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Help with ecommerce

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Long story short: Need an ecommerce or shopping cart solution for online sales at work.  This type of thing is new for us at work.

 

I have been looking at volusion, and I like the backend of it, but I am told that if you aren't big on web development, it can be a bit tedious.  I really like how it handles products and orders.  What we don't like is expensive costs to get it to work with our other software (accounting and shipping).  The bosses don't like that expense.

 

My main boss said to look into just paying someone to make a site too, so its all upfront, but no monthly fee (or transaction fees).

 

Is it worth trying to reinvent the wheel (so to speak) creating a custom solution?  Ideally I would like an easy to use admin portal to handle sales and products.  Is it even possible to reasonably link an online store with our accounting software (Sage 50) and shipping (UPS Worldship) and not need an in depth admin panel?  I know volusion will link to UPS, and they said Sage is possible (they have never run into it yet, since most people use Quickbooks), but that is at a very expensive level.

 

Or should we have someone develop our site, and still just use volusion?  I am kind of at a stand still here on what to do, and our timeframe is getting small.

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While I've never actually installed or developed shopping cart software I'd suggest you don't build it from scratch unless you have a full-time web developer on call. Basically the stuff you buy will have the benefit of many other users finding bugs and will be less likely to have security vulnerabilities.

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