Moonfruit Review: E-Commerce (1.5 stars)

E-Commerce Seriously Lacking

First off, there is no shopping cart integrated into Moonfruit. You have to link to PayPal's shopping cart.  Setting up your products for this system takes a long time and it's not really worth it. There are no special options for shipping, taxes, products or anything. If you're looking for an e-commerce website, don't use Moonfruit. 

Too Many Steps to Sell One Product

There are so many steps in this confusing system that it takes real effort to figure out how to set up a catalog from which you can sell products on your website. The supporting documentation isn't much help either - it assumes you know lingo like "PayPal widget." Once you figure out how to set up your store the process is easy but still time-consuming. Each product takes about 5-8 minutes to set up.

First, you create a PayPal account.  Once that's set up you insert the product image then you need to insert PayPal buttons (add to cart, view cart, single item purchase). Then you have to link each of those buttons separately to PayPal.  Each PayPal link requires you to fill in your account, pick your button type, fill in the item name and enter a price. You have to repeat all these steps for each product on your site.

Shipping and sales tax calculations have to be set up in PayPal.  You can't override these settings in the website builder. 


One, Two, Three, Four... Setting Up Your Web Store

Can't Use a Merchant Account

There's no option to use a merchant account for credit card processing with your shopping cart since everything must be done through PayPal.  This is limiting for a business website.

No Options (Product, Shipping, Tax, etc.)

There are no special features for e-commerce whatsoever.  And if you have more than 10 products for your store you'll end up spending more time setting up your shopping cart than actually selling anything.

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