You have just put up an online store, but you do not know where to start. With so many shopping cart software packages out there, where would you start? We will make the work easier for you, and save you time in the process, by telling you exactly what to look for.
The main thing to consider is the type of shopping cart package you would prefer from the 2 basic ones offered; paid shopping cart software package and the open source types. They both have their pros and cons that may help you with your selection.
Paid Shopping Cart Software Packages
With these types of packages, you will be required to pay a license fee upfront along with an extra monthly fee that allows you to use the package. They are most suitable for people who are tech savvy or those who need extra help to get started since you will be paying for tech support and the assurance that someone will always be there to solve your tech problems.
These types of packages usually have fixed features, however, if you want additional features set, you’ll have to patiently wait for them to be included in their next release. The release may never happen, so you need to just make the best with what you get.
Paid packages can also turn out to be very expensive with some requiring an upfront fee of up to $2500 for the license only and hundreds of dollars in monthly fees.
So if you are just starting out, paid shopping cart software packages are not your best option.
Open-Source Shopping Cart Software
This is the perfect software for those that are not afraid of getting their hands dirty. Not only are they free to download and use, but you also get to enjoy an unlimited amount of customizing freedom. You get to create the themes you like for your online store.
The only disadvantage of open-source carts have is that they do not come with tech support to show you how to browse around. You will have to do the tech work by yourself or hire someone to do that for you.
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On the bright side, if you’re a bit competent with a computer, you will have just a few issues. You can ask the guys on the forums for help, in case you get stuck.
— Arastta (@getArastta) 3 de mayo de 2017