One of the most exciting aspects of the internet that has developed over the years is eCommerce. Many retail businesses who deal in tangible goods also sell their products on-line. There are a number of eCommerce solutions available to suit every level and complexity of on-line shop.
As WordPress is our favourite CMS, we host sites which use its WooCommerce plugin, a sophisticated and robust shopping cart solution which integrates seamlessly with WordPress. There is even an array of WordPress themes which have been especially developed with WooCommerce in mind. While WooCommerce itself is free of charge, there are a number of paid extensions which can add greatly to its functionality.
If your site is solely a dedicated on-line store, you might want to consider OpenCart. This is an open source CMS which is specifically designed for eCommerce. It comes standard with a number of payment options and tabled shipping capability. There are a number of themes designed for it specifically. There are also numerous extensions, free and paid, which enhance its functionality. You can also add a certain amount of information pages (e.g., about us, contact us, shipping policy, etc.) to your site from the OpenCart admin area, so the site can be more than simply a catalogue of products.
We have extensive experience hosting both platforms and can advise you on which would better suit your particular eCommerce needs.
We also host eCommerce sites which use Magento, VirtueMart, Prestashop, Zen Cart and osCommerce, among others.
Most of these carts will operate with redirects to popular payment systems, such as PayPal or Realex, so there is no need for you to have a SSL Certificate on your own site, nor to be collecting and storing sensitive data like credit card numbers.
If you wish to design an eCommerce website or add an eCommerce element to your existing site, contact us and we would be happy to discuss your options with you.