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E-commerce Shopping Cart Review
By: Dan Wellman
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  • E-commerce Shopping Cart Review
  • Nopcart
  • Shop Script Free, Zen Shopping Cart
  • Comersus Cart Lite, osCommerce

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    E-commerce Shopping Cart Review - Nopcart

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    First up is the Nopcart, produced by the Web design and management company NOPDesign, who are a subdivision of Cyberitas, an Arizona-based Internet site specialist company that has been around for at least 10 years.

    The Nopcart is perhaps the simplest ecommerce shopping cart solution available; it is written entirely in JavaScript and is purely client-side. It comes in a .zip file containing 20 JavaScript files. Only two of these files are actually used to power the shopping cart; the rest are alternative language files which can either be implemented or disposed of as you see fit. Each of the language files contain only a simple list of variables that are outputted to users of the shopping cart as error/confirmation messages. 

    The actual work is done by the nopcart.js file, which stores the visitors buying selections to a cookie to handle persistence between the products, cart manager and checkout pages. There are some customization options available, such as modifying the tax amount and minimum order amount, but other than that, you are advised to leave the rest as it is. You are able to link to several of the more prominent payment processing bodies, such as World Pay and Authorize.net, and given a CGI mail application, the cart is able to send order confirmation emails, although these look pretty basic.

    It really is a two minute job to get this shopping cart added to your site and working; seriously, anyone could use this. You need to simply add two JavaScript calls to every page you wish to sell from, and set up your managecart and checkout pages. Once this is done, itís working.  Simple. 

    You will need to have your own existing site infrastructure, or be planning to build one, in order to use this solution; it comes with no graphical additions whatsoever. Also, aside from the forums on the NOPDesign site, there is no support whatsoever, and although the product is 100 percent free, itís not entirely open source.  Nevertheless, this is an excellent, easy to use plug-in shopping cart aimed at people with minimal Web programming experience or those that have either a limited number of items to sell, or who want to get their online store operating at a basic or interim level as of yesterday.

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