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    OScommerce What's your take?

    What do you all think of OScommerce it is free unless you get a template. I have a couple friends that use this shopping cart for their sites and they like it pretty well. Any specific pros and cons or opinions from all of you seasoned shopping cart gurus?
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    It's old and hardly updated, that's the impression I get from oscommerce.
    Do you really need traffic? Where to? What for?
    If you really do need traffic then stop messing around!
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    I think it's an OK system, I agree it's rarely updated but I would also add that it's still free if you use templates, you can after all use free templates or build your own, there isn't a forced cost involved in using templates. I perhaps would go with one of the paid cart solutions purely out of the better level of support

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    oscommerce is pretty good, despite the fact it is not updated often.
    It is very stable in code base.
    You can get many modules to extend functionality and fund lots of help on forums.
    Most of other carts are not stable yet.

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    What about ubercart.org ? It's based on drupal, so at least you have a solid base.
    Do you really need traffic? Where to? What for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I think it's an OK system, I agree it's rarely updated but I would also add that it's still free if you use templates, you can after all use free templates or build your own, there isn't a forced cost involved in using templates. I perhaps would go with one of the paid cart solutions purely out of the better level of support
    Hey Alex,

    So would you not recommend a product like Magento, which is also free, but new, and robust, and offers pretty much every feature at the moment?

    I wasn't too concerned on the support because I figured my Developer would be the guy who would provide support for my business.

    What do you think?

    Also, the Enterprise version of Magento is like $8,000+ per year
    What exactly is the reason for adding $8,000/year besides support?

    Thanks,

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    I don't use Magento so I can't comment on the enterprise version however I have no issue with any of the products really, all the well known solutions offer a decent range of features and all do the job well. The key with any solution is checking that they are secure, usable and do the job you need of it.

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    oscommerce is very bad!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tko4 View Post
    oscommerce is very bad!!
    For what reasons? Have you used it before, if so what was your experience like?
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    sometimes you need to split up word oscommerce into it's actual meaning in order to understand its full capacity. Just for a minute put aside the thought of oscommerce being solely a shopping cart.

    oscommerce = open source commerce

    It's the oldest and largest community of contributors to a php/mysql open source ecommerce project. It's a dinosaur among shopping carts and it's not going anywhere.

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    Look for a system that helps maximize
    your revenue per customer.

    Finding a customer is expensive so
    make sure you sell them everything
    you can.

    Also make sure you link an autoresponder
    to anything you do so you're building a list
    of customers that you can market to in
    the future.

    1 and done is no fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miraculix View Post
    It's the oldest and largest community of contributors to a php/mysql open source ecommerce project. It's a dinosaur among shopping carts and it's not going anywhere.
    Sorry but I don't agree, it hasn't had many updates recently (granted) but to say it's going no-where is absurd, so is the claim that the age or number of individuals in the community correlate to the quality or ongoing development of the project. It's a perfectly reasonable option to use and it's still undergoing ongoing development.

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    It's not a bad foundation, although I would definitely tweek a few things right from the start. It's PCI compliant as well.

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    Oscommerce has a large community which is quite helpfully, but to me zen cart is much easier to add addon and i am using magento right now, which i think is the best so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakersfan View Post
    Oscommerce has a large community which is quite helpfully, but to me zen cart is much easier to add addon and i am using magento right now, which i think is the best so far.
    What is it thaty you like? Can you provide a little more
    detail on the benefits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamW_321 View Post
    What is it thaty you like? Can you provide a little more
    detail on the benefits?
    I guess the fact that google checkout and paypal express and cross sell are all included out of the box which save me a lot of time.

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    OScommerce seems OK but i have heard good things about bigcommerce, -have you tried them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    Sorry but I don't agree, it hasn't had many updates recently (granted) but to say it's going no-where is absurd, so is the claim that the age or number of individuals in the community correlate to the quality or ongoing development of the project. It's a perfectly reasonable option to use and it's still undergoing ongoing development.


    First:
    I didn't say it's going no-where. I said it's not going anywhere, meaning that it's not going to just disappear overnight. I don't see anything absurd about this statement.

    2nd:
    Your sentence is confusing in a way that one may think that I said: "the age [or number] of individuals in the community" ...

    ...in a way this reads like I am biased towards age although you meant "the age of the community" not the age of the individuals

    3rd:
    I never claimed or said anything about a correlation between age and size of community to quality or ongoing development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quit_your_jibber View Post
    OScommerce seems OK but i have heard good things about bigcommerce, -have you tried them?
    over marketed, overpriced, no room for in-house development and it somewhat puts a bad light on the author of the SEOBOOK ...just some words to describe Bigcommerce upon first review.

    How can you recommend a store plan for me without knowing anything about my business? Separating plans by # of staff logins, I found rather amusing also. $149 per month for a store running 1001 products, I did not find so amusing. None of the videos work for me in FF 2.0.0.20 by the way, so I haven't even seen a single interface. I can hear sound though.

    If you read the Sitepoint FAQ on SEO and Google, you'll LYAO a little bit about Bigcommerce, the "hardcore seo experts".

    There are some other things I found funny, but I am going to save that for later...

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    so i do think that oscommerce is good, it`s convenient in use.
    you can find also some free templates. for example these ones:
    http://www.websitetemplates.bz/free_templates/814.html
    http://www.websitetemplates.bz/free_templates/813.html
    pr this one
    http://www.websitetemplates.bz/free_templates/811.html
    I think there are thousands of them in internet!

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    There are some other things I found funny, but I am going to save that for later...
    ah c'mon...you can't tease us like that!

    Tell us a funny story
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    hehe

    I don't want to turn this into a BigCommerce bash thread... + you guys seem to be so active with public word of mouth self promotion that I rather save some of my powder for the real funny threads.

    However, there is an image on this page, which put a smile on my face and I love to share:


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    oops... that looks bad.

    But to be fair, these browser wars make
    everyone's life tougher. It seems like I
    can't open Firefox without getting a
    notification about new "update" ...

    ....and these update require attention from
    webmasters to ensure everything still works
    as it did before.

    Throw in Chrome and IE8 and you have a
    real mess on your hands. You know that
    Microsoft knew they would screw up a LOT
    of websites when they go to the trouble of
    giving you a "compatibility button" right next
    to the address bar.

    I have 2 websites that I need to fix as IE8
    completely destroyed my formatting ...so I
    need to cut them a lot of slack for this as
    "I've been there, done that".
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    I don't have a problem with the layout, it's something else that actually bothering me here.

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    I personally prefer Magento over the rest. If you can figure out the basics and work out all the bugs its a flawless and cost effective. If you need help installing Magento please refer to this article. Its saved us time, money and frustration. http://www.jvfconsulting.com/blog/11...indows_XP.html


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