Type of Program: e-Commerce Solution
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/2000/NT
Company Name: 3d3.com
Price: $179, $299, $699
Installed Size: 17.6 MB (Trial Version)
Whether you're an established e-commerce merchant, a webmaster-developer, or a "wish-I-was" thinking-about-it consumer, ShopFactory is the only solution you'll ever need to set up and maintain your virtual store. I've looked at every shopping cart program that's come out in the past 3 years and every one of them confused me to the point that I gave up putting my shop on my own site and ended up in a mall. I needed an inexpensive program that would give me a good template to start with and the ability to customize it for my own needs. I also needed it to give me an easy way to link to my merchant account gateway. ShopFactory is all that and more.
The program installs itself and opens to an easy to understand interface that allows you to design your site with a fill-in-the-blanks approach and end up with a unique, professional store. I had a 10-item department up and running in less than 2 hours after I first started the program. That includes time spent reading the tutorial, choosing from over 50 pre-installed themes that are totally customizable, adjusting the colors, fonts and layout to suit my needs and entering the information for my products (including photos,) company info, terms of sales, and choosing shipping and sales tax options. It's also internationally compatible. You can set it up in any language!
You don't need to understand one drop of HTML to have a store that is totally different from anyone else using ShopFactory. You can even use a program such as Front Page to edit pages and tweak them but most people will only need the themes that are supplied. The easiest part of all was setting up my merchant account information so my customers can pay me. I just chose my account provider from a long list of existing providers that are already set up in the program, added my ID number and that was it.
Publishing is just as painless as all you need to do is fill in the blanks and push a button. Even if you use a program such as Front Page, you can integrate your ShopFactory files right into it and publish from there. I tried it both ways and had no trouble with either. The bottom line is this: ShopFactory beats every other e-commerce solution on the market today in every way possible. The others aren't even in the same class! The trial version can be downloaded from their site. The full version can be purchased there by credit card and the CD will be mailed to you.
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Reviewed by Beth Witkoski