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Working on starting an online shop within a few months and looking for the perfect shopping cart software available. I have some requirements, though.
The software must be able to run on Linux, so PHP/MySQL is the best combination.. The code must be available, so you can make changes if you want to.. There will always be unwanted behavior.. And naturally, the code needs to be clean and written in a maintainable way, not spaghetti.
Price really isn't that important.. Anyone tested the new open source project called Magento Commerce? It looks really nice but my first impression is that it was crazy slow (1-3sec to load each page), but hopefully they are working on this issue..
Affiliate is a feature that is heavily needed, but I can create it on my own if necessary.. Seems unlikely to find some software that can handle all of this..
So any thoughts?
I'm not sure which is better though. UR thoughts?
;) The biggest concern we have is making sure we have clean crisp crawlable pages and URL's that will get indexed. ;)
we use for our clients OXID eShop, MySQL PHP ZEND encoded.
why a partly open source ?
- good support
- fast (migrates up to mysql cluster one amoung some other reasons to run zend)
- lanugages- we have one customer which runs the programm in ! 15 Languages, among then, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, French (everybody knows how picky these guys can be about the correct use of the french language :-), german, ungarian, czech, danish, spanish, etc.
- additional build in sales support services to enable additional sales
- shipping calculations on zip code level (globaly)
ok its a payed solution, and the licence area is encoded, and no source available, but if a customer realy want to make money - the littel price is not showstopper since the sales support tools are convincing - and we as well dont work for free, so our prices are higher then the licence.
then indeed x-cart. very pro too
both have a great support
on a side note I often have communicated with CC dev: Allistair; and received great personalized support
plus CC has passed very thorough security audits