Re: [ia-55] Shopping Carts - Ecommerce

From: Michael D.
Sent on: Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:42 AM
Hi Coco,

"...that is easy to set up, great for end users ordering the products, and easy to maintain/upgrade  from the CMS end?"

This is the Holly Grail of all e-commerce solutions.  :o)

Magento is a fantastic e-commerce platform and very flexible, but if you're just looking for a shopping cart it may be more than you need.  It's set up as an e-commerce site platform and is great on the end-user side.  You'll probably need someone familiar with Magento code (PHP), to customize it the way you want.  It's not the simplest CMS but it's very powerful and pretty intuitive so, like most mature products (Photoshop, etc.), it does a lot and takes some getting used to for newbies.  We just launched one at www.technoempire.com and even though we used a pre-built theme called Shopper, we still had to do some tweaks to get it the way the client wanted.  It is however, not part of a site - it IS the site.  

And in our experience, the biggest "issue" with Magento is that it needs to be hosted with a company who really knows what they're doing.  For instance, you wouldn't host a Magento site on a shared GoDaddy account and expect the kind of results it can deliver (speed, etc.).  I use a boutique hosting company called QuestaVOLTA.com for all of my Magento sites as they specialize in high-performance e-commerce.

I can't comment on others like Volusion (looks cool) but wanted to give you our experience with Magento.

Hope it helps!

Michael Duff

www.duffweb.com
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On May 18, 2013, at 10:40 AM, Alex Kim <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi Coco,
Try using Volusion.
They can handle larger scale shops and is fairly easy to use.

If you are looking to host and manage on the client's servers, then, I would use Magento.

Each shopping cart platform has its pros/cons so it is dependent on your requirements.

If the client can handle the setup and hosting, then, a platform like Magento makes sense.
If they want to get up and running right away and let the service handle the upgrades/hosting, then, Volusion is a great choice.

Good luck with the project.


Regards,
Alex

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On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM, "Coco" Robinson <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello ia-55 Community;

I'm completing a website for a business client with a large product database to upload for ecommerce (shopping cart) integration.  There are many "shopping cart" package-options out there, and I was wondering if any of you have worked with an online shopping cart package that is easy to set up, great for end users ordering the products, and easy to maintain/upgrade  from the CMS end?

An opinion and/or story to share regarding Magenta, Agoracart (open source), or any other shopping cart package would be greatly appreciated!  To give you an idea of what I'm looking at in choosing a shopping cart package:

Can it handle a database of custom product categories?
Is is easy to set up, and upload the part numbers from a licensed disk?
Is it easy to manage, and tweak once it is set up?  (CMS)
Is it cost effective package?
Does the program provide an embeddable "Add to Cart" style button for each product item to be listed?

I greatly appreciate your input.
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