There are a million different ways to "do" e-commerce.
How long do you want your cart to last? Do you want to be
able to remember users' profiles? Do you want to process
credit cards online? Do you need to integrate the orders
with an existing POS system? What kind of reporting do you
need? Do you want to send confirmation emails? Order tracking?
Quantity discounts? You get the point. MostlyWeb has "done"
e-commerce just about any which way you can think of.
We believe in crawling before you walk. So for those clients
who are new to the Internet arena, we may suggest setting
up a Yahoo store (or something similar) before creating
them e-commerce functionality of their own. Or sometimes
we create a simple site that stores the orders in a database
but relies on manual processing to complete an order. This
approach helps our 'new' clients determine what to expect
from the Web and gives them the information they need to
decide on final e-commerce implementation.
For our larger customers, integrating the Web orders with
their existing accounting and inventory systems is usually
a bigger deal than creating their shopping cart and online
ordering functionality. MostlyWeb has successfully integrated
several e-commerce sites with all the top accounting and
inventory management systems.