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vtiger CRM Integration for osCommerce will bring integrity to your business by keeping your inventory, customer and order information in your online stores and vtiger CRM synchronized.

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Store Manager for Magento is a Windows application to quickly and effectively manage your Magento online store. Management of products, categories, product attributes, orders and a lot of other things is much more convenient and faster with this tool, do not waste your time with routine tasks - automate store maintenance.

  • Manage Magento products, Magento product attributes, categories, manufacturers, orders and other things
  • Export Magento products into Excel file, edit it and then import products into Magento store - batch updates are so fast now!
  • Import products into Magento from your supplier - Magento product import is one of the prominent features, import from Excel/CSV into Magento in seconds
  • Manage Orders and Customers
  • and more

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by Anna Bergman 
an internet marketing assistant of a New York-based company called
TemplateMonster.com

Ecommerce became possible in 1991 when the Internet was opened to commercial use. Since that time it has evolved from online billboards to a fully functional, personalized shopping experience. A major turning point came when people started to trust online shopping, and then the business started picking up. Among the numerous inventions necessary for ecommerce to survive is the online shopping cart. The shopping cart is made by software that allows the buyer to shop quickly and easily – and it is perhaps the most important invention.

There are several e-Commerce store-management software programs available on the Internet at present. The three major ones are OsCommerce and its two spin-offs - Zen Cart and CRE Loaded. Zen Cart and CRE Loaded are similar to the osCommerce core set of operations. OsCommerce is considered the simplest version of ecommerce website and is widely used with stores that do not have a lot of traffic. Zen Cart is considered to be the most user friendly ecommerce system. CRE Loaded is considered to be the most comprehensive and comes with by far the most included options and features which can be activated or deactivated as the owner wishes.

The development of CRE Loaded began after Chain Reaction Ecommerce was founded in 2001 and was undertaken in response to hosting customer demands. Created from the direct feedback of thousands of customers and users, the features and capabilities of CRE Loaded are grounded in real capabilities that are fully tested in the real world.

CRE Loaded currently has 39 additional modules over and above the many that are already included in the default OsCommerce installation. CRE Loaded also offers powerful shopping cart solutions in both the free and paid editions. CRE Loaded has a better template system and its “affiliate manager” allows you to specify the per sale payment percentage rate for each of your affiliate accounts as well as providing a tiered structure that is based on sales performance.

Basic reporting tools are also included, showing the products viewed, purchased, and customer orders total. A database backup manager is also a part of the tool set, as is a basic newsletter setup for e-mailing to your customers - which means that you have online marketing without having to pay for that service.

Product Management with CRE Loaded is very simple. You can add new products to your store in no time. You have a tool for adding products and categories and there is no limitations on the number of products, categories and subcategories. You can easily copy and move products between categories as well. CRE Loaded also offers you Advanced Product Management capabilities, which includes no limitations for attributes determined to products and option type features.

The only drawback for CRE Loaded is that it might seem a little more difficult to manage at first because of all this variety of features. But the new 6.2 version offers a solution to this. In addition to five new menus, it features a better organization and layout. It has a new Admin "Control Center" – that comes in two versions - a PRO version with additional functions for power users and a FREE one for normal users. Plus, security and fraud protection is improved and the installation is made even easier with a new installer.

In regard to concerns about standards compliance, the CRE Loaded system benefits greatly by having a quality standards compliant template design.

With CRE Loaded templates you can set up your webshop designs and optimized layouts for many different types of businesses: your personal online store, huge corporate online store, or an offline presentation. CRE Loaded templates are easy-to-install and easy-to-customize designs – saving you time and money. CRE Loaded templates come with all the necessary files to start your CRE Loaded online store. These files include: PHP, CSS, and image files. Installation instructions and outstanding support services are provided with every template. The database of CRE Loaded Templates has the very highest level of security which makes CRE Loaded eCommerce stores more popular with users.

On a final note, with more than 100,000 units in distribution, an aggressive release schedule and numerous industry partnerships, Chain Reaction Ecommerce and CRE Loaded will remain at the forefront of eCommerce well into the future.
 

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Sources from www.ecommerce-guide.com

Online store is one of the wonderful tools to drive more sales to your business. If you think this is another channel in marketing. One of the most cost effective way is use some of the commercial e-store software. That’s I found many offer in monthly subscription fees from $19.95 to $69.95 depend on the function or features of their shopping cart software. While you can pay a few extra dollars for shopping cart software when signing up for a hosting account or looking for a freelancer to design a layout for you. This is where Open Source software comes in to save thousand of your cost on setting up your own ecommerce business.

