For a person who
is inexperienced in programming, adding a shopping
cart to a new or existing website can be pure
frustration. The common problem is: 'I want a shopping
cart but how do I do it?'
who you have your website hosted with - they may or
may not offer a standard shopping cart with your
hosting package. Some will offer it as a paid option.
the 'Commerce I' hosting plan at Hosting Connecticut,
LLC. This particular plan gives you the Dansie cart as
part of the package.
If you find
yourself needing to hire a programmer to install your
shopping cart, email
us and we will send you a list of individuals we
have worked with and know to be experienced in this
type of installation.
Note: If you
already have a merchant account in place, then you
should be familiar with the concept of an online
several common methods to list your products and
services on your website. Those are:
allow your customer to browse your product or service
line and add individual items. The items they select
are added to the 'shopping cart'. When your customer
is ready to leave your site, they will then go to
'checkout' and pay for all items in one transaction.
may view the contents of their cart, remove a specific
product, or add an item to their cart at anytime by
clicking on a link or button.
Features to Look For
several important things to look for when deciding on
a shopping cart solution for your online store. Some
of the options you may want your shopping cart to
calculate shipping & handling
calculate sales tax
authorization (only if you are using a real time
authorization service such as AuthorizeNet or
integration/compatibility (if you plan on using a
database driven shopping cart)
Server access, check with your web host
with other payment methods, i.e. checks, money
Ease of use,
adding, changing or deleting products and
information when needed
Navigation for your customers
- you'll want to seamlessly integrate the cart
into your site
For Your Web Host
servers are compatible with the software program
you are interested in?
offer secure server access at no extra charge and
what type of database can you use with their
offer a shopping cart as part of their basic
hosting package, or will it cost you extra?
Is a free ecommerce
solution that you can set up yourself and customize to
fit your needs. If you have a merchant account and
wish to use an online gateway there is a modest fee of
$5.00 per month. Interacts with PayPal and several
other third party providers.
This cart is
easy to use and set up and comes with a free affiliate
program so that you can give your customers an
incentive to send referrals to your website in the
Has too many features to list here. Pricing ranges
from $150 for a single user account without
installation to $200 with, and $650 for a Mall account
which allows use for multiple sellers. Installation
A few of the
of HTML and FTP can easily set up without any
knowledge of Perl. (editor's note: not necessarily
major changes to your site.
No limit to
the number of items you want to sell with it from
your web site.
of the products and prices and automatically
calculates shipping, tax and the total for your
Hosted Shopping Cart Services
providers are hosted so you would need to link to your
shopping cart off of your website to use them. They
can be more expensive than the choices listed above
but here are a few of the most common services.
to their FAQ
$249 per year, with a one month risk free grace
period. No hidden charges or premium add-ons. No
per order charges.
Five Plans Available -
Prices range from $79.95 per month for the basic
cart to $199.00 per month for the SQL Cart. To
purchase this shopping cart, they are asking $2500. with a set up fee. They do have a 30 day
Hosting runs at $100 per
year. You can signup and start service today.
Payment is due within ten days or your service
will be frozen. Account allows 100k of space.