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What is E-Commerce and What can it do for Us?
The diagram opposite illustrates the separation of these layers and how they are
brought together when the page loads into the visitors' web browsers.
Drupal is a free, open-source content management system, which allows individuals
or a community of users to easily publish, manage, and organize a wide variety of
content on a website. The Drupal website, containing lots of information on Drupal,
its history, and its features is http://drupal.org/ .
What is E-Commerce and What can it do
E-Commerce is the process of conducting business, by means of the sale and
purchase of goods and services as well as the transfer of funds, over networks and
through computers. We will create an online shop that will enable us to do business
electronically over networks (the Internet) allowing us to sell goods as well as
receive payments electronically, although it can also cater for the option for manual
payments by cheque or money order.
E-Commerce can help us reach new potential with our business, making our
products and services available to a wider audience. It can of course do more for us;
it's just a case of where we want it to end! It can also:
Manage stock control
Implement a better workflow of the sales process
Enable us to accept business from new locations
Enable us to process payments from customers who would have otherwise
been unable to purchase from us
Help generate new business by offering more than just a shop—if we also
have a website with which our online shop is interconnected, then visitors to
our website will also be attracted to our online shop.
What is Drupal e-Commerce?
…and why is it better than a regular online shopping cart?
Drupal e-Commerce is the combination of Drupal, the content management system,
and the e-Commerce module, which can be plugged into it, bringing a wealth of
e-commerce functionality to the software.