Shopping Cart Software
Q:What are some simple freeware or shareware shopping cart packages that can be
run (a) on the client side or (b) in our customer's Web hosting space with its ISP?
- Minivend: http://www.minivend.com - comes highly
recommended. This is a freeware solution with a good deal of features and should be
relatively easy-to-use. This one can run on Unix or NT based machines. Its a bit cryptic
the first time but is quite powerful once you learn the language. [Benjamin Yoskovitz,
- Webcart http://www.mountain-net.com, may not
be shareware, but it's inexpensive and written in PERL. The only downside is the learning
curve. [Sanjay V. Patel, email@example.com]
- ViaWeb: http://www.viaweb.com -- a service that
allows you to run your online store on their Web site. It is the simplest and probably the
least expensive solution I have found. It only took about 15 minutes to set up a store
using ViaWeb. [Benjamin Yoskovitz, firstname.lastname@example.org]
- If you don't mind hosting your store on a different host -- our company has easy-to-use
Web-based Shopping Cart software we developed called ALA-Cart. With this no-frills
software you can enter and delete products easily. [Sanjay V. Patel, email@example.com]
- If you don't want to go with a dedicated server solution (where the hosting provider
will let you install almost anything), one alternative might be to contract with an online
mall to develop a commerce area for this client. If the mall page can be
"framed" within the client's site, that's even better.
- Selena Sol's free Perl Web store http://www.extropia.com/scripts/web_store.html.
comes recommended. [Seth Grimes]
- PerlShop: http://www.arpanet.com/PerlShop
- is free and looks to be fairly easy to implement. Good instructions for Unix based
servers. No database, uses html page for each product. [Harold Goldstein]
- VirtualCart: http://www.vcart.com costs $250/year.
Easy to use and set up. You continue to use your own website but links to their system for
the shopping cart. Use forms to enter data. [Harold Goldstein]
- VersaMall: http://www.versanet.com/
- costs $300 + $35/month ... uses your own site and their server for processing and the
cart. [Harold Goldstein]
- Big Step: http://www.bigstep.com - offers a free
catalog hosting service with inexpensive CC processing. Construction is online but slow,
inflexible, can't use your own html. [Harold Goldstein]
- Digiweb: http://www.digiweb.com - if one has a
Digiweb site ($20) one can use their shopping cart for free. Flexible, uses an icon bar
for implementation and can use own site. Enter data for each item as a from entry. No
database. [Harold Goldstein]
- Some Web hosting providers offer commerce solutions in their premium hosting packages -
which might be a better option (although it requires you to switch providers).