In a world where netizens are growing with time, eCommerce has become a business need. To cater to this need, many eCommerce development companies are offering customized eCommerce development solutions.
Choosing a good eCommerce development platform is a tricky task for budding retailers as most of these platforms look similar in terms of their overall functionality.
Has the word ‘nopCommerce’ ever caught your attention while searching for eCommerce development solutions?
NopCommerce, an open-source platform written on the ASP.NET 4.0 framework, has been downloaded more than 1,700,000 times. It achieved a 50,000 online store milestone in August 2018 and took home prestigious awards like the PacktPub Open-Source Award and the CMS Critics Award.
In this blog, I will tell you the reasons behind choosing nopCommerce as your eCommerce development solution. They are as follows –
- Open Source Platform
- Built on Dot NET Core
- Ready for Mobile Commerce
- Friendly with Search Engines
- Multi-Store Support
Let’s explore each of them in detail.
Open Source Platform
Yes, nopCommerce is free. The source code can be downloaded and modified to fit your custom requirements. You will never end up paying the license fee, or other types of subscription fees. Additionally, you can use a higher edition of SQL Server for better performance of your website.
There is a misconception in technology that free solutions are not backed by the support and release updates. But this is not true for NopCommerce as it is backed by an enthusiastic team of developers, graphic designers, and professional support teams. They work hard to maintain the standards of the platform and deliver a solid digital solution to the interested eCommerce owners free of cost.
Being open-source, anyone can contribute to nopCommerce, and therefore, there are many free & premium extensions and themes available in its marketplace for you to enhance nopCommerce.
Built on .NET Core
NopCommerce is developed on the powerful Microsoft’s .Net Platform and is continuously upgraded to the latest versions of this framework. It’s been upgraded to .Net Core MVC after its release. One of the key features of .NET Core is that it offers cross-platform compatibility and applications that can function on Windows, Linux as well as Mac.
Although the current version of NopCommerce 4.1 is not fully cross-platform, the team is working hard to make it support multiple platforms, especially Linux. This would mean a huge saving in terms of costs as Linux hosting is cheaper than Windows hosting.
Ready for Mobile Commerce
Mobile commerce, or mCommerce, has grown steadily since 2017 when mobile commerce sales accounted for 58.9% of all digital sales, a total of $1.357 trillion. This mode of eCommerce is expected to take center stage by 2021 with an expected 72.9 % of all digital sales, a total of $3.556 trillion.
Thus, retailers are obliged to get a mobile-ready eCommerce platform built for their online business.
The NopCommerce platform offers mobile-responsive features, which are free and available out-of-the-box. You get many well-designed responsive templates that scale appropriately and optimize the content for all types of devices and browsers.
With NopCommerce, your eCommerce website will be mobile-ready in a very short time and that too without requiring any extra development or add-ons.
Friendly With Search Engines
SEO best practices can double your eCommerce site’s conversions in a matter of time. To achieve this, your site should support SEO functionality in a hassle-free manner.
NopCommerce offers comprehensive SEO features that give a store owner complete access over keyword tags, customized URLs, sitemap, etc.
The in-built SEO tool in NopCommerce offers the following privileges to users:
- Keyword tagging
- URLs Customization and Management
- XML and HTML sitemap support
- Microdata (rich snippets)
- Breadcrumb navigation
- URL canonicalization
- Google Analytics integration
- URL localization
Retailers are no longer restricting the scope of their business to a single storefront. The multi-store environment has become a norm in the eCommerce community to attract more revenue.
The Multi-Store feature on the NopCommerce platform allows you to run more than one store from a single NopCommerce installation. As a site owner, you can host multiple online stores in different domains and manage all of their admin operations from a single NopCommerce administration panel.
Each store shares a single database so that your customers can log in using their credentials into any of your stores. You can also share catalog data between multiple stores and synchronize them in real-time.
NopCommerce also allows you to set up the following features separately for each store –
- Products per store
- Categories and manufacturers per store
- Newsletters per store
- Graphical themes per store
- Content (news, blog, articles) per store
- Tax rules per store
- Payments per store
- Shipping methods per store
- Almost every configuration setting can be set per store
- Product prices per store
- Order filtering and reports per store
Easy to Scale
Scalability is important in eCommerce business due to its expansive nature. NopCommerce has a scalable architecture that is suitable not only for small stores but also for stores that process millions of products and thousands of orders a day.
NopCommerce is flexible in terms of hosting and can be hosted on both Windows and enterprise hosting platforms like Azure. The design of NopCommerce is compatible with the cloud features that Azure offers, making it easy to host on Azure.
Summing it Up
NopCommerce is a viable option to kick start your eCommerce venture. It is free, powerful, secure and versatile. Your business can scale greater heights in a short span of time if we consider the features offered by this platform.
Get in touch with Brainvire at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a fruitful discussion on your eCommerce development needs.