My wife is the source of all my nutritional ideals and choices. When we first got married, she basically said “I don’t buy salted butter”. It wasn’t a discussion. So far, the marriage has been worth ditching salted butter no question.
Now, ten years later, salted butter has started cropping up in our fridge. “Oh, I only cook with it because it’s cheaper.” OK. Here I thought I was laying down this giant sacrifice for our marriage, but now it’s like an optional thing. Truthfully, though, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to food.
So yesterday, I went for my morning religious observance of English Muffins and coffee and slathered my butter on, took a bite and went “WHOAH! What is going on with my English muffin!? It’s all salty and whatnot!” She just says “Oh, you grabbed the salted butter, fatty.” Nice.
I have to say, I had totally forgotten the taste of salted butter. But after 10 years of unsalted butter on everything, I can see that I’d probably choose unsalted more often than salted. But for now, I’m enjoying the salted on those muffins. Man, it’s good!
This is Actually a Cart66 Review
That got me thinking about my recent experience with Cart66. I had heard many a developer say they tried Cart66 a long time ago, but then they monetized it and it all went bad. So the
butter e-commerce of choice became WooCommerce. I entered the e-commerce scene and went with Woo because it seemed like everyone used Woo. And, it is an awesome tool and does awesome stuff.
But there were several things that bothered me, and I quickly found out that I wasn’t the only one. I hated having to search for extensions for basic stuff like Gateways, or discounts, or Role Based Pricing. Their free plugin ended up always costing my client upwards of $150 once all the extensions were purchased.
Then, one day I read a few positive reviews about Cart66. I also interacted with a few folks on their team through the imfamous AWP Facebook Group.
And… I’m hooked.
It’s definitely not cheap, but if you need to make an e-commerce site and you want to have subscriptions, digital products, physical products, wholesale prices, and many more things right out of the box, Cart66 will do it for you.
The biggest heads up I’ll give you is that they have two premium service offerings: Pro, and Cloud. If you want PCI Compliance, then do Cloud. If you can setup your SSL yourself and can deal with all the mixed content issues, and want to just pay once and be done, then go Pro. I’m happy to answer questions in the comments, but you’d probably be best just checking out their site and researching it a bit. I find that’s the best way to make decisions.
What does all this have to do with Butter?
Oh ya, the butter analogy! Well, I’m not saying that Cart66 is the end-all-be-all. I’m just saying anyone who says “WooCommerce is the best thing since unsalted butter!” Hasn’t tried salted butter in 10 years. In the developer community, we get caught up in fads just like music culture, movie culture, fashion, etc. So sometimes big products break into the scene and cause all kinds of great changes and improvements. That doesn’t mean the show’s over and the other products that have been around forever should be written off. It’s always our job to fully vet different tools and fit them to the specific project. For me, I can find lots of situations where I’m going to prefer Cart66 now. Others will be WooCommerce. They’re both excellent tools.
Don’t be an
unsalted butter e-commerce hipster.