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This forum came highly recommended and I'm so glad I checked it out. I've been freelancing as a webby person of all trades since 1998. I am smart and can learn things relatively quickly by just digging in and doing. I know a little bit about a lot of things. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing, but I go with it.
So when I started to delve into the ecommerce stuff, I was very careful. I researched a bunch of shopping cart packages. My biggest worry was being able to easily integrate the shop with the design of the site, especially for my clients who wanted a regular pages for their site plus a cart. I didn't want a free solution because I've always found the support to be hit or miss and my php/mysql skills are still growing.
I ended up with Digishop from Sum Effect for my shopping cart of choice. Does anyone use this? At first, it sounded like a great solution, but now I cannot believe how much they nickel and dime me for changes to things i shouldn't even have to change in the first place. Like being able to set sale prices by a percentage discount. Or changing the API for the USPS rate change. Or for an import tool that works when I follow their instructions. I'm furious. Even though I've spent a ton of money for three uses of their software, I am seriously considering chucking them and starting fresh, before my client sites go live, with oscommerce or zencart.
I don't want to do it because I do not want to shake my clients' faith in me. But I don't want to deal with any more "oh that will cost you $250 to customize" emails.
Any thoughts out there?
Although theres nothing wrong with Mals people didnt want to go through the cart and then the payment processor, I now use the payment processors cart with cuts out a lot of the effort involved in buying an item.
Failing that hand write one in HTML, ive used good coders in third world country's (Scotland etc ) who work for nothing and work well.
[edited by: Essex_boy at 5:03 pm (utc) on May 11, 2007]
Thank you so much for your input. This is all serious food for thought. I didn't think I could really customize zen cart or osc too much, but enough that it would still have her colors and maybe bg. I haven't looked at hosted solutions, but I will, along with all of the others that were recommended.
My client is inputting her products into a spreadsheet right now and I'll be able to use that with pretty much anything, I suspect, as long as i make sure the header row/field names are right for that particular shop.
thank you again. you guys are awesome.
You can edit its design in frontpage (or any other editor), for me it's quite important feature.
I believe this package could be suitable for you and also it has really clear and understandable admin area...