Searching for the best shopping cart software for your ecommerce website can be a daunting task. There are literally hundreds of shopping carts and ecommerce solutions available. How do you know which one is right for you?tt
You should consider the following factors when you are searching for a shopping cart that fits your needs.
- What is a shopping cart?
- How much do shopping carts cost?
- Should I buy or lease a shopping cart?
- What Shopping Cart Features Should I Look For?
- What Kind and How Much Support Does the Shopping Cart Provide?
- Which Payment Gateways Work with the Shopping Cart?
- What Hosting/Server Platform is Required?
- What if I Need Customization?
We use the following Shopping Cart Software:
- WooCommerce (WordPress Shopping Cart)
- WP e-Commerce (WordPress Shopping Cart)
- ECWID (WordPress, Joomla, or ANY Website Cart)
First, let me define a shopping cart or ecommerce website. In the most basic terms, a shopping cart is software that allows you to list your products on a web site and then automatically collect fees when a customer buys products from your website.
For example, lets say that you sell vitamins from your home, and now you want to start selling them on your website. First, you need shopping cart software. You will also need to have a business bank account and a payment gateway, a service that allows you to automatically process credit cards on your web site.
Once you have the shopping cart software set up on your website, you can add your vitamin products to the website using a web browser. The shopping cart software allows you to add product images, descriptions, prices, shipping and tax rates, and so on. Once your shopping cart is populated with all of your products, you can start selling them on the web.
Here’s how it works: A customer comes to your web site and adds products to her shopping cart. When she is ready to buy the products, she enters her shipping and credit card information in a form so you know where to ship the product and whom to charge it to. When the customer clicks the button to submit the order, the shopping cart uses your payment gateway (credit-card-processing service) to validate the credit card and then transfer the money from the customer’s credit card to your bank account. Then it’s up to you to ship the product.
You can also use a shopping cart to sell digital, or downloadable products such as electronic books, music, and software.