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Shopping Cart or something else for my site?
I have enough information to get myself really confused.

10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1359 posted 2:50 pm on Nov 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm building a site selling a tangible product. Widgets, of course.

I like the idea of having all 500 widgets in one database so that I can generate static pages (for se indexing) and have the flexibility of generating sub-sites from the same db.

By sub-sites I mean have one site carrying all of my widgets but use the same db to build a companion site that focuses on a sub-set of widgets, carrying and promoting only short-handled widgets.

I'd really appreciate some specific recommendations. The Agora shopping cart comes with my hosting account and *supposedly* will install automatically on my domain so if anyone also has some experience with Agora that kind of feedback will also be appreciated.

Anyway, I'm really at a loss as to how to proceed. A straight "build your site from a db dynamically using static pages" and/or "use this shopping cart". The software doesn't have to be free, this is a business after all, but I also don't have $500.00 to put into this part of the project. I expect I could in the future (or what's the point in selling anything?).

Thanks for any pointers.



10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1359 posted 9:04 am on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Unless you're looking for a comprehensive commerce management interface, I'd suggest you write the cart yourself. My experience is this is the sort of thing that needs to be custom built. Different shops have different product - different products demand different representation - and the business model itself has some play in this. Unless you're looking for something to *define* your business for you, you should consider putting this together yourself. It's no more difficult than generating static pages from a database. IMHO


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Msg#: 1359 posted 2:34 pm on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

We are in a similar situation, the best that I can find is litecommerce which is developed by the same company that developed x-cart.

You can use that cart to generate html pages for you. These are not doorway pages as such but fully functioning pages with add to cart and checkout functions.

As far as other sites are concerned, you can put add to cart on static pages with html links back to the cart. This is by far the easiest and the most flexible system I have seen so far.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1359 posted 3:56 am on Nov 21, 2003 (gmt 0)


try this [zen-cart.com] it is open source and looking good....


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