Shopping Carts...any experiences?

My site needs a major renovation. The product line has gotten too large and too convoluted for the simple little site it was originally designed to be.

I want to move the design more towards a white space, easy to navigate shopping cart, but the solutions available are mind boggling. Many of them require knowledge that I don't currently have, but could probably learn, given my unix background. Alternately, I may just cave in and hire someone to set it up for me.

Any experience with cart solutions? Recommendations? Warnings? The three open source carts I've reviewed and am considering are comersus, which has very little industry buzz and I've not run into it much in use, ZenCart, which has a very large install base...but configuration seems to be pretty static and it doesn't have a lot of features I would like, osCommerce, which again seems to have a good size install base, but also doesn't seem to offer some things that I'd like, like shipping calculations on the fly and whatnot.

I'm not adverse to paying for a solution, but once you start looking at those you find that many solutions require you to use their hosting, and pay access fees to use their databases, rather than being a complete package that you can roll onto your server.

SalesCart looks like it may allow me to keep everything contained, but I haven't reviewed it's capabilities yet.

In an idea situation, I would like to have a database where product information such as name, ingredients, price, availability and weight (for shipping) are entered. That data would be populated on the site. Shipping would calculate on the fly, based on weight. (Although that's not a deal breaker if I can't get it.)

I don't need anything super complicated, just a better solution than I have now.

Help?

As someone who specializes in writing custom code, I recommend custom code!

Really, I've heard mostly positive things about ZenCart and osCommerce, but I've never directly used them. Setup should be pretty easily done, most stuff I've seen lately has installer scripts you can point your browser at.

Zencart is a mod of osCommerce, fyi.

Azure Chicken wrote:

As someone who specializes in writing custom code, I recommend custom code!

Really, I've heard mostly positive things about ZenCart and osCommerce, but I've never directly used them. Setup should be pretty easily done, most stuff I've seen lately has installer scripts you can point your browser at.

Yeah, the installer bit isn't that big of an issue, it's modifying the code. It's been 4 years since I've been a code monky, and I'm not really up to speed with these new fangled technologies.

However, PHP looks like it'll be easier to figure out (for me) than .net tech, so I think I'm gonna go with a new hosting service that will let me roll on linux or unix instead of an MS server, and probably go with oscommerce.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:

Zencart is a mod of osCommerce, fyi.

That's the comment that tipped me over to the osCommerce tent. Plus, I've found a host that will preinstall the server side for me, now I just need to get feedback on the host.