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    Shopping Cart Apps


    Hi there,

    I'm considering adding an online store to my website. Just wondering what the best online shopping apps are, to get some kind of idea.

    I'm only interested in carts which are powered by PHP and (if possible) mySQL.

    Suggestions?? Money is no object.
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    If money is no object then why not have a custom one developed?

    Anyway the best free one is osCommerce www.oscommerce.com and this one probably out does most commercial ones too.

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    yeah i second that, OSCommerce gives alot of commercial products a good run for their money
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    What about commercial packages as opposed to open source solutions? I'm particularly interested in the system that Amazon use. They have of course, had it customised for their own site, but I have seen other sites using the same type of system (except more basic).

    Also, need one that will handle the credit card processing (as far as it can) as part of the package.
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    There may be better shopping cart solutions out there, especially like the one developed for Amazon, but you asked for a PHP/MYSQL based solution, and regardless of cost, OScommerce is the best php based solution currently available
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    Oh right, cool. Well I downloaded and installed a local version of it. Looks pretty neat really, for an OS product.

    If anyone else can throw some shopping cart product names at me though, please do. I'd like to check out the competition before I settle. meantime, i'll look into using osCommerce.

    Thanks for that.
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    I tried out oscommerce and yes it offers many features, but the drawbacks are that it's not easily themeable (i heard there is a template system in the works though) and if you have an issue, be it minor or severe, you have no number to call up to get immediate support.
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    I tried out oscommerce and yes it offers many features, but the drawbacks are that it's not easily themeable
    oscommerce in its self is a drawback. The underlying code is poorly designed and the application is not portable. Its ok for a free product (and thats about it); but not a good choice if your requirements call for anything on the upper level of quality, security and (or) portability.
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    Yes, these are all good points. Do you know of any others I can check out (no pun intended!!) before I choose one to run with???

    Thanks for the input so far tho.
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    Originally posted by jpenn
    oscommerce in its self is a drawback. The underlying code is poorly designed and the application is not portable. Its ok for a free product (and thats about it); but not a good choice if your requirements call for anything on the upper level of quality, security and (or) portability.
    These are harsh words, can you be more spacific about it's design issues?

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    Jeez... this is an old topic!! I've since written my own shoppng cart app which I think works better.

    But I do disagree with the statement about OSCommerce. It's a good product for a freebie, and being continually updated.

    Now... let this topic die!!
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    Originally posted by Jake_Bottero
    These are harsh words, can you be more spacific about it's design issues?

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    It has a hack to deal with the superglobals release instead of it being recoded properly. It relys on register globals being switched on, not good, a few other things too.
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    Err.... I'll get me coat...
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    Sorry, it didn't come across as a joke :P
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