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    Default SoHoLaunch Pro - Worth the $$ ?

    Anyone here use SoHoLaunch Pro? I found the 'basic' version on Fantastico here, but I want to know if you've found the shopping cart capabilities to be worth the $99 fee to use Pro.

    Also, if you have a different, but simple to set up and relatively inexpensive e-commerce package that you are happy with, I would love to hear about it. Extra points if it can handle PayPal's reoccuring payments feature.

    Thank you!

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    oscommerce here...

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    I've heard oscommerce/zencart are a pain to configure. I take it you didn't find it too difficult?

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    Skinning can be a bit of a pain, but the actual install is fairly painless, plus there are tons of plugins to add extra features such as reocurring payments.

    Give it a try, it is free after all, so you can always ditch it if you don't like it...

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    So, I tried ZenCart, and while I don't mind puzzling out its awkward configuration, there is absolutely no way most of my customers would work through the process. For instance:

    The one for whom I am considering SoHoLaunch wants the ability to use a wizard to add/modify pages at will and manage her catalog easily by herself. For most customers who want to make frequent updates to their own pages, I recommend Website Baker, but WB does not have any e-commerce ability.

    Any ideas?

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    Never used Zencart - IIRC it is based on oscommerce so, this might help - although your customer would need some knowledge of html, or could possibly use a WYSIWYG editor... There are thousands of contributions listed on their website, so I'd be surprised if there wasn't a solution that fits your needs there. Alternativley I would suggest you post your question in the oscommerce/zencart forums - you'll probably get more help there.

    If your looking for an intergrated shopping cart/cms you could try http://www.virtuemart.net/ (i'm sure there are others) - I have no experience of this though...

    None of the customers I've set oscommerce up for have had any difficulty maintaining their catalogue (the shipping taxes etc can be APITA - although very flexible, but how often do they change?). I have to admit that there has been no need to create any static pages after I initially set them up - just occasional content changes which they have handled themselves using notepad/ftp...

    I haven't looked at SoHoLaunch Pro as they require your email just to view the demo - But from viewing their feature list I think it is a trade off between functionality (zencart/oscommerce are much more flexible in this regard) and ease of use...

    HTH

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    Thank you, Elite, for the tips. I'm looking in to that Mambo/Joomla shopping cart system. If it can gracefully handle subscriptions and rental inventory tracking, I'll be so happy I might lose bladder control. There seems to be a distinct lack of such features in most systems.

    yeah, it's always a pain when sites require email addresses for registration. That's exactly why I maintain an extra domain: script testing and tons of "throw-away" email forwarders to cut down on spam.

    Thanks again!

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