Instruction on how to setup your free Ecwid store: http://kb.ecwid.com/Joomla
If you have any questions about the Ecwid installation, feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Ecwid is a full-featured shopping cart and an e-commerce solution that can be easily added to any Joomla site or Facebook profile. It ensures performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don't.
"Ecwid" stands for "ecommerce widgets".
There are eight key advantages to Ecwid:
- Free plan is always available.
- It has AJAX everywhere and supports drag-and-drop
- It can be easily integrated to any existing site or Facebook profile in minutes.
- It can be mirrored on many sites at the same time. Add your store to many sites, manage it from one place.
- Integration with social networks. Run your own store on Facebook, mySpace and many others.
- Simple to use and maintain. For both store owner and customer.
- Lightning fast. New-gen technologies make Ecwid much faster than usual shopping carts regardless the hosting service you use.
- Seamless upgrades. You just wake up one day and enjoy new features.
More features: http://www.ecwid.com/key-features.html
Thank you for the review. We already plan to add such a feature in future.
At first it was a little hard to start off, just because I didn't realize that I had to create the cart off site. But once I created the Ecwid cart, it was really easy to get going. I haven't used the Paypal API yet, but I am going to configure that later today.
Great product, and I am still shocked that it is free! If you continue to work on this project, and feel the need to charge, I would be more than happy to contribute.
They have an active forum with regular input from the developers and a listing of feature requests that can be voted on by users. A GREAT addition to the JED.
Thank you for the review.
Just a quick note: PayPal Standard will be added in the next major version that will be released in a few weeks.
Even as an external app, it integrates quite well with my Joomla installation, and I am VERY impressed with how it offers everything I need. Considering the fact that Virtuemart is so 'bloated', I don't mind having to login to a separate control panel to manage the store.
Seriously...this thing is AWESOME, and I'm so glad I found it when I did!
I tried VM and gave up becuse it was buggy and quite complex and comfusing to properly set up.
I tried Rockquickcart, and I found it buggy as well as lacking many features.
I also tried Open Cart, Simple Caddy, and many other Open Source carts as Prestashop, hopping to succed on bridging them into Joomla.
None of them worked with the feel and ease Ecwid works. Installed in 1 minute? Working nice and smootly, no problem whatsoever.
Resuming: Fool-Proof, nice looking, hassle free, no programming skills required... a jewel!
Without doubt the best and easiest shopping cart so far.
Ecwid works nice with a fresh Joomla installation. All you need to remember is to disable WYSIWYG/HTML editor before inserting the Ecwid code.
If you cannot insert the Ecwid code to your Joomla installation, I assume you have some module that doesn't allow adding tags to the pages.
It is possible to fix this issue, so please create a new thread on our forums or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be glad to help.
It is well thought out, surprisingly powerful and flexible. with the facility to import and export products and to export orders.
The main negative right now is its early stage of development. I only found out about Ecwid by accident. It has quite a low profile judging by Google Trends. As it has only been around a few months (and is still in beta) it doesn't yet support many payment gateways.
In summary Ecwid is well thought out, with good support on the forums - there's even a voting system in place for guiding the future development of the project.
I fully expect Ecwid to be one of the top ten carts of 2010.
It gives options for ordering by phone, check, echeck, fax, money order, purchase order and wire transfer.
It will integrate with real time shipping estimates from USPS, UPS, FedEx and Australia Post. (but you have to create separate accounts with each of those companies and jump through a couple of hoops)
You can also define your own shipping rates on a per item or per order basis, or by weight, or as a percentage of the price.
It produces a nice invoice for the customer and emails order notifications to both the seller and customer.
You can have multiple categories.
You can define your own sales tax rules and have destination based or source based tax rules.
It has a nice css based layout so it is relatively easy to customize, but you probably won't have to.
You can configure the catalog to display as tiles, grid or list (with images of course).
It is all Ajax driven so it is pretty fast.
You can change the product thumbnail sizes.
You can define your products in a spreadsheet, export to csv and import them into the cart (just don't import columns that have no data!)
It is really a pleasure to work with. The FAQ says they may offer a paid service in the future, but the free version will always be free. If you've been looking around for a nice shopping cart, check this one out.
Most shopping carts over complicate everything and don't give you options to remove clutter unless you're an expert programmer. With this shopping cart, you can remove any unwanted fields, change the layout - font, colour etc in minutes by editing a simple, well layed out CSS file.
The actual cart is all hosted on the ecwid site - and they use amazon.
Overall - very impressed!
Basically Ecwid is like WordPress but for e-commerce. There isn't a direct Joomla component yet, but their website gives a simple way for us Joomla people to enjoy their FREE e-commerce software. It's all AJAX based and man does it make things sooooo much better. And the setup was done in about 5 minutes. (I spent alot of time customizing their css to fit the unusual color scheme of my site.)
All in all, get this module! Then go to their website to get more info. Perfect the small inventory e-commerce people! I'm so freaking happy!