E-Commerce Software is also called Shopping Cart Software, sometimes e-store software, or software to run an online store. It generally comes in two flavors: licensed and hosted.
Licensed software is the type you pay for once, download it, and then install on your own web server or hosting account. There are also some free products that work this way. Since you own the license, you can install the software on any web server you like. That is, any server that’s compatible with the requirements of the software. Sometimes you also get access to the source code so you can make modifications or hire a programmer to make them for you. But customization in this context tends to be difficult and expensive since you’re not getting your customizations done by the people who wrote the software and know it best.
A Hosted service, also known as software from an application service provider (ASP), is software you access online. You don’t download it to your desktop, you use it with your browser. You pay a monthly or annual usage fee and pretty well take the solution you’re given. There are commonly some templates you can modify to a degree, but you’re pretty much stuck with what the application service provider gives you and whatever changes the ASP decides to make.
These two options, licensed and hosted, describe how your software is purchased, delivered and used. Then we have a further distinction between pre-built software and custom software. Both of these types of software can be purchased, possibly, as either licensed or hosted applications.
Pre-built software is sometimes called COTS, which stands for commercial off-the-shelf software. You buy an already completed product.
The advantages of pre-built (generic) ecommerce software are that:
The disadvantages of pre-built (generic) ecommerce software are that:
Customization options for COTS products are limited for several reasons:
The advantages of custom ecommerce software are that:
Disadvantages of custom ecommerce software are that:
If you’re interested in custom shopping cart solutions, it’s important to find a vendor with advanced knowledge of database architecture, Internet security including common threats and vulnerabilities, search engine algorithms, and website architecture. It’s also important to find a vendor with responsive, high-quality technical and customer support departments.
Webmaster Studio has created a robust, custom e-commerce shopping cart which is completely secured and fully customizable to your specific and unique business needs. Our shopping cart has a proven track record of working very effectively on our customers’ websites. At Webmaster Studio, we specialize in building whatever custom e-commerce applications you can dream up.
Our Production and quality of work is based on years of training in collaboration with top level software engineers in the industry.
Webmaster Studio, Inc.
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New York, NY 10017
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