We have just launched paperkutz web site. This was my first time in setting up a shopping cart.
My feedback, I tried zencart and freeway, both opensource, but after trying for a day to get them going I switched to opencart. I found it quite easy to setup just load the images through the image manager. The only programming if you can call it that was to change the footer so it didn't show the credit card logos. We will accept these in store. The community is quite active and searching the forum I was able to answer my questions. There is quite an active support with addons and different themes, the two I am considering are an extension for showing pics with the different pricing options. If this takes off then get a payment module where you can get credit card details off a secure server and use the instore machine. But this will only be looked at if there is a demand for it. We will just send back an email with all received orders with our bank account details for an EFT.
For webhosting I went with Softdux using a linux South African hosting account. This is run by Rudi a fellow member. I just took the plan with 500 mb bandwidth lets see if this is enough. What I liked is it easy to load the software with a few clicks, no downloading unzipping then FTP it. Then when you see it is not working a one click delete and the files and database are deleted. That is great for me. Also I did a redirect to the ocart in the cpanel. For semi computer literates like me it is great. The other thing which I learnt was to edit the footer file to remove the paypal logo online.
I have chosen local hosting for the following reasons:
- Quicker loading of webpage and images for us in SA.
- The seacom cable break makes surfing to overseas hosts slower!
I know I am missing a lot so let me know what can be changed or where my thinking is flawed.