Many of our customers at intrahost use the cPanel Control Panel to manage their online presence. In this series of posts we thought we’d share some of the most popular applications that people can access free through the Softaculous Auto Installer on cPanel.
OpenCart is an open source eShopping cart that is completely free to download and use. That said, you’ll likely want to budget in the cost of buying extensions and paying a credit card processor. Unless you’re comfortable working with a level of code you may need to hire a developer to help you launch.
OpenCart comes out of the box with usable, merchant-minded basics instead of a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles. You can upload unlimited categories and products (be sure you choose a hosting package that allows for ample bandwidth and storage or you may get charged with overage fees when you exceed monthly limits.)
OpenCart includes space to insert keywords, metadata, and site maps to aid with SEO and plugins are available to download. Several postal providers are built into the software and shipping weight and flat rate calculation tools are offered. Other highlights include multi-store support, solid international options, discount coupons and the ability to include product ratings and reviews.
OpenCart’s default frontend template has eye-pleasing fonts and intuitive page navigation that should work well for users who are just starting out or are selling products that don’t necessarily require a hyped-up theme. If you decide to install a different skin you’ll find more than 2,000 options available to buy.
Although the built-in reporting tools are helpful, you can integrate Google Analytics in the admin panel in order to view more in-depth metrics.
Integrations and Add-Ons:
OpenCart offers a whole range of extensions. The basic software arrives feature-light but does include Google Analytics, Facebook, and Twitter integrations, which means your store can start off lean with room to add the functionality you want. The OpenBay Pro extension can integrate your store with Amazon, play.com, and eBay. You should be able to find most if not all of the other extras you want via third-party vendors, including accounting, shipping, and SEO add-ons.
Plug-in examples include:
- Amazon Payments - Integrates with the payment processor.
- Social Media Bundle - Allows customers to login to your store via Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Instagram.
- SEO Pack Pro - Contains several tools to optimise your shop.
- Quickbooks Integration - Connects your admin to the popular accounting software.
In order to accept credit card sales you’ll need to open a merchant account. OpenCart integrates with most major payment processors, including PayPal (and PayPal Express Checkout). In addition 700+ gateways are available via the extension directory. You can also process cash orders and offer discounts from the admin panel. Multiple currencies are supported as well.
We hope you found this useful. If you have any questions or would like further information on how your business can benefit hosting with intrahost...