What is good platform for developing an E-commerce website?

What is a good platform for an E-commerce website?

Many people ask this question – What is a good platform for an E-commerce website? There are two options for implementing an E-commerce website: On-premises solution and SAAS based solution.

On Premises solution:

As per our study, Magento is a good choice. Magento is the platform to build e-commerce websites having around about 25–26% market share. It is having a big community of developers implementing solutions using this framework. That means you get more help regarding the development problems.

WooCommerce is also picking up these days having approximately 19–20% market share. However, it is a WordPress plugin and not a complete platform. With WooCommerce, there is a limitation on the readily available features compared to Magento.

Both of these are PHP based frameworks (opensource). Hence, the implementation cost, hosting cost and development cost is lower. And resource availability is higher compared to frameworks written in other languages. So, many startups and small companies go for these two options first.

Apart from these, there are many other PHP based frameworks. Those are Open Cart, os Commerce, PrestaShop, Zen Cart, Joomla E-Commerce etc. However, their development is not as active as the development of Magento.

Also, there are other frameworks available such as Apache OFBiz, BroadLeaf Commerce, Shopizer etc. An enterprise-grade language (i.e. Java) is used to write these frameworks. Development using these frameworks is costlier compared to Magento or other PHP based frameworks.

SAAS based solution:

If you don’t want to develop the e-commerce website yourself and don’t want to take the responsibility of hosting and maintenance (of course with the advantage of the development flexibility), you can go for a SAAS based solution which comes with a subscription model.

There are a couple of well-known platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion etc. You can choose one from these to host your website.

Hope you can judge to select one based on the above information.

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How to install Magento theme

Welcome to Infomatica Blog. In this small tutorial we would touch on how to install Magento theme which is the very next step the store owner would want to perform after Magento installation.

Here are the steps described to install a Magento theme for Magento version

1. Go to Magento Admin > System > Magento Connect> Magento connect manager

Login to Magento Admin

Go to Magento Connect Manager

2. Login using Magento Admin username and password

Login to Magento Connect Manager

3. Under “Install New Extensions” select option 1. Search for modules via Magento Connect.

Search for modules via Magento Connect

4. Go to Themes from menu and browse for a suitable theme.

Browse theme

5. Select a theme of your choice and click on install.

Install theme

6. Select Magento version 1.0 or 2.0 and click on “Get Extension Key”

Get extension key

7. Copy the Extension key and go back to Magento Connect Manager and paste it and click on the install button.

Click on Install button

8. Underneath, it would show the package to be installed, click on the proceed button.

Proceed for theme package installation

9. Once dependency package checking and installation is completed, click on the refresh button.

Click on refresh

10. Go to Magento admin by selecting “Return to admin” option from the top.

11. Go to Magento Admin> System > Design. Click on “Add Design Change”. Select your installed theme from the Custom Design dropdown and save the configuration.

Go to System > Design

Add design change

Select theme

12. Go to the store front and see the new theme in effect.

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