While at the Washington DC DrupalCon a few weeks ago, I had the much needed opportunity to sit down and chat with a couple of the contributors for the Ubercart, an e-commerce package that can be used alongside Drupal. Beside being incredibly friendly, Team Ubercart was very knowledgeable (as I would hope the developers would be), but were able to explain things in easy to digest terms. After only 15 minutes of talking with the guys, I was completely sold on Ubercart.
Now days it’s almost easier to piece software together rather than search and search for a single complete solution. Fortunately, I didn’t have much searching to do. Ubercart is feature-rich AND, best of all, it’s open-source! Among Ubercart features are the ability to sell physical items, digital downloads and site access, support for numerous payment gateways (including PayPal, Authorize.net and Cyber Source), single-page check-out and, an XML import/export. Did I mention that all of this is FREE!? Obviously, payment gateways will get their small portion, but the cart itself is free. Also, services like FetchApp force you to host any digital downloads on their servers at a hefty fee, while Ubercart allows files to be hosted on the website server that you’re already paying for!
If you can’t tell, I’m quite Uberexcited about this package (I’m so sorry for that… I really am). Ubercart as a whole isn’t new news to me, and probably not you either, but it’s feature set sure is. Granted, it can’t be used outside of Drupal and it’s a package that takes a small knowledge of development, but that aside, it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re in the market for a CMS/e-commerce combo. I, myself, am looking forward to being able to implement Ubercart in upcoming projects.