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Here's my take on the issue, although I don't have any firm evidence. I don't think there is actually mistrust with PayPal, but instead confusion as to how PayPal works. Most people don't want to give their credit card number to a company for them to store (although they don't realize this is partially what you're doing with any other company). People may ...


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You're going to get abandoned shopping carts nomatter what you do, but the best option is generally the one that fully integrates into your webpage. You can still use PayPal's API with a roll-your-own (no experience with Amazon and Google as they don't offer services in my part of the world), so you can have the best of both worlds. I doubt there's been ...


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You can create a product with options in PayPal which is easy to use and setup. You just copy and paste their code onto your website and visitors can select the product and colours and add it to their cart. I would go with PayPal over Google Checkout she'll get many more orders with PayPal since more people use it. http://www.mals-e.com/ is another free ...


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Terms of Service, and all copy like it, is the responsibility of the customer unless otherwise specified in a contract. Your job is to build them a shopping cart and ecommerce website, not to be their business decision maker and copyrighter. As far as shopping carts go, keep the following in mind (if anyone has more ideas please feel free to add to this ...


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Check out some general marketing data on what people do and don't like to give when purchasing online here. As for my own opinion I think Paypal can deter some purchasers and the % seems to go up as the dollar value of the items go up. I think no matter what site you are and what payment method you use, people leave online shopping carts all the time. It ...


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You can use paypal subscriptions for this easily. Paypal website payments standard supports this, allowing you to accept visa, mc, paypal, amex as payment methods for your subscribers. You cannot create a stored button for this, becuse the stored buttons are encrypted with a set amount or subscription profile. You create a standard button. Your application ...


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RevenueExpect ($50/month) claims to offer shopping cart abandonment emails via MailChimp with a five-minute setup time. (Haven't used it myself.) If you'd prefer not to pay a monthly fee for the service, it wouldn't be too tricky to build a cart abandonment solution yourself. For example, using the MailChimp API: Add the email address of any logged in ...


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The application Gallery2 is FOSS and allows for this: http://codex.gallery2.org/Gallery2:Modules:checkout I have not tried Gallery 3 but Gallery 2 will let you pay with PayPal, Google Checkout and other ways.


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I have coded in wp ecommerce for about 13 months now. I have one of my plugins in Gold Cart and it is soon to be in the core. As far as I know, wp ecommerce is not capable of allowing user submitted products. I don't know of any plugins that do this either. Although - if anyone would have them it would be visser.com.au In short, You would need to code a ...


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I am aware of many performance-related issues with Magento, and considering you have 200,000 products I think it is a certainty you would experience them too. I have played around with OpenCart and, on first impressions, I wouldn't expect it to be fit for purpose for what you want to do. Have you considered writing your own or employing a developer(s) to ...


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I would start with an existing platform like OpenCart or any other open source framework and THEN customize it to meet your needs. Definitely no reason to do all of the hardwork that's already been done, but definitely worth customizing the remaining items on your to-do list.


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Setup custom goal paths. Since your URL's are static it's easy to create two goal sets one for authenticated users another for guests then create custom reports to get total conversions. Here are the instructions from Google. How to Setup Goals in Google Analytics


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You should look at the Akeeba products (of AkeebaBackup fame). They include AkeebaSubscriptions (for Subscriber Access) and Akeeba Release System (for managed downloads) we use them on several sites for clients and our product websites. They are free, well documented and after reading easy to setup.


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Every bank that offers iDeal, sells it together with a certain level of service. These packages can differ in price, support level, etc. Most cheaper packages do not provide direct feedback, so your web application cannot immediately 'know' if the payment succeeded or not. I'm not going to compare the different packages for you, because I'm sure you can do ...


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Of course almost every checkout page will have a comments field, this is standard in most shopping carts. If this is not sufficient, then creating a custom field for each line item is almost always something that needs to customized by a developer. (Suggestion at end). Where will they upload the photo? On the product page or in the cart? This definitely ...


