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    Choosing an ecommerce platform?

    They are planning to selling electronic consumer items online and might obtain my favour. I'm a web developer, but with almost no experience in ecommerce.
    Looks like they will use me for all aspects of ecommerce, including SEO. First step as far as I can think of is to choose a free solution that would suit their needs. Googling it for a bit,I found magneto community edition, prestashop, oscommerce and zencart. I have not tried any of these since I wont be able to compare them with my limited ecommerce knowledge anyway. What is your experience with any of those?. Which one of them would you recommend?.
    Please free to recommend any other software, if you thing it is worthy.

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    I would also recommend looking into CoreCommerce / Digishop. It's not free ($350 one time fee for a license) but it does come with support. They'll even install it for you on your server.

    However, that said, just about any solution you use will require some changes to the design (i.e. templates). I've worked with Digishop, Magento, osCommerce and ZenCart and cubeCart for various clients. Each of them have their unique way of handling the design. However, I would strongly recommend against Magento. The documentation is horribly out of date, and it's not a "mom and pop" designed system. It's designed for enterprise level customers.

    OsCommerce is pretty easy to get set up and installed, but if you need to customize it, it can be a pain.

    My only experience with ZenCart was a simple template change, and it seemed pretty straightforward, and cubeCart is simple too, but has a limited feature set.

    In all reality, what makes or breaks an ecommerce system is the types of products you want to sell. If you have products with lots of options (i.e. size, color, etc), you'll probably be better developing a custom solution that exactly fits your needs.

    Hope this helps.

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    Nice explanation. Since they are selling customer electronic products like oven, toaster, blender etc there is no color customisation options i guess. Cubecart seems to have a free version. Zencart seems to be free. what about prestashop? some say it looks promising?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarl314 View Post
    I would also recommend looking into CoreCommerce / Digishop. It's not free ($350 one time fee for a license) but it does come with support. They'll even install it for you on your server.

    However, that said, just about any solution you use will require some changes to the design (i.e. templates). I've worked with Digishop, Magento, osCommerce and ZenCart and cubeCart for various clients. Each of them have their unique way of handling the design. However, I would strongly recommend against Magento. The documentation is horribly out of date, and it's not a "mom and pop" designed system. It's designed for enterprise level customers.

    OsCommerce is pretty easy to get set up and installed, but if you need to customize it, it can be a pain.

    My only experience with ZenCart was a simple template change, and it seemed pretty straightforward, and cubeCart is simple too, but has a limited feature set.

    In all reality, what makes or breaks an ecommerce system is the types of products you want to sell. If you have products with lots of options (i.e. size, color, etc), you'll probably be better developing a custom solution that exactly fits your needs.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks for a good comparison. As for me I prefer osCommerce. Probably it because Ive already got used to it. This shopping cart is easy to use but at the same time it lacks some features and functionality. But for this problem there is a pretty good solution - Store manager for shopping cart. With it help it much easier to handle osCommerce store. With store manager I make all standart tasks, like import/export of products, editing products,cutegories,customers in a few minutes.
    In my own opinion, all the shopping cart has their pros and cons, and if you want to have a good running store you have to think about some additional solutions to help you manage your store.


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