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There is a plethora of shopping cart solutions to choose from, so how do you know which one to get?

The reality is that there is not one answer to the question. Every option addresses different things but may fall short on another, simply because there are so many use cases that you can't possibly address them all.

Every business is unique and every business has a different set up, employees, products and services there simply isn't a one-size-fits-all. We live in a world where people want to do things themselves so they don't have to pay a professional but in a lot of cases it is simply not the best idea.

So... How do you go about picking the best shopping cart for your business?

Below is a checklist of question you need to ask yourself first.

  1. How important will be the website or store to your business?
  2. How much are you willing to invest in your website (money and time)
  3. What type of web support do you have?
  4. How will you use your store?

Hosted vs. Self Hosted Shopping Carts

A hosted shopping cart is software managed by a company, you sign up via a monthly plan and they provide you the functionalities, security and hosting space for your online store. The company is responsible for the key software they provide which includes the features, host space and you are will build your store around their offerings. The biggest draw back with the hosted solutions is that you are going to be limited to the abilities of that particular vendor and every vendor will have strength and weakness that will vary from website to website.

The self hosted option puts you in full control of your website