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Igor P.

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For those of you that run E-Commerce websites.

What platform between the 3 listed below is best, and can you perhaps explain on your reasoning.
  • ZenCart - www.zen-cart.com
    • Free to use, user-friendly, open source. Developed by private individuals.
  • osCommerce - www.oscommerce.com - www.buysafe.com/offer_osc
    • I believe this is also free. Large variety of modules and support of almost every payment gateway.
    • Included with the package is buySAFE module that provides a third-party endorsement of merchant reliability and trustworthiness (backed by a bond guarantee). Designed to improve buyer confidence.
  • CubeCart - www.cubecart.com
    • Must purchase license to remove copyrights. Unlimited categories/products, multiple payment gateways, downloadable products, easily modified.
If you use/used other platforms please tell me about them and their benefits. I am planning on producing a E-Commerce website with instant downloadable content. Any suggestions are helpfull.
 

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Jorge

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I have only used OsCommerce and while I think its pretty good, it's a pain in the a** to customize it. Also, is not updated as often as it should be in my opinion.

The good points:

-Easy to install
-A lot of credit card gateways comes integrated so you only configure a few details and that's it.
-LOTS of free plugins!
 
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Igor P.

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Be sure to read the ToS of your provider. Lots don't allow downloadable content such as e-books and the like if that's what you're planning.
When you say "the like" do you mean digital content in the form of an e-book or do you mean digital in general that has some relating aspect to an e-book? :S
 

Z5 FILMS

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When you say "the like" do you mean digital content in the form of an e-book or do you mean digital in general that has some relating aspect to an e-book? :S
A few that I have looked at said "no downloadable media", I'm guessing this means MP3s, software, possibly ebooks? Some have said flat out "no e-books" some have not said anything. Most that I speak of were 3rd party merchants such as 2Checkout.com (which does not ban e-books sales).

Just something to look out for. I'm not sure if Authorize.net and the like have similar policies.
 

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I took a look at all 3 of those and they all looked very similar to each other. I picked Oscommerce out of the 3. It's a tough one to modify and you do get confused with all the contributions.

I'm actually thinking of moving my ebiz to a paid hosting platform that has all the bells and whistles built in. The standard loads on these need alot of modifying.
 

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Just to add... I used oscommerce because i wanted to start up my business cheaply. But now that is going, I wouldn't mind paying $50/month for hosting if I dont have to deal with upgrading and updating it.
 

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Just to add... I used oscommerce because i wanted to start up my business cheaply. But now that is going, I wouldn't mind paying $50/month for hosting if I dont have to deal with upgrading and updating it.

Just for everyones information, you can purchase our "E-Commerce" web hosting plan for $29.99 per month. This includes Fantastico which easily allows for OScommerce and few other shopping carts to be installed and integrated. We do not advertise it, so if you are interested call me at 1-866-404-9090 or email me at tom@aptohosting.com and I will set it up for you.

Hell since its the Holidays, I will do FREE installations of OScommerce until Jan 1st, 2008.
 

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I took a look at all 3 of those and they all looked very similar to each other. I picked Oscommerce out of the 3. It's a tough one to modify and you do get confused with all the contributions.

I'm actually thinking of moving my ebiz to a paid hosting platform that has all the bells and whistles built in. The standard loads on these need alot of modifying.
try americommerce.com - folks from bigcommerce migrate there
 

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