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5:03 pm on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am new to this forum but have run an ecommerce site for about 12years. I will be soon opening another site with different products. My existing site runs a PHP based cart system I built from scratch. It works but has some rough edges and functionality customized for the specific business.

For the new site I am looking to start over with a different cart, mainly to save time rather than adapting what I already have. What I am looking for in a cart is:

- Open access to source for modification
- Paypal, google checkout integration
- Multiple shipping options (manual is preferred do not need carrier APIs)
- Coupon codes and affiliate codes
- Prefer PHP and SQL based, could live with PERL

I have looked into OpenCart but reviews are mixed and I do not like the modules required for almost any feature.

Ideally I would like to find a 'core' of a cart (DB, transaction and payment) which is secure and stable and then add display and backend stuff myself.

What can you recommend?

6:45 am on Dec 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Try with AJ Shopping Cart which is the user & seo friendly cart software to create your store for physical as well as digital download products. Get 50% off on the Enterprise license of AJ Shopping cart as festive offer to create your store.

[edited by: lorax at 5:04 pm (utc) on Dec 30, 2012]
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10:57 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I would advise staying far away from Zen Cart. My personal experience over the past year will tell you that unless you know how to code yourself, you're going to be paying a ton of web dev coder fees.

Assuming you're a small business and don't make that many sales.
12:35 am on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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12 months ago i spend weeks deciding which platform is best.
The bottom line ALL platforms have pros and cons.

Finally i chose magento and have no regrets. It's not super easy to customize, but you can extend it later to whatever you want. The only downside - it's not suitable for SUPER BIG SITES.

If you have 100-5000 products magento would be my choice.
1:14 am on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Ecommerce Templates (ECT) ASP & PHP versions, MySQL or Access, responsive design templates available, all the criteria you mentioned and great product support. Have been using them for years with no complaints or problems.

7:22 am on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I agree with tycoon7 that whichever eCommerce platform you choose for yourself, you will find each one of them with pros and cons. The best way to choose a suitable platform is to chalk out the features you want in your mind. This should help you save a lot of time in the process of finding one of the most suitable one for your website.

The market is full of such apps. I would suggest taking your time and choose a suitable one wisely and without being in any sort of a hurry.

[edited by: lorax at 12:12 pm (utc) on Jan 3, 2013]
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