Archive for the ‘E-Commerce’ Category

Modern eCommerce solutions are dynamic, sleek, and futuristic. I still think we need more shiny chrome hover cars but that’s another discussion. Generally speaking, users want a site that’s both secure and fast. A shopping experience that behaves in a predictable yet speedy fashion.

eCommerce is about selling products and retaining customers. You can achieve this with an improved design, but when it comes to interactions the user experience is much more important. That’s why I’ve organized this handful of jQuery plugins meant to improve eCommerce websites. All of these plugins are free to use so check them out and see if anything catches your attention.

jQuery Credit Card Validator

jquery credit card validator plugin

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Selling goods and/or services through web is great and there are lots of tools to accomplish that.

However, it is hard to analyze sales, revenues, expenses, refunds, etc. if we accept payments through multiple providers and multiple sites (anyone searched for a transaction at PayPal probably experienced this).

Putler, an Adobe AIR-based application, is a powerful sales analytics companion to anyone selling through web.

Putler

It is integrated with all popular payment gateways (PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, 2Checkout..) and e-commerce softwares (WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce..).

Additionally, with its API, any other gateway can be integrated pretty quickly.

The app provides you a quick snapshot of the sales, revenues, best selling products and more for a given period.

Also, you can easily see the trend, all transactions of a customer and even estimates in a chart-supported interface.

Putler Sales View

Putler is not all about viewing but can perform actions like issuing refunds or managing subscriptions which would normally take a time from the payment provider’s web interface.

Although a connection is required to pull the data from payment providers and e-commerce apps, after that, working offline is possible too. And it works fast when offline.

They are also working on a new mobile app and the web version will be released next year.

Additional free month to all

When you sign-up for a paid plan, using the coupon code wrdfreemonth, you get an additional month for free. Thanks to the guys at Putler for offering this.

P.S. The offer is valid until 31 Dec 2013

The giveaway

3 Annual Premium plans are being given away and, in order to join, please comment to this post.

Winners will be selected with the query below and announced a week later (16 Dec 2013).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4957 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • Steven Taylor (comment #1284316)
  • Spencer Spencerh (comment #1284220)
  • Darren Miller (comment #1284243)

Congratulations.

Easy Digital Downloads is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies selling digital stuff.

The setup is almost plug ‘n’ play; just define the products + payment details and the system is ready to go.

WordPress Easy Digital Downloads

It can be customized through the hooks and filters provided, there is built-in support for discounts and many paid plugins exist for extending it further.

Major payment providers like PayPal or Stripe work perfectly with it, data can be analyzed with the reporting features and can be exported too.

LiteCart is a free and open source shopping cart application that is built with PHP-MySQL.

It is light, not in means of features but for the usage (less clicks, improved usability..) and for development.

LiteCart

All the main features of an e-store is offered as a standard and more stuff exist like: product groups, different prices per currency, automatic backups and more.

And, there is an easy-to-use control panel for setting up the store and managing everything about it.

Uni-eCart is a free and open source e-commerce application that is bundled with all the major features expected.

It is built with PHP and available in several versions where the free one is almost as complete as the others.

Besides a standard e-commerce store, it is capable of running daily-deals and auctions too.

Uni-eCart

The application supports multiple payment gateways, can display related-items, allows users to discuss + comment and share items on social networks.

On the marketing side, Uni-eCart is again powerful with a mailing list feature and affiliate system.

A detailed admin panel helps managing the whole site easily and stores with any design can be crated with the support for theming.