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I am redoing a e-commerce site for a client. I am deciding between wordpress and an open source cart like Zen cart.  The cart will have between 400 and 500 items. Which would be the best solution.
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Question by:Hidesign
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by:ravikantninave
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Zen Cart
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by:Ray Paseur
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Consider also Magento.
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Gary earned 500 total points
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Have a look at OpenCart - nice and clean, great seo and good number of plugins

Would stay away from Wordpress
Zen Cart still looks as horrible as it ever did.
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by:Gary
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Magento for 400 products is overkill
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by:Chris Harte
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osCommerce is pretty widely used. I have not tried it in a while, but it used to be a very simple setup.

http://www.oscommerce.com/
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by:Hidesign
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Ace - why is wordpress not good. I looked at opencart - looks like a good option
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by:Gary
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This is only my personal opinion
Wordpress is not a dedicated shopping cart, you have to start messing around with their cart plugins.
Stick with a dedicated cart software and you are good to go straight away with a system that is designed as an online shop. On top of that you will get plenty of plugins and shop orientated templates.

Also consider the constant hacking of Wordpress sites, if your blog is hacked it's no biggie, if your WP site is hacked and it is your livelihood (as in selling stuff) then you are screwed
WP is first and foremost a blog and not an online shop, if you were selling 5/6 products and you were already using Wordpress then I would say go ahead and stick with WP.
You are selling 400+ products - that deserves a real cart with the backup to control your shop.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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The Expert formerly known as Gary's opinion to stay away from WordPress for a dedicated e-commerce site is right on.

WordPress can do a lot of things, including e-commerce but a dedicated e-commerce platform will offer more features than a wordpress plugin and probably work better for you in the long run.  If you are selling only a few things, WordPress.  Hundreds or thousands?  Something else.

It's also not unheard if to use WordPress as a front-end for marketing and what-not and run Zen or Magento or similar in a subdirectory and use that for the real work.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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+1 For OpenCart
+1 For not using wordpress as a shopping cart for more then a few products
+1 For hearing that from Jason
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by:Gary
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p.s. Hidesign
Ace is my level, my pseudonym is Cathal ;o)
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by:joeypolice
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Use Wordpress with Ecwid.  Free and very easy to use/setup.
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by:Hidesign
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Thanks for all your comments - if I use wordpress as the front end is it easy to intergrate open cart as the  back end
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by:Gary
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OpenCart and WP are separate software, there are some plugins to allow you to access the DB but you would be using OC by itself and maybe WP as a blog that you can link to your OC products/categories.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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I think you should be able to install wordpress then install opencart on a subfolder.  

You wold end up with mydomain.com and mydomain.com/shop where /shop is your opencart.  Or you could use subdomains shop.mydomain.com.  I think you are better keeping it /shop though.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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I think you should be able to install wordpress then install opencart on a subfolder.  

Exactly.  Don't worry about integration, because there doesn't need to be any.  You will use WordPress to create marketing content and take advantage of its SEO-friendly structures but you won't use it to manage customers.  All of that will happen on the cart side.
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by:Hidesign
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Thanks - I will use wordpress as the front end and opencart for the cart.
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by:Hidesign
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I was looking through themeforest and saw opencart themes. Is this a good way to go instead of using wordpress for the front end.
Thanks for all your input
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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If you don't want to have a log of content outside of your store it may have some merit.
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