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ronaldb66
12-27-2005, 08:21 AM
Hey everybody,

I'm looking for an e-commerce solution for a friend of mine that owns and runs a local hobby shop.
Budgets are limited so an open source solution is highly preferred; me and a buddy are currently looking into osCommerce, which offers all the necessary functionality and has quite an elaborate admin section. Implementation is rather poor, though; the generated pages are riddled with layout tables, tons of presentational markup, next to no semantic markup and weak style sheet usage.

Since the functionality is spread across acres of includes, classes, sub directories, sub-sub directories, etc. it's not exactly tempting to rebuild the whole lot to make it more standards compliant--not to mention it'll take ages.

Does anybody have any experience with a more standards compliant e-commerce solution, preferably an open source one?

rmedek
12-27-2005, 08:44 AM
Hey Ronald,

Not to rain on the parade, but I ran into this problem a little while ago, and searched high and low with no luck for something like you describe. In the end, I decided to modify a Textpattern CMS to act as an e-commerce site, with a little custom scripting to get it working with PayPal. I'd send you a link or some files, but I'm still working on it. :D

ronaldb66
12-27-2005, 10:29 AM
Rich,

Thanks for the heads-up (;) ); I thought about building a fairly basic thing myself, perhaps as an add-on to their existing site, but I'm a novice scripter (read: it'll take a while...) and I'm not familiar with the whole online payment / paypal / credit card transaction hoohah.

Do you know where to look for some more info on that?

jkd
12-27-2005, 04:01 PM
http://www.karova.com/

Not free though, I don't think.

Graft-Creative
12-27-2005, 05:14 PM
http://cubecart.com

Could be worth a look mate. Not exactly free, but near as d*mn it!

Gary

ronaldb66
12-28-2005, 07:11 AM
Jason,

Thanks for that; I spotted Karova a couple of days back because Andy Clark wrote about doing it's redesign.
No, not free, but if it's worth it that may not be the biggest stumbling block; this is more of a worry:

KS2.0 is currently available within the UK only. Guess where I don't live... :o

Gary,

Thanks; looks very interesting! I will certainly look into that; 70 bucks shouldn't be an issue since a web shop will increase revenue as well.

magicpaul
12-28-2005, 01:33 PM
http://www.karova.com/

Not free though, I don't think.

This looks great. I've been looking for a decent e-commerce solution for some time. Pinnacle Cart (http://www.pinnaclecart.com) looks to be the most feature rich system I've come across. However I'd be keen to hear peoples experiences with Karova?

Paul

ronaldb66
12-28-2005, 03:08 PM
Magicpaul,

If you care about standards-based web design, I'd rather look into CubeCart; the PinnacleCart site itself and the demo web shop they offer put tears in my eyes...

Masterslave
12-28-2005, 04:08 PM
osCommerce is a free and open source webshop.
I have done a project with osCommerce and I must say, I don't like it pretty much, because the code is a totally mess! But then again, it works :rolleyes:

magicpaul
12-28-2005, 04:58 PM
If you care about standards-based web design, I'd rather look into CubeCart; the PinnacleCart site itself and the demo web shop they offer put tears in my eyes...

Thanks Ronald, I'll take a look at CubeCart. :thumbsup:



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