Why Use Merchello?
Merchello is the perfect solution to create great eCommerce stores for your clients - all in Umbraco
If you are an agency or developer that specialises in Umbraco, then Merchello should be your first stop when creating eCommerce websites.
It allows you to create online stores for your clients, that are familiar and integrate seamlessly into the Umbraco back office.
Most clients don't want off the shelf systems, and will always need custom modifications and systems to fit their business. This is why Merchello is perfect for them and you.
Merchello's strength is its scalability, and extendability which means almost everything about it is customisable and allows you to give your clients what they want.
What's more, Merchello is free, open source and comes with a great starter kit to get you up and running quickly.
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What makes Merchello a great choice?
Merchello looks and feels just like Umbraco, which gives your clients and editors a familiar environment to manage their online store.
In addition, you can now add extended data to products using the same document types as Umbraco nodes which allows editors to have the same tabbed content and property editors that they would use in the content tree.
That's right. No per domain licensing. No one-off costs. No limitations or cut down editions.
And what's more. Merchello is open source, which means all the source code is available on Github.
Just like Umbraco, Merchello is highly customisable. Because Merchello is just an eCommerce engine the front end of your client's store can look and function however you need it to - Just like you can with Umbraco.
If you need custom workflows or reports in the back office, then that's not a problem either. Merchello has a pluggable model, which allows your developers to write their own providers to handle exactly these types of scenarios.
For example, creating a custom Notification provider would allow you to connect to your client's accounting system.
Merchello has a great order/sales management section which allows your client to manage their store orders easily and quickly.
From capturing payments, to managing multiple shipments from different suppliers and locations.
Just like the order management, the customer management gives your client the ability to manage their customers.
From checking Sales History, Wishlists, updating address and contact information to seeing what this customer has in their Cart/Basket but hasn't finished the checkout.
The customer section can be organised with both manual and dynamic collections, just like the product and sales sections.
Merchello has a very powerful Marketing section, which allows your client to create simple and complex discounts and coupons based on sets of rules and criterias.
And if that's not enough, you can even develop your own custom offer providers that can do much more complex calculations or even check against third party systems.
Merchello has been built with multiple languages and currency in mind. Merchello allows your clients to store multiple language versions of your product content, using a simple and user friendly drop down to change the language.
Merchello has a reporting section built in and comes with a number of useful reports as standard that visualise the store data. These are Sales (This Week vs Last Week), Sales Over Time, Sales By Item and Abandoned Baskets.
As with the majority of Merchello, if your client needs a specific report then your developers can easily create a custom report.
As Merchello is just an extension of Umbraco, it means you can make your clients sites as SEO friendly as possible.
Products and Categories all have friendly urls which can be customised to whatever structure you need, and even allow you to have different Urls for different languages.