There are practically hundreds and thousands of e-commerce solutions available over the internet. Some solutions are for free while others can cost you anywhere from $150-$1500 depending on the programming and technology used for creating it.
E-commerce or electronic commerce refers to buying and selling of products as well as services over the internet using electronic systems and computer networks. E-commerce started off with the invention of online shopping by Michael Aldrich of UK in 1979. Since then it has come a long way.
According to Organization for economic co-operation and development, Australia recorded $380 million in transactions with penetration rate of retail sales being 0.36% and the number of online buyers being in excess of 13 million. This is expected to grow considerably in the next 5 years. In such a scenario, integrating an e-commerce solution into your website for selling your products or services will make a huge impact on your annual revenue generated through online sales.
In order to make e-commerce successful, you will need to integrate a shopping cart to help consumers buy off the online shelf. Here is our list of recommended free e-commerce solutions that will definitely aid in boosting your overall sales:
- Zen Cart version V3.02: This is a free e-commerce shopping cart that comes with a feature for shipping or using registered post for sending goods within Australia.
- ezimerchant: It is a complete shopping cart software and the first e-commerce solution in Australia to earn Paypal certified integration.
- Mal’s e-commerce: This is a free shopping cart service that accepts payment from Paymate and Paypal. It has an integrated Australian shipping module.
- osCommerce Online Merchant v2.2: This is a complete online store solution that can be installed with ease. It offers real time quotes in Australian Dollar and for Australian Registered Post.
- Avactis Shopping cart: One of the salient points of this shopping cart solution is that comes with an integrated Australian post calculator and Australian shipping modules. Avactis offers a free download as well as a paid one.