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Best ecommerce site for digital downloads

Discussion in 'E-Commerce' started by RentalTablets, Oct 26, 2012.

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    RentalTablets

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    Hello

    I'm helping a relative out with a business venture, they're in the construction trade and they have some various construction documents which are supposedly very valuable. It all went over my head when they asked. So basically they're trying to set up a ecommerce website to sell primarily digital downloads with a catalogue of over 200 items in the store.

    I have little experience with ecommerce store, they all have pretty much same/similar features to which makes it much harder to pick one becasue you don't know what you're getting yourself into until late in the game when you begin to see the weakensses.

    Some free CMS that have built in digital download facility based on preliminary research. (not sure if magento is still free to download after ebay bought them out).

    Magento - built in digital download facility.
    prestashop - built in functionaly and additional advanced plugin for $2500.
    oscommerce - digital download facility built in
    zencart - digital download facility built in.
    opencart - not sure if faciltiy exisits, but there are 3rd party addons like fileshop & egoods for around $37 which leads me to think such a facility does not exist.


    No idea which one to go for, would have made my choice easier if there were just two free carts to pick from. But there are too many to wrap my head around so would appreciate input from someone who has used all or most of them.
     
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    Matthew :: TekHive Hosting

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    I have used Magento and would personally recommend this, I believe it also is still free.

    I'm not sure if its what you are after but have you looked at Joomla and VirtueMart ? I've heard some good feedback about it.
     
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    RentalTablets

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    I've used Joomla in the past, it felt very bloated, and I did try virtumart too.

    I only need a shopping CMS, it fits my needs perfectly, I don't think it's wise to go for an allinone CMS and then install a shopping cart add on in there. Seems like a roundabout way to achieve you goal and make the user experience slugging and unnecessarily bloated.

    What do you think?
     
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    Matthew :: TekHive Hosting

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    I have had a look at Joomla and VirtueMart few months ago, I can see were you get it seemed very bloated. I'm not the biggest fan of joomla but it was just something to think about if you are familiar with joomla.

    If your just in need of a shopping CMS then it has to be Magento
     
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    I'll say the best is __XXX__, someone else will say they believe something else.
    The only way to see is to download and install all your choices and test which one you feel is best for you.
     
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    ROiBOT

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    Well you need to list the business requirements first, so then you can compare products

    you got two requirements down
    - digital downloads
    - can cope with 200

    There are hundreds of solutions that can do that.

    I'm reading in that there is another requirement 'cheap or free', but until you get a few more requirements nailed the main contenders are


    e-commerce focussed
    - OpenCart
    - PrestaSHop

    CMS with e-commerce addons
    - Wordpress and a dozen different e-commerce plugins
    - Joomla with VirtueMart
     
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    paulfeakins

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    Agree with this - so I downloaded most of them and used the online demos of some of the others and put my findings in to this table: Shopping Cart Review - Antropy - Ecommerce Experts
     
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    ROiBOT

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    @paulfeakins

    I love your summary, especially as your top two agree with the two I put forward. So you didn't make me look stupid :tup:
     
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    paulfeakins

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    Thank you - also glad we came to the same conclusion - great minds ;)

    Also it was a totally un-biased review as I did it before becoming an OpenCart partner :)
     
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    pete.mcal

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    I can personally vouch for zencart I've used it before and it's fantastic!

    There's a lot of community support and people work really hard (out of the goodness of their hearts) to help you set up, fix and secure your webstore.
     
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    We use Magento on our website for legal documents. People buy the paid ones and download them. We also have free documents, which everyone can download. Works good for us.
     
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    Yeah I agree, I think using a blog platform such as Wordpress is a great idea, and so cheap! Can I also suggest that you think about PPC to help monetize the site.
     
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    10 Fabulous Options for Selling Digital Downloads

    E-Junkie
    Clickbank
    Fetch
    DPD
    SendOwl
    Gumroad
    Sellfy
    Selz
    Chec
    Plasso

    Appkodes
     
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    Julia Sarah

    Julia Sarah Compare epos system quotes and features

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    good information Thank Q
     
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    robynlara

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    Thanks for great post !Its very useful information
     

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