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    Here's the situation, im making a website from the ground up mostly from this free basic subscription on shopsite my hosting company provided me with. They offer a shopping cart program thats just too limited for me unless I buy the liscense at 900 dollars!

    I haven't made any money yet :ichatnervous:! I cant afford the license so can someone give me an idea on a full shopping cart software that is reasonable with all the features like coupons and calculated shipping based on zip from multiple carriers?

    I have been looking at Google checkout but I haven't checked it all out yet. That could be an option I don't know I'm just overwhelmed and I think I may just have to remake my site over again in front page because of this shop site crap.

    I dont know any programming btw im just "script kiddying" it on this one my specialty was more the networking/hardware side.

    Ideas? Thanks in advance and God Bless.
    Chris

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    www.magentocommerce.com - The community edition is by far the best free ecommerce software I've ever used. It's resource intensive, though. May tax your server a bit.

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    Looks like that comes free on blue host also, now how much are they going to get me for?

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    Magento Community Edition is absolutely free, and includes just about all the features you'll ever need. It comes out of the box with coupon codes, mult-storefront, etc. You can also get about 2,000 additional plug-ins from 3rd party merchants for $0-300 (these range from upsell/cross-sell features to quickbooks integration to online gift registry components).

    If you move to the Enterprise Version, however, you'll have to pay a license fee of $11,000 per year. The enterprise version includes features that you'll probably never need, like multi-user administration, advanced content management, seasonal content staging, content change approval workflows, gift cards integration, and other tools used by very very large E-Merchants.

    If you DO ever need those features, though, you'll be glad you started on a free version of a system that can grow with you. And if your business ever gets to the point where it needs those additional features, you can afford the price tag.

    That's why I have all my e-commerce clients on Magento.

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    Wow thanks for all the info I shall give it the old try as they say. Much appreciated, so thank you very much.

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    ok so I installed magento and now I get an error when trying to get in.
    There has been an error processing your request


    Exception printing is disabled by default for security reasons.
    Error log record number: 455680436242


    This is from trying to get in from bluehost. I installed and uninstalled it several times.

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    I've never done an auto-install, so I can't help much.

    A Google search on your error turned up this article, though:

    http://www.designersandbox.com/magen...does-not-work/


    Looks like you need to do some basic configuration to get error logging working right.

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    I dont know how good of a program this could be if I cant even get this installed from jump street. Im getting tons of errors even after fixing alot of the code that people commonly have problems with. I opened a ticket with bluehost, Until then does anyone have any other suggestions on good ecommerce cart softwares available at a decent price, etc?

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    Cardinal rule with software: EASY, GOOD, FREE <-- pick two

    I've only ever installed Magento manually. It's not a super-simple task, but I've never had a problem with it.

    FYI - Magento Community edition is for "expert" webmasters (e.g. some php, some database experience). It's not a "click-install" product, but it's BY FAR the most feature-rich, most stable e-commerce platform you'll find for free.

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    You have a point. I'm going to either have to learn a bit or defer to something simpler.


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