Looking for an elegant and basic ecommerce solution


I am looking for a low cost, low volume, and very simple to setup/use ecommerce solution for a friend to sell home made goods (e.g. photo boards and knitted scarfs). There is likely to be little traffic to the site and I only expect her to sell one or two goods per week.

What I really need, is a solution that I can set up in a day or two and easily show someone who is not an internet guru how to add new products. This does not have to be a free solution, but am looking for something that will have low costs associated with it.

I have had experience with zend cart before, but I get the impression that it has become a little outdated and also requires a lot of setting up.


asked Jan 3 '11 at 00:53
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For simplicity Shopify http://www.shopify.com/ and Interspire http://www.interspire.com/ are the two that immediately come to mind.

Whether they count as low-cost depends on how you're counting. But if time taken to get something presentable up and running is what you're concerned about both do an excellent job.

answered Jan 3 '11 at 03:06
Adrian Howard
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  • It has turned out to be a great thread with nice suggestions. I can't find any place under onStartups to bookmark threads. :( – Ankur Jain 13 years ago


http://www.opencart.com/ is very easy to setup, very easy to use. Its got a cute little ajax add to cart animation that is very neat.

There are a good amount of plugins for customizing, and you can find decent themes. Everything is customizable so either you or a your developer can make changes.

answered Jan 3 '11 at 02:55
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  • +1 for opencart. A solid product. – Jim Galley 13 years ago
  • solid for a e-comm startup – Frank 13 years ago
  • One comment about OpenCart: Recent developments have me thinking. Basically, OpenCart recently had a CSRF security flaw disclosed, and the developer seems not to care. Not sure what conclusion to make, but this seems to bespeak a wrong mindset for an ecommerce application: http://blog.visionsource.org/2010/01/28/opencart-csrf-vulnerability/Jesper Mortensen 13 years ago


Also explore www.prestashop.com. Its a nice and very easy to use.

answered Jan 3 '11 at 22:28
51 points


Opencart +1

Recently featured as the #1 upcoming ecommerce solution.

Or alternatively how about an Ebay store, or simply setting up a normal basic webpage then adding Paypal 'buy now' buttons.

answered Jan 5 '11 at 00:54
11 points


They guys behind Flavors.me have created Goodsie, an eCommerce solution aimed to be super simple, easy to set up and use, and well designed from the get go. http://goodsie.com/ Shopify is of course also a great competitor in this space and well worth checking out

answered Jul 11 '11 at 01:31
394 points
  • Goodsie is very nice. Easy to use interface, beautiful clean results. – Steve D 13 years ago

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