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(Yes, I know we've been around this particular subject many times before, but I just want to fish for contemporary best answers.)
- I'd prefer to add eComm to the site, not a site to an eComm template.
- It will only need to cater for upto 30 products (for the most part, actually well below this)
- UK-merchant compatible
- SEO-fantastic (one of the reasons I'd prefer to use my own site)
- PHP & Quick to deploy
Top of my list so far (from trawling the QBN archive) are:
- Mal's Ecommerce
Further down the list are
- Zen-Cart (this is just OSC, updated, right?)
- MagentoCommerce (is this quite heavy?)
Any further suggestions, you beautiful people? Any input on the above options?
We're just in the process of starting a site with Magento. Developer seems pretty excited about it. Have also worked with Miva which is, not free, not good, and a royal PITA.
Magento IS pretty heavy-duty so maybe Foxy is a better choice for what you describe?
I've just done a shop with magento, but I didn't really like the way they have their themes set up. The Layouts are set up by xml-files, which can be overwritten by inline code (edited on the backend). It's a bit too scattered for my taste.
Magento wasn't really easy to set up either. Getting the host to install all the libraries for php and enabling pear-connection to the magento site for updates. And manually editing some files with solutions from the forums.
I also tried the wordpress-plugin Nairn suggested, but as my project required a Ideal-payement gateway, and that wasd not supported by that plugin I had to go another route.
FYI, I found zen cart to be an unintuitive pain to use. Even if you understand coding.
Have you worked with it before? Thoughts?
Thanks for your input, 404NotFound - what's your experience with the Avactis platform?
I'd prefer it if the solution were OS and free, but as long as it's not too expensive (site is a veh small startup idea, is all) I'd be interested in your suggestions.
Magento is the leader e-commerce solution these days. Way better then OS commerce or any of the other bloatware... Has a super lively dev community, great forums, and has a great feature list.
- Magento is massive. I'm betting it will be WAY too complicated for your needs.ian00
- Have they worked out all the bugs? Last I looked into them, they were on the first release and having some issues.404NotFound
- Magento is nowhere near being a market leader. It's a good looking app but it's early days still.jamble
- and it's seriously heavy duty.jamble
I've messed with Avactis on an upcoming client site, and also the free version. I haven't dived in too deep, but I have looked pretty hard at the documentation. Looking at the docs and the live sites they have posted, it looks like you can use just about any design you want.
BTW, if you are a design/dev house with a website, they will give you 1 free copy and a lifetime coupon for 50% off.
If you are running with a small amount of products, I'd check out paypal's ecommerce solutions.
http://www.cubecart.com/ is okay not free but not too bad. Plenty of Gateways not too hard to add others. I've found it the most customisable of the OS type, easy install can run in sub folder etc
SEO wise can be made good either yourself with .htaccess or plugins availavable for it (plugins generally aren't free and not Wordpresss style simple install check what you need before install)
Mal's E is okay (good even) for simple low volume stuff but not a 'real cart' - I do use it for a couple of clients and is reliable/secure cheap. You still need a Paymant Gateway (PayPal will do) or merchant account/payment processor. Mal's basically just collects the card and order details which you login and retrieve.
I'd say Cubecart too. The templates are easy to customise and it's pretty welll featured.
In answer to Nairn about wp-commerce plugin. I wouldn't bother at the moment. It's not too bad but I get the feeling it'll never really be finished. I used it on a clients site and they quite like it but it took a shite load of hacking around to get it working properly and the support for the plugin is via about 2 helpful users on their forums or tickets that cost about £50 an hour.
If you're confident you can get it all set up and running and you're used to working with Wordpress then it's maybe worth a look but you'll probably find better options outside of wordpress to be honest.
zen is crap, so heavy, so slow. Market theme for wordpress is good / simple / light if you have a small store. Instinct is good too but requires more tweaking.
Yeah, FoxyCart is the way to go - in my opinion it's not long until this thing really takes off - I see job posts every now and then for a Foxy developer on places like Freelance Switch.
Its cheap and it works with all the major gateways like PayPal...
Its so simple to integrate and it works very well with MODx if you've ever tried it - email me if you'd like some help with FoxyCart...
> - I'd prefer to add eComm to the site, not a site to an eComm template.
That really only leaves you with a few options. You mentioned FoxyCart and Mal's-E. They're very different systems with very different functionality, but FoxyCart will likely be much more flexible and much easier to customize (much like CSS Zen Garden). You also get full JSON for fun with the cart display, and XML access to your data so you can integrate it with other systems. (And we'll be adding some APIs to access and manipulate your data even more.)
Then again, I'm biased, but it does feel good to actually do something on QBN other than spend hours at a time reading through old funny threads.