Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software Solutions – Things to Consider

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There are some good free ecommerce shopping cart solutions out there, like Zen Cart – these are open source and will require some customisation and technical expertise on your part. If you think this is likely to be too much hassle, then you should opt for hosted cart software.

With a hosted service, you do not download any software – instead, you pay for a monthly or yearly subscription to an online service that handles your cart for you in the ‘cloud’. The benefit of a hosted ecommerce shopping cart solution is that it is generally more robust, especially when you have a lot of traffic and purchases being made via your website, which would slow down your server and site if self-hosted – which could ultimately lead to loss of sales.

In order to take payments on your website via credit card, you’ll need to integrate your ecommerce solution with a secure payment gateway – such as PayPal, or HSBC etc.

Features to look for in Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software

Customizable storefront design, social media integration, online product catalogue, simple order and payment processing, reliability and security with all purchases in the e commerce shopping cart software, ability to offer coupons and discounts, ability to gather customer feedback and create featured items and product reviews.

Office Autopilot fully integrates with your shopping cart solution but does not provide on itself. Other hosted ecommerce solutions such as Nanacast, 1Shopping Cart and Premium Web Cart do offer one.

Check out a free trial of Autopilot here

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