There is a good old tradition to summarize the previous year at the beginning of the new one to see the achievements, recall best moments, and make conclusions. It can help not only to analyze progress, but also make certain predictions for future development. It is especially important for the changeable and fast growing eCommerce industry. Therefore, let’s have a brief flashback into eCommerce of 2012 to see the crucial events.
Magento offered more benefits with the release of new 1.7 version. The key features that were added include :
- different base prices for customer groups
- new layered navigation
- support of captcha functionality
- validation of customer ID
- automatic generation of multiple coupons
Magento shopping cart continues to improve and customers impatiently wait for its 2.0 version release.
On May 22, 2012 CS-Cart platform launched it’s new version. CS-Cart 3 brought brand new features to its users and more opportunities for development. It comes in three editions - Ultimate, Professional and Multi Vendor, so the merchant can choose one suitable to their business needs. Ultimate edition supports multi store feature which allows to manage several stores from one back end. Along with this advanced feature, CS-Cart allows unlimited products and categories, automatic inventory control. The shopping cart provides grid system to modify the look and feel of the store easily. Free Community Edition was discontinued, however CS-Cart providers promise a beneficial alternative.
Interspire customers were frustrated about discontinued support of the platform. However, the company developer offered improved top notch solution as an alternative. BigCommerce platform is a hosted shopping cart which offers beautiful design themes, numerous promotional tools, more than 100 built-in features and professional support. With all these advantages BigCommerce has grown rapidly and gained popularity in the industry. Now, the users can migrate from Interspire to a more beneficial solution without worries about store development.
Loaded Commerce platform has appeared as a result of CRE Loaded rebranding. It took most of previous platform rich functionality and launched new version 6.5 to provide customers with “the most complete open source software”. The benefits of Loaded Commerce cart are the following:
- unlimited product support
- free and simple installation process
- total control over design customization vhigh level of security with CRE Secure PCI Compliant Payment System
On August 17, 2012 one more shopping platform appeared. This time it was a result of Joomla CMS integration with the latest version of OpenCart. MijoShop is the advanced mixture of rich functionality and intuitive management. The shopping cart provides multi store support, numerous shipping and payment options, easy integration with website template system, SEO tools and convenient backend. It is best for the users which have experience of working with Joomla. Store launch is just a piece of cake with MijoShop.
The month was rich on eCommerce events. CS-Cart came into notice again, announcing change of logo. There are however still no changes on their official site. Hopefully, the new logo will be implemented in the new year.
On September, 13 a long awaited PrestaShop 1.5 version was finally released. Customers were especially pleased to see the following features:
- multi store management
- new modules API to provide the latest updates
- improved ergonomic back office
- new design of front end
- cart pricing rules offering more promotion opportunities
On September, 14 WooCommerce shopping cart celebrated its first birthday. 1 year old platform has already a lot to be proud of. For those who are unfamiliar with a young promising shopping cart, here are the main features:
- easy installation as it is WordPress plugin
- professional WooThemes design
- physical and digital products support
- convenient inventory management
WooCommerce claims not only to help you sell anything online, but do it beautifully.
And another happening of September, worth mentioning - 3DCart shopping cart launched hosted enterprise edition. Hourly backup, unlimited product images, responsive support are only some of the benefits users can get when choosing the platform for eCommerce purposes.
The rest of the year was relatively calm for the market, the merchants preparing for the shopping rush and holidays. Hopefully, you succeeded with your 2012 business plans and are ready to meet new prospects. What 2013 will bring to online store owners? Definitely more opportunities for growth and development, with new trends emerging, new platform versions appearing and new features added.
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