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Apr 2 2013
Top 5 Joomla extensions that will juice up your Joomla e-commerce website
The growing number of e-commerce stores have become the latest trend on the Internet. If you wish to expand your business or start a new one, internet presence is essential for marketing, advertising, and building customer relations. One way is to create an online portal through which your customers can buy your products online right from their homes and offices. Joomla, the second most popular content management system, is highly secure, customizable, and is highly suitable for making an e-commerce website. The only problem is selecting the right eCommerce extensions out of thousand of modules, plugins and components available on the Internet. Therefore, here we present to you a list of top e-commerce Joomla extensions that can juice up your Joomla website.
The most reviewed, most rated, and one of the most popular extensions, Virtue mart is complete shopping extension with a mile long list of features. The extension is built upon Joomla MVC framework and thus displays all the characteristics associated with the framework, like template overwriting and simple integration with other Joomla extensions. The main features of the extension include product customization according to dimensions, description, and many different options, dynamic price calculator, shipment customization, checkout options, a sortable, searchable, and customizable product display, and an embedded but hidden debugging tool. The extension can be used as a plugin, module or as a component according to the required functions.
Open Source Excellence Membership extension is as the name suggests is a fully free open source extension that can be used to achieve a variety of functions. The main use of this extension is to create membership plans for your website. You can create free or paid memberships plans for both groups or individuals. The extension has a content access control functions that can be used to restrict users to a specific content or page, or even allow them a teaser access. The extension can be used to integrate many different types of payment gateways such as PayPal, Paypal Pro, Google Checkout, Authorize.net, ePay.dk, PayFast, 2Checkout, and many more. It even supports offline payment, one-off payment, and recurring payments with membership. It can be used as a module, component, or as a plugin.
A simple and flexible e-commerce extension, Haika Shop has a wide range of integrated marketing tools, payment gateways and shop management systems. Availble in more than 20 languages, Haika shop can be integrated with Joomla’s breadcrumb, and is fully optimized for SEO with ability to customize metadata, page title, and other SEO requirements. The extension has a highly customizable checkout process with optimized checkout steps to increase conversions. The extension has around 30 integrated payment plugins including Paypal Standard and PayPal Pro, Google Checkout, Authorize.net, RBS Business and Global Gateway, HSBC CPI, iVeri, PayJunction, EPay, SagePay, and Payment Express. It even has a feature to auto-convert to multiple currencies as per pre-defined currency rate. It can even be used for offline payments through credit card. For developers it has support for integration with jComments, jomComment, XMAP, Joomla Breadcrumb module, and Joomla SEF system. The extension can be used as a Component, Module, or Plugin.
A complete solution to collect payment at the end of shopping, Payment Form is a must have plugin for a e-commerce website. It has no confusing multiple functions, just one simple function i.e. to collect payment through a customizable and easy payment form. The tool can be used to create and manage multiple payment forms that support custom fields. This feature also facilitates calculation of net amount at the checkout. The payment form extension comes with inbuilt integration with many payment gateway plugins including Paypal, Authorize.net, Google Checkout, FirstData , Moneybookers, 2Checkout and many more. It can be used as plugins, module, component, or as an extension specific addon. However, this extension is commercial and not available for free.
Not every e-commerce site is only product or services based. There are some e-commerce websites that offer very unique products that have a very huge demand but extremely limited supply, usually a product that is one of a kind or unique in some way. For products such as these the best option is to auction the said product. An antique e-commerce store or an online second hand bidding store are such an example. Auction Factory is a paid extension that can be used to create such type of payment method for your e-commerce website. It has a customizable template system can be integrated with other extension, and is search engine friendly. The plugin allows a number of possible revenue streams for the site builder such as commissions, Pay per Listing, Pay per Bid, Pay for Contact, and Pay for featured auctions. The exteion also comes with many integrated payment gateways such as Paypal, Moneybookers/Skrill, 2Checkout, Sagepay, SagePayments, and Bank-transfers.