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eshop packages...

are they worth concidering

2:12 pm on Dec 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone tell me anything about eshop packages? I recently had a query from someone asking me for advice about what would be the best option for starting up an ecommerce website and the eshop package was thrown into the equation.

Now to be honest, I don't really know that much about these packages but, something is telling me they would be a bit hit and miss and something to steer clear of if you are serious about starting a ecommerce website up.

I would appreciate anyone thought on this subject.

2:07 am on Jan 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

hi wayne and welcome to WebmasterWorld

the *best* option for an ecommerce site is the option that is most suited to the needs of the site, not the cheapest option, not the most expensive option, but the most suitable option regardless of cost. get it right first time and you'll (hopefully) make good money and save yourself a lot of hassle in the future.

look at each catalog / cart / card processing system you find and determine which of them will do what the client needs from day one. some will have extra features the client might want in 6 months time - it could be a major headache to change everything in 6 or 12 months time so get it right from the start.

when you have a list of which ones will do what the client needs (now and future) look at usability and compatibility - do they rely on javascript or java applets (could cause browser problems), can they be spidered by search engines (session IDs in the URL will stop spiders and the site won't get listed in search engines properly) and so on. don't restrict your choices to the technologies you have with your web hosting - you may find the perfect cart requires PHP but youre hosted on Windows servers - choose the most suitable cart and arrange the hosting accordingly.

eventually you'll have a short list of catalogue / cart / card processing options to present to the client with some costs. next enquiry you get you'll have a fairly good idea of what they need etc.

you can find a lot more information about catalogues, carts, card processing systems and everything else to do with ecommerce in the ecommerce forum at

take your time and read back through old threads - there is a lot of very valuable information there.

1:33 pm on Jan 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Crazy_fool thank you very much for that insight into your obvious expert knowledge on ecommerce. I have taken your advice and read back through some old posts and in particular one were you supplied some very informative imput indeed.

Do you have your own news letter/book on the subject of ecommerce and if so where do I go to sign up, and if you donít why?

all the best for the year ahead

12:23 am on Jan 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

thanks wayne
nope, no newsletter, no book .... too busy giving advice to newbies round here ;)!

seriously, i'm working on stuff, slowly but surely. progress is very slow cos of my workload, but i'm getting there.

keep reading through old threads to pick up bucketloads of good advice.


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