After you are done reading this post, you will learn the easiest ways to find the eCommerce platform an online store is using
To find the eCommerce framework an online store makes use of how been a very difficult task for many. On like WordPress which we can easily detect websites that makes use of it. In the case of eCommerce the reverse is the case. Else, the eCommerce was built with the amazing WordPress Woo-commerce plugin – you can easily detect that it was built under the WordPress framework.
Apart from WordPress there so many other framework that can be used to develop outstanding eCommerce.
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Best frameworks for developing eCommerce
- Woo-commerce (WordPress)
- VirtueMart (Joomla)
- Drupal Commerce (Drupal)
- Zen Cart
Now how can we know if an eCommerce was built with Magento, Abante or any other framework?
Lets look at it this way
OK! Mr. Smith is a web developer, he just won a contract to build an eCommerce store to look exactly and have the whole functionalities like Konga.com, Mr. Smith knows he can develop a perfect eCommerce with WordPress Woo-commerce. Mr. was so happy thinking the job will be an easy task. He immediately navigated his web browser to Themeforest to buy the best WordPress Woo-commerce theme and other necessary plugin from CodeCanyon. Mr. Smith succeeded in building an outstanding eCommerce which is better than Konga.com in terms of functionalities and responsiveness.
Mr. Smith was happy he did it. He then uploaded it on the server, but his client rejected the job, saying he wants a 70% clone of Konga.com. Unfortunately Mr. Smith don’t know the framework that was used in developing Konga.com so it will a much bigger task for him to achieve him client need.
If only he know the framework that was used it would have save him much time, and build him client confidence in him too.
This is more than 6 weeks now, and his yet to get to job done to the taste of his client.
In case you know Mr. Smith, tell him to navigate to this post
In learning on how to find out the eCommerce platform on online store uses, we will make use of Konga.com as a case study. This we believe will be of help Mr. Smith in getting his job done.
Killing 2 birds with a stone right!!!
Same technique will be applied to find out the eCommerce platform any online store is using, it is also perfect for detecting WordPress or any other web application.
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Which eCommerce Platform is Konga built with
To do this, first, we will have to navigate our web browser to Builtwith.com
Just a the name implies, Builtwith is an amazing website that can be used to find out the back end properties of an eCommerce and most other web applications.
To check the platform a store is built with – simply enter a store’s URL and BuiltWith will return a full profile that tells you the eCommerce and shopping cart technologies the store is using, as well as other results describing the full detail on how the website was built.
See image below
Enter Konga.com or any other eCommerce or website which you want to check framework or platform which its built with.
Next click on Lookup, the next page will contain a long list of different information about the site which includes;
- Nameserver Providers
- Hosting Providers
- Email Services
- SSL Certificate
- Shipping Providers
- Ecommerce/CMS (depending on which the site rest on)
- Analytics and Tracking
- Content Delivery Network, and many more information
In the case of Konga.com under Ecommerce, see image below
As shown in the image above, we can see now that Konga.com was actually built with Magento Enterprise Edition.
With this, i beleive Mr. Smith now has a quick solution
Depending on the type store, you can also get helpful info such as knowing which applications and widgets the store runs on. Also inclusive are advertising to analytics data.
You can also use Wappalyzer to detect the web application different online platform makes use of
Wappalyzer is a BuiltWith browser extension. Available for Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.
Wappalyzer will display an icon next to the address bar which will tell you the platform a website is running on, it also provides additional information in a drop-down menu.