Just like WordPress and Joomla, OpenCart is also a CMS and one of the most popular lightweight and fast-growing eCommerce platforms for creating small or medium size eCommerce store. OpenCart developed in 1998 is a free open source PHP based e-commerce platform.
How To Start Your Online Store?
Below we have discussed must have things required for an Opencart online store –
You can host your OpenCart website either using any shared hosting or a dedicated server hosting because Opencart is lightweight and requires fewer resources.
But for marketplace business model it’s always suggested to opt for a scalable hosting like Amazon cloud or Google cloud. Recently Amazon released a cost-effective solution for VPS, Amazon Lightsail – https://amazonlightsail.com/
Note: Webkul also offers hosting services.
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is a transport layer protocol which is used to establish a secure connection between server and client. In an SSL integrated website, the connection between your browser and the website is secure. The transmitted data are all in encrypted form. Your website should be integrated with SSL to have secure –
- Online transaction
- Safe logins
- Establish a secure session
- Safe data transfer
- Safe database connection
Note: Webkul also offers SSL integration services.
Theme/templates represent your store and mark the first picture of your e-commerce business type to your customer. So, you should choose the theme carefully. There are various solutions you can choose from –
- Default Theme – Opencart default theme caters only the fundamental needs of online shoppers.
- Ready-Made Theme – With growing business needs you need to provide an advanced shopping experience to your customers with ready-to-use themes.
- Customized Theme Development – Theme development let you create a flexible and responsive theme as per your requirement.
Note – We also offer customization services(paid one). So if you need any changes in the theme or new theme development, feel free to contact us.
The online store is entirely based on different sets of products and services offered to a large number of buyers. OpenCart supports simple and downloadable product types only using which you can create and list various types of products on your online store.
But the e-commerce sector is evolving and growing day by day and paving the way to more unique and new product types. So, if you want to sell those new products types then, you can refer to Webkul’s modules for new and advanced product types –
- Pre Order or Pre-Launch Products
- Booking & Reservation Services
- Advanced Booking & Reservation Services
- Print On Demand Products
The online payment system in your online store is a must to provide a unified and seamless payment experience for your customers. Opencart offers various payment methods by default.
You should always select the payment methods that fit your business and audience. It should be simple, fast and convenient for the online shoppers to pay. Webkul offers a wide range of payment gateways you can choose from –
- Wallet System
- Stripe Payment Gateway
- Braintree Payment Gateway
- Wepay Payment Gateway
- Sadad KSA Payment Gateway
Every customer wants to receive the correct products on time. For this particular reason, improving shipping experience is extremely essential which can be achieved by choosing a logistics provider which provides good services. Opencart offers various shipping methods by default-
- Aramex Shipping
- Canada Post Shipping
- Country Wise Shipping
- Dropship Management Module
- The Courier Guy Shipping
- Shipping Validator
Notifying the customers about the order invoice, order shipment and other sales event is very important. Opencart sends updates to customers via email for various events as shown below.
But there are certainly more events for which the customers should be notified like price alerts, out of stock notification, back in the stock notification, price drop alerts via emails and mobile SMS as well. You can refer to Webkul’s Notification modules for the same –
- Out of Stock Notification – Notify users when any out of stock product is back in stock and available for purchase.
- Open-cart Mail Template – Using this module the admin can easily customize the content of each mail template by adding the additional text.
- SMS Notification For Advanced Booking Reservation – Notify customers about the booking events(Default, Appointment, Event, Rental, Hotel, and Table booking) via SMS.
Believe it or not, but the success of your online business is also dependent that what all features your website offer to the customer. Therefore, to stay competitive you need to attract and retain the customers on your store by enabling the advanced functionalities.
Opencart by default provides only basic functionalities for the management of order, sales, product, etc. But with growing business needs you will be needing certain custom modules to fulfill the future needs. So, here is the complete guide to know those additional must-have features – Opencart | Add Custom Features
Selling on a single channel means you are reaching a small percentage of customers. But listing and selling products on the various channel will let you reach new audiences and increase sales.
If you want to grow your business and looking for a popular e-commerce platform to sell your products then you should integrate other leading channels with your Opencart store. You can refer Webkul’s third-party connectors for the same –
The m-commerce has grown increasingly over the last decades because it’s the browsing, buying and selling of products and services with all the convenience of being on a cellphone or tablet.
Therefore, for a successful e-commerce business, you need to have a mobile app for your web store because you don’t know where your customers are coming in at your store. It may be that the customer is visiting your website at Android / IOS mobile via Facebook or Twitter.
You can also plan to have your own marketplace which is entirely based on diversity where different sets of products and services offered by a wide range of third-party merchants to a large number of buyers – Multi-Vendor Marketplace module.
You can refer this article to know more about marketplace – Marketplace Guide
Note: If you are planning to start your Marketplace, then visit this link to know what all basic features you need to consider before starting on – Opencart | Add Advance Feature Into Your Marketplace Store