Have a web development, e-commerce need?

First, determine your goals, plan accordingly, and take action to accomplish your needs. Undoubtedly, you will want a website, one that appeals visually and performs as desired. When performing well also means having a functional online store for e-commerce, it will mean that your web development company should well understand any platforms plug-ins, and content management systems to make it simple for site visitors to purchase from you.

The right e-commerce developer will ask about all your plans – long-term and short-term – and respect that your website is a serious investment. Different carts perform better and more easily for certain functions. The goal is to match the cart with your needs and even customize if desired.

Identify your basic website development and e-commerce needs

  • E-commerce
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Web Applications
  • Web database

Time to shop? Focus on e-commerce needs

The main types of e-commerce carts offer clients flexibility; your web developers should have the needed experience in providing the cart needed to accomplish a client’s business goals.

All of the carts listed below contain an “open source CMS,” where the source code is human-readable and available for a desired application. So, file extensions may be integrated, or combined, into your site for added functionality. Examples are adding PayPal payment options for secure payment that you as a user can manage in a flexible way.

With all cart options listed here, you can set multiple languages and currencies for international selling, too:

  • Magento – Great for a wholesale company with multiple stores and customer groups and enterprise class needs
  • OpenCart – Fast and flexible; offers capability of adding many extensions
  • Prestashop – Created for small to mid-sized businesses; its low learning curve is popular
  • WooCommerce – A plug-in that works well with WordPress
  • VirtueMart – designed specifically for a Joomla CMS site, it’s limitless yet requires more developer training

Your web developer to the rescue

Confused as to which online store is right for you? (Your web developer will know, based upon the needs you communicate). What you really need to know is what type of information should go into the system, come out of it, and the specifics important to your business. Then, your web development team will match your needs to the appropriate eCommerce system.

Unity of action with web projects that work

Want to attract and retain website visitors with important information in a pleasing, clever way on both desktop and mobile? Let Accunity’s trusted experts show you how to inform, engage, and inspire potential and current customers with web development and branding. Contact Accunity to learn more.

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