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Online Shopping Software - Is It The End For Small Businesses?

Mar 20, 2008
With the ever growing influence of the World Wide Web, the whole concept of OS commerce, open source online shopping, has really taken off. The ever increasing use of this system software includes a full series of easy to set up shopping cart devices so that you can create, run and maintain your own store in a few easy steps.

Online shopping commerce started out in March of 2000 and has now built itself up to a system that makes it easy for an online businessman or woman to create a distinctive store front for their business.

It is sometimes hard for people to think of a website as being a store, but with online commerce you can establish a shop on the Internet and use this particular software to operate it with minimum cost and effort and with no fees or limitations. After all, with a virtual store built with this package, you can make your display area as big as you want.

When you consider the popularity of places like eBay and the enormous profits they generate, it is easy to see that this is an area to consider getting involved in. Right now, OS commerce is by far the largest e-commerce community, it is made up of close to 170,000 stores all over the world and more are being added daily.

The OS system has some great features to help you in creating and operating your online business. The software has templates that let you make changes to your web site layout, and these features can be easily combined with anything you have already created.

As the Internet is a place of enormous growth and development, your online store has to be able to change and grow easily. Well, with OS commerce, you can easily add or change any aspect of the site: customer data, your products, the various categories of products etc.

Then there is the security aspect, a very important feature these days especially in relation to identity theft. As such, you want a system that will secure the usernames and passwords of all of your customers. This software provides it and if you want to be able to contact customers easily by using e-mail or a newsletter, OS commerce can help with that too.

As with any business, you need to keep records and you need to be able to print out various records for invoicing and statistics on sales and inventory, all of which OS commerce can help you with.

Finally and probably the most overlooked fact when embarking on an online shopping project, is to have a system that takes care and can process orders in differing currencies as your customer can in effect, be located anywhere in the world. As you are operating 'globally,you need a system that can support other languages and other currencies.

As the currency exchange rates are in a constant state of flux, manually applying rates and formulas would be tremendously cost orientated and probably make your business ineffective but, with the right software, OS commerce has the capacity to update those exchange rates automatically and save you valuable time and money in the process.
About the Author
Dennis Collins, an eternal student and freelance writer, has lived and travelled abroad for 30 years and frequently writes on a variety of interesting and wide ranging issues. Read more about the latest OS Commercesoftware here.
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