hey guys i need recommendations for an all inclusive ecommerce solution that's less than $75 monthly. Currently we use yahoo store and found it to be too expensive. They charge you for freaking every little thing/change.
so far i found shoppingcartsplus.com it is almost perfect except they dont have coupon code feature, which is critical for online business.
So i am looking for solutions that has shopping cart / payment / email notifications / product catalogs all integrated into 1 package. I am an experienced programmer so dont mind customization, but do not have the time to go through the whole integration / setup myself as i have no experience with shopping carts and credit card processing.
My suggestion would be to setup a merchant account & gateway combination (offered by many merchant providers) along with a hosting account and then install a package like osCommerce or ZenCart.
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WRT 1) - there are MANY shopping carts to choose from. I would recommend playing with several of them and determining which one is the best fit for you. You can then shop around for a host offering that solution....
thanks guys i did some further research. please see below:
1) osCommerce - basically your online store. find a tomcat apache hosting site and slap this baby on there. Of course do some config/html etc. no problem here, since it's all php.
2) merchant account / gateway / ssl - this is where the confusion comes in. I dont want to use some small noname company for this. Are there any sites that integrate all 3 into 1 service? i think authorize.net looks good, but they dont tell you how much they charge. what is the usually "fair" price for those kind service? fees per transaction? can someone just recommend me a good merchant account/gateway/ssl seller?