In recent years, Joomla has become one of the most widely used and most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world. One of the reasons for the platform’s success is its ability to expand its core functionality with plug-ins, modules and extensions. E-commerce extensions are some of the most downloaded extensions because they simplify otherwise complex processes like shopping carts, persistent session management, and even user account creation, making a site much more user friendly. A handful of the most popular extensions that can increase site functionality include:
VirtueMart is one of the most popular extensions because it provides a complete shopping cart experience that has a wealth of standard features that can be customized and extended. Businesses that use VirtueMart have a complete administrative interface that allows even the smallest product, pricing, tax and shipping details to be managed. Customers benefit from VirtueMart because a complete account management system is included that gives customers the option to update and change their own data.
SimpleCaddy provides simple and direct shopping cart management that can be implemented by almost any website. The extension allows products to be created through an administrative interface and can then guide customers through a shopping experience. Payment can be ported through a PayPal gateway or the entire order can be emailed to the website owner. This is a practical solution for websites that are dealing with small volumes of sales or very niche markets that do not easily fit into more formal modules.
HikaShop is a complete e-commerce solution that attempts to replicate all of the functions that are present in a traditional brick-and-mortar storefront. The extension provides invoicing, extensive visual customizations and detailed store management interfaces. The extension keeps everything very simple and even includes localization services for different countries. Businesses and consumers benefit from HikaShop with a personalized experience that makes online shopping simple.
This extension is a payment system that seeks to make purchasing online as easy as possible. The extension allows a single button to be developed that gives customers the option to make a payment without moving through multiple forms. This simplifies website design and allows quick purchases. Small businesses can use Easy Paypal to sell services, products or digital downloads without having to maintain a shopping cart system.
Open Source Excellence (OSE) Membership
The OSE Membership extension for Joomla provides a mechanism that allows businesses to manage paid memberships to websites that provide digital content. This is a robust system that includes extensive access control and easy integration with other extensions. Small businesses can create and manage personal accounts through administrative interfaces. Consumers can personalize the experience and take advantage of everything the website has to offer without requiring large amounts of administrative attention.
The variety of different e-commerce extensions for Joomla gives small businesses unprecedented access to some of the very same systems that large corporations use for online sales and branding. Even better is that most of these extensions are either free or come at a relatively low price, allowing business to easily use them without having to dip into their free checking accounts or busting out their credit card with bad credit. The ease of setting up and using these extensions also gives consumers a more stable, secure and accessible option when looking to make purchases online.
Guest post provided by Becky W.