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Shopping Cart and eCommerce
A shopping cart is a software used in eCommerce to assist visitors to make purchases online. Upon checkout, the software calculates the total of the order, including shipping and handling, taxes and other parameters the owner of the site has previously set. The shopping cart typically provides a means of collecting the shopper's payment information.

Some shopping carts strictly allow for an item to be added to the basket to start a checkout process (such as the PayPal shopping cart), other shopping carts actually provides additional features that the merchant can fully manage the online store.

Shopping cart softwares consists of two main components:

Storefront The area of the website that is accessed by the visitor.

Administration The area of the website that is accessed by the merchant to manage the online shop.