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What's the best choice for a storefront?

by vagarob / February 20, 2006 11:59 AM PST

Im a small-time web-designer and have just had my first request to build a website with a storefront. This business has tens of thousands of items available, but will be starting off small. Still, it needs room to grow over time and will need categories and possibly sub categories.

It needs to be pretty easy and straight forward for the person who will be handling the orders.

On the other hand, I want to have complete creative control over the appearance of the storefront, and would prefer that the presentation part of the code be seperated from the function. I would prefer PHP, MySQL, and GD support.

This customer will be starting out small and I wouldn't like to ask them to drop more than a couple hundred bucks for the program. I think they are scared of the idea of open source, although I see that osCommerce seems to be very popular.

Any suggestions????

Thanks in advance,

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A relative of mine had the same issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2006 12:06 PM PST

The problem is they didn't have a staff of programmers to implement online orders so they went with godaddy and were live in just a few days.

They had stuff to sell and it was not something they wanted to be an expert at.


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by Sovereign Forum moderator / February 20, 2006 12:15 PM PST

has lots of plugins, is customizable... personally I think you should go with that. I've researched a few, and I'm going to go with osCommerce, since it is a really good ecommerce.

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Miva Merchant
by hmcmcole / February 22, 2006 9:46 PM PST

My recommendation would be Miva Merchant.

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I'd recommend ProStores
by trichardson / February 22, 2006 9:49 PM PST

I am just putting a storefront up and, after researching it, went with ProStores. They seem to have it all covered - from simple, template based ''start up'' to providing the complete creative control that you are looking for. They do support multiple levels of categories and have a nice ''Store Monitor'' feature that shows all store activity on your desktop. They also synchronize with QuickBooks and have built in integration with a number of shopping sites. Plus, they are now owned by eBay so should be around for awhile. Their 24/7 technical support has been excellent. And they have a range of offerings that allow you to start small and work up to thousands of items. You can check out our work in a couple of weeks at www.IronCowgirls.com when we replace the current site.

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by dmcfalls / February 22, 2006 10:23 PM PST

We use cfWebStore hosted at MacUSA.net. Lots of options including downloadable sales. Easy to administer and the technical support is great. This is one example of a working site http://store.lyceumbooks.com/store/

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Best Shopping Carts Software
by jonjacksan / February 23, 2009 2:51 PM PST

Try zeuscart software and i strongly suggest that it is the best E-commerce software. It is a open source and it is licensed under free GPL and it supports more advanced features to built your own online store. Further Details: http://www.zeuscart.com

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