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    Shopping Cart, SSL, etc.

    I have a client that would like to have some sort of shopping cart added to her site. The site is already designed and looks very nice, I can't seem to find a shopping cart that doesn't have a predefined template.

    I don't know much/anything about SSL certificates or shopping carts in general, so something that could work like paypal's shopping cart, (and uses paypal's gateway-thing) but that is more customizable, would be very nice.

    I'm completely overwhelmed right now and can't seem to find anything that I'm looking for.

    Any recommendations of sites to check out or scripts that work nicely would be greatly appreciated at this point.

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    Well im not sure if your up for all this work but I found a tutorial to make a shopping cart, but it requires some knowledge of PHP and MySQL

    EDIT: I just also saw at the end of the tutorial the writer has all the files used to make the cart available for download.

    http://www.phpwebcommerce.com/php-my...t-tutorial.php
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    Hi Kels -

    We have a product called Quick Shopping Cart that can be 'attached' to any web site. If your client has a merchant account already, we may be able to interface into it depending on which one (we support 3 gateways). If they don't but would like to have merchant account capability we can provide that product as well.

    If your client wants to do online credit card transactions then they will also need an SSL certificate - we have those at very affordable cost.

    Our web site has a lot of information on our cart product including online demo of the store front example and how to configure it etc. Click on our menu "Marketing Tools" and its the second menu item.

    PM me if you have more questions.
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    Hi,
    I use a product called OSCommerce: http://www.oscommerce.org. It's free, php based and has plugins for paypal, secpay and a bunch of other payment providers. The forums are comprehensive and the community is generally very helpful. My site is http://www.bigmanstuff.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danwmr View Post
    Hi,
    I use a product called OSCommerce:
    Yes, I believe that OSCommerce is the best free cart out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danwmr View Post
    Hi,
    I use a product called OSCommerce: http://www.oscommerce.org. It's free, php based and has plugins for paypal, secpay and a bunch of other payment providers. The forums are comprehensive and the community is generally very helpful. My site is http://www.bigmanstuff.com.
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    It looks really nice, but I'm looking for something I can just plug into my site, not a cart that requires me to completely redesign the look of it.

    Thanks though!

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    Hi,

    The advantage of using something like OSCommerce is that you just need to enter a few values and click a few boxes to get integration working.

    Another alternative would be to use paypal's merchant services. You'll need a merchant account - free to set up - but there's quite a lot to read and configure to get it to work. They offer two services: a buy now button, and a shopping cart. I've just implemented the buy now button service for a client, and it was a little tricky. On the plus side, they do have a developer sandbox where you can experiment and test things out without having to make actual payments.

    The starting point for paypal merchant account information is here: https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/we...ration-outside, and the developer sandbox can be found here: https://developer.paypal.com/

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KELS! View Post
    It looks really nice, but I'm looking for something I can just plug into my site
    Uh huh.
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    If you are looking for as close to plug and play as possible get a merchant account with a company like paysimple that will set up the cart AND host it for you... otherwise you will need to buy a cart, have it integrated into your site, synced with your chosen web merchant, and will need to install an SSL web certificate... the SSL isn't so hard but unless you are willing to pay for somebody to do the integration for you, than you will have to pay a company to provide the cart or better yet, use paypal and their cart. You will still need to build your checkout page using their pretty simple links, but depending on your skill level, it could be simple or not an option.... with paypal, their basic plan, forget what it is called, allows you to use their cart, so they host it, and you don't have to worry about ssl or anything else... When a customer clicks on a buy this link they are taken to paypal shopping cart page where they can checkout or continue shopping.... when they complete a sale you can have them sent back to your custom thank you page that you have set up.... either way a true plug and play cart isn't out there from what I have seen.... T

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    Google Checkout is offering their services free for the rest of this year, which will save you money as a merchant if you receive many payments. I think PayPal dings you about 3.2% for incoming payments. Just a thought.
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    Yes, paypal is an excelent option. I figure that the transaction fee won't be too large of a deal, I don't have to deal with any type of SSL cirtificate that way either.

    The only thing about paypal that really turns me off is that they have a very un-customizable look as far as the checkout page and cart. As soon as you click their add to cart buttons you're brought to a page that can't be changed very much.

    Is there some way I'm missing (Besides the background and logo change)?

    Is there a way to use paypal's gateway/merchant services with some other shopping cart that's NOT template defined?

    Gah I'm a picky one...


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