Open Source Software
Many like-minded programmers create software that costs nothing and can be edited just as freely. The result of this collaboration of professional programmers is software that is often as feature rich as its commercial competitors. Best of all, of course, it’s free. Open Source software is nothing new, but it was once considered to be lacking in features and incredibly difficult to install without the help of a trained professional. However, now many Open Source e-commerce packages are as intuitive as commercial solutions. And, with such a vibrant and active Open Source community, there are many options available and lots of support should you need it. To help you decide what’s a good fit for you, we’ve highlighted the features of five Open Source platforms we recommend.

osCommerce

osCommerce is one of the most widely used and highly respected shopping cart applications available. The software itself has been developed and improved over the past six years and new additions and add-ons are submitted on a daily basis. The result is a user-friendly, secure and stable e-commerce environment.

Zen Shopping Cart

The Zen shopping cart is another feature-packed, simple-to-use solution backed by a very strong community. As well as offering the same template design structure as osCommerce, Zen Cart offers an excellent range of advanced features that go beyond the general realms of shopping cart functionality. An e-mail and newsletter manager is a very beneficial tool and the flexibility in product and price options is also excellent.

Agora Shopping Cart

Agora Shopping Cart is actually only one Open Source product offered by Agora and it is a good one. The shopping cart and catalog can be completely customized to exactly match your requirements thanks to the use of CSS files. This also enables you to change the look and feel of your entire site in just a few minutes and with just one or two changes.

NoPCart

NopCart, created by NopDesign, is an extremely simple shopping cart application with the main difference when compared to others being that it is written entirely in JavaScript. This means you can use it on your Web site without having to have CGI access. One potential drawback is that NopCart is lacking in some of the more advanced features. It is only really possible to update basic product information, tax information and a minimum order level.

Commerce.Cgi

Commerce.Cgi is one of the oldest and best established of all e-commerce applications. Nearly 10 years have passed since it became the first Perl shopping basket, and being open source, that means a huge amount of development has ensued. As well as a mass of features, Commerce.Cgi provides a backend system that is simple to install and even simpler to manage.

VirtueMart

VirtueMart is an Open Source E-Commerce solution to be used together with a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla! (and Mambo). Joomla! and VirtueMart are written in PHP and made easy for use in a PHP/MySQL environment.

FistCart

FishCart is an e-commerce system for products, services, online payment and online donation management. The unique of this software is they have a add-on module that gives you the tools to exporting FishCart orders into Quickbooks! This is a real boon for small businesses, saving mistakes and hours of tedium rekeying orders.

UberCart

Ubercart is an exciting open source e-commerce package that fully integrates your online store with Drupal, the leading open source content management system. This is a killer combination for anyone looking to build a community around a product, sell access to premium content, offer paid file downloads, and much much more!

Magento’s

Magento’s commercial open source business model yields a product that is superior for a fraction of the cost. They let you control every facet of your store, from merchandising to promotions and more. There are no limits to creativity with Magento.

PrestaShop

The PrestaShop e-Commerce Solution was built to take advantage of essential Web 2.0 innovations such as dynamic AJAX-powered features and next-generation ergonomy. PrestaShop guides users through your product catalog intelligently and effortlessly, turning intrigued visitors into paying customers.

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osCommerce is a powerful and open source e-commerce storefront system, that's not without a few shortcomings. We pointed out a few of them in our review here a little while back. We also pointed out that one of its great strengths was its extensibility, which is manifested in many user-contributed modules as well as spin-offs. Two such spin-offs of osCommerce are Zen Cart and CRE Loaded — both of which are based on osCommerce and both of which enhance it in a number of ways.

One of the most disturbing items that I found when originally evaluating osCommerce was its lack of a proper security setup for an administrator. I'm pleased to report that both Zen Cart and CRE Loaded have addressed this issue and both have some form of a proper administrator login. Both of these applications are based on osCommerce and as such have a similar core base of functionality and operations. Where they differ is in the new modules/features added and how close or how far they stray from their progenitor.

Zen Cart

Zen Cart carries the moniker, "the art of e-commerce" as its tagline and as a virtual mission statement for how the software should work. Installation of Zen Cart, much like osCommerce, is simple and easy to follow. The step-by-step installation goes a step beyond the ordinary by alerting you if something is not properly configured, for example file permissions. Though this may sound trivial at first, it can be a serious troubleshooting issue later on, as file permissions are not always what they should or need to be right off the bat. By identifying any potential 'gotchas' at the installation phase Zen-Cart facilitates a pleasant installation experience.

This setup screen in Zen Cart allows users to create electronic coupons.

