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One of the most important features of your ecommerce site will be your shopping cart. Most hosting companies that offer ecommerce hosting plans will supply you with at least one free shopping cart. It is a good idea to try out a demo of this cart before you purchase an ecommerce hosting plan to make sure that it is easy to use, and to administer. OpenSourceCMS.com is a great place to find a number of popular shopping cart demos that are almost fully functional.
If you find that you like one more than another, you can search for an ecommerce hosting plan that offers your favorite cart. While you can easily pay for a regular shopping cart and install it yourself, it is much easier and cheaper to find an ecommerce hosting company that provides you with the cart you want to work with.