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Review: Drupal Ubercart Module

The Drupal Ubercart module is for any business (small to large) looking to sell products from shippable goods to downloadable goods, but doesn't want to deal with the more complex shopping cart systems.

The Drupal CMS platform is much more than a content management system. Drupal can be a Web portal, a blog, display image galleries, and even an e-commerce site. With the help of the Ubercart modules you can sell products in an online purchasing system. If your business is looking for an easy, reliable means to sell products online, Ubercart is your solution.

System requirements

  • Running Drupal system (Ubercart modules exist for most Drupal releases)
  • Token module (installed within Drupal)
  • Curl Library (installed via command line)
  • GD library (installed via command line)
  • Open source project asking for donations
  • Additional information

Who's it for?

The Drupal Ubercart module is for any business (small to large) looking to sell products from shippable goods to downloadable goods, but that doesn't want to deal with the more complex shopping cart systems. Ubercart is simple to install, easy to set up, and works with various payment methods (including Paypal).

What problem does it solve?

Ubercart allows businesses to create an on-line purchasing system quickly and with little effort. Prior to tools like Drupal and Ubercart, the creation of e-commerce systems was pricey and complicated. Ubercart takes the headache and budget drain out of the deployment of an e-commerce system.

Standout features

  • Simple installation
  • Quick product creation
  • Product classes
  • Order tracking
  • Customer tracking
  • Conditional actions
  • Roles and access rules

What's wrong?

The biggest problem with Ubercart is the lack of documentation. Although Ubercart should be simple for anyone who has set up Drupal or administered anything of this nature, it would be nice to have a little documentation so the creation and configuration of an Ubercart e-commerce system doesn't require a Google search.

Competitive products:

1Shopping Cart

X Cart

Lite-commerce

Bottom line for business

If you are looking for an e-commerce solution, and you can deploy Drupal, Ubercart is your tool. You might have to dig a bit for documentation but the features you gain, and the money you save, will make the minimal effort time well spent. Ubercart is incredibly flexible, reliable, and suitable for small- to large-businesses.

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About Jack Wallen

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