It's perhaps no surprise that e-commerce is enjoying a new boom in this tumultuous age. As people adapt to conducting more and more of their lives remotely, online shopping continues to be not only a favourite activity, but a necessity.
However, more consumers buying goods and services online means more companies are devoting resources to amplify their e-commerce profile.
For owners of businesses that operate in the e-commerce space, that means more competition. And with so many competitors out there vying for customers, it's more important than ever to choose the right e-commerce system for your enterprise.
At Laracle, we've analysed the options. In our collective expert opinion based on years of experience as developers, we believe opting for a Laravel e-commerce software is hands-down the right choice for the vast majority of businesses. Let's take a look at why.
Custom Laravel E-Commerce Services
The Laravel PHP framework (don't worry, we'll get into what that means in a second) is barely a decade old, but it attracts more enthusiasts as each subsequent release comes along.
At Laracle, our team of developers has devoted the years of training and hands-on work necessary to master Laravel. We've spent years crafting bespoke online shops, booking platforms and more, thoroughly exploring all of Laravel's capabilities along the way.
But before we get into what makes the Laravel framework the best choice for developing an e-commerce platform for your enterprise, let's take a closer look at what Laravel actually is and what it has to offer.
What Is The Laravel Framework?
Laravel is a versatile, adaptable PHP framework that was first released in 2011. It's free and open-source, designed with an elegant, simple-to-use foundation that allows developers to unleash their inner creativity.
As Laravel's creators say, it's a framework “...for web artisans, freeing you to create without sweating the small stuff.”
However, Laravel also gives developers and end-users the security of robust built-in user authentication and authorisation. As anyone in the e-commerce space knows, these are two vital cogs in the machinery of providing customers with a safe, accurate, and seamless online shopping experience.
Smoothness, Speed and Security
At the same time, Laravel also offers the capability of cleanly processing immense quantities of data in a very short time.
As everyone who has ever had an online transaction hang at a critical moment knows, nothing will make you put your credit card away faster than being forced to use a clunky, slow or unresponsive e-commerce platform.
Running a Laravel-built e-commerce platform makes all those concerns moot – when the right developer team deploys it.
The Laravel Difference
Here's a breakdown of some of the main features of the Laravel platform and what they mean for you.
Easy coding and programming - Ease of programming might not seem relevant to you for running your site, or for your customers who use it. But in fact, the ease with which expert developers like the team at Laracle can create code to run on Laravel means that we – and you – have the freedom to invent elegant, easy-to-implement solutions to any problems you might encounter. It also means that if your needs change in six months or a year, it's a breeze to write new solutions into your existing Laravel e-commerce software without starting from scratch.
Authentication and security - As mentioned, the authentication and security protocols built into the architecture of Laravel is hands-down among the most robust there is. When you're using a system built in Laravel, your site is protected from all manner of external attacks, including cross-site request forgery (CSRF), cross-site scripting (XSS), and SQL injection. Suffice to say that these defences and others built into the Laravel framework render your site and your customer's information safe from malicious actors as well as accidental leaks.
Scalability and Transactions per Second - All the e-commerce platforms we construct are not only tailor-made to suit our clients’ needs, but also they’re fully scalable. While problems with out-of-the-box platforms are frequently brought to light as a business grows, with the Laravel based e-commerce sites we build, there is no artificial limit to slow your company’s growth. In addition, even with all this flexibility and sophistication of design, Laravel is exceptionally light-weight. With drastically reduced bloat and a smaller footprint, Laravel can process a ton of data almost instantaneously. That means that the Laravel framework is perfect for e-commerce sites that need to process a high number of transactions per second efficiently.
The Laracle Team's Approach
Here are a few things you should know about us.
Every platform we build for our clients is 100 percent bespoke and created just for them. By creating every e-commerce shop or booking site we work on from the ground up, we can ensure that you get the highest-quality site possible, and one that is specific to your needs.
Our standard is simply this: whatever the client wants, we can make it happen.
We're dedicated to creating platforms and applications perfectly suited to the client's specific needs. We love to craft innovative, custom-made solutions adding any features desired – leaving behind the standardisation and limits of out-of-the-box e-commerce platforms forever.
Our approach to our work is to embrace the challenge of solving a puzzle, conjuring innovative solutions to whatever issues or challenges our clients may face in creating just the right e-commerce site for their business. It's not only what we're good at – it's a challenge we quite enjoy.
Why We Use Laravel
So let's get into the nitty-gritty of why we opt for the Laravel framework, and why we believe it will not only provide our clients with the best, most adaptable, and most secure e-commerce site possible in the short term but also a long way down the road.
It has it all – Laravel e-commerce software stands at the unique crossroads of being extremely powerful and robust – but it's also cleverly agile. That means when and if your needs change, it's a breeze to add a feature or make other adjustments.
We retain control (and so do you) – Using Laravel, we can create your e-commerce system or application from the ground up. Since we've built it in-house, that means we are entirely in charge of quality control. Notably, that also means every step in the development process is transparent to us. We know exactly what went into creating every element of your custom-made site, so we know how to tweak it down the road should your needs change.
Security – As discussed previously, one of the most significant features of the Laravel framework is that it provides applications with an extra layer of protection by acting as a middle-man between the user and the server.
Our Approach to Customer Relations
We’ve been developing custom code for over 15 years, and in that time, we've learned a thing or two not only about how to develop the best custom platforms and applications but also how to keep our clients happy. That means that the old adage of “whatever the customer wants, the customer gets” actually applies when it comes to our services.
We have a level of expertise in creating custom e-commerce platforms using Laravel that allows us to add any feature – if you can imagine it, we can build it. Nothing is impossible.
As an industry leader, our bespoke Laravel e-commerce software development services have been sought by clients from a wide variety of fields and across all sectors, including manufacturing, food and beverage, retail, charitable foundations and more.
Some of our more prominent clients include Holland & Barrett, Pepsico, Seatedly and even the UK Government.
But the truth is, some of the work that makes us most proud is the creativity we've brought to bear on the unique e-commerce needs of the dozens of smaller, niche enterprises we've helped.
Our Customer Service
As mentioned previously, we have the skills to make anything happen that the client wants to happen within their custom-built Laravel e-commerce software. But here's a breakdown of our approach:
Contact – Once you reach out to us by phone, email, or in person at our Stratford-upon-Avon or London offices, we'll be happy to get started creating a bespoke e-commerce platform suited to your needs.
Familiarise – We take the time to get to know our clients and fully understand your goals and what you're looking for in an e-commerce system.
Plan – We work closely with our clients to develop the ideal scenario for creating the bespoke platform that will make your business shine.
Build – We take all the information and guidance we've gleaned from listening to you, and we get to work building your application. All the while, we remain in contact, providing updates and clarifying any issues that may arise.
Mentor – Once your new Laravel e-commerce software is built and has gone live, that doesn't mean we disappear – far from it. We mentor your team through the site's ins and outs and provide continuing access to attentive aftercare service for your new platform.
Get in touch today, and someone on our excellent customer service team will answer any questions you might still have, and we can get started building the perfect e-commerce system to fit your enterprise!