.NET, E-commerce

Is NopCommerce the best ASP.NET e-commerce solution?

E-commerce sector has been in fashion and on boost for a while now. That’s why there are many debates over choosing the right open source solution for it. Let’s try to figure out why nopCommerce could become your choice. If you are an ASP.Net developer, you might want to graciously add and/or argue with something. In any case, welcome aboard 🙂 and let’s get to the point.

“NopCommerce is among the top 5 featured e-commerce apps on Microsoft Web Matrix, downloaded more than 395,000 times from there and witnessed more than 883,142 source code downloads from Codeplex.”

The main feature of this software is that it is very easy to manage and quite user-friendly. This was the reason why nopCommerce created a buzz in the market soon after it was launched. Unlike others, nopCommerce is not written in PHP or Pearl rather, it is completely written in ASP.Net 4.0 and nopCommerce developers have provided the backend of SQL 2005 which even today is considered as very powerful database management platform.

NopCommerce is an open source e-commerce solution that contains both a catalog front-end and an administration tool back-end which is easy to work with for anyone with basic computing and administrative skills.

The various features that have made nopCommerce so popular are notification via sms, live chat, multiple language support, one page checkout procedure which ensures a low bounce rate, billing and shipping detail, mapping the products in the appropriate categories and sub categories. You have control over features such as discounts, coupons, wish lists, tax options, shipping methods and much more.

Speaking about other Nopcommerce features that seems quite prominent to me, they are:

• availability of exchange rate system that is based on the real time prices and multicurrency support (this has greatly helped the shoppers across the globe to shop freely irrespective of their current location);
• multi-store and multi-vendor support (this also allows online store owners to sell their products without the need to stock inventory and ship orders);
• drop shipping (enables the assignment of vendor details to a product).

Additionally NopCommerce is one of those few open source solutions that have been built keeping Search Engine Strategies in consideration with the use of friendly URLs, properly structured content and products to enable potential customers to find your store.

And last but not least nopCommerce is supported by fastest growing user community which has increased the technical as well as informative aspect of the solution.

With so many advantages listed, inadvertently a question arises if there are any pitfalls with this solution. And for sure there should be some. For instance it appears to have heavy server requirements and tends to require more design and development expertise than other shopping carts.

And what are your thoughts about nopCommerce? Please share your experience of using this e-commerce solution. Many thanks in advance!

Aliona Kavalevich

Aliona Kavalevich

Business Development Manager

E-mail: Aliona.Kavalevich@altabel.com
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8 thoughts on “Is NopCommerce the best ASP.NET e-commerce solution?”

  1. Thanks for your post. It’s reassuring me about nopCommerce as we’re kind of stuck with it. I haven’t been able to find any easy way to integrate nopCommerce with inventory management and accounting setup (quicken). Most of the products don’t list nopCommerce as a partner or compatible.

    Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Jim,
    I’m very much interested in exactly that – integration with inventory management and accounting software. How have you fared since your last post?

  3. Thank you for your deep analysis on nopCommerce. Memory requirements requirements and performance have been substantially improved since version 3.40 which was released on July 2014

  4. I ‘m going to develop a web application which is 80% content and 20% online store.

    More concretely, I intend to create a web application where people/companies can register storage space they would like to offer for rent (along with many properties necessary for others to search and choose appropriate storage space), with Google-Map backed ZIP-based location search, photos and videos of storage spaces etc etc

    This is not a typical eCommerce site for selling stuff.

    Is this better done based on a CMS (like DotNetNuke) or can nopCommerce be customized/extended in less effort? Or maybe a combination of both (if nopCommerce can at all be integrated into DNN)?

  5. I tried nopCommerce and I almost lost my client due to very slow performance, took too much time to enter a basic product and even opening home page. When I checked the TTFB was coming very high specially working with database. To save the client I finally moved to Magento. Looks weird, but I was about to save my client. After 4 years, now I am searching for really good solution for eCommerce purpose which have min. TTFB like 3ms or 5ms.

    Well, I don’t like to make all the blames to nopCommerce, it might be the problem with Hosting but again we find very cheap and effective linux hosting than Windows.Killing speed.

    Like to come back to work eCommerce in Asp.Net MVC but not confident enough on any solution for .Net.

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