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The useful extensions for every Virtuemart websites

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To have a good business with ecommerce, having a powerful website is a must thing. Unlike regular websites, the ecommerce websites need to respond to many different factors. In addition to have a beautiful design, it should also possess features to cater to the needs of customers like: searching, ordering, checkout, etc.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to some of the essentials things for a Virtuemart ecommerce site and suggest some useful Virtuemart extensions for you.

Overall website design

A good ecommerce website need:

  • Navigation needs to be easy and obvious.
  • Show customers where in the site structure they are – hearders, breadcrumbs, etc.
  • Mobile optimization or responsive designs are critical considering over 57% of visitors to ecommerce sites are visiting using a mobile device.
  • Site performance and speed is key – site speed factors into Google rankings and every 100ms load time leads to 1% decrease in sales.

The useful extensions:

The useful extensions:

Finding & sorting information

A good ecommerce website need:

  • Include a targeted search with easy to find search bar.
  • Allow for advanced searching – refining options, price, retailer, etc.
  • Use simple menus.
  • Enable users to sort products by popular criteria (“Price – low to high”, “Price – high to low”, “Best selling”, “User rating” and etc.)

The useful extensions:

The useful extensions:

  • Virtuemart Ebay Instant Keyword Search Module: client can enter the keyword or select specific categories to search keyword. The extension will shows you a list of suggestion or show no results if there aren’t any matches.
  • Virtuemart Ajax Search Pro Module will help your shoppers to easily find the products based on Keyword Search. With Ajax empowered technology, visitors do not have to wait for the whole Virtuemart page to reload to see their search results.
  • Custom filter module creates multiple filters on the site, supporting Ajax search for height, weight, color, rating, category, price or combining such types of search together.

Products & Shopping cart

A good ecommerce website need:

  • Pictures – don’t include so many as to clutter the page, but pictures need to be large, allowing detail to be seen. Customers are relying solely on these pictures to make purchases.
  • Make sure products are clearly labeled with appropriately detailed descriptions and options (size, color…) listed.
  • List if a product is in stock well before a user attempts to checkout and offer to order it for them or notify them when it is back in stock.
  • Include customer-generated product reviews to promote products and build customer trust.

The useful extensions:

The useful extensions:

  • Virtuemart Product Wishlist helps your customers to add their favorite items to the wishlist cart, and bookmark items for the next shopping.
  • Joomla Virtuemart product compare extension helps customers to add various items into a place to compare to decide the final choice.
  • Virtuemart Color Swatch not only simply show color, but also integrated with jQuery and Ajax technology that allow price being attached with particular colors. Also, using the color swatch, the zoom plug-in can be included without any extra fee; product image is viewed clearer under different corners.
  • Virtuemart Cart Pro Extension allows customer to add, remove and update products in a much easy way, without needing to reload the cart continuously using Ajax pop-up. The cart pro extension can be an immediate solution for your customers to continue shopping without waiting for the pages to get refreshed.
  • Virtuemart Save Cart Plugin: Simply add the products to the shopping cart and select the “Save Shopping Cart” button and shoppers can save multiple carts depending on their unique needs. Carts can be viewed and accessed from the “ShoppersProfile” page by selecting the “Saved Shopping Carts” and then go to checkout page. With the Save Cart plugin, shoppers can send an email of the saved data to any email address as they want.
  • Ajax Drop Down Cart For Virtuemart with Ajax effects make your shop cleaner. Shoppers can view cart details preview.

Checkout process

A good ecommerce website need:

  • Offer a variety of payment options from trusted, encrypted sources.
  • Allow users to see prices on different delivery options.
  • Implement a robust fraud screening service within your ecommerce shopping cart to protect both yourself and your customers from fraud and identity theft.
  • Don’t require users to enter unnecessary information.
  • Keep all information clearly labeled and inform customers what is required.
  • Services that use pop-ups or redirects to confirm customer authenticity are proven to cause shopping cart abandonment.
  • Providing a receipt outlined with product details, terms, refund policy, and purchase confirm reduces payment disputes and cybershoplifting.

The useful extensions:

The useful extensions:

  • Product Delivery Date For Virtuemart 3 will be an useful extension for any Virtuemart shop owner who wants to set up a delivery date (day/month/year) and delivery time/location for your products ( food, flowers, bakery, gift…)
  • One page checkout for Virtuemart, as the name shows such carts occupy just a single page, has faster checkout time, anonymous checkout option, and reduced cart abandonment.
  • Advanced Virtuemart Invoices is a powerful Virtuemart component to create Virtuemart orders, issue PDF invoices, change invoice layouts…inside Virtuemart admin panel.

Marketing

A good ecommerce website need:

  • Your well-designed site will mean nothing if customers never find it.
  • Google represent 80% of all search traffic and most users don’t venture past the first 10 results and the top 3 being critical.
  • An understanding of internet marketing as well as the ability to keep up to speed in continually new strategies is absolutely essential.
  • Businesses need to collect and analyze data, maximize search engine optimization and improve conversion rate optimization.

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The useful extensions:

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