Though Zen Cart is based on osCommerce and has a similar menu setup, the default setup does not look like a typical osCommerce installation. The main Zen Cart Admin screen starts with a "dashboard" type approach that lays out the core statistics of your e-commerce activities (hits, sales, customers, products, orders). This is different than the default osCommerce (and CRE Loaded) main screen, which is a list of admin options. From a business point of view, starting with the core statistics is probably a good thing and gives you an immediate first glance at what's going on. From an admin point of view though, you need to navigate through the lengthy pull down menus to get to the various administrative options. For a novice the pull-down menus may seem a bit overwhelming at first.

The default configuration of Zen Cart does not, for some reason, have an inline WYSIWYG HTML editor enabled (that makes editing certain content easier) by default. For that you'll have to select the option under the configuration menu and enable it.

Added Features

Beyond some aesthetic changes, the major differences between osCommerce and Zen Cart come from Zen Cart's long list of added features. Among the modules included are a Gift Certificate/Voucher module which allows you to create, send and manage the digital coupons. The Downloads Manager enables you to effectively manage downloadable sales (pdf or other media files). Attribute configuration options in the Download module allow you to configure how many days the download is available for and how many downloads per purchaser.

Zen Cart also has an option that allows for integrating phpBB bulletin board support, though you'll need to install that software on your own separately.

I found the documentation for Zen Cart to be very un-zen in that it is disparate, text heavy and not always easy to follow or understand. There is a 59-page Administrator Manual that is available as a separate download, but unfortunately it is not up to date and currently matches Zen Cart v1.1.2. This large tome is detailed and indexed properly but is likely overwhelming for the average user. There is a much simpler "First Steps To Setting Up A Cart, Newbie Guide" that a user contributed in the support forums that, though less detailed, is probably sufficient enough to get going with the application and to properly set up a reasonable storefront.

One of the Index page templates included in Zen Cart. 

CRE Loaded

CRE Loaded looks and feels much like osCommerce (as opposed to Zen Cart which has its own Zen Cart "look" by default) such that it even carries the osCommerce logo (by default before customization). The purpose of CRELoaded is to supercharge osCommerce - a purpose which is stamped on the footnote of every page with the statement, Powered by osCommerce Supercharged by CRE Loaded Team. 

Installation of CRE Loaded lacks the "gotchas" notification for file permissions that Zen Cart has. This can be a bit annoying once you get into the program and realize that you need to go back to your server to set the appropriate permission. The installation setup also does not allow you set up the original Admin user/password setup. Though, if you read the README.txt file (which I didn't) you'll discover what the default is admin@localhost/admin). The administrative capabilities of CRE Loaded are greater than those of Zen Cart, as it includes multi-admin capabilities, which allow more than one admin to be specified as well as permissions for different admins.

The Store Management and Setup page in CRE Loaded allows users control over all functions of an e-commerce Web site.

Added Features 

All told CRE Loaded currently boasts 39 additional modules over a default osCommerce installation. Some of these perform the same functionality as Zen Cart like the Download controller and Gift Voucher/Coupon features. Then there are others that are not, including a Newsdesk, FAQdesk, Wishlist, Banner Module that includes Google Adsense code examples and an Affiliate manager. 

I've always thought that affiliate marketing is a powerful addition to an e-commerce business as it helps to expand your marketing reach by easily allowing those who want to help you sell and promote your product to do so. The Affiliate Program module allows you to specify the per sale payment percentage rate as well as allowing for a tiered structure that is based on sales performance.

Like most affiliate programs, the program is banner advertising based and relies on a user cookie to determine if the sale came from a buyer that originally clicked on an affiliate advertisement. The Affiliate Program module user configuration menu sets the lifetime for the cookie and also the payment threshold at which point the affiliate is paid, which can be via PayPal, check or bank. Affiliate sign-up is user driven and done through an online setup. Affiliate administration by the site owner is easily handled via the Affiliate menu screen which lets you know exactly what's going on (hits, clickthroughs, affiliates) with your affiliate program.

In looking for CRE Loaded documentation I kept getting a link to a "for sale" manual that Chain Reaction Web (the people behind CRE Loaded) is trying to sell. (There's nothing wrong with that. Everyone needs to make a living, right?) The osCommerce manuals, as well as the osCommerce support forums, offer a wealth of expertise if you want to save the small expense. Then, of course, there is always the trial and error method of figuring things out yourself.

The categories/products setup page in CRE Loaded allows users to define product categories to be included in an online storefront.

Zen Cart vs. CRE Loaded

Where Zen Cart and CRE Loaded differ most is not necessarily in their included list of added features but rather in how they treat them. For example, both applications include admin menus for Layout boxes and catalog entries. They have the same essential functionality. They just look different and lay out the features in a different way (CRE Loaded image vs. Zen Cart images.)

I don't know that one approach is necessarily better than the other. They're just different.

