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Sitecore Adds E-Commerce Capabilities on Top of Web CMS

Sitecore (news, site), one of the players in the .NET Web CMS market, has added an e-commerce platform to its product portfolio.

From Web CMS to E-Commerce

The latest addition to the product list of Sitecore – Sitecore E-Commerce is not a surprising product. Actually, the e-commerce platform is built on top of their CMS.

The core functionality comes from the CMS, but it is enhanced with e-commerce specific features.

What's Inside the Sitecore E-Commerce Platform?

The basic online shop functionality includes the following features:

  • Product information and order management

  • Payment processing and shipping management

  • Integration with ERP, customer databases and other back office applications

Sitecore E-Commerce Order Management

In addition to these features, you also need marketing-related functionality, as well as tracking and statistics. Sitecore E-Commerce offers both groups of features, and if you can find the time to study the reports of your online shop's activity, you can get really valuable data about user behavior and the efficiency of your SEO/marketing efforts.

 

 

Sitecore E-Commerce Reporting

Here are some of the features related to metrics and statistics:

  • Account creation

  • Order completion

  • Customized checkout

  • Email campaigns

  • Visitor count

  • Average time on site

  • Best-selling products

  • Conversions (with referring URLs)

All these features make it easy for you to track if your efforts to sell give results or not. In addition to them, there are personalization tools, which allow you to create specific content for special groups.

Up-selling and cross-selling are also possible with Sitecore E-Commerce. The customized checkout allows to keep a detailed history of your customers' purchases.

Sitecore E-Commerce offers mobile functionality as well with Android, iPhone and BlackBerry support that allows you to create mobile-friendly versions of your pages.

Popular Open Source eCommerce Products

We are often asked for recommendations on eCommerce packages that can be either integrated within a CMS or used in conjunction with one. Here is a list of open source ecommerce software that does just that.

  • AlegroCart
    AlegroCart is an opensource e-commerce solution based on the final version of Opencart .79 with many modifications and enhancements The example to the left is a template for a live store

    website: http://www.alegrocart.com/

  • eclime
    eclime is a very powerful Smarty™ based e-commerce/shopping cart software build from trusted osCommerce 2.2 engine, with many useful contributions added. It has all the features needed to run a successful internet store and can be customized to whatever configuration you need.

    website: http://www.eclime.com/

  • Freeway
    Freeway is an advanced Open Source eCommerce platform and includes an array of features not found in extremely expensive commercial systems. It includes a CRM and CMS as well.

    website: http://www.openfreeway.org/

  • Magento
    Perhaps the most popular eCommerce package on the market today. Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source eCommerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store.

    website: http://www.magentocommerce.com/

  • OpenCart
    OpenCart is a turn-key ready “out of the box” shopping cart solution. You simply install, select your template, add products and your ready to start accepting orders. It has order management and multiple payment gateways already built in and we provide lifetime free support and free software updates.

    website: http://www.opencart.com/

  • osCMax
    osCMax v2.0.15 is a powerful e-commerce/shopping cart web application. There are many advantages to using osCMax as your e-commerce/shopping cart for your web site. It has all the features needed to run a successful internet store and can be customized to whatever configuration you need.

    website: http://www.oscmax.com/

  • osCommerce
    osCommerce Online Merchant is an Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.

    website: http://www.oscommerce.com/

  • PrestaShop
    The PrestaShop e-Commerce Solution was built to take advantage of essential Web 2.0 innovations such as dynamic AJAX-powered features and next-generation ergonomy. PrestaShop guides users through your product catalog intelligently and effortlessly, turning intrigued visitors into paying customers.

    website: http://www.prestashop.com/

  • TomatoCart
    TomatoCart is the new generation of open source shopping cart solution developed by Elootec Technology Co., Ltd. It is branched from osCommerce 3 as a separate project. Our goal is to make TomatoCart one of the best online shopping cart slotuions.website: http://www.tomatocart.com/
  • Ubercart
    Ubercart is an exciting open source e-commerce package that fully integrates your online store with Drupal, the leading open source content management system. This is a killer combination for anyone looking to build a community around a product, sell access to premium content, offer paid file downloads, and much much more!

