“Umbraco” and e-Commerce

There are many CMS products out there that have support for an eCommerce platform. Few examples include Sitefinity, Kentico and EpiServer. The question we are going to address here is: “Does Umbraco have an eCommerce platform?”

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Yes, infact not just one; it has many. And, the four popular platforms are being covered in this article.

The core Umbraco product does not sell any eCommerce package. However, there are many third party developers that offer eCommerce products as packages which can easily integrate with Umbraco.


uCommerce

uCommerce is probably the most well known and matured e-Commerce package among Umbraco users. It is a premier .NET e-commerce platform. Today, it’s even offered as a Sitecore add on, although it started its career as 100% Umbraco.

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It is available with three licenses: Free, Pro and Enterprise. The users can select the one according to their level of requirements. Although it seems a bit steep for a community that is used to paying little for an awesome Content Management System, but it can be taken as a drop in the bucket as it provides a complete solution to your online business. Some out of the box features this system offers includes:


Customizable layout of products
uCommerce doesn’t restrict you to display your products in a particular way. Instead, you have full control over the layout of your online shop.

Social commerce
It helps adding options like product ratings, reviews and comments; thus, enhancing your offering with user-generated content.

Multiple payment provider support
It enables you to integrate with a payment service like Worldpay, SagePay and PayPal, or alternatively use a cash-on-delivery scheme with your customer accounts.

Provides a foundation for marketing
It helps the store owner offer discounts on products or entire baskets to specific segments of customers.

Other features include SEO-friendly URL structure, mobile friendly, and support for multiple languages and currencies.


uCommerce really does have a long list of excellent features; although all of them are not available under the free or the Pro version.


uWebshop

uWebshop rolled out in the later days of v 4 of Umbraco, but it quickly took over the craze and started being called as an alternative to uCommerce.


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It has a domain based licensing model. Support packages are required to be purchased separately, and certification courses are also being offered. uWebshop has a long list of features. Some of them are mentioned below:


• Option to design customized layouts and templates
• Unlimited stores
• Unlimited categories and products
• Support for promo and discounts
• Support for shipping and payment providers
• and many more.


Tea Commerce

Tea Commerce came after both of the above mentioned packages. The main reason for its popularity is its multiple development APIs that provides support to develop almost any type of online solution the user desires. These Application Programming Interfaces include JavaScript, Razor, XSLT and .NET.

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It has a single type of license and the feature set includes, but is not limited to:


• Support for multiple stores
• Unlimited categories and products
• Support for multiple languages
• Separation according to country, region and state
• Support for multiple payment providers
• and many more

Also, it needs to be understand that although it seems to be a bit more euro centric as compared to others, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for an Australian web store. A developer might just need to be a bit more flexible and the things will work out.


Merchello

Merchello is quite a hipster of the Umbraco eCommerce solutions. Hipster, in the sense that it follows latest trends, and that’s a really good thing. The web world is changing rapidly, and so are the needs of customers. Consequently, a change in the solutions is also required.

merchello

Merchello is a high performance, open source ecommerce package. Also, it is designer friendly.It also has a single license type. Here are a few features of Merchello:


• Option for multiple catalogs
• Products come with options and variants
• Shipping and Payment providers support
• Support for multiple currencies
• Orders and invoicing
• and many more.