OpenCart is an online store shopping cart platform and customer management system developed by Christopher G. Mann in 1998. Despite progress stalling considerably after it’s release, it was revived by Daniel Kerr, who released his version in 2009. Although there are alternatives such as Magento and WooCommerce on the market, OpenCart is perfect for start-up and independant businesses due to its intuitive design.
OpenCart is an open source and free software. As well as this, the maintenance costs are low. This is great for small businesses as it means that expenses can remain lower and you can compete with the prices of much larger ecommerce sites.
One of the key benefits to OpenCart is that it supports a wide number of different languages and currencies. Having an online store itself opens up a variety of opportunities for your business, and supporting different languages and currencies opens up the potential for more international sales. With automatic rate changes, supporting multiple currencies is easy.
OpenCart is a popular option for shopping cart software because of how customisable it is. With over 14,000 extensions available, OpenCart can make sure that your site has all the functionality needed to run effectively and to your needs. OpenCart also has an extensive community where fellow developers can query any issues and offer advice when needed.
OpenCart also supports an extensive database of themes that can be installed to make sure your website has the exact look and feel desired. With a variety of themes developed by the community, there is sure to be one that suits your needs. The benefit of themes from the community is that you can communicate with the creators with any questions or issues you have to get them resolved.
There are around 317,000 live websites running on OpenCart including the British Red Cross and Volvo. It is an immensely popular shopping cart system and is a fantastic option for startup and small businesses, whilst also having the capabilities to work for larger businesses.
Here at Expand Digital we see the benefits of an OpenCart website for eCommerce sites and have experience indeveloping and designing websites using it. An example of a website we have produced using it is Ambulance Uniform Store. With a wide variety of ambulance related products ranging in prices considerably, OpenCart allowed us to categorise the products and present them in an effective way, whilst making the website visually appealing, with transitioning images on the homepage. Another key benefit is that it’s SEO friendly, allowing you to get an advantage over competitors in search rankings organically.
Harrison Long, who qualified for the final stage of the EuroPro tour, is playing at the Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, live on Sky Sports 4 and has scored 71 (-1) in the first round.
After getting a golf scholarship whilst studying in America, Harrison’s golf career has gone from strength to strength, winning 9 events in two years. This included back-to-back NJCAA All-American, where he became the first to win it twice in the history of the program. Harrison’s lifetime goal is to play on the European Tour.
Here at Expand Digital we are delighted to be sponsoring Harrison and wish him every success in the EuroPro tour tournament.
We provided custom embroidery onto golf polo shirts, which includes the ‘Harrison Long Golf Professional’ logo on the front and sponsorship on the sleeves.
The 10 mile multi-terrain run has been organised collectively by the Rotary clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anchor, Lichfield and Lichfield Chad. Incredibly, tickets sold out in just 6 days.
An exciting route beginning at Beacon Park Lichfield, passing through Hopwas Woods and Wigginton Park before ending at the Castle Grounds in Tamworth, the run aims to be the largest charity fundraising running event in Staffordshire.
Here at Expand Digital we developed the C2C Run Website and are donating winners trophies and limited edition ‘Cathedral to Castle’ technical t-shirts to participants. As well as this, we are providing event marshal uniforms all free of charge.
The run takes place on 9th April and 100% of all profits will be donated to four local charities. With more than 500 people registered to take part, it has the makings to be a memorable event.
A business’ website is a way of presenting the products and services they offer in an easy and accessible way to potential customers. Most businesses now have a website as it is an effective way of marketing your business and gaining exposure on a larger scale.
One of the most popular tools for creating a content management system website is WordPress. WordPress is an open source website creation tool that has a large community of volunteers that help it to grow. It is a collective project that has developed the platform over time, making it versatile and a go-to choice when creating a website.
65% of the global content management system (CMS) websites are made using WordPress. One of the key benefits to WordPress is its plugin features. It allows you to choose from over 2,600 themes and 31,000 plugins to install onto your website. Businesses often have specific features that they would like to have on their website, whether it be the addition of sign up forms or transitioning images. Whatever your vision, WordPress is sure to have a plugin that can make it happen.
Another key benefit to WordPress is that it is easy to manage. One of the best ways of increasing the number of visitors to your website is by producing high quality content on a regular basis. This will involve regularly updating the website by adding blogs, articles and videos and it is made easy with the WordPress Dashboard. The Dashboard allows you to get an at-a-glance overview of the operations of the website and allows you to add new pages or blog posts. WordPress has built in support for images, audio and videos, so adding content is an effortless process.
Written using standard compliance high quality code, WordPress is a search engine friendly tool. But not only this, it offers various plugins that can help optimise the SEO of all of your webpages. Tools like Yoast and All-in-One SEO can really make a difference and help your content move higher in the search engine rankings organically.
As WordPress has grown through a community of users and developers, troubleshooting has become considerably easier. There are online forums where fellow users will offer help and provide solutions to problems, and because the community is so large, your issue is likely to be solved.
WordPress itself is a free software, however to get the website live you will need to purchase the desired domain name and pay for web hosting, normally at a monthly cost. Choosing a domain name can be a difficult process, as you need to make sure that it is memorable for branding purposes. Therefore, it is recommended that it is kept short.
Once complete, you are ready to begin creating the website. There are a wide variety of themes to choose from, and some are likely to be more suitable for your business than others. Perhaps the most important stage of the website creation, adding content is where you can really sell the business to potential customers. You can translate your vision into the website and persuade the potential customer to buy into it.
Here at Expand Digital we have experience in web design and development, and our projects have varied in scope and size. Our unique approach allows you to come and see us for a FREE consultation, where we will outline your specific objectives to ensure that the website meets your vision. To book a free consultation contact us on 01827 282716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is it? OpenCart is an online store shopping cart platform and customer management system developed by Christopher G. Mann in 1998. Despite progress stalling considerably after it’s release, it was revived by Daniel Kerr, who released his version in 2009. Although there are alternatives such as Magento and WooCommerce on the market, OpenCart is […]
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