Choosing an e-commerce solution that suits your business and digital storefront needs is imperative to success in today’s market. The first step is to make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves in order to prioritize the type of platform you need. And then you can start researching – with our help. Our Umbraco developers put together a quick list of the three Umbraco ecommerce platforms we recommend you check out.
But first, we thought it’d benefit everyone to review some questions and points of interest when researching what you need for an e-commcerce platform.
Questions to Ask When Choosing an Ecommerce Platform
Before you jump into bed with a particular e-commerce platform or Umbraco package, make sure you sit down with your team to discuss what your exact business needs are and how a potential solution will help. To get your discussion started, here are a number of questions you can reference:
- What are we selling?
- Do we have a small or large inventory?
- Do we have both digital and physical locations?
- How much growth are we anticipating?
- Is the package SEO friendly?
- How do we expect customers to pay?
- Is our site secure?
- How much flexibility do we want in design?
- What kind of marketing features do we need?
- What kind of support and training do we need?
Answering questions like these will help your team get on the same page and streamline your research. We also highly recommend asking vendors and platform providers these questions so that you can get answers direct from the source.
Here are our choices for Umbraco e-commerce platforms.
Umbraco CRM Packages
Simply put, Ucommerce knows Umbraco. In fact, most of their software installations are on Umbraco, having started on it back in 2009. Because of this history, Ucommerce is the longest-running and most used e-commerce platform on Umbraco. Ucommerce is free to Umbraco users and runs on Umbraco Cloud.
One of the huge benefits of using Ucommerce on your website is the versatility of the platform itself. For instance, when you use Ucommerce you can offer multiple stores, multiple languages, multiple currencies, multiple price points, multiple catalogs – you get the idea! You also get great customer support from the Ucommerce team and the ability to integrate the platform with any business software you need to run your business!
Learn more about the uCommerce Umbraco package installation here.
Another great ecommerce platform solution for Umbraco is Merchello. Merchello, like Ucommerce, offers numerous “multi” features like those listed above, as well as other benefits like in-depth product and performance reporting. It also has an SEO-friendly element that allows you to update your URLs and tag products appropriately. Did we mention it’s also free?
Another great thing about Merchello is that it looks exactly like the Umbraco backend, meaning your editors and marketers will have the same environment as the Umbraco backend, avoiding confusion. Also, much like Umbraco, Merchello is open source, so your developers have full customization capabilities and access to the source code in Github.
Learn more about the Merchello Umbraco package installation here.
3. Tea Commerce
Tea Commerce makes it extremely easy for site owners and marketers to manage multiple facets of their ecommerce website, like products, categories, orders, and marketing campaigns. You’ll be able to set up custom product information, as well as multiple stores, languages, currencies, brands, and more. Have multiple independent stores? No problem, you can set up independent store settings so that every store has their own custom setup.
Beyond the basics, you’ll be able to integrate Tea Commerce with your other business solutions to help export orders to other systems. You’ll also be able to set up marketing features and functionalities like discount codes, gift cards, and marketing campaigns. To be fair, this is also available on Ucommerce and Merchello.
While the features list is quite extensive, the license fee runs about $1,600 for Tea Commerce, so it can be a bit expensive for some site owners.
Want to take a look under the hood? Tea Commerce has a demo website to give you an in-depth look!
Learn more about the Tea Commerce Umbraco package installation here.
As always, if you have any questions or need guidance in choosing an e-commerce solution for your website, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re happy to be your strategic partner and get you on the right track!
About the author
Alex Vilmur is a wizard at development and also trumpet. He once auditioned for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but found his passion for website development and Umbraco made it too hard to leave.