What to know Before Changing Ecommerce Platform

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Changing a platform for your eCommerce business can have many risks and benefits. There are many reasons that lead ecommerce companies to change their business platforms. It may be due to the growth in their business or market condition change. Companies sometime change some components of their platform and some time they prefer to change all platforms. There is great risk in changing platform and it takes too much time and require large amount of investment. Benefit in changing well-executed new platform will make your business more successful and if it is not executed well then it might take your company out of business.

What is an eCommerce Platform?

There are many eCommerce platforms that are widely used all over the world such as Os Commerce, PrestaShop, Cube cart, Big commerce, Magento. Each platform has its own advantages and disadvantages. Magento is one of the leading platforms as compared to any other platform. What eCommerce really do will is it provides the technologies to build online storefront. A platform may be Set of component or single component which can be integrate with other platform. What an eCommerce really do is listed below

Content Management

Your eCommerce platform allows you to manage your content like text or photo. It allows you to add information about products and non-related products.

Shopping cart

Your customer can register for purchasing products and they can checkout. In other words, eCommerce platform allows you payment management.

Product management

This component of eCommerce platform allows you to manage your products from backend how you can show your products front view. This section is like product information management system.

Pricing

This component of eCommerce platform allows you to manage the price of products. Pricing is sometime complex issue for eCommerce platform as there might be Custom pricing for products.

Order Management

This section of eCommerce platform allows you to manage your customers’ orders from receipt to order. In this section, you manage all things that are related issues after purchasing products.

Payment system

This component allows you to have gateway for credit card processing. Companies choose gateway for their payment some accept PayPal and some credit card depends upon stores.

The component I have mentioned above depends upon the size of eCommerce store. The smaller store don’t need to have all section what they really want is how to manage their products pricing and order management as the companies grows they start to utilizing all components.

Why Change Platform

Here are some reasons that cause companies to changes their platforms.

Improve customer experience

Change in platform might be for improve customers experience.

Mobile

Some platforms don’t support mobile devices may be companies change their platform for Mobile support.

Platform shortcomings

Some time platforms get lack of scalability.

Cost

Cost might be another factor for changing the platform. Getting new platform might have more functionality with low cost.

When to Start

Before changing, your platforms you must do proper paper work that why you are changing your platform and how your new platform is beneficial for you. You must analyze all aspects of your current platform. Strength and weaknesses of your company. Take some suggestion and experience from the eMerchants who are using the platform to which you are shifting.

Risk

Risk in changing platform might disturb your business if you don’t setup it according to need or it is nor well executed. It can consume your time and money. You will have to pay attention, as Integrations are usually far more complex.

This contribution is made by Simon Walker. He is a professional writer and Extension developer. His best selling extensions is Magento Call for Price Extension is up for sale at FME.

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Eye Catching Magento Themes

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ECommerce websites is all about design and user friendly interface. You must have a good design for your online store. Magento is the platform, which has hundreds of Professional Magento themes and modules, which help you on enhancing your site appearance. You can find many websites that have eye-catching appearance. Sometime users click on site and they don’t find their products for what they were searching but they stay on that site for some time due to marvelous site appearance. They remember that type of sites and may be in future they purchase some sort of things from that site. You can find many Professional Magento Themes for you stores. Below are some Screen shots of Marvelous online store designs

 

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Get Price of Configurable Product options

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Time is changing quickly days are turning into months and months into year, not only time is changing each and everything is getting new shape and new style. The things people were purchasing from brick stores are now purchased by online shops. Hundreds of platforms are there which allows e Merchants to create there online stores such as Magento, PrestaShop, OS commerce and many others. Online shopping is getting popularity day by day. You can find dramatically increase in sales each year and it is increasing year by year. Magento Community provides you goal achieving platform for you online store.  If you are running eCommerce stores then you need to provide a good and user-friendly shopping experience to your customers.

Giving a smooth shopping experience means, you provide them important information about your products and services and allow them to purchase their desired products as quickly as possible. Many products have custom option, if you are selling products like those that blinds or curtain it may have different size and shapes and you can add different sort of things to it then what you have to create too many pages for one product.  Here is solution for that type of E-merchants they can use Advanced Product Options Magento Extension it allows your customers to calculate the price of products for different measurement length.  Below are some screenshots of FMEs Magento product options extension.

Magento Custom Option pricing

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How to add custom fields on Customer Registration page in Magento

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Magento is the platform, which enables E-merchants to customize their online store according to their demand and interest. They can give eye-catching looks to their online stores. When visitors come to your store, they are looking for some products from your store. Your store must provide them what they are looking for not anything else.  In this article, we are going to explain how you can avoid bad registration techniques and how you can use Customer Registration form in your favor if you are running Magento Based online store.

Customers’ registration can be effective tool if it is setup properly. You can start target marketing campaign from the data you collect form your customers. If you didn’t setup properly your registration page it can be kiss of death to sell.  Why customers will fill your lengthy registration form?  When they are adding products to cart. Your registration page should be small and concise ask them to fill most important credential don’t ask them zip code street number etc. you are an E-merchants and you need their email for future sales or any other packages.

Now coming to those eCommerce stores who ask for registration on account pages. If customers want to purchase any products from their store, they have to register in order to purchase products. You will find Customers attributes magento extension that provides E-merchants an option to customize Registration pages. They can add many fields such as File, Image, Text Field, Text Area, Date, Message Only, Drop Down, Multiple Select, Yes/No, Radio and check box fields.

Key Features – Magento Custom Registration Fields

  • E-merchants can create unlimited fields on Registration pages
  • Attributes can be managed by both Customers and Admin
  • It supports customers group
  • Input fields can be made optional or mandatory.
  • E-merchants can add customers fields on desired view