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    Shopping cart?

    Hi, I wanted to know, has anyone used the commercecgi shopping cart. Looks like it would be easy to install and configure, and its free. What has been your experiences with it?

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    I'd recommend not going that route if I were you and you are serious about building a store front in which you can get up and running with some expert support. Try X-Cart, or OSCommerce instead.

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    I agree with newbizdev. Use another language besides CGI - like ASP or PHP, depending on whether you are a windows or unix person. If you need an ASP: www.metalinks.com

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    I was looking at x-cart and I like the features they offer especially the inventory control feature. But I hate php, because I know nothing about it and everything I have read is hard to understand for me. Do I need to know php to configure and customize the x-cart shopping cart to my site. Also do I need to know php to configure and customize OSCommerce? I know I will probaly need a php programmer to do some custom stuff I might want done for either cart. But in the end I want to be the one that can put up items to sell or take down items I don't want to sell anymore. I want to have as much control over the customizing of the cart as possible. Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by newbizdev
    I'd recommend not going that route if I were you and you are serious about building a store front in which you can get up and running with some expert support. Try X-Cart, or OSCommerce instead.

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    I definitely wouldn't use any script, especially a shopping cart one, that relied on CGI and Perl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allstarkid
    I was looking at x-cart and I like the features they offer especially the inventory control feature. But I hate php, because I know nothing about it and everything I have read is hard to understand for me. Do I need to know php to configure and customize the x-cart shopping cart to my site. Also do I need to know php to configure and customize OSCommerce? I know I will probaly need a php programmer to do some custom stuff I might want done for either cart. But in the end I want to be the one that can put up items to sell or take down items I don't want to sell anymore. I want to have as much control over the customizing of the cart as possible. Thanks
    Try the online X-Cart demo http://www.x-cart.com/shopping_cart_demo.html

    There is one at the OSCommerce site too.

    They are both out of the box installations. To customize the look and feel to adapt to your site, you basically need to modify a few template files watching out that you do not tamper with the php code that control major functionality. I mean if you know HTML, and have patience to hammer it out, you probably can do it (I speak for X-Cart). I mean I did some basic color, logo, and text changes myself, and I know almost zero html and have no programming experience. In the end, I hired an OSCommerce specilaist, and an X-Cart specialist to do the jobs for me on two separate implementations - both were success, and both clients love their cart. The investment in the cart, and the X-Cart expertise was well worth it from my business perspective. After that, you can spend all the hours playing with the carts functionality w/o having to worry about installation and customization issues. You become an functional expert at this point.

    Good Luck!

    Here's an my e-commerce installation http://www.buyhiphop.com/emarketplace/customer/home.php


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