nopCommerce's marketplace has over 1600 themes and plugins, and the list is constantly growing. Many plugins are developed by our community, whereas some important and strategic are our Technology Partners. This means the plugins are free and are developed by the nopCommerce team.
In this post we are going to give a short overview of those integrations and explain how they can benefit your operations and the business as a whole.
Choosing the right online payment provider is crucial for ecommerce stores profitability. There are different things to consider when choosing payment services.
Merchant account or regular account?
Some payment gateways require creating a merchant account, some can draw money to a store owner's existing account. The latter ones, have a shorter setup time, but per transaction fees are higher. Bigger stores choose services with merchant accounts: when it comes to big volumes lower fees matter.
Hosted or integrated?
There are two basic ways of accepting payments:
Hosted payment solutions redirect the customer to payment processor. The pluses here are that the processor is responsible for PCI compliance and security. The drawbacks would include lower UX and lower conversion rates.
Integrated payment providers accept payments on merchant site seamlessly, but they imply more responsibility to store owner.
nopCommerce has a variety of options and proposes all mentioned ways of accepting payments.
PayPal is a global payments platform that is available to people in more than 200 markets, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds to their bank accounts in 57 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 26 currencies. PayPal is a popular option among new store owners because it offers many different options in multiple countries, and the off-site options allow store owners to get started quickly, without site integration or the need for a merchant account. nopCommerce supports PayPal Direct integration out of the box, and PayPal Express on marketplace.
Authorize.Net is one of the world's largest premier payment gateways, serving over 400,000 merchants. It provides subscription capabilities, and simple checkout options. Merchants log into a secure website called the Merchant Interface to manage their transactions, configure account settings, view account statements, generate reports and more. Since the payment gateway is a browser-based hosted solution, there is no software to install or maintain.
2Checkout to accept 26 currencies in 15 languages. The dashboard includes sales history and trends and the option to grant various amounts of access to different users. For a business that brings in a few thousand dollars per month or less, there might be a higher discount rate from 2CO than what's offered by standard merchant accounts.
Beanstream currently provides payment, risk management, and authentication solutions to companies across North America and Canada. Beanstream's features include risk scoring, no downgrades or locked contracts, no monthly setup or hidden fees, card storage vault, multi-currency support, customized risk preferences, and real-time reports.
Qualpay provides integrated payment solutions. The company offers a multichannel cloud-based processing platform that provides a combined merchant account with solutions that enable businesses to accept payments across their sales channels. Its platform enables in-person, online, mobile, mail, and telephone order processing for merchants.
BluePay is a payment processing company that provides services to businesses based in the US and Canada. The company offers a payment gateway for online payment acceptance, although it also sells a POS system. BluePay's features include hosted payment pages, virtual terminal, reporting, recurring billing and electronic invoicing, Levels 2 and 3 credit card processing, and PayPal integration.
G2A PAY is a convenient online payment ecosystem allowing instant access to over 200 global and local payments including credit / debit cards, Skrill and PayPal - in over 80 currencies. G2A PAY is accessible on a range of devices, speaks in 23 languages, and reaches more than 170 countries.
Shipping & Delivery
nopCommerce offers integration with the major carriers - FedEx, USPS, UPS, Canada Post - out of the box. But maintaining the business requires much more like tracking and insurance.
Adding to these major carriers we offer official AfterShip integration,
Aftership a web-based solution for online retailers who want to automate shipment tracking and notify their customers of their delivery status. With its shipping analytics and filters (by status, courier, notifications), AfterShip provides merchants with a clear view of performances and lets tracking all shipments in one place, while keeping customers up-to-date by email, SMS and Webhook.
Setting up tax calculation for an eCommerce business is a quite challenging task, especially when selling abroad. Each country has their own rules and regulations. In the US itself, each state has distinct rules, which are regularly updated. So a profound and reliable tax calculating solution is really important.
One of nopCommerce's tax solution integrations is Exactor. Exactor provides a fully automated, cloud-based SaaS sales tax compliance solution to organizations with sales across any channel to market (in-store, catalog or internet sales). Exactor's proprietary technology enables retailers of any size to fully automate the computation, reporting, and remittance of sales taxes. It is certified by the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) organization and independent ISO 17799 review. Exactor's product suite was designed using a modular approach, allowing the merchant to select only those modules it needs to meet its compliance requirements.
Marketing & Promotions
There are lots of tools to help online merchants in their marketing efforts: email marketing enablers, SEO optimizers, social media accounts management systems, etc.
MailChimp is one of the leaders in email marketing solutions. It allows to create and schedule automated emails, optimize email marketing with powerful A/B Testing features (with up to 3 variations on each test, including content, send times, "From" name, and more), connect shopping cart to a MailChimp account (track online orders, set up automated messaging), segment subscribers list, send triggered emails based on certain site events, and more.
SendinBlue is an emerging leader in email marketing solutions. Sendinblue can boast with good list management and segmentation options available, and offers a similar level of reporting as other newsletter marketing platforms for lower fees.
Retargeting provides marketing automation services that help online stores to personalize the experience for each visitor with the aim of increasing their conversion rates and sales. The Retargeting extension uses a proprietary algorithm that tracks and analyses the actions of each of your online store visitors, in order to send them personalized messages. The purpose of each message is to increase the profitability of your store by closing more sales faster.
SSL Certificates and Security
For users who manage their SSL certificates, themselves nopCommerce can offer good SSL certificates options. The SSL certificate applies the encryption to all website activity, including page and form submissions, and financial transactions. This prevents data theft or other such attacks. Google started to rank websites secured with SSL/TLS higher than an unsecured one, assuming all other factors were the same.
Yet, if you don't capture or store any sensitive data - use a fully off-site payment gateway and account creation is disabled on your site - you might not need a certificate. If you need one, nopCommerce is officially partnered with DigiCert, GeoTrust and Cloudflare.
GeoTrust is the world's second largest digital certificate provider. More than 100,000 customers in over 150 countries trust GeoTrust to secure online transactions and conduct business over the Internet.
DigiCert is the SSL certificate leader who focuses all their efforts on SSL certificates. With the safest encryption and advanced features like Certificate Inspector, fastest certificate insurance, certificate validation and EV certificates makes DigiCert an industry leader.
Keep your eye at nopCommerce technology partnership program, because free and stable connectors to leading services appear each month at your service and benefit.