Shopping cart also refers to a virtual shopping cart it is a software program that when integrated into your web store enables customer to choose one or more items from the web store, specify particular option that might be available and then purchase those items.
A shopping cart normally includes;
Database that store information such as product details, customer data and order information.
A store front that displays this information to store visitors, administration area that allows you to manage your store e.g. this is where you add products, set up shipping and payment option process orders.
How a Shopping Cart Works
The way in which a shopping carts work differ, some work by using simple data collection forms and passing the information through the URL(Uniform Resource Locator)
A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web store server to a customer web browser so that it can be read back from the browser.
Passing the information through the URL of the web store involve using form variables in the URL and a listening CGI component on the web store side. Storing the customers shopping cart at any time, before or after purchase. The information can be variable allowing web store administrator to gauge future product needs based on the content of the shopping cart belonging to customers.
Shopping cart application includes;
- Cold fusion
Ways of acquiring a shopping cart
Pay a onetime fee for the software and install it on your web server
When you choose this model you don’t have to pay monthly fee and the software is usually much more customizable than leased shopping carts. If you hire a website designer to install and configure your shopping cart, this method is economical than leasing.
Pay monthly or yearly to lease the software
This model is easy to implement because you don’t need to install configure or maintain only software.
Leasing software is often hard to customize and many E-commerce sites need some customization. Furthermore it can be very expensive when you add in the cost of leasing for many years.
Features of a Shopping Cart
Easy to use web interface which allow you to administer your shopping cart from any web browser connected to the internet.
Shopping cart report is the ability to get detailed report about your sales inventory, products categories users, states, destination zone, taxes, shipping rate and membership level.
Multiple languages are the ability to display multiple languages in your shopping cart.
Upgrading find out if you can get free update when the software is approved
Editor for product allows you to enter product text and images using a word processor like editor
Content page it allow you to create content page
And thus all about a shopping cart
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