Wonderful alternative shopping cart to PayPal - and it's free!

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After scowering the Community Form I came across a post of about 3 years old about Ecwid.

It is a wonderful e-cart system and it intergrated just beautifully with Yola.

Once you have created your account you can add a catalog, set your currency, location, shipping charges, etc. and ever choose the colour of your site.

Then you simply copy and paste the HTML code(s) provided in the dashboard and voila!

Easy peazy!

After the struggle I had trying to intergrate a e-cart system into my Yola site, this was a breeze and absolute pleasure to use.

A definate must try! http://www.ecwid.com

Hope this can help someone else!
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Sydney Brand

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Nathan, Champion

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Hello Sydney

Thanks so much for sharing! That looks like an awesome cart system! I might use that for some of my sites! Does it still use PayPal to pay (thats good, if it does) or does the cart system have it's own paying system?

Thanks again!
Nathan
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Micky Brand

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They use several payment options, including PayPal, 2CheckOut and Google Checkout.
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Brianna

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Hi Sydney,

Thanks for sharing this eCommerce alternative with us! I am excited to take a further peek at it and how it appears on a Yola site. We really appreciate you sharing this with the Yola Community :)
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Sydney Brand

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have a look at my site and you will see how well Ecwid intergrates into a Yola site. Not Amazone, but good enough for me. (www.mooncatelectronics.com)

You simlpy create an account with them, choose your preferences and load a catalogue. It takes a bit of time (depending on how much items you have), but it's worth while.
They provide you will all the HTML codes you need. All you have to do then is drag and drop HTML widgets into your site where you want the various items to appear and paste the codes as directed.

It's easy, anyone can do it, even me who have no experience in web design at all.

Really the best thing since sliced bread :D
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Emmy

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Hi Sydney,
That really is a nice looking store you have set up with Ecwid! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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Francois, Employee

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Hi Sydney Brand,

I only found out about this alternative about 2 weeks ago. I had a Yola user who was looking for an alternative to PayPal.

What I loved most about them, was that they had a tutorial on how to add it to a Yola site. It was all there. It is a really nice little alternative.
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Sydney Brand

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That is another think I liked about this cart - the tutorial for Yola. Made it soooooooooo easy.

Admittedly, I found one drawback on Ecwid - but only if you live in South Africa.

The payment methodes / paygates on Ecwid is not SA-friendly. All the options they offer are not compatible with our market as it's mainly PayPal and Google Checkout which we can't use here.

They do offer a variety of other options, but the are extremely expensive. No South African alternative such as PayFast, MonsterPay or AlertPay is available.

You can, however, accept offline payments, but as a customer it would be a drawback and an inconvenience. Either that or you have to expose your banking details on the internet. Not pleasant.

Other than that, a very nice system.
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Eugene K.

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Hi Sydney, we've added a new South African payment gateway already: http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/41178730/VCS
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Andi North, Mangopear Media

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Wow, Exwid is such a great tool - I shall start using it soon, and I shall not shy away from E-commerce websites anymore!

What a great tool - well done to all involved!

Andi
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shoplenoirblanc

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It looks great but doesn anyone know how once the buyer has used the checkout, where does the money go to us, I have a paypal account but I don't trust them anymore, so can anyone reccommend an alternative that can be trusted, that can also be udes with this e-commerce alternative?
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Hello shoplenoirblanc,

Ecwid has a great support page where you might be able to find the answers needed. Here's their support page: http://www.ecwid.com/help.html

I hope the information will be helpful!
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Been using this for over six months and I'm very satisfied.

There are various payment gateways available to choose from on Ecwid, not only PayPal. Depending on where in the world you are you have quite a selection: Google Checkout, 2CheckOut, SagePay, Virtual Card Services and e-Path to name but a few. You can also opt to accept offline payments directly into your account, postal orders, COD, fax and telephone orders, etc.

If you don't have an account you can open one for free or opt for the Silver Membership of $17 per month. Simply log into your control panel, click on System Settings followed by Payments then Payment Methods.

When you choose a payment gateway such as Google Checkout you'll be requested to enter your account number etc. into Ecwid. This is to link you Ecwid purchases to you Google Checkout account.

Once a purchase has been made a client will be redirected to the payment gateway's page where payment will take place. Depending on which one you use you will receive notification of payment from them.

It's as easy and reliable as that. Good luck!
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Brianna

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Thanks for sharing, Micky. We appreciate it!