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There are basically two types of ecommerce solutions: web-based (ASP) and software-based/locally hosted. Web-based ecommerce solutions use point-and-click interfaces and bundled Internet shopping cart software to allow any user to build and run full-featured electronic storefronts. The host company takes care of all maintenance and IT issues and will charge one monthly fee, as well as transaction fees. Software-based ecommerce solutions are installed on the local server with the web site and integrate directly with the site. These almost always require the skills of a web programmer, but are more easily integrated with existing sites or complicated business practices. Which is right for you? It depends on your needs, budget and experience.