Shopping Cart Software
jonathan at jkdwebmagic.com
Thu Mar 16 23:49:09 MST 2006
On Thu, 16 Mar 2006, Art Pollard wrote:
> I'm in need of some shopping cart software for a little (well not quite so
> little) project.
> I would like to find "the best" solution without spending tons of $$$. I
> don't mind it being hosted by someone else -- though I have my own server so
> I'd need a way to link to it somehow. If I can host it on our Linux server,
> that is fine too.
> A few of the things I would really like are:
> * Easy customization of HTML / colors / custom graphics / etc.
> * Good UI for users.
> * Affiliates program
> * Inventory Control
> * Ability to notify multiple people in the advent of order
> * Usual billing stuff.
> * Ability to have more than one "catalog" -- this way I can have a second
> password protected catalog for wholesale orders.
> * Strong shipping options.
> * I'm not going to have 100's of products so it need not be db driven.
> * etc.
> I found one called ShopSite that looks very robust but it looks like it is
> pretty expensive though apparently, there are some hosted solutions (isps)
> that use it. Does anyone have any recommendations for shopping cart
> software? Any resources to find a good one? Advise? Things to stay away
> Oh, and what is the project? Well, my "little side project" is that I will
> be opening sometime this summer a chocolate factory in Orem -- we will be
> making a high quality (European style) chocolate all the way from the cocoa
> bean. We will be importing our own beans from Central America and other
> locations to turn into chocolate. I've spent the last year importing vintage
> chocolate manufacturing machinery and hopefully, sometime in the next few
> months, we will be up and running. It's quite different than cranking code
> all day and gives me a good change in pace.
Well, web hosting and e-commerce is my business and I am sad to say that I
am still looking for the perfect cart. I am designing my own currently.
Anyway, I have been unimpressed with all of the free ones that I have
found. I have used to good commercial products, but they still do not
meet all of my needs. I sell ShopSite, Mercantec SoftCart, and Miva
Merchant servers but as you mentioned, they are not really cheap. The one
free one that I have used the most is osCommerce and some of the
osCommerce spinoffs like Zen-Cart.com, x-cart.com, and osc-Max. The basic
osCommerce takes a lot of work to get it to do what you want. Some of the
spinoffs are more decent.
These are some that I have never used but were recommended to me by other
hosting providers like myself:
Chain Reaction Reloaded (osC spinoff I think)
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