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With the majority of the Zoocha team coming from multi-channel retail backgrounds, we collectively have a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to working on and developing different e-Commerce platforms - experience and expertise that we are able to share with our clients.
Below are some points to consider when choosing your next E-commerce platform and some explanation as to how Zoocha might be able to assist in the development, or re-platforming process.
1. Choosing your E-commerce Platform
The days of retailers developing their own platforms which had once been the only viable option for small and medium sized retailers looking to develop a fully transactional website are long gone.
The most significant industry development of recent times has been the proliferation of relatively inexpensive, quality open source E-commerce platforms.
Whether you are choosing a platform for your first E-commerce site or upgrading your current site, selecting the right platform to suit your multi-channel needs is vital.
2. Some leading open source E-commerce Platforms
|Batavi||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|Broadleft Commerce||Java||Apache License 2.0|
|Bots (edi)||Python||GNU General Public License|
|Drupal Commerce||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|Interchance||Perl||GNU General Public License|
|Magento||PHP||OSL Ver.3 / AFL Ver.3|
|nopCommerce||ASP.NET||Mozilla Public License|
|Ofbiz||Java||Apache License 2.0|
|osCommerce||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|OpenCart||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|osCMax||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|PrestaShop||PHP||OSL Ver.3 / AFL Ver.3|
|Ubercart||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|VirtueMart||PHP||GNU General Public License|
|Zen Cart||PHP||GNU General Public License|
For more in depth information on E-commerce platforms read our Guide To Selecting The Right E-commerce Platform.
3. E-commerce platform must haves
A good E-commerce platform should provide your retail business with a comprehensive suite of tools to manage their business.
This should include:
- Category management tools
- Product management tools
- Merchandising tools
- Supply chain management/ inventory tools
- Customer data and insight tools
- Marketing tools
- M-Commerce integration
- How user friendly is the CMS interface?
- URL quality
- Promotional code capabilities
- Support available
- Product review functionality
- Automated 301/302 redirects
- Quality/detail of reporting
- Product imaging functionality
- Payment type options
just to keep in mind...
4. How can Zoocha help?
When it comes to helping you choose and then move on to your new E-commerce platform Zoocha can be involved in as little or as much of the process as suits your needs. We can offer consultation on choosing the right platform (although we tend to be biased towards Drupal Commerce!), we can manage the migration of E-commerce content from your current platform to a new platform and we can design and build new e-commerce sites from scratch.
Our transparent daily rate cost model will ensure you know exactly how much any work will cost before it is started.
Our e-Commerce platform services include:
consultation, wire-framing, design, implementation/development, support, marketing, testing
5. Get us on board
To discuss your E-commerce platform needs just contact us.