My wife’s business has the need to make some sales online and so naturally I want to help. I know next to nothing about E-Commerce, so I started to do a little bit of research. It appears there are three options available to people currently in the market for a shopping cart that will process credit card transactions. There may be more options as well, but this is what I have found on short notice.
It appears to be relatively cheap to just host a whole website with a shopping card and credit card transactions built in. Google Checkout has links to a couple of complete solution providers that offer WYSIWYG admin panels and editors for somewhere between 30-50 dollars a month.
Integrated Solutions that you build into your existing framework/website. They appear to offer differing levels of flexibility, ranging from an API, to a link to another website that has a cart.
Why does E-Commerce have to be so hard anymore? Maybe it isn’t that hard, and I am very ignorant. It seems like 2007 might be a good time for mere mortals and Mom and Pop businesses to start taking orders online. So, what is the best solution for minimal effort? Is there a solution that works well with Python, and/or Python Web Application Frameworks?
On one level it would be great to know there is a completely Open Source solution to a relatively simple problem. After all, why pay 50 bucks a month if you can easily do it yourself. I think VOIP is a good example of small business doing Phone Service themselves, and the same model might apply for E-Commerce. On the other hand, processing credit cards is somewhat risk prone, so perhaps there is a middle ground that still serves as a good price point for small business owners.