Reviews of Several E-Commerce Systems

E-Commerce systems generally operate on a few basic principles: A person lists products for certains prices and certain shipping amounts. Users can browse and search the site and then add quantities of products to their “cart.” Upon clicking “checkout” in the cart, they are sent to a payment processor (such as Paypal or authorize.net) where credit card are processed. It then logs that a payment was received/sent and vuala, a business sells products! Below are a list of a a few notable cart systems that you might consider using.

OSCommerce
http://www.oscommerce.com/
Without a doubt the best most powerful PHP/MySQL carts out there. Pretty old but not bad. Best of all, it is totally free! It is, compared to X-Cart, much less configurable, but not bad at all for a startup company. Consult your programmers before you do any templating work.

Benefits
Free
Powerful
Easy to figure out

many templates
large community

Costs
Less Add-ons

X-Cart
http://www.x-cart.com/
X-Cart is, arguably, the “premier” paid PHP/MySQL cart system out there. It has many features and a great community. The biggest challenge is that it costs quite a bit up front to get access to. Its biggest benefit is that there are tech support plans available, to a certain extent. Check their site for more information.

Benefits
Powerful
Templatable
Easy to figure out
Many addons
Costs
Not Free

ZenCart
http://www.zen-cart.com/
An offshoot of OSCommerce, ZenCart has many of the features of OSCommerce, though a larger developer community.

Benefits
Free

Powerful

Easy to figure out
many templates
large community

Costs
More Add-ons


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