Hello everyone. I need some help and guidance. I have an existing UK website, ie www.uboughtit.com, selling IT hardware, software, peripherals, consumables etc. I have decided to re-vamp my site and bring it up to date. However, before I proceed to build my new site with Vodahost, I would like any comments and advice on which would be the best shopping cart option to choose, ie oscommerce or Soholaunch. The cart I require needs to be able to be capable of handling the following:
1. approx 2000 IT products - all from one UK main IT distributor.
2. multi-page format, drop-down menu etc.
3. credit/debit card payments.
4. able to upload products by: XML data feed, or Excel/CSV files, updated daily.
Can anyone suggest which would be the best shopping cart option to go for, which will be able to handle a multi-product page site? I am leaning towards oscommerce, purley because it seems to have been around a long time, is tried and trusted, and I guess is used by many sites.
Finally, a couple of questions about the design and templates. First of all - Flash. I appreciate Flash is slow to load, but will the increasing popularity of broadband and quicker downloading, make Flash a good choice, or would I be better settling for non-flash?
Last question - templates. I want to use a template. In view of my shopping cart requirements, ie oscommerce or Soholaunch, do I need a specific template type? I see there are some oscommerce templates available, (no Soholaunch specific). If I use the oscommerce shopping cart, do I have to use a oscommerce template, or will any template be suitable?
My computer skills are limited at this stage, and at the moment the prospect of designing my own site is a bit daunting. However, the tutorials I have read, and the comments of other new members make me feel that I can do this. I would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can offer me. Thanks in advance.