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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
* runs on Linux/Apache/PHP/MySQL
Does anyone have any recommendations? I'll be happy to report back on which works best for me
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.
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.
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.
After struggling with Zen for a few months this was a breath of fresh air.