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I have done all the homework I can and provisionally decided to go the X-cart route.
I backtracked over as many posts as I could on this forum and did not really find a bad word said about X-cart. There was an issue that came up more than once - i.e. that for X-cart to run the server must have PHP's safe mode turned off - but this was countered by others who said it should not be considered a problem. And I see plenty of people prepared to host X-cart which seems to concur with that argument.
I would like to know if there is any downside I have missed along the line?!
I am grateful for any advice and opinions.
The only downside I've heard of is that X-Cart is somewhat sluggish because it places a significant load on the server. I haven't seen this yet but I won't discount it either.
Thank you for that. I had read in one of the earlier posts that they are a Russian based business but I don't think that is too big a stumbling block.
I hope I don't have to eat my words here - but I am specifically going for a cart using PHP/MySQL because I have some knowledge there already and plan to use it as a vehicle to take my skills to the next level.
So the aim is that I try to look after any mods myself. If I get in trouble there is doubtless a helpful and knowledgeable group on their forum - as here.
So I think my mind is pretty much made up now - time to take the plunge!
Also, and you may not care about this, but they aren't a pro-active company - there are lots of people developing plugins, but they don't like that, they look at it as competition while they should be working with them, since it is like free marketing to seem popular enough for people to develop plugins for your product.
I have a site limping along with LiteCommerce, but I'm going to switch to Pinnacle cart as soon as they release their new version. The LiteCommerce installation has never operated very well - all these performance problems. Right now it's throwing segmentation faults in my apache log files, killing apache deamons for no reason. blah. It's an ongoing struggle with this software.