said 7 months ago:
@ryrussell Thanks for your question.
Volusion is a solid system – with my definition of solid being that it basically functions as advertised and doesn’t have any horrible known issues.
To choose a cart you need to think about 10 things:
1. Your Products: do you have any weird needs beyond small, medium, large?
2. Data Bridge: does your shopping cart need to talk to your other systems and what are those?
3. Design: What do you need your site to look like / do design wise and will the cart support that?
4. Updating: how do you plan to update your site? Do you need a content management system or not?
5. Backend: what specific backend (order processing and customer ommunication/management) stuff do you need?
6. Features: Are there any specific cart features that you must have? What about those you’d like to have?
7. Payment: how do you intend to be paid / what gateway will you use?
8. Browsers: Compatibility across browsers, this is also where we deal with your mobile needs / plan.
9. Analysis: what are your analysis needs? For many folks the answer is two words – Google Analytics.
10. Security: how will we make sure you are fully PCi compliant? What “level” merchant are you (that’s based on volume).
All that being said if you want a shoot form the hip platform suggestions…
1shoppingcartYahoo store (better than you’d think)Zen cart
Each of the above has pros and cons – there are folks that will tell you they love/hate every one of the above.
If there is a single principle of shopping cart selection it is this: there are more carts than can reasonably be evaluated or known.
As a result careful needs analysis and making some decisions (like do you want to own or rent it) is really the best place to start.
All the best,