Umbraco e-commerce

Umbraco e-commerce is one of the most popular .NET based CMS today. Get started on your Umbraco webshop with our team of certified Umbraco developers – all at low cost.

What is Umbraco?

Umbraco is an open-source CMS known for its flexibility and user-friendly platform for both developers and site editors alike. It’s one of the most widely used CMS today, with an active community behind it contributing and working to further improve the system.

Umbraco CMS is free to use, but the company also offers paid plans for technical support or setup and hosting on Umbraco Cloud.

Learn more about Umbraco here.

 

Using Umbraco for e-commerce

Umbraco doesn’t have an e-commerce capability out-of-the-box, but since it’s open source, it’s easily extendable to be used as an e-commerce platform through extensions or what they call “packages”.

These packages are third-party modules that are installed on top of the core CMS and add e-commerce functionalities to the existing features that Umbraco has, much like using WooCommerce for WordPress.

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Top Umbraco e-commerce packages

Vendr is a new, paid e-commerce package for Umbraco 8, built on top of the foundations of TeaCommerce, one of the most popular packages for Umbraco 7.

In itself, Vendr already includes a wide array of features out-of-the-box, but there are also many further customization options through their complete stack of APIs. It also offers a variety of SEO and Marketing configurations to help you better optimize your Umbraco e-commerce site.

As of September 2020, there’s only one standard pricing for a Vendr package license, which consists of a one-off payment for 12 months of updates. For continuous updates, you’ll have to purchase upgrade licenses on a yearly basis.

Learn more about Vendr.

(Note: Vendr is also endorsed by Merchello, a popular open source Umbraco e-commerce package that is now discontinued.)

Ucommerce is considered the most popular and “most mature” e-commerce package for Umbraco, having been originally built on the CMS in 2009 and continually improving since then.

However, unlike Umbraco, Ucommerce is not open source. Instead, it’s built with a “framework first” architecture that still allows users some flexibility in working with the system, along with a well-exposed API and documentation for developers.

As of June 2020, Ucommerce comes in Free, Pro, and Enterprise annual plans which you can choose from, depending on the features that you want to have in your webshop. The free version covers most of the basic functionalities needed in an e-commerce website, but for more advanced features, it may also be worth looking into the premium plans.

Learn more about the specific features included in each plan on their pricing page.

Aside from the core features that Ucommerce offers, you can also further extend your webshop with “Ucommerce apps”, or Umbraco packages that are built specifically for Ucommerce. You can find these apps in the Ucommerce Market or you can have one custom-developed for a special functionality that you want.

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What 1902 Software offers

We are highly experienced in developing and implementing e-commerce solutions for different types of businesses.

  • We customize an e-commerce theme or template based on your branding and preferences.
  • We create a completely customized webshop design from scratch.
  • We optimize your e-commerce UI/UX and improve conversions.
  • We create or edit product photos, banners, and other graphic assets needed for your e-commerce website.

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  • We develop Umbraco e-commerce websites from scratch.
  • We handle the technical setup, installation, and configuration on your selected hosting server.
  • We take over existing Umbraco webshops or stalled projects for support and maintenance.
  • We develop custom functions or packages if there are no available off-the-shelf extensions for the functionality that you need.
  • We integrate your e-commerce website with different systems such as ERP, PIM, Inventory, etc.
  • We implement automated testing for critical functions within your webshop.
  • We take care of the technical SEO and speed optimization of your e-commerce website.
  • We do post-project support for completed projects, handled by the same team who did the initial development

The team is exceptionally professional and have also been very suggestive in solving issues.

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1902 SEO+ is free, full-featured, and easy to use. It handles the technical side of search engine optimization such as meta tags, open graph values, schema, etc. It also lets you perform an SEO check before publishing your content, and provides recommendations based on best practices.

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There’s a handful of e-commerce solutions available in the market—there are other CMS extensions like WooCommerce, which serves as a plugin for WordPress, and there are platforms that are specifically built for e-commerce, like Magento or Shopify.

So why should you choose Umbraco?

For starters, Umbraco is built on ASP.NET, so if most of your company infrastructure is built on this framework as well, then it will be easier for you to integrate and connect your company systems by using Umbraco. Also, if you happen to have your own developer or development team who are already proficient in C# (the programming language used in ASP.NET), then it may be best to go with Umbraco to avoid investing in your team learning a new language or hiring new developers altogether.

As with other systems, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to e-commerce packages for Umbraco.

For example, some companies may prefer Vendr because of its convenient one-time license payment for a long list of features instead of an annual plan. On the other hand, some businesses may opt for the stability that Ucommerce offers, with it being the more mature system out of the two.

You have to closely look at the features offered by each system and weigh the pros and cons against what your business needs. If you’re still unsure on which package to choose, you can also tell us your requirements and our project managers can help you come up with a decision.

Aside from using Vendr or Ucommerce to bring in e-commerce functionalities to your Umbraco site, you can also take advantage of other packages available in the market to further extend the core features of Umbraco CMS.

There are packages that work alongside e-commerce packages—that is, they extend Umbraco itself and work hand-in-hand with the webshop system. Some examples could be packages for SEO, search function, etc. Here are packages developed for Umbraco.

On the other hand, there are also packages that work on top of e-commerce packages. You can think of them as “sub-packages”, in that they are specifically developed for the e-commerce package and not Umbraco itself. These packages therefore require that you first install the e-commerce package that it’s built for. Some examples include packages for inventory management, shipping, or product management.

Our Umbraco developers have 6-7 years of experience in developing ASP.NET, and most of them have one or more Microsoft Technical Certifications. All of our developers are in-house and full-time, and we don’t subcontract tasks to freelancers. Post-project support is handled by the same team who developed the project, ensuring that your system is being maintained by the developers most familiar with it.