View Full Version : Struggling to find a decent e-commerce solution

08-30-2005, 01:55 PM
I'm after something that is at least vaguely standards compliant.

There's Karova Store of course, but I'm after an open source solution really.

Anyone got any suggestions? OsCommerce is the best I've managed to come up with yet.

Any help gratefully recieved as always :)

Kindest Regards,


09-03-2005, 10:41 AM
Wow, this must be the first zero reply thread I ever started :)

Please, if anyone has any suggestions?


09-03-2005, 11:05 AM
what about zencart (www.zencart.com)?

One site I've found..


and as you can see, most of those 11 are just small errors which are probably easily fixed.

09-03-2005, 11:34 AM
A double post, yes, but I wanted you to notice a new post - you've waited long enough for an answer! :)

Cubecart - check out this forum thread (external link) where someone asked the very same question http://www.webhostingtalk.com/archive/thread/420643-1.html Sadly, cube cart isn't open source, but it's not expensive either.

The thread also mentins that there are contributions for both zen and oscommerce to make it valid xhtml.

09-03-2005, 11:50 AM
Fantastic, thanks a lot rhia :thumbsup:

Cubecart looks just the job! I looked at both osCommerce and Zencart and to be honest I just didn't really want to take that backwards step of getting involved with table based design and inline styles - would kinda be like a reverse learning curve for me.

Thanks again rhia, much appreciated :)


09-08-2006, 09:57 AM
Apologies for bumping a somewhat ancient thread - but I think this is worth it ;)

After much research and thought, I decided to go with Cubecart - mostly due to the fact that it output valid code (nearly).

It's a great script in terms of functionality and expandability, and has a reasonably helpful community.

My only gripe was that, whilst the xhtml was valid - it wasn't exactly semantic, or SE friendly.

However, since then, the good guys over at dotfive.com have been working hard (as usual) sprucing Cubecart up into a fully semantic valid cart :) which they have been kind enough to release under a CC license.

So we now have an affordable, semantic, valid ecommerce platform to work with!

You can see my install of the vanilla .tpl files here:


Just thought I'd share!

Kind regards,


09-08-2006, 12:21 PM

Interesting you should mention this: I, too, have been looking into employing CubeCart as an e-commerce solution for an existing site. While it still may be used in a later phase, for now a gradual expansion of the existing CMS has been chosen as a less radical approach.

Nonetheless, in investiging CubeCart's suitability, I've come to more or less the same conclusion as you; moreover, since the HTML generation part is completely templated, I also made some advance in creating a more semantic template for my own use.

Although this is a lot of work, CubeCart offers all sorts of ways to modify the generated HTML without touching the functionality. It is good to know that someone else has advanced with this a lot further; please keep us posted on your progress styling the vanilla templates.