How To Choose A Shopping Cart Software Solution


Shopping cart software is commonplace online offering the chance to sell products or services online. Typically, customers select their combination of any products or services that they wish to be ordered and then, when finished with their selections, they proceed to a page where the total order is placed and confirmed. This is used by many different websites and chances are that your online orders in the past will have seen you processed by such a solution.

The rise in popularity of online shopping has increased at an even faster rate than many predicted and will only escalate in years to come. Therefore, if your online business hasn’t yet added an online shopping cart software solution, then why not? Shopping cart technology has been established and in use for years now, with solutions for just about every skill level of online user. You can add the software to your site yourself, pay companies for hosting, outsource the task or even convert a Word Press blog into a simple shopping cart using plugins.

Even if you are currently employing a shopping cart software that is not quite delivering what you need then it may be time to review your options and look in to employing another one of the numerous options out there.

Firstly, it is important to understand what your site requires from the software and what you want it bring to your site. This should ultimately guide you choices in making sure it has a positive impact in making your new site better than your old and of course, better than the competition.

Such criteria may include:

Specific features available from the software related to operation of the storeLevels of usability for customers and yourselfThe appearance of the shopping cartHelpful extras such as allowing specific ways to choose or select productsThe nature of your web page and how it encourages your customers to purchase

Once you have created a clear idea of your reasons for change, and you have a good vision of what you are aiming to achieve through employing the software the next step is to identify a suitor for your needs. Your review of aims and wants should enable you to create a clear picture to compare solutions against in order to decipher which selection will be best.

Does the solution support the features you require? Does it give an answer to the problems you are having? Does it allow you to keep what you like about your existing site and make changes to what you don’t like?

Another primary consideration during selection of your shopping cart software is whether it will continue to serve your requirements as your business grows and the catalogue and volume of orders grow. This is vital as changing software again because it is no longer able to support your needs would be a setback in your operations.

An online shopping cart is the heartbeat of any online retail site. In selecting a shopping cart, it’s important to choose one that fits your goals and can be customized to match your business and capable to grow alongside your site.

The way that shopping cart software serves a number of roles on a business website proves from acting as an online store product catalogue, providing the customers user interface, right through to handling the ordering process. It is clear how big this decision is for moving your business forward and creating a smooth and efficient online business.

Has your company already found successes or failures through the use of a shopping cart solution?

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Lions & Tigers in Australia
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Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. It was officially opened on 7 October 1916.

Taronga Zoo is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales, under the trading name Taronga Conservation Society, along with its sister Zoo Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Divided into eight zoogeographic regions, the 21-hectare (52-acre) Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals of 340 species. It has a zoo shop, a cafe, and information centre.

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DLGuard Review – Download Sales Software For Starting An Ebook Business


DLGuard has proved itself over recent years as a cost-effective way of integrating a shopping cart system into any website. This DLGuard review highlights the products usefulness when it comes to setting up and automating an ebook business.

Three years ago I had been writing ebooks and looked into the ways to sell ebooks and software online (i.e. digital downloads). Using large online sellers to promote and sell your ebooks is great for gaining some additional sales & traffic but you lose out on collating customer data at the point of sale. Selling from your own site aids this so after reading the positive DLGuard reviews I integrated it into my site.

The application actually consists of web scripts that provide all the pages and back-end processing for a standard shopping cart. Installing the scripts on most servers is a trivial process and well documented.

The one initialization task that can take some time, depending on your coding skills, is customizing the shopping cart pages to match your website. This could be outsourced (as the scripts can facilitate this) or you could just use the default design.

DLGuard really begins to shine after a sale is made – especially for automating your ebook business. It automatically emails customers with a link to their purchased ebook that is secure, traceable and unique.

The download link is the key to protecting any ebook business as this link has the potential of being shared and therefore misused. DLGuard halts this risk by setting a validity period for the link along with the maximum number of download attempts permitted. This security feature halts the bulk of link sharing hacks that can occur protecting your intellectual property.

DLGuard can really be set to auto-pilot after the initial configuration and customization is done. It handles the sales and downloads efficiently and only really requires your intervention when refunds are requested. The customer tracking data is an invaluable source for mailing lists.

DLGuard is a great shopping cart with all the standard features you could hope for and is certainly perfectly suited for starting an ebook business, large or small. Many users will combine it with selling via a large online ebook retailer to get some extra sales and exposure as the two are not mutually exclusive – rather they should be seen as complementary sales channels.

If you liked this DLGuard product review, then check our site for posts on writing ebooks and software and selling them online

War Horse
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War Horse play enjoys Sydney, Australia media call at Lyric Theatre, The Star

This morning War Horse (the play – not the movie), enjoyed its Sydney media / production call.

It might have been a touch low on media attendance, but was high on talent, passion, and quality all around.

This Thursday War Horse will enjoy much more media attention with its Sydney red carpet premiere, however the Music News Australia and Media Man team were happy to get a leg up on the competition by getting an early look in at this world class production.

The acting, production, props and every other element certainly had a 5 star look and feel to it.

It’s little wonder media and audiences have been raving about the production the world over.

