Choosing Top Shopping Cart Software

It is a good idea that you are reading this article. It means that you are actually putting some serious thought into which shopping cart you choose. Some people will simply go in head first with a shopping cart that they are unfamiliar with just because they are in a hurry to get their website up. However, this is a very important step. It can make or break you later on down the road. Below are some things to think about when making your choice for which shopping cart is right for you.

Easy to Maintain

Even though you may be only selling a few products upon the release of your site, there is no telling at this point whether you might have a desire to add other products in the future. If this is the case, you do not want the process to be extremely difficult for you, or something that you have to dish out more money to make happen. The purpose of having a quality shopping cart is to be able to do these types of things pretty easily as well as making the ordering process simple for your customers.

It Has the Features that You Need

One of the biggest priorities in choosing a shopping cart is that you must have one that meets your needs. There are many people who take a look at a shopping cart, they buy it, and their intentions are to modify to fit their needs. However, with the vast amount of shopping carts on the market, you should be able to find one that meets most any need right out of the gate. The only exception would be if you just had some idea that was so unique that it would almost have to be custom built. Then, I would consider having your shopping cart built from scratch, not purchasing one with the intention of having it modified.

Not Too Bloated with Unnecessary Features

Having all the features you need in a shopping cart is priority over finding one that has too many. However, you still want to find one that is not overly bloated with features you will never use. This just makes maintaining your site more complicated. As well, the shopping cart may have questions and other things that are unnecessary during the ordering process. These are called bloated questions and should be avoided when possible. For example, if your product is sent via email or available to download, then you probably do not need a shipping address. If you can find one that meets your needs, then stick with that one. Too many features is not a good thing.

Good Customer Service

Although you may have found a shopping cart that has everything you need, there is still one key thing you should be looking for before making a purchase. You should verify that the developer of the script has good customer service. Although many popular developers will have forums and you can see how active they are, others may only take questions via email. If this is the case, simply send an email to them and ask them a few generic questions about the shopping cart. You can evaluate their response and determine whether it is sufficient. It will be a good indication of what you can expect as well if you run into a problem of any kind after the purchase.

Updated Regularly

This is not always a requirement, but it is something just to take a quick look at. Almost always any script will have some problems with it. It may have a few features that are not working properly or some processes that could be done better. The best of shopping carts are no different. Typically, a shopping cart in beta stages or one that has not been updated for a very long time may be okay, others may have problems that are not being addressed. You should verify with the developer selling the script how often the script is updated with new features or fixing bugs. This is also a good indication that if you have a problem, it might be addressed by the developer quickly.

Finding the Best Bargain Through Shopping Comparison Sites

Shopping can either be an enjoyable experience or a drab and stressful activity. The thin line than separates these two experiences can be drawn by the facilities that are available to do this. The main priority when most people set out to shop is of course being able to get whatever you need at the cheapest cost as well as taking into consideration the effort and time that will be used. With today’s advancements in technology, shopping can take place in the comfort of our homes where you can purchase goods and services through the myriad of shopping sites available on the internet.

The main priority as you shop online is most likely going to be getting the best bargain for whatever product you require. A shopping comparison site is the best way to achieve this. Online shopping comparison sites are filled with a wide array of products as they deem to attain ‘a one stop shop’ rapport. This wide variety should not, however, dissuade you from visiting a couple more sites to get a more variety of what’s on offer and for how much. In this sense, comparison is the name of the game and it is recommended that you view as wide a field as possible.

Huge rewards can be gotten from your decision to compare prices of products offered for sale by various vendors. What with the never ending offers and sales’ promotions that sellers engage in time and time again, you may just be lucky enough to get the exact kind of bargain you have been eyeing. The presentation of prices and product information on online shopping sites no doubt make it easy for you to carry out an analysis about price ranges to guide you in making an informed purchase.

Using online shopping comparison sites to compare prices online may turn out to be a more rewarding experience for you than you would have imagined. The beauty of Internet shopping is that you can have absolute control over the whole buying process. The wide variety of products and merchants on offer mean that shopping comparison sites have greatly enhanced the online shoppers ability to easily find the best bargain online.

With all these tips and ideas, you can find the best advice in regards to the product you are after at the shopping comparison site Don’t Pay Retail. Weigh your options well and don’t be afraid to try out new ways to shop.

How To Focus On Your ‘Right’ Priorities

The word ‘right’ for me means right-brain, which translates to intuitively honoring the optimal choice or investment of time and energy. The right priorities are not always the obvious priorities.

In fact, you may think you need to focus on something but find yourself drawn to something else – afterward, you realize that you weren’t in the mood to do the first one which would have meant you were pushing for it and that makes everything hard.

Humans have a basic need for variety, but they also have a need for stability. The way that I recommend we balance these two needs for our best focus is to have a ‘shopping list’ of things to get done, and then when you have time, look at your list. The first priorities are any that have deadlines (or life lines, as I prefer to call them). If there is a time commitment, that is what needs to be handled first.

From there, if you have time that you can put into something you choose, make sure you have your list handy and then do what’s called ‘eye dowsing’ – see what jumps out at you first. Whatever you see or notice first is generally where the natural energy is most intense or flowing, so that will be the priority that will be your next ‘right’ choice to take action on.

By honoring the energy of what is ‘right’ for you in right sequence and right timing, you can create a systematic flow that may defy the mind’s literal organization and that opens up to enhanced opportunities.

Now for the best way to focus on your ‘right’ priorities: the word ‘right’ for me means right-brain – so intuitively honoring the optimal choice or investment of time and energy. The right priorities are not always the obvious priorities.

In fact, you may think you need to focus on something but find yourself drawn to something else – afterward, you realize that you weren’t in the mood to do the first one which would have meant you were pushing for it and that makes everything hard.

Humans have a basic need for variety, but they also have a need for stability. The way that I recommend we balance these two needs for our best focus is to have a ‘shopping list’ of things to get done, and then when you have time, look at your list. The first priorities are any that have deadlines (or life lines, as I prefer to call them). If there is a time commitment, that is what needs to be handled first.

From there, if you have time that you can put into something you choose, make sure you have your list handy and then do what’s called ‘eye dowsing’ – see what jumps out at you first. Whatever you see or notice first is generally where the natural energy is most intense or flowing, so that will be the priority that will be your next ‘right’ choice to take action on.

By honoring the energy of what is ‘right’ for you in right sequence and right timing, you can create a systematic flow that may defy the mind’s literal organization and that opens up the most important asset you have in your business – your energy.

Lynn Scheurell

www.mycreativecatalyst.com