Online Shopping Cart System

Shopping cart software is software used in e-commerce to assist
people making purchases online. In British English it is generally
known as a shopping basket, almost exclusively shortened on
websites to 'basket'.

The software allows online shopping customers to accumulate a list
of items for purchase, described metaphorically as "placing items in
the shopping cart". Upon checkout, the software typically calculates
a total for the order, including shipping and handling (i.e. postage and
packing) charges and the associated taxes, as applicable.

These applications can capture a client's payment information, but in
the case of a credit card they rely on a secure payment gateway, in
order to conduct secure credit card transactions online.



Some setup must be done in the HTML code of the website, and the
shopping cart software must be installed on the server which hosts the site.

Although the most simple shopping carts strictly allow for an item to be added to a basket to start a checkout process (e.g. the free PayPal
shopping cart), most shopping cart software actually provides additional
features that an Internet merchant uses to fully manage an online store. Data (products, categories, discounts, orders, customers, etc.) is
normally stored in a database and accessed in real time by the software.

Shopping Cart Software is also known as e-commerce software,
e-store software, online store software or storefront software.

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Characteristics

Front-end: This is the user end, also the store front. This has sections: category, product, and other pages (e.g. search, best sellers, etc.)
The look of the storefront can normally be changed by the store owner
so that it merges with the rest of the Web site. Some software also has
facility for affiliate programs

Back-end also known as the administrative end: the area of the Web
store that is accessed by the merchant to manage the online shop.
The amount of store management features changes depending on the
sophistication of the shopping cart software chosen by the merchant,
but in general a store manager is able to add and edit products,
categories, discounts, shipping and payment settings, etc. Order
management features are also included in many shopping cart programs.

The administration area can be: Web-based (accessed through a Web
browser). Desktop-based (a desktop application that runs on the user's
computer and then transfers changes to the storefront component).


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