Advantages of using Drupal Commerce for your online store

Alliance  ·  December 05, 2020

Drupal is a free open source content management system (CMS) with great community support. It is used by millions of people and organizations around the world to create and maintain websites and applications. Many large companies and government organizations use Drupal, such as the Red Cross, Harvard, the BBC, NBC News, Cisco, Twitter, and others.

Drupal is open-source software released under the GNU Public License.

Thanks to its unique open-source design – and 1.3 million community members – Drupal offers access to a dynamic and ever-growing library of digital tools and resources. As one of the leading CMS solutions in the network, it manages many websites and applications that we use every day. Drupal Commerce solutions are not only adaptable but also scalable, and customers can benefit from its flexibility, simplicity, and accessibility.

Alliance Interactive has 17 years of experience in Drupal support, including website design and development, updates, maintenance, and third-party integrations ensuring maximum utilization of online business opportunities available. Its markets include organizations of all sizes, businesses, and non-profit organizations that support Drupal 7 and 8.

What is Drupal Commerce?

As its name suggests, it is a dedicated Drupal CMS module that acts as a framework to facilitate the development of an e-commerce website. It was created in 2011 to enable the creation of e-commerce websites and mobile applications of any complexity. One of the main features of the software is that it can manage websites without editorial restrictions as well as a retail website with classic functions (such as product or service catalog management) on the same technical basis, using the same administrative interface. 

Why use Drupal Commerce for your project?

Drupal Commerce module is a very powerful e-commerce solution and is often described as a complex and polyvalent platform. Firstly, it is the only e-commerce platform built on the foundations of a professional CMS.

It is a modular solution with a large capacity for quick and efficient adjustment to the configuration of your e-commerce project, but also to your organization. It is also credited with the greatest flexibility compared to other known network platforms.

It is a scalable solution for your project, with the possibility of integration with third-party systems and extensions with which it can very quickly adapt to all changes in the needs of the website, regardless of their size.

Being an “open source” solution, it will allow you to reduce the development and maintenance costs, which is beneficial from the context of your investment which also implies you are guaranteed excellent security of your website.

The Open Source model also suggests that the continuous development of Drupal provides the latest technologies and functionalities that are characterized by modularity, standardization, and ease of use.

An administration system, as well as a workflow that allows better and easier management will allow you to improve your website’s marketing strategy.

If you have an advanced editing strategy, a CMS will be the ideal solution for your website. Drupal gives you great content management that is considered one of the pillars of marketing. Thanks to this substantial quality, it is much easier for end-users to create and design new pages.

Advantages of using Drupal Commerce for your online store

In addition to the basic functionality related to e-commerce site management, Drupal Commerce has advanced features that can help e-commerce websites and applications become an all-in-one primary source of revenue.

Inventory Management: With modules such as Commerce Stock and Commerce Inventory, product inventory management is very simple.

Delivery Management: A module called Commerce Shipping allows you to use user profiles to manage cases where the billing user address and shipping address are different.

E-payment management: Thanks to APIs in the form of modules such as “Payment” or “PayPal Commerce”, Drupal Commerce can integrate with vendors around the world, such as PayPal, Amazon Pay, or Stripe. 

Also, thanks to APIs, other virtual payment terminals, such as Merchant, can be developed and added on websites, for example.

International Management: This e-commerce module enables the creation of multilingual websites and can manage multi-currencies, with a feature that allows the integration of tax rules.

Security error management: “security by design” via Drupal allows quick corrections when system flaws are detected.