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Best shopping cart software?

What's best out there?

2:30 pm on Apr 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello guys,

Working on starting an online shop within a few months and looking for the perfect shopping cart software available. I have some requirements, though.

Of course the HTML/CSS/Javascript should be modern, using semantic markup, clean URL's, created with issues such as duplicate content in mind, etc.. SEO-friendly in other words.. Each product should have 1 main URL.

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?

3:26 am on Apr 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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zen-cart , it's open source and works well for us .
4:16 pm on Apr 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ecommerce Templates cart system work great for me.
Under $200 US, GREAT SUPPORT (via a forum). Updated often.
Has an affiliate system built-in.
5:15 pm on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So we're looking at changing carts too. Verio at first suggested ShopSite, then after scoping out our site, they recommended Zen-Cart. The big thing is we want total control of our site
(ie.) Make site/page changes on a local pc, then FTP up the changes.

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. ;)
12:25 am on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I use Cubecart for my clients, it has loads of features, including (most importantly), search engine friendliness.
1:12 am on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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CS Cart!
12:05 pm on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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x-cart or litecommerce
5:51 pm on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Zen Cart with 60+ add-ons has worked well for our store.


1:38 am on Apr 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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After a good amount of research I settled on cubecart, it has worked pretty well so far. The SEO is well done too.
7:17 am on Apr 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello -

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.

10:58 am on Apr 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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First CubeCart (the newer one .. more expensive, but great value) once you understand its logic and script
you will be able to adapt it as much as needed

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

12:20 pm on Apr 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We use ezwebpro for our clients.