Shopping cart software is one of the most important parts of your website, and thus, selecting one is not an unimportant decision.
The first thing that you have to decide is whether you go for open source software or a closed source one. Open source software is free and anyone can use it. Closed source one costs money and is protected by copyright so you can’t use it unless you pay. There are some advantages to both, otherwise everybody would get the free one.
If you are not sure which one to get, here are some factors that you should take into consideration.
Is Your Business New or Are You Already Established? Opening a new business is a lot of work and there are many details to establish. In this case, it’s better to get open source software, since it’s easier to install and to use and you want to make your life easier. On the other hand, if you have an established business and you aren’t as pressed, you can get free open source and take the time to learn it.
Your Computer Skills: Open source is free, but it requires some knowledge and skills in programming in order to install it and adjust it. If you aren’t very good with programming and you don’t have anyone in your team that is, then you’re better off getting easier-to-use closed source software. If you have some skill and are willing to spend the time in forums reading and learning, then open source is better for you.
Your budget: If you are very tight in money, then you should definitely go for open source software. If you have some budget, then you can consider closed software shopping carts. A middle point solution is to get open software and then hire someone to install it or teach you how to use it.
Security: This is also linked to your programming skills. Open source can be very safe, even more so than closed source, if you take the time to keep updated on all the security patches that are issued every one and then. You also have to install them yourself. If you don’t have the time and skills, closed source shopping cart offer reasonable protection and the patches will be sent and installed by the programmer.
These guidelines will give you a better idea on what you should get depending on your needs.