♦ Delivery fees billing by price or weight

Statistics
♦ Online visitors
♦ Visits and visitors
♦ Orders and sales
♦ Catalog statistics, conversion rate per categories
♦ Products statistics
♦ Complete integration with Google Analytics

Translations
♦ Three standard languages: English, French, Spanish
♦ Languages packs import-export from the Back-Office
♦ Unlimited languages
♦ Online Translation tool

Localization
♦ Unlimited currencies
♦ Exchange rates synchronization
♦ Unlimited taxes
♦ Timezone

SEO
♦ SEO optimized
♦ Meta tags (meta title, keywords...) management
♦ Google Sitemap
♦ URL rewriting

Security
♦ Secure Back-Office access (login and password)
♦ SSL compatibility
♦ PCI DSS compliant

Administration
♦ Customizable Back-Office
♦ Multiple users management, and permissions (ACL)
♦ Maintenance mode
♦ WYSIWYG text editor
♦ Affiliation program
♦ Ability to add complementary modules
♦ SMS alerts (inventory, new order...)

Modular Front-Office
♦ Easy template customization
♦ Tips on products pages: last purchase date or addition in cart
♦ Featured products on the homepage
♦ Ability to insert ads
♦ Ability to integrate Google Adsense
♦ Multi recipient contact form

Magento eCommerce Platforms provide the scalability, flexibility and features for business growth. Magento provides feature-rich eCommerce platforms that offer merchants complete flexibility and control over the presentation, content, and functionality of their online channel.

FEATURES

Marketing Promotions and Tools
♦ Flexible Coupons (pricing rules) with ability to restrict to stores, customer groups, time period, products, and categories.
♦ Catalog Promotional Pricing

Analytics and Reporting
♦ Admin Dashboard for Report Overview
♦ Abandoned Shopping Cart Report
♦ Best Customers Report by Total and Number of Orders

Search Engine Optimization
♦ Google Site Map
♦ URL Rewrites give full control of URL's
♦ Meta-information for products and categories

Site Management
♦ Control multiple websites and stores from one Administration Panel
♦ Web Services API for easy integration between Magento and any third-party application
♦ A/B and Multivariate Testing

Catalog Management
♦ Batch Import and Export of catalog
♦ Google Base Integration
♦ Downloadable/Digital Products
♦ Advanced Pricing Rules and support for Special Prices (see marketing tools)

Catalog Browsing
♦ Layered/Faceted Navigation for filtering of products in Categories
♦ Layered/Faceted Navigation for filtering of products in Search Results
♦ Product comparisons
♦ Product Reviews

Product Browsing
♦ Multiple Images Per Product
♦ Product Image Zoom-in Capability

Mobile Commerce
♦ iPhone Optimized

International Support
♦ Multi-Lingual
♦ Support for Multiple Currencies

Checkout
♦ One-Page Checkout
♦ Checkout without account/Guest Checkout
♦ Shipping to multiple addresses in one order

Shipping
♦ Shipping to multiple addresses in one order
♦ Multiple shipments per order
♦ Free Shipping

Payment
♦ Multiple Payment Options Supported
♦ Payment Extensions Available through Magento Connect
♦ Configurable authorization and capturing of funds

Customer Service
♦ Feature-rich Customer Accounts
♦ Order Tracking from Account

Customer Accounts
♦ Re-orders from account
♦ Downloadable Products
♦ Recently ordered items

Order Management
♦ View, edit, create and fulfil orders from admin panel.
♦ Create one or multiple invoices, shipments and credit memos per order to allow for split fulfilment

Shopify is a cloud-based, SaaS (software as a service) shopping cart solution. A monthly fee gives you access to an admin panel where you can enter store data, add products, and process orders. Shopify allows you to integrate your online store with some of the biggest online channels out there. You can connect to a Facebook store, Instagram shop, and marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay. What's more, a subscription with Shopify includes secure, reliable hosting for your website. You don't have to worry about your site crashing during peak traffic or hackers hijacking your transactions. With 99.9% uptime and a free SSL certificate, Shopify has you covered. Finally, your monthly payment entitles you to comprehensive 24/7 customer support. You'll be able to contact support via phone, email, and live chat. And you can also use Shopify's knowledge base to solve smaller problems on your own. Shopify boasts that they're an all-in-one solution. With a Shopify subscription, you should have everything you need to quickly begin selling on your very own site. One platform with all the ecommerce and point of sale features you need to start, run, and grow your business. From $US29/month.

Sell - everywhere
Use one platform to sell products to anyone, anywhere - online with your ecommerce store, online marketplaces, and social media, and in-person with point of sale.

Market - your business
Take the guesswork out of marketing with built-in tools that help you create, execute, and analyze campaigns on Facebook and Google.

Manage - everything
Use a single dashboard to manage orders, shipping, and payments anywhere you go. Gain the insights and knowledge you need to grow.

Features:

Mobile commerce ready - Your online Shopify store includes a built-in mobile commerce shopping cart. Your customers can browse and buy from your store using any mobile phone or tablet.

Full blogging platform - Publish and categorize articles, create lookbooks, encourage discussion, and moderate comments on your Shopify blog.