    website: http://www.ubercart.org/

  • Zen Cart
    Zen Cart™ truly is the art of e-commerce; free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software. The ecommerce web site design program is being developed by a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think ecommerce web design could be and should be done differently.

    website: http://www.zen-cart.com/

Do you know of other solutions that you’ve implemented that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!

update: Ubercart added – thanks to Simon (commenter) below.

hybris release cloud-ready 4.1 Multichannel Suite for the eCommerce market
London - 4 May 2010 – hybris, a leading multichannel commerce software vendor, has announced the immediate release of the hybris 4.1 Multichannel Suite. hybris is extending the boundaries of a state-of-the-art multichannel commerce solution with this new release by including mobile commerce, the introduction of product content management (PCM) functionality, brand new order management and cross channel fulfillment functionality plus improved search and navigation capabilities with its tight integration with Endeca. It offers support for cloud-based deployments and scenarios with the highest requirements in terms of number of transactions and size of data volume.
 
Speaking about the 4.1 Multichannel Suite, Ariel Luedi, CEO of hybris, said: “The release of hybris 4.1 is the new benchmark within the eCommerce market in terms of agility, functionality as well as breadth and depth of channel integration. It truly embraces multichannel commerce, both online and print, and provides our customers with an agile platform which can quickly be adapted to new business needs or changing consumer behaviour. Commerce Anywhere is only possible with systems like our PCM application where all content elements and content types are managed in one application and shared across all channels providing customers with consistent messaging and information.”
 
hybris claims that it is no longer good enough to just provide a standalone online store or print catalogue, and then have them operate in silos alongside high street stores and telephone sales. All of these need to be properly integrated and managed. Companies are faced with customers, both in the B2C and B2B markets, who are using several touchpoints (catalogue, online, store) before making a purchase and it is crucial not to confuse them with inconsistent information regarding pricing, promotion, assortment and inventory level.
 
Content and context need to flow across all sales channels in a uniform and consistent way, recognising and following the customer on his journey across channels and providing him with the right information and incentives to enable a purchase decision.
 
Leading analysts like Forrester are advising retailers, distributors and manufacturers to put great emphasis on defining a PCM strategy and to implement an integrated cross channel sales and marketing application infrastructure in order to respond to new customer behaviour and to maximise sales opportunities.
 
New applications and features for hybris Multichannel Suite 4.1 include:
 
hybris PCM goes beyond traditional PIM systems.  hybris PCM enables enterprises to manage not only the typical structured attributes found in a traditional PIM system but also any sales and marketing related content. Traditional product information can now be managed together with channel specific content like web content or print and mobile media, user generated content and any digital assets like videos and images. All this within the one application using one user interface.  Productivity features such as workflow management, data quality validation and flexible and visual import and export tools can be used across all content types and editorial processes.


Mobile Commerce functionality is provided in 4.1 through a full package of mobile services, ranging from mobile website, device detection and optimisation to location based services.  The solution also allows retailers to generate, print and send out bar and QR codes, for use by mobile devices such as iPhones for promotions, vouchers and deeplinks. With a mobile API to integrate easily with native mobile applications and a pre-integrated solution for SMS providers, companies can provide their customers with a variety of mobile services like notifications or promotions (e.g., send text to 1234 and get voucher or deeplink to promotion landing page).


New Web Content Management System provides businesses with the flexibility to give their brands better online presence, enabling a lot of additional information and content to be efficiently administered and published across all channels. Users can select from a wide range of page templates and content components to update or create entirely new pages. The web content management feature in 4.1 makes it easy to create and manage content for multichannel, especially eCommerce and mobile commerce scenarios.


