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Question added to topic Selling OnlineJuly 1, 2008

I am looking for an inexpensive, simple shopping cart that will integrate smoothly with my website.

My website is a combination of information and products for sale. I've been using GoDaddy's Quick Shopping Cart, but because it's separately hosted, every time an upgrade is rolled out, I spend hours upgrading my end of the shopping cart to meet the new demands of the upgrade. I am looking for a simple cart interface that will integrate smoothly with the product pages I already have created. Do you have any suggestions?

Georgie:

First, take a look at the shopping cart product from the folks at The Right Web Tools. I love their solution because it's the only one I've seen that's full integrated with other online selling/marketing modules and as your website grows all you have to do is flip a switch for additional functionality. Plus it comes with a host of free design, hosting, etc...

You might want to look into Monster Commerce (now owned by Network Solutions) or 1shoppingcart.com . It's been my experience that 1shoppingcart's customer service leaves a lot to be desired and when they do upgrades, they change some feature sets without notifying their customers, however other people swear by them.

If you're the technical type, you might want to try Zen Cart, but you might have the same challenges with upgrading.

I would also caution you about using free or very low-cost solutions; with technology, you certainly get what you pay for.

Good luck,

Lena West

Lena West is the CEO and Chief Strategist of xynoMedia Technology, a New York-based firm that helps high-growth companies leverage the power of social media, blogs, podcasts and online communities.

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