In this Digital world where everything is available online, E-commerce has become a requisite for all business categories and is rapidly evolving and drawing a lot of attention from all over the world. E-commerce basically is the activity of buying or selling of products on online services or over the internet. The key point is to choose an e-commerce solution that offers scalability, flexibility, and extensibility at your fingertips.
If you want to develop your own eCommerce website with all the world class features and a mobile friendly theme that engages the customers 24/7 , you are at the right place! There are a innumerable number of open source-commerce platforms available out there, and deciding on which framework to choose is a hard nut to crack. No need to worry though in this article we will be providing you with all the information that will clear your perspective about e-commerce and choosing the best platform for your eCommerce site
While there are many e-commerce platforms like OsCommerce, OpenCart, Zen Cart and WordPress etc.,that are among the leading open source ecommerce platforms. Among them magento is widely regarded as the most search engine friendly ecommerce platform available in the market.
Magento is an open source e-commerce platform written in PHP that uses the MySQL relational database management system and the elements of Zend Framework. It applies both object-oriented programming and model–view–controller architecture. Also it uses entity–attribute–value model to store data.
The Things that seperate Magento from the rest of the ecommerce platforms, making it favorite of developers for building e-commerce sites are :
Magento Is Open Source. Open Source = Free!
There are three versions of magento in total:
Magento Community Edition (free)
Magento Enterprise Edition (paid)
Magento Go (paid & hosted on Magento’s servers)
The most popular of them all is the Community Edition, which is completely open source and boasts of probably the largest and most active developer community for e-commerce platforms on the internet. You can also tweak the source code any way you want to suit the type of website you are building and install extensions that are easily available through the Magento Connect Marketplace.The developer community
upgrade the platform regularly, security flaws are spotted and plugged making it extremely safe from an e-commerce perspective
Platform specially made for e-commerce:
Unlike Drupal or Joomla which are primarily content management platforms which also offer the option of e-commerce plugins, magento was made for the sole purpose of e-commerce
Some of Magento’s key e-commerce features are:
- User Dashboards
- Customer Segmentation
- Built-in cross sell and upsell capabilities
- CMS option
Freedom to choose your Hosting sevice
Another important feature that seperates magento from the rest of the platform is that it allows you to pick your own hosting service that keeps your costs down and offers you the flexibility of switching hosting services if you run into any problems with your existing one.
Integration of third party apps made easy
We always prefer to use ready-made apps or plugins that integrate new features into your website, instead of coding each new feature from scratch. Unlike other platforms magento allows us to do this thus saving both time and effort
Go Mobile From The Word Go
Now is the era of smartphones. Everything we search, do are done by using smartphones rather than from desktop computers. Having a mobile friendly site has never been more pressing than now. Now it is real easy to develop a mobile friendly websites using the HTML5 capabilities of Magento, along with that it also gives your mobile site audio visual , gesture based controls as well as image scaling for varying screen sizes.
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