Order Management and Cross-Channel Fulfillment has massive improvements in 4.1 that provide a centralised hub to integrate order processes from different channels, allowing users to implement a true 360 degree cross channel strategy. It offers open interfaces to integrate connectors to warehouses, financial systems, payment vendors and fraud service providers to guarantee coverage of the complete ordering process. To facilitate fulfillment it allows rules-based order splitting and grouping into consignment. In addition, it offers useful functions for B2B specific order processes such as order replenishment.


Seamless Endeca integration provides 4.1 with the latest search and navigation enhancements such as dynamic merchandising, guided navigation, dynamic landing pages, search engine marketing, social commerce, closed loop analytics, rich internet applications, and personalisation. This gives powerful, but easy-to-use, capabilities that guide customers to the right products. As a result improvements can be made on the implementation and management of new and innovative website capabilities, resulting in faster time to high performing sites and higher conversion rates and sales.


Scalability and Performance is guaranteed for any type of project using multithreading features, advanced transparent caching on several levels, full session failover, advanced clustering and much more. For any given metric hybris will need less resources to achieve comparable performance than other high-end eCommerce systems .4.1 scales easily up to 1,000’s of page impressions per second and millions of products.


SOA strategies are fully supported by providing a service oriented interface to all hybris functionality out-of-the-box based, for example, on RESTful webservices.


Cloud and Virtualisation hybris is supporting and recommending virtualisation for any production environment using products from VMware or Microsoft. As an innovation, hybris 4.1 is now supporting the deployment on cloud infrastructures like Amazon’s EC2 or Microsoft’s Azzure. hybris is even supporting clustering across instances in order to benefit from the almost unlimited elasticity of the cloud.


hybris traditional release compatibility allows hybris customers as usual to migrate in a matter of days to the latest hybris version, even with heavily customised systems,  to take full advantage of new features.
 
hybris 4.1 is available immediately. For further details please visit: www.hybris.com.

hybris pushes the boundaries of eCommerce with the release of its agile, cloud-ready 4.1 Multichannel Suite
Media Mall Factory 1.0.5 - Media selling extension

MediaMall provides is a powerfull solution to manage media files online distribution with a built in Credit System. Using this component the site can easily sell media files (ex. Video Tutorials) online.

Using the MediaMall solution users can post their media files on your site. For each media file a number of Credits can be perceived in order to vizualise the file. The poster will earn credits, which can be later converted into a payment by the webmaster. Read more...

media Mall Factory 1.0.5 released on April 20, 2010. 

  • fixed issues regarding 'category' Parameter SQL injection vulnerability, sef 404 with ajax loading content.

media Mall Factory 1.0.4 released on April 9, 2010. 

  • new feature: Payment History.
  • new feature: users are able to edit media (enable/disable from backend)
  • new feature: CB Community Builder tab to shows Purchased Media List and My Media Stats (check inside the downloadkit, install manually).
  • added animation on upload.

media Mall Factory 1.0.3 released on March 18, 2010. 

  • new feature: added 2 restrictions (groups of users can upload only free media and groups of users have limited uploads).
  • new feature: CB Community Builder tab to show My Files (check inside the downloadkit, install manually).

 

 

Joomla eCommerce extension - Media Mall Factory 1.0.3

MediaMall provides is a powerfull solution to manage media files online distribution with a built in Credit System. Using this component the site can easily sell media files (ex. Video Tutorials) online.

Media Mall Factory - Joomla Extension

Using the MediaMall solution users can post their media files on your site. For each media file a number of Credits can be perceived in order to vizualise the file. The poster will earn credits, which can be later converted into a payment by the webmaster. Read more...

media Mall Factory 1.0.3 released on March 18, 2010. 

  • new feature: added 2 restrictions (groups of users can upload only free media and groups of users have limited uploads).
  • new feature: CB Community Builder tab to shows latest user media (check inside the downloadkit, install manually).

