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December 3, 2012. The New Word In Creating Drupal Stores

Since now and on Drupal community can benefit from one more solution based on their favorite CMS – Drupal Commerce. Generally it’s a new type of online stores based on the Drupal 7 core with one huge BUT. This is not “that Drupal” everyone got used to…when users hear this word their hair stands on end. The functionalities Drupal offered previously were too complex for regular users, only devs or very persistent users could figure things out within admin panel. That’s because users have no time or desire to pick too long in the admin panel. That’s why most of them use other eCommerce solutions where everything is more intuitive.

The creators of Drupal Commerce decided to bring their favorite CMS to masses. When speaking with one of TemplateHelp’s Drupal developers, he said: “I can’t understand, why users don’t use Drupal, it’s so simple…” Commerce Guys, those who created Drupal Commerce stores, got to be thinking that way.

Here appears a question, what makes these stores so special?

  • Adaptable

Drupal Commerce store is built by configuring modules and interfaces that’s why the logic and layout of your website is ready to change right along with the growth of your business.

  • Built for Growth

As you Drupal is one of those CMS’s that empower heavily trafficked websites. With Drupal Commerce store you will forget how hard it can be to accommodate a website for processing tens of thousands of transactions a day.

  • Drupal 7 Based

Drupal Commerce all those extremely effective features that you got used to in 7-th core. This core gives you an opportunity to build and expand functionality of your site with thousands of other contributed Drupal modules.

  • Community Driven

Do you remember what Drupal was in the beginning? It was created with contribution of Drupal community and efforts of hundreds of devs from all over the world.

  • Connects Socially

Since we live in the world of social networks and sharing, that would have been strange if Drupal Commerce store did not support those networks. Here you will find integration popular networks where your customers will be able to share your products or services.

  • Continuously Innovating

“The drop is always moving” is the adage that keeps Drupal continuously innovating, and Drupal Commerce is no different. Each new version of core and contributed modules opens the door for wide-ranging changes in architecture and the UI to keep the project current and competitive.

  • Design Freedom

You have complete control over how your store looks through Drupal’s theme layer. Start with any number of freely available or premium themes and tweak the CSS and HTML until it twinkles in your designer’s eye.

  • Truly Flexible

Drupal Commerce makes no hard-coded assumptions about your product display needs or business model. You can literally build your site to meet your needs using Drupal’s core interfaces to manage your data objects, page and block layouts, and business logic.

  • Full Featured

The core systems offer a complete product administration system, shopping cart, and checkout form. It supports multilingual and multi-currency out of the box, with additional eCommerce features and usability enhancements provided by contributed modules.

  • Global

Drupal Commerce was developed from the start to support international currency, tax, and language needs. Its core pricing engine and contributed modules make it easy to support alternate prices per currency or dynamic currency conversion and VAT inclusive product price displays.

  • Integrated

The Drupal Commerce extension list is full of third-party integrations for payment gateways, fulfillment services, accounting applications, social networks, and much more. The API has been built to be extended and to support the import and export of your eCommerce data.

  • Mobile Ready

The future is mobile, and Drupal plans to shine on the small screen. Designing responsive eCommerce sites is a breeze with several base themes leading the way, and accessing Drupal data through web services has never been easier thanks to the powerful Services module.

  • Open Source

Unlike other eCommerce projects, Drupal Commerce not just open source in name only. Licensed under the GPL with no fees to access any of its features, the software is community focused and free for use by merchants all over the world.

Couple days ago Commerce Guys made friends with Skrill one of the biggest payment systems in Europe, so if you’re an inhabitant of a European continent this would be a reasonable plus for you in favor of Drupal Commerce.

In the first decades of December TemplateHelp will release its own Drupal Commerce themes. Feel free to subscribe for the launch notification e-mail. The upcoming themes are produces in cooperation with Commerce Guys, it means they will contain all those features mentioned above. As always Monstrous devs will indulge you with some bonne bouches of their own production.

What you can do with that right now?

  • Subscribe for the launch notification;
  • Wait till you get the e-email;
  • Check out the themes when they appear in first/second decade of December.