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Order entries apps via the Web

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Hi Experts,

I am looking for a web app where I can have clients place orders (free open-source if possible); apps solely for order entries.   Other obvious needs like what to do do with the data once saved by the clients or how to integrate that data to an accounting software ,is not the scope here, but if the info is available, it's ok.

If there is no such web apps solely for this types of need, then what would be you recommendation for developing said web apps? Like what development tools to use, what database, etc.

Thank u guys!
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The obvious choice is to use Wordpress.  

How you go about this will depend on some factors. One option is to use woo https://woocommerce.com/storefront/  https://woocommerce.com/posts/woocommerce-pricing/

If you need more automation or managing inventory, there will be plug ins for WP. But you may want to look at https://www.shopify.com/

Another good option I have used is https://www.opencart.com/  I really like this app.  

With both WP and opencart, you do need hosting and that is another issue. Otherwise, both are free. The only other expense is going to be the discount rate your payment processor charges.

There are a lot of processors including your own bank. Choosing a processor can be like buying a used car when using the more traditional routes.  Look at https://www.paypal.com/us/home, https://www.authorize.net/ or https://squareup.com/us/en to start.

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Thank you very much!  You have given me gold information! just browse thru them, looks great! (lots of reading and comparing to do)

To close the questions, some questions:
  • Wordpress, woo, shopyfy and opencart are free?
  • Do they all use MySql?

And lastly, taking advantage of your comment of "I really like the app opencart",
  • Can one have access to the database of the apps in order to download data for analysis and/or integrations?
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Woo runs on top of WordPress and WordPress uses mySQL and the SQL database you will have direct access to. open cart is a standalone app and also runs on my SQL which you'll have access to.

WordPress is free and so is open cart. Shopify is a paid service. I don't know if you get access to the database directly with Shopify but there will be reports that you can run.

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Thank u very much!