Seeing as a lot of my readers are Internet Marketing newbies I thought this would make a great blog post. So many of them want to start an online store to sell their stuff, but they have no idea where to begin.
And to be perfectly honest, I wanted to write this post because I’m looking for feedback and comments to help us determine the best shopping cart software.
I launched my first shopping site for a friend in 1998 and to be honest, I can’t even remember what I used for software. I switched it to OSCommerce a few years later and have done very little with it since. One of the reasons why I’m writing this post, is because they want to do a much needed overhaul of their site (Flagstore.com) and I’m looking for recommendations for them.
In fact, if any Shopping Cart software owners are looking for a perfect showcase site, the Flagstore.com domain could be it. (hint, hint)
Of course there are other great services like Yahoo Small Business Merchant Solutions.
I could keep rambling on about all the different ecommerce platforms and shopping cart systems, but it all boils down to one thing.
The average newbie has no idea…
- where to start
- how much they should be paying
- how to get a merchant account
- if they need to a hosted or self-hosted solution
- how to get up and running quickly and affordably
And to be honest, I don’t know what to tell them.
If they want a self-hosted solution I usually tell them to start by playing around with the free shopping cart software that comes with Cpanel’s fantastico, and see if that suits there needs. Or I tell them to use 1ShoppingCart.com for a quick to setup hosted solution.
What are your thoughts an opinions on choosing a shopping cart? Please comment below.