We currently have a site for my wife's store where we sell a large variety of products to do with a popular craft/hobby. Most users find us by doing a search in let's say, Google, and they find the product listed on our page. In many cases, it might be a particular book title. They click the link and end up on the page in our site that shows that book, then HOPEFULLY, they buy it.
It's been suggested that we could or should use a different "shopping cart" solution. Our host suggests oscommerce. My question is this - can a person then do a search in Google, or Altavista, find a specific book, like "101 easy widgets" and end up at our site, like they can now? We display and sell product from static pages. For the books to do with this craft, we have 5 pages. When we get new book titles, I go to a page, remove an older title and add the new one on the page, with a photo and description, and a button they can click to order THAT book. Each product has a button that is specific to it. If you go to books page 4, you will always find certain titles (until or unless I modify THAT page)
Works great for having products found in searches, not real simple to maintain, but not hard either! No database, simple CGI scripted cart, it works.
I've looked at shopping carts based on databases, admin pages, etc etc and find them bloody complex and a steep learning curve.
I typically add/change/delete several products every week. For example, I have a stack of about 18 books to add. With my current system, it's just a matter of scanning, adding some table rows, typing in the info, creating a new button and plugging it all in. Takes just minutes per product. Within days, people can search and find that product on a specific page, go right to that page and order it.
I'm open to thoughts, opinions (those are usually free, right?), tips, tricks and any other support I can muster up here! Thanks.
(if you want to see our site to see what the #&! I'm talking about, please sticky me. I'm NOT out to promote or sell here, just improve our site and make MY life easier!)