Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How to Choose the Right Shop Software

Easy to populate products. There are certain online shop software that necessitate you to utilize the web interface to load your products into the online store. The more products you have, the more time this will consume. It could take you weeks to upload a few hundred products. Therefore, while choosing your online shop software, make sure it allows you to upload your products via an excel spreadsheet, or other similar file based formats.

Allows adding attributes to products.The default installation of osCommerce does not allow the user to add attributes to their products. When choosing your desired online shop software, make sure that it allows you to add options, attributes, deviations and distinctions to the products that you are selling; and that too, conveniently. An example of such a software would be one that would, let's assume, allow you to customize a product via check boxes or pull down menus.

Easy to use admin interface.Once your sales are in motion, you will face a lot of customers who would want to either modify their orders, or make returns to their orders, even after checking out. You can't deny them this right, because otherwise your whole business will go down. There can't be laid enough emphasis on how important it is to be able to modify orders, attend to changes, and make refunds all on a single page in your admin area.

Built in SEO features. This requirement comes with managing any kind of online business, and its importance for an online shopping website is immense, because without SEO features, how will you ever attract people to your website? If the online store is not optimized for search engines, your potential buyers won't even be able to find it! Therefore, the webpage's title should make the product name unmistakably clear, and the URL produced for individual products should contain keywords of the products that you're trying to sell.

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