 

Virtual Moment Rebrands as WebDAM, Focuses on DAM

Maybe it’s because of the growing popularity of SaaS, but Virtual Moment, LLC has announced that it is changing its ‘Doing Business As. . ‘(DBA) name from Spitfire Photo Pro to WebDAM, and said it will concentrate its resources on SaaS digital asset management (DAM).

 

As a completely hosted web-based DAM company, WebDAM offers its flagship product as hosted digital media management with full support — including storage, managing archiving, searching and retrieving functions to enterprises, as well as full collaboration capabilities.

Only two years old, the company said that the name change reflects its decision to concentrate on building the WebDAM brand, as well as a move from digital photo management into fully fledged digital asset management to the exclusion of everything else.

None of their existing customers, which include Stanford University, Inter-American Development Bank, or the Sodexo Corporation, will be affected by the move. New customers will all come in under the new brand and domain name.

They also say that the rebranding will be accompanied by a complete reorganization of resources that will enable development teams to create new products at a faster rate than previously.

What is WebDAM?

Let’s have a quick look at what they are offering. WebDAM is a web-based, hosted digital asset and image management product designed to give users access to web tools that will centralize, manage and distribute image files throughout an enterprise.

At the moment, the company concentrates on five main product areas. These include:

1. Centralized Database

All digital assets will be kept in the same area of the company’s centralized database that will enable users upload or access their assets from any browser and at any time of the day.

2. Online Collaboration Tools

Images and assets can be shared across an enterprise using distribution features that include lightboxes, high-res image download tools and email. Online reporting tools also gives users access to download reports with full tracking and defined access privileges

3. Search

Image retrieval based on automatic meta-tagging, using the companies new image searchtechnology which includes captioning abilities. Images can also be tagged using custom fields specified by company, division or department needs.

4. Brand application

Webcam feature comes with the ability to extend a company’s brand identify across entire image galleries with the help of technicians that ensure the brand is standardized across all your assets.

5. eCommerce

If required, users can also deploy an eCommerce add-on to create an integrated shopping cart directly from your online database. Users can set their own pricing and usage rules and dictate how orders are filled.

WebDAM is designed for organizations of all sizes with pricing based on disk space and user requirements.

Joomla eCommerce extension - Media Mall Factory 1.0.2

MediaMall provides is a powerfull solution to manage media files online distribution with a built in Credit System. Using this component the site can easily sell media files (ex. Video Tutorials) online.

Media Mall Factory - Joomla Extension

Using the MediaMall solution users can post their media files on your site. For each media file a number of Credits can be perceived in order to vizualise the file. The poster will earn credits, which can be later converted into a payment by the webmaster. Read more...

media Mall Factory 1.0.2 released on January 22, 2010.

  • new feature: Search Plugin.
  • improved sort media by author.
  • thumbnail created automatically from media file, if media is image and no valid thumbnail is supplied.
  • fixed several issues regarding vmw playing issue in Firefox, uploader can't buy his own media, etc.

media Mall Factory 1.0.1 released on December 7, 2009.

  • new feature: added Latest Added module, Top Rated module and Top Downloads module.
  • new feature: purchased media list for users, menu module.
  • Fixed issues regarding paypal currency hard coded, changed default paypal link from sandbox to live.
Alternative for VirtueMart eCommerce: Test TIENDA Alpha

If you are using VirtueMart as your Joomla eCommerce solution, then Dioscouri Design has a new, free alternative: TIENDA.

TIENDA is a brand new eCommerce solution written from scratch using the Joomla 1.5 MVC Framework.

With both a free community version as well as a commercial enterprise version, Dioscouri offers versions that will meet any online store needs.

 

Help Test TIENDA Alpha 2

Dioscouri is asking for help for the community version of TIENDA: the alpha 2 version of TIENDA is now released and they would love for you to test it, offer feedback, request features and report bugs. This component is in alpha stage and should not be used on live sites. Please use it for testing purposes only.

 

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