Choosing a Shopping Cart - Some Simple Criteria
In order to develop your businesses e-commerce capabilities you will need an online shop. There are a multitude of options available via the internet and it can be very daunting when you initially start to look, this short article is aimed at giving you some indication of what you should be considering when you are looking for the shopping cart that best suits your needs.
The sort of things you could include are:
1) The List:
4) The Budget
Next is a budget. What is the maximum you want to spend, either upfront or on a monthly hosted service? Are there various levels of upgrade with the cart so you can start small and add features as you need them, which may suit you better? Some shopping systems are free, for example Mals-e and osCommerce but they do require a bit of technical knowledge to get the most out of them. When you're thinking of a budget, always bear in mind that even though you may save money now on a cheaper solution, in a few months time if your shop is successful and you have to upgrade to a different cart, it could cost a fair bit in both time and money.
5) Choose a Language
6) The Legwork!
Now you can start going through the list of shopping carts available. There are literally hundreds, but not all will satisfy your list above, so it's important you use that as your guide. One of the primary deciders will be your credit card processing service, so your list should include who you are going to use for that.
Some popular shopping carts are listed below. Please note that this is not a definitive list..
Mals Ecommerce - http://www.mals-e.com
osCommerce - http://www.oscommerce.com
CubeCart - http://www.cubecart.com/
phpShop - http://www.phpshop.org/
Actinic Catalog - http://www.actinic.co.uk/
JShop - http://www.jshop.co.uk/
Evolve - http://www.lynx.net.uk/
Ekmpowershop - http://www.ekmpowershop.com/
Erol - http://www.erolonline.co.uk/
Get Trolleyed - http://www.get-trolleyed.co.uk/
Cactus Shop - http://www.cactushop.com
ClickCartPro - http://www.clickcartpro.co.uk/
Squirrelcart - http://www.squirrelcart.com/
BazaarBuilder - http://www.bazaarbuilder.com/
As you will see if you do a bit of research on these sites, choosing the right e-commerce system for you can be a bit of a minefield, though if you've drawn up a list or requirements as described above it will be a lot easier. Don't just go for the first option or the cheapest - it may not necessarily suit your new shop. Good luck!
Written by Managed Web - http://www.managedweb.com