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Paypal offers Adaptive Payments which allows a payment to be split among multiple parties. As of right now I think they are the only provider of this kind of service. Adaptive payments handles payments between a sender of a payment and one or more receivers of the payment. You are an application owner, such as a merchant that owns a website, the owner of ...


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Your best scenario is to give user an option to choose payment method. As for choices I'd recommend: PayPal - I that usually people find it most comfortable SagePay - for direct credit card transactions Google Checkout / Google Wallet - for Android geeks optional: BitCoin if you are willing to sacrifice more time for giving your clients an anonymous ...


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It's strange how some people either have a perfectly delightful experience with paypal, yet others experience the wrath of the underworld. You might consider zoho. I started out just testing them, however I have moved my entire business there. Both zoho invoice and zoho books can accept payment. You can get an account there for free. www.zoho.com look ...


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There are lots of carts and scripts that will assist with subscription management but the more important component to this is your payment gateway. What you really want is a gateway that supports automated recurring billing (ARB) and then look for scripts that specifically support that gateway and also create ARB transactions. With ARB, you don't worry as ...


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I don't mean to be rude, but your constraints are almost impossible to meet, you need a Opensource e-commerce software that: runs on shared hosting (as i assume since you're not going to start with a VPS) is easy and fast to customize is flexible handle a large e-commerce operation Every solution will have it's pitfalls, but in my opinion for the size of ...


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If you're OK with learning a new system and potentially hiring a developer for custom functionality, try out Magento. In my opinion, it's the best around. It's default import/export functionality isn't that great, but can do most everything you're looking for. Instead of using the built-in functionality try Magmi with Magento. It will load thousands of ...


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I'm really liking Shopify. Although I've not actually used them, I've looked into their site quite a bit. If you have over a thousand items, you might want to hire a hand to help you. If it's all jewelry items, you're lucky. Taking pictures with a DSLR of small items such as jewelry becomes a cinch when you set up a small studio (white or dark backdrop, a ...


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Often sites require an email address to be verified. Sometimes they let you use the site without that step been completed, maybe not letting you do everything that a verified user would. I don't remember seeing a site that requires the verification step before letting you check out. What would be more sensible is if they took the order but didn't ship until ...


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I have developed, modified and replaced a host of zc and oscommerce websites in time. I would wholehartedly recommend moving the Magento. The community edition is feature packed and widely used. It is by no means 'perfect' but is continuously improving and was most recently acquired by eBay. The major issues for ecommerce sites are related to navigation ...


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Try Magento. It's not perfect, of course, but it does many of the things you're looking for. Incidentally, HTML validation isn't a factor for SEO. Load time is, but it's only one of over 200 factors. Both are good things, but they need to be put in perspective.


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See this integration guide on PayPal's site: https://www.x.com/developers/paypal/documentation-tools/paypal-payments-standard/integration-guide/formbasics#id08A6F0Q0QY4 This gives information on how to modify the form markup for the HTML buttons to allow different types including different cart functions (Add/Display/Upload). This will only apply if you ...


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It might help if you provide more information about the specifications for the client. Do they already have an existing website and what does their stack look like? Are they having to synchronize inventory for brick and mortar sales through quickbooks? Are they selling a digital product? Are they selling configurable product or products with a lot of ...


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Really depends on what other functionality they require or may require in the future. It might be worth looking at the feature list of say PrestaShop and comparing it with PayPal buttons and asking your client if any of them are must haves or would likes.


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If you are only selling a few dozen items with no storefront and you want simplicity, I would recommend finding a simple and cheap solution that is pre-made. Google-Checkout might be perfect for you: http://checkout.google.com/seller/integrate.html


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You can also give www.moneybookers.com a try. They are based in Europe and are a competitor of PayPal. They do support ZAR for sure: http://www.moneybookers.com/app/help.pl?s=fees They are pretty decent, I've been having a personal account with them for quite some time.



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