E-commerce websites are for selling goods and services online (both tangible and intangible). As of 2009 the e-commerce landscape is changing and giving small business owners the kind of features we associate more with Amazon.com. With the simple shopping cart and Paypal solution making way for powerful admin systems.
E-commerce websites services:
» E-commerce home design
» E-commerce internal page themes
» Admin customization and theme
» Store and hosting setup for product data input
» Setup of payment and order processing
» E-commerce extensions and components (i.e. drop shipping)
» E-commerce site(s) stress testing and support
Call 866-745-0388 or send and email to discover all of the e-commerce services available.
Why the Magento Platform?
In the same way Amazon's S3 web services made cloud computing affordable, Magento has given us an enterprise quality features for free. Expensive solutions like IBM Websphere, NetSuite or Microsoft Commerce Server simply do not offer enough value when compared with Magento. The smaller e-commerce solutions like Yahoo Merchant Solutions, Amazon WebStore do not offer the features or customization most businesses require. Magento fits nicely in the sweet spot.
» As of Q2 2010 Magento has 2 million downloads, 2K extensions, $25 billon in transactions and 60K merchants
» Magento was created by Varien and also received 22.5 million investment in 2010
» Magento platform has three different versions Community Edition (free), Enterprise and Mobile
» Large brands are now using Magento such as, 3M, Lenovo, Samsung, Toms Shoes and Homedics
» Magento is built using open source technology such as the PHP / Zend framework
Magento is designed to be customizable, which means you can control every aspect of your online store(s). The platform in constantly being updated and contributed to. With each release the features continue to improve and the number of extensions available though MagentoConnect continue to mushroom.
» Manage multiple stores and languages from one admin
» Marketing and rule-based promo tools
» Completely customizable design template system
» Flexible shipping and payment options
» Drill down browsing of large product catalogs
» Related products, up-sells and cross selling
» Customer order and inventory management
» High quality extension marketplace
» Amazon, Google and PayPal integration
The Bottom Line
To get a great e-commerce website packed with features you should consider the product platform and the people supporting it. Magento has a feature rich platform that is almost white label in it’s customization which is making it a popular choice for small-to medium businesses. If you have a large budget and wanted the security of enterprise you should consider going with a provider such as IBM or Microsoft. If your looking for cheap and no hassle you should consider simple carts or stores and process orders via email/phone.
Magento is by no means the only solution out there but we think it’s one of the best. It’s important to remember that all of your valuable data will be stored in an open source database (i.e. MySQL) should you need to move it one day. If you don’t need too much control over your e-commerce website there are some growing on-demand e-commerce options available.
Call 866-745-0388 or send and email to discover more, see demos or get a quick proposal.
Why Pick B2?
- We started creating websites in 1997
- Our staff is fun and easy to work with
- We provide creative, thoughtful design
- B2’s programming is smart and efficient
- We offer great quality-to-price ratio