How to Integrate a Shopping Cart on your Website

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So, you’ve decided to open a web store and now you’re looking for the best shopping cart for your e-commerce needs. Look no further – we’ve made it easy for you with this step-by-step guide for shopping cart integration.

If you’re new to the e-commerce game, we suggest that you start by reading this post on what customers want from an online store.

Step #1: Choose your cart

Whether you’re an expert developer or a novice at integration, DalPay has a lot of shopping cart options for you to choose from. Each option varies in degree of difficulty, price and level of customization. In this How-To, we’re going to focus on three of the most popular ones: WooThemes, PrestaShop and Magento. Each of these options is an open-source software, meaning they are absolutely free for you to download and install.

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WooThemes is an excellent and easy-to-use shopping cart for WordPress. Most themes are either $39 USD or in the range of $79 -$139 USD. You can get all of WooCommerce’s themes for $399 USD a year (great themes to consider are Storefront, Duo, and Uno).

What you should know before installing:

  • Each theme has a license for one year, which means that after the year expires, you no longer receive updates or support.
  • Once a theme is “retired”, you stop receiving updates after 6 months.
  • They have several 101 video tutorials to get you acquainted with the software

What to do first: watch their 3-minute intro video

For full step-by-step integration instructions, click here.

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If you’re looking for an alternative to WooCommerce but you’d still like use WordPress for your online store, Prestashop may be a good option. There are a whole host of themes to choose from, and they range in price from $44.99 to $279.99 USD. They have a vast selection of responsive design themes, and you can search by price, colour or compatibility.

What you should know before installing:

  • PrestaShop can be a little tough on the coding-side of things, so you may need to hire a developer if you’re not very integration-savvy.
  • If you do decide to do the integration yourself, getting help will be easy enough as they have a huge multi-lingual community forum.
  • Costs can add up as most PrestaShop add-ons can be somewhat pricey.

What to do first: Check out their live demo site and see what your store will look like on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet.

For full step-by-step instructions, click here.

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If you’re looking for a WordPress alternative, Magento may be the perfect fit for you. Like WooThemes and Prestashop, Magento is free to download. However, you may need to enlist help to get your shopping cart up-and-running since integration can be quite complicated.

What you should know before installing:

What to do first: Review their Technical Resources page to know whether you’ll need to hire a developer.

Step #2: Download and Install

After you’ve chosen the best shopping cart provider for your online store – and remember there are many more to choose from – you’ll need to download and install it. The installation process varies depending on the provider, so follow the instructions and soon you’ll be ready to start selling.

Step #3: Test your Shopping Cart

The next thing we recommend is to try out the platform in order to experience the buying process from start to finish just as your customer would and to ensure that your new shopping cart is running smoothly. If you’re having any trouble with shopping cart integration, you can contact a DalPay representative at any time and we’ll help you get up and running.

Step #4: Start Selling!

If you’re using one of the shopping carts available on our modules and plugins page,you can start selling through DalPay’s secure checkout as soon as you complete the integration. DalPay gives you the power to accept payments locally and across borders in a wide variety of languages and currencies using our secure hosted checkout directly integrated with your shopping cart.

If you have any more questions about shopping cart integration, feel free to leave a message below or contact us directly. For more tips and advice about selling online locally and globally, subscribe to the DalPay Blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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