Development and support
- Development of Umbraco ecommerce websites from scratch
- Technical setup, installation, and configuration on your selected hosting server
- Taking over of existing Umbraco webshops or stalled projects for support and maintenance
- Development of custom functions or packages if there are no available off-the-shelf packages for the functionality that you need
- Integration with different systems such as ERP, PIM, Inventory, etc
- Automated testing for critical functions within your webshop
- Technical SEO and speed optimization
- Post-project support for completed projects, handled by the same team who did the initial development
Why choose Umbraco for ecommerce?
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.
Using Umbraco for ecommerce
Umbraco is an open-source CMS known for its flexibility and user-friendly platform for both developers and site editors alike. It doesn’t have ecommerce capabilities out-of-the-box, but it’s easily extensible to be used as an ecommerce 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 ecommerce functionalities to the existing features that Umbraco has, much like using WooCommerce for WordPress.
Aside from using Vendr or Ucommerce to bring in ecommerce 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 ecommerce 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 ecommerce packages. You can think of them as “sub-packages”, in that they are specifically developed for the ecommerce package and not Umbraco itself. These packages therefore require that you first install the ecommerce 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.
Top Umbraco ecommerce packages
Vendr is a new, paid ecommerce 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 ecommerce site.
Vendr offers two licensing options: a standard one-off payment of € 1,500 with 12 months of updates, or a more manageable subscription license at €85 per month with unlimited updates and can be canceled anytime.
Learn more about Vendr.
(Note: Vendr is also endorsed by Merchello, a popular open source Umbraco ecommerce package that is now discontinued.)
Ucommerce is considered the most popular and “most mature” ecommerce 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.
Starting with Umbraco 9, Ucommerce now offers only one single license option at €6,500 per year. Customers have to inquire directly for license prices for version 8 and below. Aside from these paid licenses, Ucommerce also offers a free version that can be downloaded anytime. The free version covers most of the basic functionalities needed in an ecommerce 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 option on their pricing page.
Aside from the core ecommerce 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.
Which ecommerce package should you choose?
As with other systems, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to ecommerce packages for Umbraco.
For example, some companies may prefer Vendr’s flexible pricing options. 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.