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E-Commerce Software

 
There are numerous e-commerce software applications widely available, many freeware, and a smattering of pay for commercial applications.
 
I've dealt with most online e-commerce applications over my years in IT, but the one that stands out for me is Zen Cart because of it's versatility, security, and modular approach to it's construction. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Even the commercial programs have a hard time competing.

  • Software Price: FREE

  • Zen Cart is a free, open source complete online e-commerce solution that contains both a catalogue frontend and an administration tool backend which is easily installed and configured using a web-based installer.

  • Some shopping cart solutions seem to be complicated programming exercises instead of responding to users' needs, whereas Zen Cart puts the merchants and shoppers requirements first. Similarly, other shopping cart software programs are nearly impossible to install and use without an IT degree, Zen Cart can be installed and set-up by anyone with the most basic web site building and computer skills.

  • The default software has more than enough functionality to get an online shop up and running, including the ability to set discount pricing for multiple purchases, set up discounted 'Specials', newsletter manager, discount coupons, gift certificates, featured products, quantity discounts and easy integration with common payment gateways such as PayPal.

  • If you want your cart to work slightly differently, or want to extend it's functionality then there are plenty of free addon extensions to be found on the Zen Cart website

  • Zen Cart makes good use of an XHTML template system to change the customer facing shopping cart front end, and there are hundreds of inexpensive templates readily available that you can install to give your website a highly 'polished' and professional appearance.

    Verdict
  • Ease of use: 4 Stars
  • Functionality 4 Stars
  • Security: 4 Stars
  • Value for Money: Free - 5 Stars
 

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