August 18, 2017
We’ve been pleased to welcome a growing number of merchants and freelancers who want to start accepting Bitcoin for their goods and services. It’s a smart move, and SpicePay makes it surprisingly simple with free, easy-to-use plugins.
We are continuously developing our menu of plugins to give SpicePay merchants plenty of choices, and recently added PrestaShop. Now, we also offer a plugin for Zen Cart, another popular open source ecommerce platform. Both are free, and rate high in user satisfaction – 90% and up, according to FinancesOnline.com’s extensive B2B directory. Both enable you to easily get a store up and running.
I want to start accepting Bitcoin now! Which plugin is best for my business?
PrestaShop is a fully hosted and supported ecommerce platform (also known as a shopping cart), used by freelancers and businesses worldwide. It is especially popular with independent web developers and agencies, though no developer skills are needed to use it. It allows you to build an attractive, mobile-friendly online store from scratch, with the ability to manage product listings, shipping and just about anything else you need to run your business. PrestaShop’s users also benefit from a 850,000-member global community. The software is available for download or hosted in the cloud.
Similarly, Zen Cart is developed and maintained by a vast network of programmers, designers, web developers and business owners around the world. It grew out of the desire of many programmers and developers to launch a free ecommerce service that can be installed and developed by just about anyone, even those with limited IT expertise. It’s a democratized approach. Zen Cart starts with a basic storefront, which you can customize with a vast library of templates, and list product descriptions, images and pricing. You can also show ads for related products or services. The software can easily be modified and tailored to your needs.
We encourage you to do some research and sort out which ecommerce software will best suit your needs in terms of special requirements, worker skill levels, budget and other factors. It’s best to make an informed decision. And bear in mind, we have more plugins on the way. Once your store is in place, come to SpicePay to start accepting Bitcoin in just a few steps: sign up as a Bitcoin merchant, download and install a plugin, and add Bitcoin to your other payment options (credit card, PayPal, etc.). That’s all there is to it.