Best Shopping Cart Software Programs


Shopping cart software is a program integrated into ecommerce websites which allows users to purchase items, review selections, choose colors, sizes, quantities, and otherwise place orders for merchandise. Shopping carts can be used with such online payment systems like Paypal, or with credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard

Costs and Skills Required

Although some shopping carts are available to download for free online, when dealing with software as important as one which accepts credit card numbers and other important information, spending the money to be assured of customer service, functionality, and secrecy is recommended. That being said, shopping cart software can be purchased for most any price, starting at around $50, with better ones costing hundreds of dollars. Unless you are hiring someone to build your website, or to install the shopping cart software, some higher skills are required. While Paypal is easier, other credit card-based shopping cart software programs may require knowledge of HTML and Perl CGI scripts, although newer products are becoming easier to install and requiring less technical skill.

Usage Scenario

Anyone with an ecommerce website will need to learn about and implement some type of shopping cart software. Many hosting companies offer this free of charge, but learning about the different features and variable between types can be useful. This type of software is compatible for Paypal, and while extremely useful and simple to use, Paypal is not as professional as proper credit cards, although it is much easier to integrate than a credit card system.

Selection Checklist

  • Paypal and Credit card compatible
  • Customer service
  • Inventory controls (number of items ordered, sizes, colors, etc.)
  • Media integration

Partial List of Popular Shopping Cart Solutions

  • ATG
  • Auspient
  • Broadvision
  • DemandWare
  • Elastic Path
  • EOne Commerce
  • Fry
  • GSI
  • IBM Websphere
  • Junction Solution
  • MarketLive
  • Monster
  • Netsuite
  • Nitrosell
  • OsCommerce
  • Prosodie
  • Pro Stores
  • SureSource
  • Truition
  • Vcommerce
  • Venda
  • Virid
  • Yahoo! Stores
  • Zen Cart
  • Zoovy

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