Flying Cart bills itself as the fastest way to set up an online store. Users can quickly design an eye-catching web store by selecting pre-made Flying Cart themes. Users can also upload their logos, images and graphics and access the custom CSS for further personalization. Flying Cart supports high quality, zoom-able photos so customers can inspect items closely before they buy. The application also lets customers join a stores fan club, which generates a mailing list that the user can turn to when sending out special promotions, offers or new product information. Flying Cart also supplies easy social sharing with links that allow customers to share the user’s store through Facebook, Twitter, Digg and other social networks. Users can accept all major credit cards with Google Checkout or Paypal and purchase a custom domain name for their store. Flying Cart supports coupon codes and supplies users with inventory tracking tools. Additional features include newsletters, order management tools and a no-risk registration system for store owners.Show more screenshots »
Flying Cart was founded in August of 2005. The application is designed to give ambitious new web store owners a way to create a shop in a matter of minutes. The application includes all of the basic tools a store owner could need to operate online as well as a few extras. The Flying Cart team includes Rishi Shah, Brian Beermann and Margo Baxter.
Flying Cart stands out for two main reasons. The first being the application’s user friendly focus and the second the many extra features that come with it. Users can build their stores and interact with customers easily. The site also provides social networking links so customers can easily share the store with others through Facebook, Digg and other social networks.
The Flying Cart website has a very whimsical feel to it. Visitors are greeted by a realistically cloudy background and a pure blue header at the top of the page. The elegant logo features a flowing font. To the right of the logo, a handful of white links help the user navigate through the site. Each user created store is just as appealing, with a neat, clean design and color images that can be added for each product.
A new user can sign up for their own Flying Cart store by clicking the white “Pricing and Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The following page asks the user to click the red button that corresponds with the plan they would like to purchase. Next, the user is taken to the registration form. The form asks for a store name, email address, password and how the user found Flying Cart. The next section asks for the user’s desired Flying Cart URL. The bottom of the form is reserved for the user’s billing information. Flying Cart accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover cards.
Each new Flying Cart user is given a 30 day free trial of the plan they choose. The available plans start with the Glider membership, which allows up to 25 products, custom domains, theme editor access, SSL security and custom CSS access for around $10 per month. The Helicopter membership costs around $30 per month and upgrades to include 250 products and inventory management tools. The Jet membership costs around $60 per month and includes up to 1,000 products and an email address. The Airliner membership costs around $120 and includes up to 5,000 products and phone support. The Rocketship membership costs around $350 per month and allows up to 20,000 products.
Flying Cart offers store owners an easy way to set up online. The application includes many helpful features that allow users to get their store ready quickly. The membership options are also very diverse, making Flying Cart a great choice for startups as well as larger stores.