Best online shop or shopping cart software

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Hi guys, I am setting up an online shop and looked into a number of options. I am finding it hard to pick the right one. Does anyone have any experience. I want something easy to use with a good backend. I don't mind paying just as long as it delivers.

Mostly be selling small items not that it really matters but wanted to see if anyone had any tips and what software they would recommend. Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lagrana Design
    I would recommend using WordPress and installing WooCommerce as a plugin for the shopping cart. Easy to use and can come handy.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Myles Sinclair
      I've heard good things about Magento, which has been owned by ebay since 2011. It's still open source apparently, so well supported. A bit too demanding to run on shared hosting, but more suitable for VPS or dedicated server.

      Then you have Zen cart which is very popular. Also open source with an active community forum.

      Open Cart is another possibility. Open source, with support via forum or paid support.

      When it comes to shopping carts there is a lot of choice!
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      • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
        Originally Posted by Myles Sinclair View Post

        I've heard good things about Magento, which has been owned by ebay since 2011. It's still open source apparently, so well supported. A bit too demanding to run on shared hosting, but more suitable for VPS or dedicated server.

        Then you have Zen cart which is very popular. Also open source with an active community forum.

        Open Cart is another possibility. Open source, with support via forum or paid support.

        When it comes to shopping carts there is a lot of choice!
        Gonna check out majento! Cheers and the others I have kind of looked into but not fully. Guess its just a matter of trying one or two and just doing it
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        • Profile picture of the author bmzus
          AbanteCart is also good and easy to use. You can try it.
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by Lagrana Design View Post

      I would recommend using WordPress and installing WooCommerce as a plugin for the shopping cart. Easy to use and can come handy.

      Good luck!
      Will defo check that out as already have a wordpress blog on the site Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Do you mean something like "1shoppingcart"?
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  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    Go hosted if you're not experience i.e Shopify or BigCommerce, focus on shipping vs technical issues. Once you've built a business, build your own platform using a proprietary or open source software platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
      There's a lot of good advice in this thread.

      I think that the best answer for you depends on your experience and abilities when it comes to coding and managing a website's back-end.

      If you're relatively new to that game, it definitely makes the most sense to go with a hosted solution. Something that'll be really easy to use right out of the box (like Bigcommerce) is going to be your best bet.

      In fact, I know that Bigcommerce is very easy to use and has a lot of great responsive store choices that are super easy to put together. I've seen some pretty nice-looking stores put together without a whole lot of effort or technical expertise. Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author CSmitty
    Magento I agree is the best if you want to fully integrate the shopping cart with your site. It does take some work and may be worth it to hire someone who knows how to do this already. It was a nightmare when I tried to do this myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author thesweetspot
    Go with what you can budget, then eventually grow into a complete custom solution with all the bells and whistles. Wordpress is useful and does in fact work, use shopperpress, Shopify and BigCommerce are useful as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use WooCommerce. Hasn't disappointed me yet. It supports Paypal out of the box and many other payment gateways via extension.
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    • Profile picture of the author ladyEl
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I use WooCommerce. Hasn't disappointed me yet. It supports Paypal out of the box and many other payment gateways via extension.
      May I ask you about а shipping calculator for it, please. I have a problem to find one...Thank you...
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by ladyEl View Post

        May I ask you about а shipping calculator for it, please. I have a problem to find one...Thank you...
        There are extensions for USPS, UPS, FedEX and numerous other shippers for WooCommerce. Just go to woothemes.com and then click on extensions and put shipping in the search bar.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakjim
    Go for opencart, very easy to manage and easily available extensions. Have a look at below example of opencart design

    eCommerce - Garbini - Stylish Opencart Responsive Theme | ThemeForest
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  • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
    3dCart is actually another great hosted solution that I know is quite easy to use. A lot of our customers really like it, and just like with Bigcommerce, I've seen some really nice-looking web stores set up by online sellers who don't have a ton of design or coding experience at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mogaz
    if looking for easy installation then go for woocommerce else magento is excellent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
    If you don't have a lot of experience with coding and/or programming, I would actually advise steering clear of Magento.

    If you think you've got some decent experience, you can definitely go for it.

    Also, if you're not down hiring a developer to work with you -- this is what a lot of eCommerce sites wind up doing in order to get things working exactly they way they're wanted.

    The bottom line is that Magento can be pretty tough to work with. Unless you get the Enterprise (Paid) Edition, the Community Edition is free and open-source, so it doesn't come with any kind of support. There are, however, a ton of message boards and forums that you can use for help.
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    • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
      Originally Posted by Solid Commerce View Post

      If you don't have a lot of experience with coding and/or programming, I would actually advise steering clear of Magento.
      ......
      The bottom line is that Magento can be pretty tough to work with. Unless you get the Enterprise (Paid) Edition, the Community Edition is free and open-source, so it doesn't come with any kind of support. There are, however, a ton of message boards and forums that you can use for help.
      Really? What is this based on? When is coding and development necessary to use Magento? Please explain.

      My experience has been different. I have used Magento for over 2 years and have never coded anything and have never hired a developer. We have 63,000 SKUs, 2000+ orders per month and 17 extensions installed.

