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Fortune3 shopping cart software for E-Commerce - Stand-alone version

2005-02-16 by Mark Newmark

It would be great to have it

Many professional web developers including myself use the Fortune3 shopping cart software to create online stores for our clients. But you can only use this shopping cart program if you host with them. Although Fortune3 software popularity at Download.com, ZDNet and Tucows.com goes far beyond all other shopping carts, there is now a new reality; prices of broadband and web servers have dropped dramatically, so we must push for independency to keep competitive.

We have been asking Fortune3 for a stand-alone version that can run in any web server. We are constantly bringing to their attention the inconvenience of the hosting dependency and the recurrent monthly fees. Many of our clients want to host in their own servers, building a growing concern among us. Fortune3 says that it will not be easy to release a stand-alone version that will provide all the functionality of their hosted shopping cart, as the stand-alone version would be a HTML code generator instead of a database-driven Ecommerce engine. In other words, they don't want to sell their shopping cart engine. We must wait and see. Fortune3 never really announces their upcoming releases, but they listen. They are constantly releasing new versions of their software, so I wouldn't be surprised one of these days we'll have it.

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