Guide for creating an eCommerce store using OpenCart

Open Cart Tutorial

 

Assuming that you have some programming knowledge, we are compiling a simplified guide to help you set up your first online eCommerce store, and managing it effectively and efficiently.

Choosing a platform:

The choice of a platform depends on the purpose the site wants to serve. For setting up an e-commerce business, OpenCart is a platform you can opt for. Other platforms to create an eCommerce store can be Magento, PrestaShop (both need some expertise), Zencart, etc.

OpenCart: A Description

OpenCart is a unique shopping cart system. It is a secure e-commerce solution for online stores which provides us to set up our own online business. It is a turn-key, ready, “out of the box” shopping cart solution.

FAQs about OpenCart:

Why OpenCart?

  • Safe, secure and free platform.
  • It supports shopping in different payment gateways.
  • Provide tools for backup and restoration.
  • Generates customized reports on an essential basis to get information on sales, viewed products, and purchased products.
  • Set up guest checkout will facilitate faster sales transactions.
  • Supports an unlimited number of products, categories, customers, and transactions.
  • Supports multiple languages, currencies, and stores managed from one admin interface.
  • Pre-designed responsive attractive templates are available.

What are the hardware and software requirements for OpenCart installation? 

Installation required for OpenCart includes an online host which follows:

  • A web server (preferably Apache)
  • PHP 5.2 or greater
  • MySQL

Advantages of choosing OpenCart

  • Content management: OpenCart has a fairly solid, but simple content management tool for non-product pages within your website.
  • Administration panel: OpenCart’s administration panel is easy enough to use. It does not include a number of dead-ends and odd design decisions.
  • The range of available add-ons/extensions: OpenCart has a fantastic range of extensions for the more common features you’d want to add to your store.

Online Resources:

Source: PavoThemes

Source: PavoThemes

 

Theme templates of OpenCart are readily available on the Internet from proper sources like http://www.opencart.com

Your design template should be attractive, appealing and functional so that your customers can enjoy shopping for products at your store.

A number of free as well as paid theme templates are available online.

Getting Data Ready:

Source: Youtube

Source: Youtube

 

You can customize your website and add or delete data according to your requirements, in a very simple manner. You can manage these functions via your admin panel.

Payment Gateways:

Source: Opencart

Source: Opencart

 

Through payment gateways, making payments is just a matter of few clicks! Payment solutions like PayPal, Pay U, etc. can be used.

You can get the modules for the payment gateways from the OpenCart website and you can easily integrate it with your e-commerce website.

Google Analytics:

 

This is perhaps the most useful tool for your website. Through a Google Analytics account, you can monitor traffic on your website and get complete information about it. It shows information like  the number of people visiting your website, sessions, locations etc. It can be easily accessed via your Google account.

We, at Dignitas Digital, are experts in taking businesses online and have supported numerous clients with setting up and managing their online stores. Feel free to reach out to us for your eCommerce website design in Delhi and we can help you drive sales online.

Hope you found this blog helpful. Have fun taking your business online!

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