Can anyone recommend a good shopping cart/e-commerce solution that you run?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by AreYouAMac, May 14, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I been looking for dozens of shopping-carts and e-commerce products for a webpage that I am building but all seem to have a lot of complaints or hardly any reviews.

    I was looking at corecommerce, digishop, magento, xcart, etc but I am having a hard time picking one out.

    What I would like:
    1) For it to be hosted on my hosting company (godaddy) and not through theirs
    2) I would like to pay a one time fee (license fee) instead of a monthly fee (since this would cost me more in the long run)
    3) Where I can have an option for wholesale accounts

    There are more features that I would like but those are the main ones.

    Any suggestions?

  2. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2008
    Forgot to mention.... My hosting is by GoDaddy (shared hosting)

    Should I switch host's? And who would you recommend?

  3. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Is this a Joomla site? If it is have a look at Virtuemart, it's free and has a ton of options..
  4. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I'm pretty sure Drupal has various e-commerce solutions as well.
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Opencart might be a good open source (i.e. free) solution for you. I think it would cover the three points you want. If you go to the main page, you can check out demos of the front- and back-ends. I built my online shop (A Trade For A Trade) with it and it's been pretty easy to work with.

    I haven't read good things about GoDaddy, especially recently. This came up in the Opencart forums yesterday:
    I would recommend switching. I've used Machighway the last year and had no problems. Their customer service has always been prompt and solved my questions.
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    Aug 16, 2004
  7. macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
    I'll second this - I'm currently using OpenCart for a client and have found it to be really easy to work with. There is also a lot of flexibility with the modules available for it.

    I've used AgoraCart before and it was decent, but I think I like OpenCart more.
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2007
    Magento is great for what it does, but the thing is that most of the Magento themes look pretty much the same. So if you're competing with another website that also runs on Magento, it will be tough for you to look different with your competitor.
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2011
    Kansas City
    I use wordpress and tend to go with the woocommerce cart.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    New Orleans ✈ WesŦward
    what about mp3 stores?

    I recently had to shut down the MP3 store for my Wordpress website because it was buggy and having far too many issues. I'm currently looking for another solution that will let me create a full mp3 store w/ a preview player. It's been a tough road so far...
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    Aug 9, 2011
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    I used to use Magento for the longest time and then discovered BigCommerce. It's a nice hosted solution that has a lot of flexibility, plugins and default themes with the ability to use your own theme. It's nice to use a hosted solution as you don't have to worry about updates, security issues, etc. The price is cheap too.
  14. macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2004
    Inland Empire, CA
    #14 + WooCommerce for me. +10

    LOTS of flexibility, easy to use hooks for functionality and styling, lots of additional plug-ins, etc. Great setup. I use it for all of my e-commerce-needing Clients.

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