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Shopping Carts

We always aim to deliver a solid range of e-commerce shopping carts options on our Business Hosting Package. Over the past few weeks we have added some more e-commerce shopping cart options to the business hosting package so we thought it was about time we explained each one…

OpenCart – http://www.opencart.com/

OpenCart has been designed to be user friendly and is packed full of features to allow you to create an online store. It is also open source meaning it’s free to use and the community help develop it.

Some of OpenCart’s features are listed below.

  • Unlimited Categories
  • Unlimited Products
  • Unlimited Manufacturers
  • Multi Currency
  • Multi Language
  • Product Reviews
  • Product Ratings
  • Open Source
  • Free Documentation
  • Templatable
  • Automatic Image Resize
  • 20+ Payment Gateways
  • 8+ Shipping Methods

Visit the official site for more information – http://www.opencart.com/

osCommerce Shopping Cart – http://www.oscommerce.com/

osCommerce has been running since 2000 so it’s a solid choice as it’s lasted the test of time. It offers an online shop e-commerce solution with a wide range of out-of-the-box features that allows online stores to be setup fairly quickly with ease. It is also available for free as an Open Source based solution.

  • General Functionality
  • Supports unlimited products and categories
  • HTML based product descriptions
  • Weight, price, and destination based shipping modules
  • Contact customers directly via email or newsletters
  • All orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
  • Accept numerous offline payment processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care processing, ..)
  • Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis

Visit the official site for more information – http://www.oscommerce.com/

Agora Shopping Cart – http://www.agoracart.com/

AgoraCart is a very powerful and secure ecommerce shopping cart. There are template designs available so you can get started straight away or it allows you to fully customise the look – you can make it as easy or as complicated as you want.

Some of the main features of Agora Shopping Cart are;

  • Unlimited Categories
  • Unlimited Products
  • Multiple Tax Rates
  • Flexible Shipping
  • 10+ Shipping Methods
  • 10+ Payment Gateways
  • No Account Required for Checkout
  • Open Source
  • SEO Friendly URLs
  • Templatable Store Designs
  • Drop-in and Use Modules
  • SSL & Shared SSL Compatible
  • PA-DSS Complaint ( PCI-DSS )
  • Uploaded Images Resized Automatically

Visit the official site for more information – http://www.agoracart.com/

PrestaShop – http://www.prestashop.com/

PrestaShop is a professional ecommerce content management system which is free to use. Currently used by more than 33,000 online stores it’s sure to be a good option.

Some of the main features of PrestaShop are;

  • Unlimited categories, subcategories and products
  • Ability to create customers’ groups
  • Customizable orders statuses
  • Unlimited carriers and destinations
  • Three standard languages: English, French, Spanish
  • SEO optimized
  • Easy template customization
  • Product customers’ evaluations and comments
  • Customers follow up (forsaken carts)
  • Unlimited payment means (extensions available on addons.prestashop.com)
  • Visits and visitors stats
  • Unlimited currencies
  • SSL compatibility
  • WYSIWYG text editor

Visit the official site for more information – http://www.prestashop.com/

TomatoCart – http://www.tomatocart.com/

TomatoCart is product which has branched from osCommerce 3 and is now a separate project so it has a good background. Another open source project and their aim is to be the best online shopping car solution.

Some of the main features of TomatoCart are;

  • Multi-lingual and Multi-currency support
  • Supports sales of both physicals and virtual goods. These products are well arranged in various terms.
  • Basic shopping options for customers. You are allowed to choose shipping methods based on zones and set different price for each.
  • Checkout without accounts
  • Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • Unlimited product categories with images associated
  • When an order is made, it does not end up an order. Many additional cases such as printing invoices have been taken into TomatoCart’s consideration.
  • One-Page Checkout
  • Search Box with Auto Search suggested Terms

Visit the official site for more information – http://www.tomatocart.com/

Zen Cart – http://www.zen-cart.com/

Zen Cart offers a free and easy to use open source package. It boosts a lot of features and is very custimisable.

Some of the main features of Zen Cart are;

  • easy installation
  • multiple customer modes
  • unlimited category depth
  • multiple sales and discounts
  • multiple display modes
  • newsletter manager
  • discount coupons
  • gift certificates
  • XHTML template system
  • unlimited extra pages
  • multiple ad banner controller
  • multiple shipping options
  • multiple payment options
  • featured products
  • quantity discounts

Visit the official site for more information – http://www.zen-cart.com/

CubeCart – http://www.cubecart.com/

  • Professionally Security Audited with thorough penetration testing.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • 100% Template Driven (HTML is completely separate from PHP code)
  • XHTML & CSS Valid
  • Number of Skins “Out of the Box” – 4 – (Classic, Caretta Soft & Carettta Bright, KitaBlue)
  • Skin Selector – Allows visitors to chaneg the skin. (Optional)
  • Checkout Steps – 2
  • New Customer Registration – Optional
  • Customer Order History
  • Add / Edit Orders from admin control panel.
  • Courier Tracking URL
  • Unlimited Products, Categories & Images per Product
  • One product unlimited categories
  • Product Image Gallery – HTML Pop up or “Lightbox”
  • Multi Currency Support Email Marketing

CubeCart is a paid for service and offers an extensive range of reporting and optimisation. For full details of price please visit http://www.cubecart.com/pricing

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