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Choosing the Right Shopping Cart
Software for Your Business

The first most important step in online selling is choosing the right shopping cart system and content management tool. You need to find an ecommerce system that will accommodate the smooth running of your online business and at the same time give your customers an effortless shopping environment. It's therefore important to identify the features you think you will need from your shopping cart software.

To identify the features you will need, it is essential that you know your product well and your future intentions. What you intend to sell online will greatly determine what features you need from your shopping cart system.

To help you evaluate some of the features you may need to run your online business, it will help to think about how important the following shopping cart features are to you. The level of demand for each of these features will depend a great deal on how experienced you are with shopping cart management.

Do you need an easy to follow web-based installation process to lead you each step of the way? Or do you have PHP knowledge often needed to install and customize an open source code.

Managing Customization
If you want to get your online shop up and running quickly you may consider buying a shopping cart that provides you with predefined templates or base designs that you can customize to suit your design preferences.

Alternatively, if you're familiar with HTML or highly experience in PHP development, you may want to ensure your shopping cart gives you the flexibility to customize your website using HTML and have the tools to create a high functionality ecommerce website.

Availability of Technical Support
If you do not feel confident about installing, running and managing your shopping cart, the availability of technical support will be important to you and will play a big part in helping you decide which shopping cart software is right for you.

Search Engine Friendly
Search engines drive a great amount of traffic to a website therefore it is important your product pages can be easily accessed by the search engines.

For ecommerce websites that offer a large number of products, dynamically generated websites offer some real benefits. However some search engines have been unable to spider dynamic websites in the past and they often do not appear high up in the search engines. Some shopping cart solutions have overcome this problem by producing static pages, so this may be an important factor to you. Similarly, some shopping cart solutions support the ability to add META data to each page, an important factor in on-page search engine optimization.

Conversion Friendly Checkout Process
The purpose of most online shops is to generate sales, therefore the less number of clicks a user has to perform to actually purchase the product, the better. If the shopping cart takes a user through too many stages before they get what they (and you) want, it is likely they will not convert.

Product Growth
It is particularly important that your shopping cart software has room for growth. If your product line is small you may want to expand it in future if a particular line of products do well. Some shopping carts can offer unlimited products or have an upgrade feature should you need more from your shopping cart software.

The key to choosing the right shopping cart software is practical testing. You should download a free version of the shopping cart and experiment with their features to see if they are right for you.

Viart Shop provides a single system capable of performing all the functions required to run your business online. Whether you have a degree in computer programming or you are setting up your first online shop, Viart Shop offers scalable Viart Shop ecommerce solutions to suit everyone. To evaluate the Viart shop, the free evaluation edition is a fully functional version of the Viart shopping cart that can be downloaded from the website at:

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