I’ve been looking at easy ways to integrate a shopping cart into a site I have built. It already has the ‘store’ built, complete with CMS for managing products, so all I need is a cart to plug in to it. I also didn’t want the hassle and expense of maintaining a secure server so a hosted cart would be great.
All these requirements lead me to Roman Cart which seemed to answer all my prayers, Unfortunately Roman Cart has a few annoying niggles (like being unable to add the same product to the cart twice) and allows very little customisation (any html to you add to the header and footer of the cart pages is automatically wrapped with <tr> and <td> tags, screwing up the layout).
So, my question is, does anyone know of a service similar to Roman Cart that allows you to create your own html template simply?
I’m much the same. I use Paypal’s Website Payments Standard with IPN (Instant Payment Notification) with my own shopping cart.
On my checkout page, the shopper has to fill in their personal details, but not credit card details, and I store that info in the database so that I have a record of the order before the shopper and the contents of their shopping cart are taken to the Paypal site to process their online Payment. You can customise the Paypal online payment pages to some extent by adding your website’s logo and background colour to them to give them the look and feel of your website.
I like the fact I don’t have to worry about the security implications of collecting credit card numbers, storing them and processing the actual payments.
Sorry, I should have explained better , this is exactly what I meant - and exactly what Roman Cart doesn’t do. No matter how many times you’d add an item to the cart it still reads as quantity = 1.
I like the fact that they host the cart and handle the SSL Cert etc. I can build a cart but I’m not confident on the security side of things. But I would also like people to enter their details on a page that still looks part of the same website.
Or you could conside building your own customised shopping cart. A shopping cart is simply a session variable or class (depending on what features and functionality you want) that stores product items, their quantities and prices.
We have been using Cart32 for 6 years – very very robust solution, with Paypal standard, Paypal websites payments pro, Google Checkout, & Checkout by Amazon support… Support for gift certificates or promo codes, good order management tools, etc.
For a much more basic solution, Mals Cart has a fair amount of flexibilty. We have set this up as a backup in case anything were to go wrong with our primary cart… haven’t had to use it, but it is not bad.