eCommerce sites with Webvanta

Combining Webvanta with a hosted shopping cart system.

Webvanta + Hosted Shopping Cart

Webvanta is focused on creating great, content-rich sites, with complete design and database flexibility.

The Webvanta database makes a fantastic system for organizing a catalog of products and presenting it exactly how you want. Unlike simple store-builder systems, you have complete control over everything: the fields in the database, related database items such as companies, category pages, item pages, and so forth.

When it comes to completing the transaction, you can integrate any third-party shopping cart that is available in a hosted version. (We don't run any shopping-cart software on our servers.)

Using Webvanta with FoxyCart

The most popular hosted shopping cart for designers using the Webvanta hosted CMS has been FoxyCart. It fits perfectly into the Webvanta approach because it doesn't store your product catalog—the product database is kept in Webvanta, and product information is passed to FoxyCart when the user clicks an Add to Cart button. FoxyCart also allows the cart and checkout pages to be styled to match the rest of your site, so it appears fully integrated.

See Setting Up eCommerce with FoxyCart for details on how it works and what you need to do to set it up.

We can provide a complete FoxyCart setup for a modest cost; send us a note and we'll get it touch.

Some examples of FoxyCart/Webvanta sites:

Other Options

Any other hosted shopping cart that integrates through HTML and JavaScript can be used with Webvanta. UltraCart is one that we've had good results with.

Many sites use either PayPal or Google Checkout for simple payment processing. These services also support shopping carts. They are simple to setup and have no monthly base fees, but they do not give you control over the checkout experience—the user is clearly on the PayPal or Google site when they complete the transaction.

There are also store-building systems that present the entire experience within an iFrame or JavaScript widget, which enables you to embed it in a Webvanta page. The major drawback of this approach is that the store is invisible to search engines.