I have been hair-pulling for months now trying to choose a shopping cart to use for ecommerce websites, going forward.
In my own tentative shopping cart: Magento? Prestashop? Insterspire?
It seems that each offers something good, but also something bad. What I'd like is of course SEO-friendly, that's a given, but also one that's customer-friendly in terms of how the categories are laid out, and manager-friendly in terms of managing categories and products.
However, I have just come across a website where I really really like the way that the public side is laid out. It is: <snip>
But I can't figure out what shopping cart this might be - can anyone tell ?
[edited by: eelixduppy at 2:03 pm (utc) on Sep. 18, 2009] [edit reason] no URLs, please [/edit]
What you see on the public side shouldn't be your guide to a good cart. A good website developer can make any (well almost any) cart look good. Your best bet is to demo some of the online carts. Even if you don't intend to use them. You can learn a LOT by spending time with a pre-installed demo.
Yes, I have done inumerable demos until my eyes get fuzzy and my hair itches (and vice-versa).
What I can't understand is why there aren't any that are: - easy to use as an admin to set up categories and products - seo friendly - out-of-the-box customer-friendly on the public side Even the big players seem to have hopelessly user-unfriendly interfaces. Don't they study usability? That's the name of the game!
I went through the same thing a few months ago, decided non really suited my requirements and ended up building my own.
It didn't end up all that complicated to do. Mine is a mix of database and html pages (a bit like one of the shopping cart add-ons but slightly more database based for ease of management) but I reckon it's quicker for me to use a dedicated editor rather than a wysiwyg editor.
Best thing is the speed and flexibility. The only proprietary one I took a fancy to was aspdotnetstorefront. Didn't fancy the fun of asp.net though.
Msg#: 3991574 posted 7:32 am on Sep 19, 2009 (gmt 0)
Yes, I have built my own too. But the web has outgrown that I think now. There's no way I could keep up with all the features a sophisticated shopping cart needs these days: - cross-selling (related products) - order history - coupons - discounts and promotions - package tracking - wishlist - product reviews - tax per country - different currencies etc. etc.
What I can't understand is that in all the carts that have been built, in addition to the features, they aren't also built on usability. Features without usability is silly.
Msg#: 3991574 posted 7:57 am on Sep 19, 2009 (gmt 0)
It is always going to be very difficult to find a shopping cart that has all of teh features that you desire, I would suggest you to go with one, if it does have something that you want you can pay someone to integrate the feature for you