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Plug in Shopping Cart
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BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3038413
 11:28 am on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have used three or four different shopping carts including Ecommerce templates and OSCommerce and I find them quite complex. This is probably my fault because my coding skills are not as good as they could be so I need a solution that I can handle.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good, commercial cart that is easy to use and that can be plugged in to existing websites? I don't need a free solution as I would prefer one with some sort of speedy support and I would be willing to pay up to $500.

I know this question has been asked before but this is a changing marketplace so there may be good, new stuff around that I am not aware of.

 

jsinger




msg:3038782
 4:30 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hey, I think they're all pretty complex. Any cart that is flexible and full featured will be, anyway.

I'd suggest that you lease your cart to get continuing support and upgrades. Shopsite may be a good choice, but it all depends on what you're selling and how much volume you do. You can buy the script or lease it, btw.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3038883
 5:28 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

A leased solution may be one answer but it has to be easy for less technical clients to update and modify.

milieu




msg:3041855
 9:40 pm on Aug 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

You could try Zen Cart. It's easy to set up and fairly easy to modify. There are also a few templates available for free download.

It's a free download.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3042298
 7:32 am on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, but how easy is it for the client to use?

willybfriendly




msg:3042307
 7:49 am on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I recently did an installation fo Joomla with Virtuemart. It was pretty painless. The cart itself is pretty straightforward.

Caveat emptor.

WBF

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3042409
 10:23 am on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have installed a Joomla demo myself and it was not difficult but does anyone have any feedback on how easy it is to teach clients how to use the admin side of things?

My problem is that when I hand a site over I don't want the phone to be ringing every five minutes with, "Can you tell me again, how do you do this?" calls.

willybfriendly




msg:3042769
 3:23 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

My problem is that when I hand a site over I don't want the phone to be ringing every five minutes with, "Can you tell me again, how do you do this?" calls.

I don't know anyway around this one. However, for limited tasks it is not too hard to teach someone how to operate it.

The deeper and more flexible the system, the steeper the learning curve for the neophyte.

WBF

lorax




msg:3043767
 12:21 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

>> The deeper and more flexible the system, the steeper the learning curve...

Which is often perceived as too complex and confusing = the cart is useless. Ugh... don't get me started on people too lazy to learn. ;)

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3043772
 12:25 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ugh... don't get me started on people too lazy to learn.

That's true but to be fair it can also be a case of not having the time to learn. That is why I was seeking a simple system.

lorax




msg:3043941
 4:20 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

>> not having the time to learn

Understood and agreed. This is not directed at you BDW but what I've seen time and again is this used as an excuse. At least you know your time is limited and have chosen to seek a simple solution. I've worked with clients that want the bells and whistles (against my advice) and then complain when they're trying to work with it because there are so many decisions they have to make like choosing to set the global discount = no on products that they don't ever want on sale, hide products that they've run out of, choose the fields they do or don't want to have appear on the checkout form, or even whether or not they want the customer redirected to the cart after they put something in their cart or to leave them on the product page. Heavens to Mergatroid, if they want the bells and whistles they should expect to have to deal with the added complexity!

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3044548
 11:13 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is not directed at you BDW but what I've seen time and again is this used as an excuse.

No problem, I did not see it as being directed at me. The simplicity that I required was not for myself but for the client :)

I am currently doing a site for a guy who wants to sell about forty items from a niche range that will only be changing occasionally. I was going to give him an OSCommerce solution but I can see problems with this. I am having problems getting the information for the website from him right now because he is so busy.

bsterz




msg:3044556
 12:11 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I would recommend xcart. They have folks on staff that you can hire fairly cheaply to do any installation/customization you need. I seem to remember getting a price from them in your range to customize a cart to fit a client's site. Basically, you just give them the URL of the site and they dig up the colors and images needed to make it go. I don't know if my guy went with it as I was just looking into it to help him out. I have purchased and installed this cart on a test site and I found it easy to setup and very functional.

Bill

Dogza




msg:3044753
 4:32 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just Add Commerce by Rich Media Tech is a great plugin cart. Can be added easily.

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BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3044767
 4:45 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the contributions but once again I must stress that installation of the cart is not my problem. I need something with an adminsitration section that is very easy for my clients to use.

Essex_boy




msg:3044943
 8:13 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

mals-e.com cart is the one to go for no installation and very hard to mess up.

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