The 7 Best E-commerce Modules for Drupal
Drupal is widely known as one of the best e-commerce solutions. It should be noted, however, that e-commerce is not yet a part of Drupal’s core. That being said, if you still want to take advantage of this great content management system for your business, you still can.
The answer is: e-commerce modules.
Many of the popular e-commerce modules for Drupal involve third-parties, such as the Amazon Store, and unless affiliate marketing interests you, these modules may not be the best fit. Instead, let’s focus on the modules that will ensure that you see an increase to your overall bottom line.
Here are the 7 best e-commerce modules for building a Drupal site that will best accommodate your e-commerce needs.
1. Drupal Commerce
The best place to start for taking your Drupal site into the e-commerce world is Drupal Commerce. Drupal Commerce prides itself on offering a framework designed with maximum flexibility.
Drupal Commerce offers the traditional e-commerce needs, from a shopping cart to product catalog management. Additionally, however, Drupal Commerce allows for the customization and scalability, making it a great fit for small and large businesses alike.
The original version of Drupal Commerce requires Drupal 7, created with the intention of leveraging the best features of that version of Drupal. Nevertheless, the latest version, Drupal Commerce 2.x, was created with latest Drupal upgrade in mind: Drupal 8.6.
2. Commerce Kickstart
Commerce Kickstart is the fastest way to get your Drupal Commerce site up and running. If you’re looking to build a site as quickly as possible, Commerce Kickstart includes built-in configurations and modules that make the process of launching an online store fast and simple.
For those with Drupal 7, two version of Commerce Kickstart are available: both 1.x and 2.x. For those who’ve hopped on the Drupal 8 train, you’ll need the Drupal Commerce 2.x installer.
3. Payment Gateway
Once you’ve got Drupal Commerce, and maybe Commerce Kickstart, you’ll need a way for your customers to make purchases, or payment gateway integration. By integrating Stripe with Drupal Commerce, Commerce Stripe can provide you with a tokenized payment gateway.
Commerce Stripe allows your customers to pay with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, just to to name a few, and they won’t even have to leave your site to do so. Refunds are also supported via a terminal form.
4. Commerce Price Rule
Commerce Price Rule gives you the the opportunity to capitalize on variable pricing. You set the conditions, and the module will automatically provide each customer with pricing in response to those conditions.
For example, you may set a condition that product prices will be higher for customers in Canada than in the U.S., and with that condition in place, your customers will see product prices based on the country they are located in.
5. Commerce Shipping
If you’re selling products online, you’re probably shipping them. Instead of setting a fixed shipping cost, Commerce Shipping will calculate a cost for shipping that’s based on a customer’s location at checkout.
Commerce Shipping is designed to be integrated with other shipping modules, Commerce Flat Rate or Commerce UPS. Perhaps the greatest advantage of this module is that it gives you the flexibility to accommodate more complex shipping scenarios as your business grows.
6. Currency Exchange
While Commerce Price Rule can change a product’s price based on a user’s location, and Commerce Shipping can calculate location-specific shipping costs, you may also need to accommodate various currencies.
To make your life easy, the Currency conversion module allows you to offer customers with a currency conversion page to an amount/price display input filter. It should be noted, however, is that items ordered using this module are shipped with custom and historical rates.
From that first purchase, you’ll want to keep track of your customers’ transactions. With Drupal’s e-commerce Invoice module, you can generate invoices for each purchase, for yours and your customers’ records.
With Invoice, you have the the option to choose from a variety of invoice templates and select the one that best suits your needs. You also have the option to view and download your invoices as a PDF, as needed.
Looking to build an e-commerce Drupal site?
Knowing which modules are most well-suited for your e-commerce site can help you to build the ideal site from the get-go, or to improve the site you already have. Either way, you’ll still need a developer to install these modules for you.
ClikFocus is here to take your site up a notch. Whether you’ve decided that it’s time to switch to Drupal, or make your Drupal site even better, we can help you to select the tools that will ensure your e-commerce site succeeds.
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