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In the not too distant future one of my clients is going to want an on-line shop added to their current site. I've had zero experience with setting up any sort of e-commerce solutions - so I thought I'd pick your brains!

My clients are all small businesses so they won't be able to afford expensive packages.

I'm also not fond of the idea of having to implement some clunky, table-based, unaccessible shopping cart - free or otherwise.

So I'm looking for recommendations of either free or fairly inexpensive shopping carts - preferably CSS based but definitely accessible and should be PHP/mySQL rather than ASP/Access if possible.

(Yes I know Google is my friend, but recommendations are much more valuable.)

My strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it!

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Not a recommendation, as such, but in case you don't get any recommendations, dpivision has been working on an accessible e-commerce solution for a while and has recently posted this:
http://www.accessifyforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=25605
Not free, but not expensive either as these things go Smile

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Thanks Lorraine - I was just looking at them. Looks like £800 a shot!

There was another link there for a company called Karova but they had not prices on at all - which is generally a sign that they're waaaay to expensive (If you have to ask you can't afford it!).

Came across Zen Cart which is free but looks to be table-based...

... this isn't going to be easy is it?

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HellsBells wrote:
Came across Zen Cart which is free but looks to be table-based.

I've been looking at them too. It does say this on their screenshots page:
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The CSS/XHTML Template is the future now!

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Yes I noticed that, but all the examples I looked at were table-based. I'm digging further....

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"Also, your CSS (no offence) makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon" - TPH

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I've come across something that looks really good - but still in development currently (quirm.net) - Details include:

# CSS for layout and presentation
# XHTML
# Web standard compliant
# WCAG AA

and hopefully a price of sub £100.

Hopefully it will be available soon - I've got my name down to be notified and I'll certainly spread the word if it does what it claims to.

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That's interesting HB and it seems quite full featured.

I am a bit confused, though, because it's from Rich Pedley: the chap whose wife said this about the dpvision's accessible shopping cart.

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Now that we have tried Tradingeye out for ourselves, we will be automatically recommending it to all of our ecommerce clients.”

Mel Pedley - Black Widow Web Design Ltd, Accessible web developer and GAWDS admin.
http://www.dpivision.com/developers/

Nevertheless, with the Pedley family and GAWDS connection one would expect a solid product.

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Yes exactly - that got me too. I clicked through to his site from the Tradingeye testimonial page and on his home page he lays out the plans for the new shop system.

I've just got an e-mail from him and hopefully it should all be fairly soon! I'll keep you posted.

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HellsBells wrote:
Yes I noticed that, but all the examples I looked at were table-based. I'm digging further....

Are you talking about the whole layout or just the actual shopping cart bits? Cos I think in most cases, tables are probably the best way for displaying carts cos it's all columns & rows.

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Is there some reason you haven't considered osCommerce? That seems to be the granddaddy of GPL solutions. The price is certainly right.

Another thing to look at is the e-commerce module for Drupal. I'm not familiar with the module, but have heard only good about Drupal as a framework for blogs, bbs, and content management.

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kk5st wrote:
Is there some reason you haven't considered osCommerce? That seems to be the granddaddy of GPL solutions. The price is certainly right.

I have looked at it and haven't discounted it by any means - I'm just trying to get an overview of what's available versus price versus the amount of hacking around I'll have to do to get it accessible and at least close to valid!

I've looked at the Simple Template Module and it's certainly on my short list!

With Zen Cart - there is a "Semantic version" which is CSS based - it's a version done by enthusiasts rather than the company itself and is almost a year behind the current release. When an update arrives they'll have to start all over again converting it to CSS!!

I'm not aversed to tables in a form necessarily - I guess it's a question of how much I'm able to alter stuff.

If I can get a package that costs under £100 that's valid, accessible XHTML then I'll grab it with both hands and currently that looks to be what Rich Pedley is working on currently.

I've got a couple of months until I have to actually do something on this - just planning ahead!

My strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it!

"Also, your CSS (no offence) makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon" - TPH