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E-commerce shopping carts
We define an e-commerce shopping cart as a site where the users can add items to cart and proceed to checkout without having any contact with you. They go through a secure site where the shipping costs are automatically calculated based on the dimensions/weight of the items they are purchasing. You decide which shipping options (US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, etc.) and payment methods (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check, etc.) you would like to offer to your clients. An example of an e-commerce site we did is The Mineralogical Record website. A simpler version of this e-commerce is Hatbox Journeys.

Database-driven websites
If your site meets one of the following criteria, you would probably benefit from a database-driven website:
  • You want to update your web content regularly without having to rely on your web designer.
  • You have a lot of items that you want users to be able to find easily (search or group by categories).
  • You have date-driven events that need to change regularly.
For example, Alise Bennett continues to create new paintings. She updates her website content through a database (add new items and mark other items as sold). We don't categorize her site as a shopping cart because she would like to make a personal contact with her buyers (mostly by email, sometimes by phone). Her clients can't proceed to checkout directly from her site. Instead, she creates a business PayPal account that is linked from her site. After contact is made, she calculates the shipping cost and tells the client to go to the Purchasing and Shipping page to pay the total amount through PayPal.

If you go to the examples page, you will see a photo album, recipe collections, family calendar, all with a database backend.

Static websites
If the website content doesn't change very much over time (like this page you are reading) or The Stevens-Lloyd Group, Inc., we call them static pages. These pages are the simplest ones to create.
Which one would you need?
We would like you to have control over your own website. If you choose the static pages, we can teach you to update your own pages using free text editing software such as Crimson Editor or Notepad. Or, if we develop your site using a database (SQL Server or Microsoft Access), we will design an interface for you to update the contents yourself. We have also done a lot of technical writing and therefore can provide you with documentation to go with any training we do.

One of the most important consideration for you in making a decision is how often you would like to update your web content. Just like what the fox said to the Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), "You must not forget. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose..."
ASPConnections.net designs unique websites ranging from simple to complex e-commerce shopping carts. We design websites for galleries, small businesses, non-profits, and individuals/families. We also often do trade work if your business interests and ours coincide.