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What is the best eCommerce CMS?

by Collected from quora.com


“I have a ecommerce website at the moment and have a small retail store. I am wanting to add a barcode  and scanner and integrate a pos system but don’t know we’re to start and am finding it hard to find a  system that I can use with my current website . Can anyone offer any suggestions for eCommerce CMS?”

Magento eCommerce CMS (“Sunny Marks”) :

Mr. Dave Jenkins gives the perfect answer; don’t mix both eCommerce CMS (Comtent Management System).
If CMS is at the center, then Magento is the best with great features & functionalities to manage your eCommerce store effectively. If you have already developed eCommerce store & wants to upgrade or add some products, then you can go for Magento. Magento has many ready-made free & paid plug-ins available which may suit your requirements for different platforms which could save development time & cost and add value to the user experience.
So, I suggest you should hire Magento development company or Magento developers that can help you how effectively you can manage your products or services & push your customers to purchase product & register in your store.
Here I describe why & how Magento has become the most powerful eCommerce development platform:
  • Magento is well equipped with a vast directory site of expansions that can enhance your e-Commerce store by providing huge features.
  • Magento contains powerful marketing, merchandising and content management tools to give customers the power to create sites that is tailored to their unique business needs.
  • Best use of market
  • Magento is easy to set up even for non-professionals
  • Magento offers companies scalable & ultimate eCommerce solutions.
  • With Magento development India SEO friendly e-stores can be built leading to instant ROI
  • Administrator can simultaneously manage more than one e-shops, etc.

Durpal eCommerce CMS (“Ryan Szrama”) :

I’ve spent the last 6 years developing eCommerce cms solutions on top of Drupal, and I’ve found it to be a very winning combination. Three years ago I became a co-founder of Commerce Guys, whose vision is to make Drupal the number one open source eCommerce platform in the world. I think we’re on our way.

Drupal is an incredibly powerful and flexible CMS, used for sites ranging in size from simple blogs to The White House and for sites as highly trafficked as The Official Site of Music’s Biggest Night on the night of their awards show. Its strength lies in its community, which includes thousands of active developers around the world workingtogether to make the solution better. Every contributed module is freely available onDrupal – Open Source CMS, including two eCommerce projects developed by myself – Ubercart (which took an “application” approach to eCommerce by porting the osCommerce feature set into Drupal 5) and my current project, Drupal Commerce (which takes a “framework” approach to eCommerce by defining the basic data models and systems you need to do commerce on Drupal 7, with hundreds of contributed modules and some high powered distributions there to add additional features and out-of-the-box functionality).

Now, why turn to the community and highlight free?  In my opinion, the nature of Drupal’s licensing and community governance is a huge win for anyone using it to develop eCommerce features and sites. Developers are incentivized to collaborate, not develop silos of functionality that they can sell for a few dollars (to a few hundred dollars) a pop. Drupal Commerce didn’t have to define its own Views engine for listing products, line items, orders, etc. – it just integrated with the already existing Views module originally funded by Sony. Drupal Commerce didn’t have to write its own conditional evaluation engine to power pricing, taxes, discounts, etc. – it just integrated with the already existing Rules module. Instead of silos, we have fully interoperable contributed modules all built on the same base Drupal 7 components. Each new module that comes along simply uses the underlying API and can suddenly be used alongside existing modules without those modules ever having to know they exist in turn.

This results in a fair amount of “Aha!” moments when you realize the next feature you need to add to a site already exists.  By way of example, on my cheese site, Real Milk Cheese, powered by Drupal Commerce, I wanted to offer a discount to anyone who connected via Facebook.  I didn’t have to write Facebook integration or buy a module from someone – I simply grabbed the FB Oauth module, which happened to have been already created by a friend, and integrated it with Rules to use FB connection as a condition in my pricing engine.

There are a fair number of hosting options available tailored specifically to Drupal, with Acquia Dev Cloud and Pantheon being two of the leaders, and Commerce Guys playing catch-up to also host via our Commerce Platform. These services are built on PCI compliant cloud providers, but there are also a wide variety of payment gateway modules already integrated that offer PCI compliant payment through redirected / tokenized payment solutions (think PayPal, Braintree, Stripe, etc.).

Last but not least – Drupal is first and foremost a ecommerce CMS and community publishing tool.  It excels at search engine optimization and offers a wide variety of community features, enabling you to reach and engage your potential customers.  As expected, there is even a Drupal specific internet marketing company called Volacci (ran by another friend from Austin – see, we’re all very friendly ; ) that can help further optimize your site and draw a crowd.

Commerce Guys has a very aggressive strategy to court and integrate new service providers.  The Drupal market is huge, and eCommerce players want to have access to this market.  Look for us to continue to build out the offering in the Commerce Marketplace, which will enable you to easily find and enable integrations with payment, analytics, e-mail, and other services providers.

We think it’s much better to turn a CMS into a full-featured eCommerce system than it is to try and tack on a CMS to an eCommerce application.  By the last reckoning, over 20,000 other people agreed (cf. http://drupal.org/project/usage/…).

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