Hello, AbanteCart! Hot tip on a cool new OSC program
I got a tip recently about a hot new open source ecommerce (OSC) program coming out called AbanteCart and took a peek at it the 0.9.2 version that has been in stealth development for the last two years. Well, I have to say I like what I see and I WANT IT NOW!
The storefront is beautiful, yes, each year we have increasingly higher expectations on what these free OSC programs should do for our customers and AbanteCart meets them in spades. But for AbanteCart, the Admin is MADE for store owners who appreciate great visuals. Who spends more time looking at your site than anyone else – hundreds of hours per year? You do, the store owner! Most Admins are ugly, utilitarian functions as if the programmers just got worn out by the time they got to it. Not only is AbanteCart Admin pretty out of the box, but it is skinnable, too – Admin templates will be made that you can drop in to change the look.
Here is just a quick list of the outstanding features I’ve discovered so far:
- No need to know ANY code, 100% managed from the Admin
- Feature rich right out of the box, no need to turn on each feature
- One-step installation of add-on extensions
- Admin “Search Anything” feature built-in so you can find it fast
- Fast setup and migration from osCommerce, ZenCart, OpenCart
- Skinnable Storefront AND Admin
- Flexible layout, easy to change pages
- Built-in media resource library
- Many payment and shipping modules available for free or for fee
- Push-button Upgrades from the Admin
- Friendly support forum at http://forum.abantecart.com/
- Commercial templates for Admin and storefront will be available from primary sponsor http://Algozone.com
I’ll continue to keep an eye on this one — a little bird told me that the 1.0 version will be released in the next month or so. Watch this column for more news about AbanteCart!