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    Buy-It-Once Shopping Cart Software

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    If I were willing to spend up to $2,000 USD on a shopping cart/e-commerce solution based on these criteria:

    (1) an outright purchase - not pay per month
    (2) off the shelf software - not hire to build it
    (3) capable of operating with JavaScript and cookies off
    (4) EASY TO USE !!!
    (5) suitable for business-to-business invoicing
    (6) able to produce search-engine-friendly pages
    (7) COMPLETELY customizable via HTML and CSS only - nothing else

    what would your suggestions be?

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    try http://www.oscommerce.com and its Free, Open Source.Though you would need to know a bit of php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrukh
    try http://www.oscommerce.com and its Free, Open Source.Though you would need to know a bit of php
    you may rethink your suggestion:

    (3) capable of operating with JavaScript and cookies off
    osC = no

    (4) EASY TO USE !!!
    osC = depends on... Some changes can kill you

    (5) suitable for business-to-business invoicing
    osC = no, with any third party modules (if there are any) maybe

    (7) COMPLETELY customizable via HTML and CSS only - nothing else
    osC = #4 = depends on... Some changes can kill you
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    does not play well with others frezno's Avatar
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    you may take a look at XT-Commerce.
    It's based on osC, got forked and imho by far better.
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    In the defense of osCommerce:

    Okay, so it does use some javascript.
    Most people will have that enabled on their browsers
    anyways.

    Now for $2000.00 you can have OSC installed,
    customized and modded for you.

    The admin panel is decently easy to use,
    the only real catches I've seen have been shipping
    or product attributes, which have mods to fix
    the problems. As for the rest of the admin panel,
    are you computer literate? I mean, able to surf
    online and use Windows decently? Then you won't
    have much of a problem.

    I imagine it's doable to do B2B invoicing.
    If not, post in the forums and someone
    will probably write one for you.

    Customizable with HTML, CSS, and PHP.
    But most of the main customizations
    are actually done just with HTML and CSS.

    Okay, there it was, OSC retains it's honor.

    But that's just my two cents.

    Thanks and good luck,
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    does not play well with others frezno's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandrogas
    ... are you computer literate? I mean, able to surf
    online and use Windows decently? Then you won't have much of a problem.
    famous last words...
    We are the Borg. Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.
    I'm Pentium of Borg.Division is futile.Prepare to be approximated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassador
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    what would your suggestions be?

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    My suggestions?

    My experience is that you need to involve the business manager, the marketing manager, the shipping and receiving manager, the customer service manager, the accounting manager and the customer to adequately explore what a solution. Case in point; I recommended the purchase of a software package (StoreFront) and it turned out there were so many variables that the original source no longer resembles the purchased source.

    I would say that exploring the inventory management methods and the accounting methods would be your first step... once you know what you need (database wise) to effectively manager your online store, you can begin looking for a suitable solution.

    Plan to customize the software, or at least to have someone do it. This means you should look for "open source" packages... and a source that is popular enough that you can find a freelance developer relatively quickly and inexpensively. There will inevitably be that one option or text field that you want to add... not being able to get at the source will likely drive you nuts.

    I have provided two links below... neither of which comply with number three. CyberStrong complies with number 6 beautifully. You may also notice that both of the links are ASP... well, that my area, sorry.

    http://www.candypress.com/CPmain/default.asp
    http://www.cyberstrong.com/eshop/


    I could go on... but I have to continue to build mine from scratch.

    Good luck.


    David Francis Web Application Developer
    Air Force trained web designer specializing in ASP/SQL
    online applications for business and organizations. Long term
    creation,hosting, marketing & website management partner.

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    Cool True Dat, True Dat...

    Quote Originally Posted by frezno
    famous last words...
    True enough.

    Though I hear the prices for trained monkeys
    these days have declined dramaticly.
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    Nov 11, 2003

    Thank you - all of you - for your replys. The "XT-Commerce" product is new to me so I will have a look at it.

    Ambassador
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