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Has a nice little wizard-based set-up. If you have a lot of items in your shop, this is an option worth checking out.
This is a very valuable feature. A person who's set up CGI scripts before will get most out of this. Supports a wide range of credit-card processors and shipping services.
7. WebGenie Shopping Cart Pro (commercial) - http://www.webgenie.com
It's for someone who hasn't set up a CGI script before. Expensive for what you get, but it works. Option to buy it on hire-purchase.
8. Actinic Catalog (commercial) - http://www.actinic.co.uk
Most suitable if you have lots of items in your store. It's a 'wizard'-based PC program; you type in your information, and program sets up store.
You should set up default store as-is, then customise it later. Supports a wide range of credit-card processors and shipping services. A little complicated for an internet newbie; there's quite a lot in it.
9. Order Maven (commercial) - http://www.briggsoft.com
A clever little program. It's a standalone Windows executable, which customer downloads. The customer starts it up, chooses product, enters their details, and sends off their order like an email, with credit card details encrypted. It costs $29.00 at time of writing. No secure server or order page needed; it's all done on customer's PC at their leisure.
You need to customise it. Make sure you write your mail server URL into code. For customer, order module is a 160kb download.
Having read above you should have eliminated quite a few programs from your shopping list. They either won't work properly with all browsers, or they won't encrypt your order, or they want to tie you into their manufacturers' secure order system at $40+ per month.
Another option is to get a bespoke system set up for you by a specialist company. These cost thousands of dollars. Aren't you glad you read this far?
About the author: T. O' Donnell (http://www.tigertom.com/web-designer-london.shtml) is an ecommerce and web site design consultant in London, UK.