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Top 2 Open-Source e-Commerce Software

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One of the things you need to do while planning your new online store, or replacing the old one with a new and shiny one, is to decide on which e – commerce software you will use for your website. In this article we are going to suggest the open source ones so you do not have to cash out again.

We realize that buying a domain and hosting, paying for marketing, paying for data entry experts to enter the products in your website is expensive enough, so we will omit a payment for e-commerce software. Enough talk, here ‘s my top 2 e-commerce software:

1 – PrestaShop

I got the chance for implementing this one for one of my clients, and is one of the best that i have seen in the market, and it is powerful enough to outdo the commercial equivalents. It is one of the highest in demand e commerce products in the Web Development & design world and it will be in the list of my recommendations, the feature list is here:

  • Is able to export products to eBay and import them from there
  • Calculates tax for each country out of the box ( well, for most countries )
  • Layered navigation with each product to it’s own category

You are able to set a limit for products on each page, implement payment options like Paypal, Moneybooker etc easily. You can ship your products using major carriers, and set up unlimited carriers and destinations. This product is too awesome to pass up on.

2 – OsCommerce

OsCommerce is a SEO-Friendly and feature rich eCommerce script from the osCommerce team (including a great Web Developer in the name of Harald Polce de Leon by from the Happy Giraffe company). It supports product categories, product listings, voting for products, leaving reviews, and it has a page to see the newest products so users can see which products are the hottest in this week. Let us give you the full list of features though:

  • Customers can view their order history and order statuses
  • Customers can maintain their accounts
  • Addressbook for multiple shipping and billing addresses
  • Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
  • Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
  • Product reviews for an interactive shopping experience
  • Forseen checkout procedure
  • Secure transactions with SSL
  • Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
  • Global and per-category bestseller lists
  • Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
  • Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation

As you can see, this product has many features for the users.

3 – ZenCart

Pfft. I wont even be able to fit the list of features of this one in a single article. You can simply go throw a look at it – http://www.zen-cart.com/wiki/index.php/Features_List. This is one of the most asked for e commerce platforms ( both design and module building work for it).


You should not take my word for fact about any of these e-commerce platforms. You can simply see the features and the pros with the cons youself, by setting up a testing installation on your local server.


Thanks for reading and keep being awesome!













Short And Long Term Plans To Make Money Online

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The internet is full of money-making opportunities, and if you can open your eyes to all the possibilities out there, you can quite easily turn a tidy profit from your efforts. With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, it is possible either to make a little extra cash or even turn the internet into your main source of income. When it comes to making money online, the possibilities are endless.

Here are some short and long-term plans you can make to start earning money online. Use one or use them all, and the money will come rolling in.

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Earn some money online

Long-term: Start a Blog

Blogging might not seem like a straightforward way to earn money, but if you manage to set up a success blog then it is pretty easy to monetise it. Making money from selling ad space is pretty simple nowadays, and if you get enough visitors then it can be quite the money maker. The best part is that there are other benefits to blogging: personal satisfaction, making connections and just generally having fun with an exciting hobby. What is not to like about doing something fun that also earns you cash?

Short-term: Sell items on eBay

Selling items on eBay is not exactly an original way of making money online, but it is well known because it works. The best part is that we have passed the 2007 peak of the eBay craze, when everybody and their grandmother were selling things online. Nowadays, there is less competition and so it is easier to turn a profit. You can either sell your own unwanted items, or you can become a reseller. What does that mean, you ask? Well if you see a bargain on eBay, make sure you buy it—because a week later you can re-list it and make back your money plus a tidy profit. Do this enough times and you will soon have a nice lump sum set aside.

Long-term: Learn an internet trade

Carpentry and bricklaying are ‘trades’ in the real word, but making an income in the internet world requires a completely different set of skills. Learning the ‘manual labour’ skills of the internet, like graphic design or coding, will ensure that you can always find work: either as a steady income or as a part-time fancy. Learning skills like HTML coding or working with Photoshop require a great time investment: there is no quick turnaround of cash to be made. What you are doing however is investing in yourself. Keep those skills up to scratch and you can always fall back on them if need be.

Short-term: Freelance your time

Working freelance online, doing anything from writing to being a virtual assistant is a great way to quickly make some money. With clear internet coverage available virtually everywhere, you should be able to earn some money wherever you are. There are many websites were you can loan your time out and do anything from writing articles to booking train tickets for a busy CEO. Best of all, short-term can become long-term. Many people make a healthy living by freelancing or working as a virtual assistant: become good, and it could be a career.