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PHP Shopping Cart Systems
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Msg#: 853 posted 9:01 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)


I'm looking for an inexpensive PHP/MySQL shopping cart system that is easily configurable.

I am fairly new to PHP, so I'm looking for something that is easy to install and maintain. I would prefer open source code just in case we want to change it later.

Any Suggestions?




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Msg#: 853 posted 9:05 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

try this



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Msg#: 853 posted 9:06 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Do a find in your browser for "Price: Free" and you'll skip the ones that charge for their shopping cart script.


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Msg#: 853 posted 4:05 pm on Jan 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

I had a very hard time finding any type of PHP cart that was very customizable.

I'm still looking for something. I wanted to keep my front end in static HTML to allow for better search engine searching and preserve my high rankings in Google.

I've searched far and wide, including all the carts shown in Hotscripts, and failed to find a usable script in Perl or PHP.

The main problems that all or some of the carts had for my needs are:

- Could not use my static html pages and connect to their cart. Required session variables and their own product pages.
- If it was open source code, some of them had the weirdest checkout procedures. It looks as if they had never had a usability test done to them. I checked to see if I could rearrange the checkout, but not possible.
- If not open source, then terrible look and feel to it. Can only add a logo to some of them.

If you find something usable, please let me know. The only alternative I'm considering is Mal's E-Commerce. The biggest drawback is you can only customize the header and footer, but the checkout procedure isn't bad.


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Msg#: 853 posted 3:00 am on Feb 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

can't beat oscommerce!


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Msg#: 853 posted 1:01 am on Feb 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Here are the problems I had with OSCommerce when I researched it. If you have information to the contrary, that would be great, but I asked in the OSCommerce Forums and was told the following

1) With their latest release, my customers have to register with a login and password to order. I think customers should be given an option and not be required to do so.

2) It's not possible to keep my pages in static html and just pass product id, price, quantity, return link into the oscommerce cart.


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Msg#: 853 posted 10:30 am on Feb 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

i posted a long message about oscommerce sometime last year listing several problems. one major problem with it is that it cannot be fully spidered by search engines because it uses session IDs in the URL. people like oscommerce because it's free, but it's no good if you lose visitors because your site isn't listed in the search engines .... you'll be better off paying for actinic - the extra traffic you gain will moer than cover the costs of actinic.

try a site search for oscommerce if you want to know more.


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Msg#: 853 posted 10:38 am on Feb 3, 2003 (gmt 0)


Free and works with PHP/MySQL


Easy to set up



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Msg#: 853 posted 4:59 pm on Feb 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've got an osCommerce site that's doing pretty well. We made quite a few mods up front but managed to get several hundred pages indexed nicely. "Nicely" means we got se referrals to over 300 individual product pages last month.

Main things we did:
mod rewrite
tweaked the html title
suppressed the session id's

About to quote another osC based site. I've heard there are some new contributions that supposedly do what I had custom done. I'm skeptical but I'll look at them before I pay my programmer for customizations.

Also, there's an available mod for "Quick Checkout" that doesn't require signing up. It seems to work.

Good luck,

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