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Best Shopping Cart Software
any advice?

 11:46 am on Dec 13, 2007 (gmt 0)


I have now extensively trialled both cubecart and zen cart packages and neither quite fit the bill for my new site.

Cubecart doesnt quite have the feature set that I need (no UK google checkout support, and not enough product status options for me). However I do use this on another site and it works very well as I don't have the same requirements there)

Zen cart is difficult to configure properly (I find the whole zones thing impossible to manage and combine with google checkout). It is also difficult to upgrade and not very flexible to manually design the site around the template system.

(Google checkout is necessary as the fees are low)

I did find that the support that cubecart offers was invaluable for getting issues fixed and the staff there were great. The main real problem with zen cart is the lack of support (the forums aren't really a good substitute).

So ideally what I'm looking for is some cart software that is:

* Well supported (I dont mind paying for support)
* Easily customizable
* Supports google checkout for the UK
* Inexpensive
* runs on Linux/Apache/PHP/MySQL

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'll be happy to report back on which works best for me



 2:38 pm on Dec 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

You may find an answer in the previous discussions listed here [webmasterworld.com] under the Catalogs & Carts section.


 6:15 pm on Dec 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Look at Shopsite especially if you want a well supported product. Has G checkout but I haven't used it. (UK?)


 10:21 pm on Dec 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Brilliant thanks :)


 11:10 pm on Dec 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

What are you selling? how many products/skus will you have? How many visitors/customers do you plan on supporting? Will you hold inventory or dropship?


 12:37 pm on Dec 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

I use the new CC version 4+ on a few clients sites (the new CC is not coming free :) but it is a totally revised system, way above the CC3.
It does a good job and passed with flying colors a tough security audit.
It was listed as number one system by an e-comm magazine
NO I do not work for them!
But I like it for I am able to tweak the scripts to my needs, I Am not speaking about CSS but PHP.

There always have been around a few very good CC developers, have you tried to ask a few of those guys for an estimate
Think about it for the system is quite robust.


 4:26 pm on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'll be selling a small volume of items, maybe 100 different products in total, holding stock. I hope to make 4-5 sales per week.

I'm looking at ecommercetemplates which looks to do exactly what I need.


 3:35 am on Dec 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

zen cart is what we use, check them out.


 2:56 pm on Dec 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

zen cart is what we use, check them out.

As I mentioned in my first post, I find zen cart difficult to to customize, difficult to upgrade, and with no paid support available, I cant risk the possibility of getting into trouble and being on my own.


 10:15 pm on Dec 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

jshop would do the job.


 9:28 pm on Dec 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

I might be a little late with this, but have you tried Monster Commerce?

They have support for Google Checkout (it *should* be available for the UK but I haven't used it) although there is indeed a monthly fee. Support and the forums have both been great resources.

Good luck!


 1:40 am on Dec 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you get on the zen message boards, you can find someone to pay to help customize. Its really not that difficult. You could consider hiring someone who is very good at writing php as well.


 2:13 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just to update you all.. I went with Ecommercetemplates in the end and it is perfect! It comes with a basic dreamweaver or frontpage template so it is mega easy to customize. It works with google checkout UK and the support is excellent (and free for the first 6 months). And it's cheap :)

After struggling with Zen for a few months this was a breath of fresh air.


 7:34 am on Jan 13, 2008 (gmt 0)


I have had pretty good experience with zen cart for "tangible" (can touch goods) and now getting the measure of ezypal for digital stock.

Both seem to be pretty good/

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