At present, the affiliate module, as well as the robust admin management features, are real kickers for me — which is why, if forced to choose between the two disciples of osCommerce, I'd lean towards CRE Loaded. That said, they are both excellent e-commerce storefronts that dramatically improve the osCommerce experience to the point that I would recommend (for casual, non-hard core users that fancy themselves as development types) to stay away from the default stable osCommerce and instead choose from its spawn.

Whether supercharged by CRE Loaded or spiritualized by Zen Cart, you'll be hard pressed to find an osCommerce - or for that matter any Free Open Source e-commerce storefront application - that is as good as either of these robust applications.


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Store Managers for
osCommerce, X-Cart, CRE Loaded, Zen Cart

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Owners of online stores are always looking for different ways to sell more products. They public their advertisement in mass media; attract customers by means of various special offers, etc. One of the most effective ways for online stores to sell more via internet is to use online marketplaces.

Their main goal is making the task of selling and buying products easier. There are hundreds of such resources all over the Internet, here are some of them: Amazon.com, MySimon, Price Grabber, Shopping.com, Shopzilla.com, etc. Visitors can see a lot of variations of a product they are looking for, with descriptions and prices from a lot of online stores and it is very easy to compare them in one place.

One of the main and well-known among them is Amazon.com - it is an American e-commerce company. Amazon was one of the first major companies to sell goods by Internet. It started as an on-line bookstore, but soon diversified to product lines of VHS, DVD, music CDs, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, etc – Wikipedia.org

Thus, Amazon.com is quite effective marketing channel for your online store. To start using this online marketplace you need to publish (place) there a list of your products with some details - your Product Feed. Though, it is quite complicated to make product feeds for all of your products and export all of them to this marketplace manually, especially if you own a large store. There is perfect software created to solve this problem – Amazon Export Feed by MagneticOne. Amazon Data Feed assures the easiest export of your products into Amazon.com

This software will help you to make product feeds for all of your products easily, considering the demands and peculiarities of Amazon.com. Preparing Product Feeds for each site with all products and regularly updating it can be a real nightmare. Using Amazon.com, you will automatically get more sales and more traffic to your store, and you won’t have to pull your leg into details. People from every corner of the world will be able to review your products and choose ones they would like to buy. Amazon Export Feed offers great number of features, such as:

  • multi-language support

  • multi-currency support

  • ability to export only selected categories

  • ability to include/exclude products marked "out of stock"

  • capability to strip HTML from Product Names

  • capability to strip HTML from Product Descriptions

  • capability to set default shipping cost

  • ability to limit number of products exported

  • ability to set currency that is used during export

  • and even more


Amazon Export Feed gives you a unique opportunity to increase the number of your potential customers. Now you do not have to spend days and hours to create product feeds for those products, which you would like to export to Amazon.com. Software by MagneticOne allows you to do this work fast and easy. Find out more about Amazon Export Feed and its features here:

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osCommerce Data Feeds will help you to place your products at all leading Shopping Comparison engines with minimal efforts without the need to do it manually. It is a perfect tool that automates routine operations. 

osCommerce All-in-One Product Feeds
osCommerce 10-in-One Product Feeds
osCommerce 5-in-One Product Feeds
osCommerce Advanced XML Export
osCommerce Amazon Export Feed
osCommerce Become Data Feed
osCommerce BrokerBin Data Feed
osCommerce Buyer's Edge Data Feed
osCommerce CNet Data Feed
osCommerce CWebUSA Data Feed
osCommerce eDirectory Data Feed
osCommerce Elm@r Electronic Market Data Feed
osCommerce ePier Data Feed
osCommerce Froogle Data Feed
osCommerce Getprice Data Feed
osCommerce Google Base Data Feed
osCommerce Jellyfish Data Feed
osCommerce Kelkoo Data Feed
osCommerce MSN Shopping Data Feed
osCommerce MySimon.com Data Feed
osCommerce NexTag Data Feed
osCommerce PowerSource Data Feed
osCommerce PriceGrabber Data Feed
osCommerce PriceRunner Data Feed
osCommerce PriceSaving Data Feed
osCommerce Pronto Data Feed
osCommerce RSS Export
osCommerce ShareASale Data Feed
osCommerce SHOP.COM Data Feed
osCommerce ShopFerret Data Feed
osCommerce shopping.com Data Feed
osCommerce shopzilla.com / bizrate.com Data Feed
osCommerce Smarter Data Feed
osCommerce StreetPrices.com Data Feed
osCommerce TheFind.com Data Feed
osCommerce Yahoo Stores Data Feed

osCommerce Sales Channel Analysis gives you the ability to analyze and streamline your comparison shopping marketing strategy. One tool for all comparison shopping and export analysis needs.

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