Shopping Cart Software

Tom Hanks tjhanks at
Fri Mar 17 14:01:49 MST 2006

Personally, ZENcart has been the best solution I've found and it will do 
all you are asking below.  Modules and upgrades are free the software is 
free and you can host it on your own server.  I am hosting a sample of 
it at and /admin to login to the backend.  UN admin PW zenmin.

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 from?
> 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.
> Thanks,
> -Art

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