With so many shopping cart software programs, both free and commercial, it can be difficult to tell a good one from a bad one. And most importantly, to select which one would serve you better.
If you are in this situation, here are some tips on how to choose a good shopping cart software.
1. Your Programming Skills. Everybody wants a free, flexible shopping cart program that can be customized to the needs of the business. However, tuning and adjusting a shopping cart requires some programming skills. If you have them, fine, but if you don’t, you’re better off getting a commercial shopping cart program that is easy to install and is user friendly.
2. Security. Payments are a delicate thing. A shopping cart that’s not secure can make you lose your money, or worse, your customers’ money. You should read reviews from several sources about the shopping cart programs that you are considering in order to see how they have been performing.
3. Cost. Open source shopping carts are free, but that doesn’t mean they are the necessarily the best or worse, so you shouldn’t assume anything about their quality because they’re free. If you are inclining for commercial shopping carts, then you should consider two things. Upfront costs, and usage costs. At first, a percentage fee makes more sense over a flat rate, but as you expand and increase your online sales volume, you may end up paying more than what you would have payed with a fixed rate.
4. Compatibility. The shopping cart is an important part of your website, but it’s not the only one. Is the shopping cart that you’re planning to get compatible with the rest of the elements of your website? You want to find out before you install it or else you might be in for a nasty surprise.
5. Customer Support. Keeping your transactions going on is very important. You want a shopping cart that has customer support available at any time, or at least in your working hours to get you back on track in case of any problem.
6. Features. It’s not about what shopping cart has more features. It’s about what shopping cart has the features that you want. When seeing the list of features of a shopping cart offers you, ask yourself “am I really going to use all of them?” It’s better to get a simpler solution than a complex one, since you don’t want to pay for features you are not going to use and you don’t want to bother with another option in the setting when you install it.
7. User-friendliness. How user friendly it is to YOUR CUSTOMERS, not to you (although that doesn’t hurt). The easier and smoother the process is, the better your chances to get clients.
With this tips, you will be in a better position to select a shopping cart software that’s good for you.