Web-based website builder - Host your entire website on Shopify. Your online store comes with a full-featured content management system.

Free SSL certificate - Every Shopify store includes a free 256-bit SSL certificate. All pages, content, credit card, and transaction information is protected by the same level of security used by banks.

Accept credit cards with Shopify - You can accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express the minute you launch your shop. You'll get a low credit card rate and no hidden fees.

100 payment gateways - From bitcoin to PayPal to iDEAL, Shopify integrates with over 100 external payment gateways from around the world.

Offer free shipping - Improve your average order size by offering free shipping to your customers. You can choose the price point at which free shipping applies.

Multiple languages - Your online store checkout comes in 50+ languages, and you can always translate your store's theme to suit your needs.

Automatic carrier shipping rates - Receive automatic shipping rates from major shipping carriers like UPS, USPS, and FedEx.

Flexible shipping rates - Set up shipping rates by fixed-price, tiered pricing, weight-based, and location-based rates.

Automatic taxes - Based on your location, Shopify will automatically handle major country and state tax rates.

Customer profiles - Learn more about your customers and their shopping habits. Find their contact info and order history at a glance.

Customer accounts - Encourage repeat shopping by enabling customer account creation at checkout. Your customers can also check out as a guest without creating an account.

Customer groups - Categorize and export customer lists based on location, purchase history, and more.

Fulfilment centres - Connect to fulfillment solutions such as Amazon, Rakuten Super Logistics, and Shipwire, or set up a custom fulfillment solution.

Order fulfillment - Fulfil one or multiple orders with just one click, making your daily order management a breeze.

Dropshipping - Shopify integrates with apps like Ordoro, Inventory Source, and eCommHub, making it easy to set up your dropshipping business.

Refunds - Refund some or all of an order to the payment method used. Your inventory is updated automatically.

Manage on the go - Use the Shopify app on your smartphone to update your store, manage inventory, fulfill orders, and contact a customer.

Email templates - Customize your automated store emails with the design and language you want.

Search engine optimized - Help potential customers find your store using search engines. Shopify supports SEO best practices like customizable H1, title, and meta tags.

Generated sitemap.xml - Your sitemap.xml is automatically generated with your products, webpages, and blog posts.

Discounts - Boost sales and customer loyalty by creating highly targeted discount codes and Buy One, Get One promotions right from the Shopify admin.

Gift cards - Your customers are able to purchase a gift card for someone from your store, or you can use gift cards as store credit.

Social media integration - All Shopify websites include social media integration, such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Google Adwords credits - You'll get $100 towards Google advertising if you spend $25 with Google.

Product reviews - Engage your customers and encourage sales with the option to leave SEO-friendly product reviews on your website.

Sell on Facebook - Your Facebook fans can browse your products and make a purchase without leaving Facebook.

Inventory management - Manage your entire inventory with Shopify. Track stock counts, and automatically stop selling products when inventory runs out.

Product variations - Offer different variations of your products, such as multiple sizes, colors, materials, and more. Each variation can have its own price, SKU, weight, and inventory.

Product organization - Organize products by category, type, season, sale, and more. Use smart collections to automatically sort products based on vendor, price, and inventory level.

Multiple images - Add multiple images for your products, so you can show off your product from all angles.

SEO product tags - Optimize your product pages for search engines with product specific meta tags, titles, and URL handles.

Digital products - Customers can order and download your digital products right from your online store.

Import/Export - Import or export your products using CSV files, or one of Shopify's importer/exporter apps.

Unlimited products - There's no limit to the number or type of products you can sell in your online store.

Dashboard - An actionable dashboard of your sales, orders, and traffic helps you make the right choices for your business.

Product reports - Analyze and gain insight into your store's growth. See which products are selling - and which ones aren't.

Export reports - Reports can be exported for further analysis in your favourite spreadsheet tool, or can be sent to your bookkeeper or accountant.

Google Analytics - Google Analytics works with your online store, so you can track sales, visits, and referrals.

Traffic/Referral reports - See where your visitors come from, and how they found your online store.

Order fulfillment - Capture payments and fulfill orders right from your phone. Send shipping notifications from the post office.

Mobile dashboard - Quickly see items that need your attention, and track trends in your business.

Manage inventory - Add products, take a product photo, change a price, or manage inventory - all from your phone.

Email or call customers - Look up customer profiles and instantly reach out through email or phone.

All your data synced with Shopify - Your products, inventory, orders, and customers are automatically synced between the Shopify app and your online store.

24/7 support Dedicated support team - The Shopify support team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by email, live chat, and phone.

Web hosting with:
Unlimited bandwidth - You'll never be charged based on the number of visitors or traffic to your store.

Email forwarding - When you buy a domain name with Shopify, you receive unlimited email forwarding. Create email addresses like info@yourstore.com.

Level-1 PCI compliant - Shopify is level-1 PCI compliant, so you don't need to worry about the security of your customers' credit card data.

SSL certificate - Your online store includes a 256-bit SSL certificate to keep your customers' information and business data secure.

Instant upgrades - All Shopify updates are automatic, so you'll receive the latest features immediately, without any hassle.

99.98% uptime and 24/7 monitoring - No need to worry about downtime with Shopify, we work around the clock to make sure your website is always online.