      I do agree that Magento is more sophisticated that many eCommerce platforms but that does not mean you have to be a software developer to use it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
        Originally Posted by kjamesnv View Post

        Really? What is this based on? When is coding and development necessary to use Magento? Please explain.

        My experience has been different. I have used Magento for over 2 years and have never coded anything and have never hired a developer. We have 63,000 SKUs, 2000+ orders per month and 17 extensions installed.

        I do agree that Magento is more sophisticated that many eCommerce platforms but that does not mean you have to be a software developer to use it.
        Wow, nice! It's definitely worth pointing out that this doesn't apply to everyone's situation.

        My assessment is only based off what I've been able to glean from our customers, support staff, and account managers.
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        • Profile picture of the author serpyre
          Originally Posted by Solid Commerce View Post

          Wow, nice! It's definitely worth pointing out that this doesn't apply to everyone's situation.

          My assessment is only based off what I've been able to glean from our customers, support staff, and account managers.
          Actually it does, just most fiddle with it because it is a technical platform - usually the implementation providers trying to justify chargout, the owner making it more complex than it needs to be, or as is most often the case both combined. An out-of-the-box Magento is actually better than one with many extensions and code - more stable - easier to rank. We have seen a basic install with virtually no code havin 30,000 products and off-the-shelf theme rank first page next to Amazon within a few weeks (specialist hosting). Whether it is the correct platform is another matter, you can use skus, yearly revenue among others to detemine the platform. You can read our comments here http://www.warriorforum.com/ecommerc...ml#post9369095 - on average WooCommerce/Prestashop for 1,000s sku, Magento CE 10s thousands, EE 100s thousands - but we find it a little misleading as factors such as number of stores can make the dynamics change materially, so we find the revenue method more reliable.
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  • Profile picture of the author wilfredtr
    Less than 50 items, maybe WooCommerce, less than 1,000 Open Cart, more, Magento COMMUNITY version.
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  • Profile picture of the author HazelChris
    Woo commerce is the most popular shopping cart plugin for WordPress and for a good reason. It comes free at first then it is heavily extended with premium plugins that offer advanced functionality. Contains fantastic documentation with instructional videos and tutorials and is straight forward to work with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author kevinsantokie
      Hello guys...
      I have developed so many Magento Extensions. Which you can Install and make your work easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author MadisonW
    If you are not experienced, I would definitely recommend using Shopify or BigCommerce good solutions, easily manageable and perfect if you want to set up good-looking web stores without any design or coding skills. Opencart has nice features and easily available extensions. I’ve never tried Magento, heard it is an enterprise-level solution mainly. A helpful alternative: mix shoppable products with content. Basically a content commerce/marketing tool - called Styla.
    Hope it was useful!
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  • Profile picture of the author serpyre
    @MadisonW - the ones you mention are sub for sub $200,000 revenue per year stores, Magento CE is for $200,000 to $3million. So if the target is $250,000 revenue per year then Prestashop, Shopify will make it hard work the closer you get - Magento makes it hard work up front but easier to grow - the Styla link is pretty useful - thanks for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emma S
    Try to use Craglist
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  • Profile picture of the author devenn27
    I have worked with all popular shopping carts such as opencart, shopify, oscommerce, bigcommerce etc etc but lately im hooked to woocommerce and enjoy working on it quite a lot. The reason why i prefer wooCommerce is because wordpress is quite easy to explain my clients and after development they can add products on their own with some help here and there.
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  • Profile picture of the author ExceedStandard
    Per sonally, I like magento.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Gordon
      Magento is a great option for your business requirement. The rich features of Magento make it as the most popular open source ecommerce software.
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  • Profile picture of the author madiz
    Personally i would like WooCommerce is best...
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  • Profile picture of the author stiphen
    I Personally know ChannelSale. They are very good on shopping cart solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author magedelight
    Hi..
    I would like to recommend you Magento and installing Magento Extension could be very helpful and handy.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaintechnosoft
    Selecting the best ECommerce platform for your business, seek those that offer a change of features its a great flexibility to grow with your business.I prfer Shopify and Magento is the best for Ecommerce.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Divyarathi View Post

      There are many website or shop available for creating the website but according to me nationkart is the best e commerce platform which offers custom CMS platform to create website.

      ... with all of a whopping 120 clients according to the website and based on CloudCommerce in India, plus the fact that hardly anyone has ever heard of nationkart, I doubt this is the solution for most people.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Tery123 View Post

      I will recommend Yo!Kart multivendor ecommerce platform, as ir has been specially built for the startups. It has all the features of top ecommerce platforms like shopify, woocommerce and bigcommerce. It is very easy to customize and is very secure. It is known for its affordability
      You can't get any more affordable than free, which WooCommerce plugin is free and wcvendors.com multivendor plugin is also free. You are shilling your own product, which is spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author margeshp
    Wordpress with Woocommerce is the easiest option to try. However, I would recommend Opencart as it is an eCommerce platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenwong1987
    shopify is pretty adequate for this
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  • Profile picture of the author nomaanali
    As you have said you already got WordPress, then you should go for WooCommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author steveburns
    I would recommend Magento anytime for setting up online stores. If you are willing to pay a little more for the services, Magento will not be disappointing. You can also take your venture to Amazon irrespective of size and experience with the easy and effective Magento tools and support solutions. Good Luck!
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