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What I like about them is that you can design your page however you want and add their buttons, which will add items to the cart or take you to the checkout. Can anyone here recommend reliable software that works the same way? I'd like not to have the design of the site affected except for the buttons. The look of the checkout area etc. are not as important to me.
Thanks in advance,
Unfortunately, I have a frayed shoe string budget *grins* and need something low cost upfront. I figured I could use PayPal for my payment gateway/merchant account since I already have a Business account with them.
I have been saving up for X-cart, which I have been with already for other's. Could I still use PayPal as my merchant account and such with X-cart? Once I start making money, I can change to something better if need be.
Just looking for the cheapest, yet safest option for shopping cart, merchant account, payment gateway.
Does everything you want - the modular system means you have to pay for adding on various different features, but even when you do the sums, it still works out reasonable and seems very easy to work with.
(No I don't work for them, just doing my own independent research).
I think, for now, I'm going to go with Mal's E Shopping cart. It seems pretty simple to deal with on all bases. And it's very inexpensive. That's the plus for me at this time.
Hopefully, if someone has had any good or bad experiences with Mal's E Shopping Cart, please let me know. It's going to be a week or two before I can get started with it.
Dont get me wrong it is still very powerful and knocks spots of of some of the over carts about.
For Example Actinic produces both a static and non static version of the site at teh same time, easy to spider etc.
OSC doesnt and although Ive seen spidered and ranked sites they tend to be in few and far between catagory.
While it doesn't right out of the box, you could use a template engine like Smarty to generate a static version. But then you could use Smarty to build a completely new cart too. The point is that with any solution, you're most likely to start at some point below where you want to be. The only way to achieve the final solution that fits your needs is to customize what you're working with or build your own.
>> why would you want to pay for a shopping cart?
Because sometimes (but by no mean always) a commercial version will get you much closer to the end goal. No matter what route you think you would like to go, it pays to do the research and demo the software. Better to spend a few hours and learn it doesn't work like you expected than to find out down the road after you've committed. And equally important is to learn just how difficult it is to modify and what sort of support is avaialble. Open source versions usually have a community of folks willing to help - but they aren't obligated to make an effort to help either.