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Shopping Cart Software With Web Hosting Plans

Posted on: December 12, 2008

What is Shopping Cart Software?

Shopping cart software is software used in e-commerce to assist people making purchases online, analogous to the American English term ‘shopping cart’. In British English it is generally known as a shopping basket, almost exclusively shortened on websites to ‘basket’.

The software allows online shopping customers to place items in the cart. Upon checkout, the software typically calculates a total for the order, including shipping and handling (i.e. postage and packing) charges and the associated taxes, as applicable.

Shopping Cart Software Main Components

Storefront: the area of the Web store that is accessed by visitors to the online shop. Category, product, and other pages (e.g. search, best sellers, etc.) are dynamically generated by the software based on the information saved in the store database.

Administration: the area of the Web store that is accessed by the merchant to manage the online shop. The amount of store management features changes depending on the sophistication of the shopping cart software, but in general a store manager is able to add and edit products, categories, discounts, shipping and payment settings, etc. Order management features are also included in many shopping cart programs.

Ways To Obtain Shopping Cart Software

Hosted service: The software is never downloaded, but rather is provided by a hosted service provider and is generally paid for on a monthly/annual basis; also known as the application service provider (ASP) software model. Some of these services also charge a percentage of sales in addition to the monthly fee. This model often has predefined templates that a user can choose from to customize their look and feel. In this model users typically have less ability to modify or customize the software with the advantage of having the vendor continuously keep the software up to date for security patches as well as adding new features added.

Licensed software: The software is downloaded and then installed on a Web server. This is most often associated with a one-time fee, although there are many free products available as well. The main advantages of this option are that the merchant owns a license and therefore can host it on any Web server that meets the server requirements, and that the source code can often be accessed and edited to customize the application.

SeekDotNet.com research and development team are continuous update the web hosting technology in all ASP.NET web hosting plans to suite with all the installation of shopping cart software on web hosting plans.

For more information about hosting your shopping cart software, log on to http://www.seekdotnet.com to view list of supported shopping cart software on ASP.NET hosting accounts.

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1 Response to "Shopping Cart Software With Web Hosting Plans"

Zeuscart is the best open source and it’s licensed under Free GPL Ecommerce Software. Sources: http://www.zeuscart.com

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