Finding the best shopping cart software for your e-commerce website can be a daunting task. Literally hundreds of trolleys are available for purchases and e-commerce solutions. How do you know which one is right for you?
When looking for a shopping basket that meets your needs, consider the following factors.
What is a basket?
How much does it cost?
Is it worth buying or renting a trolley?
What positions should I look for?
What type and what support will I get?
What payment gateways work with a shopping basket?
What is the hosting/server platform required?
What if I need personalization?
What is a basket?
First let me identify a shopping cart or e-commerce website. In its most general form, a shopping cart is a software that allows you to place your products on the website and then automatically charge a commission when a customer buys products on your website.
Let’s say you sell vitamins from home and now want to sell them on your website. First of all, you need to purchase software for e-commerce. You will also need a business bank account and payment gateway – a service that can automatically process credit cards on your website.
Once you’ve installed the outlet software on your website, you can add your vitamin products to it using a web browser. The software allows you to add product images, descriptions, prices, shipping costs, tax rates, etc. once your shopping cart is filled with all your products, you can start selling them online.
Here’s how it works: the buyer comes to your website and adds goods to the shopping cart. When it is ready to buy products, it enters its delivery and credit card details into the form so you know where to send the product and who to bill. When a customer presses the button to place an order, the shopping cart uses your payment gateway (credit card processing service) to check your credit card and then transfers the money from the customer’s credit card to your bank account. Then you need to send the goods.
You can also use the shopping cart to sell digital or downloadable products such as e-books, music and software.
How much do baskets cost?
As you would expect, shopping carts come in a variety of prices – from free to thousands of dollars. Does this mean that the more you spend, the better your basket will be? You don’t have to.
There are several free shopping carts that are very powerful and multifunctional; for example, OSCommerce and zenCart. Both trolleys are completely free and offer most of the features you would expect from a modern trolley: unlimited products, connection to the main payment gateways, credit card payments, real-time shipping rates, groups of customers with a limited fare. Shortened, multilingual, etc.
Unfortunately, free products have a downside: free products don’t have proper documentation and support. For example, there is no official support group to call if you need help. And there is no official user manual explaining how to use the software. Typically, you should explore user forums to find answers to your questions.
Free shopping trolleys are probably not the best choice if you’re new to e-commerce and trying to do everything yourself.
Fortunately, there are plenty of shopping carts ranging from $100 to $500 that offer a variety of features. These range trucks usually have some kind of support system to help you fix the problem, and they usually have documentation explaining how to use their software. X-Cart and Ecommerce Templates are two baskets from $150 to $200, and both are very powerful and relatively easy to use.
Is it worth buying or renting a basket?
There are two main models of shopping carts on the Internet:
Pay a one-time fee for the software and install it on your web server – it can be a challenge if you’re not familiar with Linux web servers and web software setup. The advantage of this template is that you don’t have to pay a monthly fee, and the software is usually much more customizable than rented trolleys. If you have the skills to install software on your server or if you hire designer websites to install and customize shopping carts, this method will be cheaper than renting.
Paying a monthly or annual rental fee for software: This model is easy to implement because you don’t need to install, customize or maintain any software, and it can be quite expensive if you add the cost of rent for years.
What properties of the basket should I look for?
Most shopping carts have standard features such as unlimited categories and products, web administration, easy-to-use screens to create products and calculate taxes and shipping costs.
Here’s a list of features to look for in your shopping cart:
Installation and design
Convenient web interface: The web interface lets you manage your shopping cart from any web browser connected to the Internet.
Shopping Basket Reports: The ability to receive detailed reports on your sales, inventory, status, users, categories, products, destination areas, taxes, delivery rates, orders, your membership levels, etc.
Multiple languages: the ability to display multiple languages in your shopping cart
Customer support: Most shopping trolleys usually offer support via email or forums, but sometimes they offer real-time phone support.
Scalability: See if you can get free updates as the software improves. You can usually receive updates for free for 6 to 12 months.
Pattern Design: Tempate-based design makes it easy to customize the look of your site.
PRODUCT editor: This feature allows you to type text and images of products with a text editor.
Content pages: Does your shopping cart allow you to create content pages? For example, can you create a “About Us” page?