Media quotes…

“War Horse is extraordinary theatre. Brilliant, bold, moving, it is a world-class fusion of performance, design and specially puppetry.” The Age

“Epic… Magnificent… Impressive. You can almost smell the sweat and leather and hear the galloping hooves of their magnificent “animals” manipulated by master puppeteers.” – Herald Sun

“Outstanding. The production confidently says: Come along for the ride.” – The Australian

“Unique and breathtaking theatre.” – Radio National

“Truly a spectacle that you have to experience.” – 3AW

"Everything about War Horse looks to be 5 stars. The overall production, acting, consuming, the animal robotics. The interaction between the actors, the horses and the audience is amazing and has to be experienced to be believed. This version of War Horse is just as satisfying as the movie – maybe more so in some regards. This may just be the best play to hit Australia this year. Highly recommended – Greg Tingle, Media Director – Media Man.

The Guardian’s Michael Billington wrote in his review:

Elliott and Morris recreate the kaleidoscopic horror of war through bold imagery, including the remorseless advance of a manually operated tank, and through the line-drawings of Rae Smith projected on to a suspended screen. Admittedly the performers are somewhat eclipsed by the action … The joy of the evening, however, lies in the skilled recreation of equine life and in its unshaken belief that mankind is ennobled by its love of the horse.

Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph had written that, generally, "puppets are often an embarrassment, involving a lot of effort and fuss for negligible returns"; in this case, he praised the puppetry as "truly magnificent creations by the Handspring Puppet Company." The Times’ 10-year-old guest reviewer called the show "movingly and realistically brought to life" and "an emotional and compelling adaptation of the book."

In reviewing the Broadway production, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, "…it is how Joey is summoned into being, along with an assortment of other animals, that gives this production its ineffably theatrical magic…Beautifully designed by Rae Smith … and Paule Constable, this production is also steeped in boilerplate sentimentality. Beneath its exquisite visual surface, it keeps pushing buttons like a sales clerk in a notions shop." Brantley suggests, "The implicit plea not to be forgotten applies not just to the villagers, soldiers and horses portrayed here, but also to theater, as an evanescent art that lives on only in audiences’ memories. Judged by that standard, much of War Horse evaporates not long after it ends. But I would wager that for a good while, you’ll continue to see Joey in your dreams."

Entertainment Weekly gave a positive review, calling the show an "imaginative, moving new Broadway drama … The play’s equine stars are the remarkable creation of Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones’ Handspring Puppet Company. As manipulated by three handlers dressed in period costumes, the life-size creatures seem to breathe, snort, feed, walk, gallop, and rear up just as naturally as the genuine articles. In no time at all, they become characters as rounded and complex as any of the humans on stage." Time magazine ranked the play as its top choice among all theatre productions in 2011.

The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout praised the puppetry, but gave mixed reactions to the play: "The fundamental flaw of ‘War Horse’ is that Nick Stafford, who wrote the script ‘in association’ (that’s how the credit reads) with South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, has taken a book that was written for children and tried to give it the expressive weight of a play for adults. Not surprisingly, Mr. Morpurgo’s plot can’t stand the strain. Dramatic situations that work perfectly well in the context of the book play like Hollywood clichés onstage. In the first act, the craftsmanship is so exquisite that this doesn’t matter—much—but things go downhill fast after intermission. The really big problem is the last scene, about which, once again, the drama critics’ code commands silence. This much must be said, though: A play that is so forthright about the horrors of war owes its audience a more honest ending."

Theatre review aggregator Curtain Critic gave the production a score of 88 out of 100 based on the opinions of 21 critics.


Internationally acclaimed critical and box office hit

War Horse…

The National Theatre of Great Britain and Global Creatures are proud to bring the multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning War Horse, to Australia.

Applauded by critics and audiences alike, War Horse held its Australian premiere in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre. After the Melbourne season War Horse will travel to Sydney for a season at the Sydney Lyric from Saturday 16 March, 2013 and to Brisbane for a season at Lyric Theatre from Saturday 6 July, 2013.

Since its world premiere in London in 2007, War Horse has won numerous prestigious awards including two Laurence Olivier Awards, five Tony Awards and four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards amongst a host of others. The Handspring Puppet Company has also won many accolades including a 2011 Special Tony Award.

“The ANZAC spirit is deeply entrenched in the Australian ethos. We expect War Horse to have a great resonance in this country not only because of our connection to World War I but because themes of the land, loss and the ultimate triumph of friendship have a special place in the Australian psyche. We are proud to produce this highly acclaimed show with the National Theatre.” says Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures.

Nick Stafford’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book, War Horse is a magnificent drama which tells the heart wrenching story of Joey, the beloved horse of a boy called Albert, who is sold to the cavalry at the outbreak of World War I and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

At its heart are astonishing puppets strong enough for men to ride, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on the stage. Life size horses traverse the stage, their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Actors, working with these dynamic puppets, will lead Australian audiences on an emotionally-charged journey through history.

"War Horse is a life affirming story about friendship, courage and family, which appeals to all ages. This is a production that brings the family together, we get people coming back again and again, and they always have the same reaction. It awakens something in you,” says Chris Harper, Producer, National Theatre of Great Britain.

War Horse has played to packed houses at London’s National Theatre, the West End’s New London Theatre and New York’s Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. A further production opened in Toronto, Canada in February 2012 and a US tour commenced in June 2012.

Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, released by DreamWorks Studios in late 2011, was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.


Lyric Theatre, Sydney – War Horse…

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