Shopping cart design and usability

Tips to design easy to use shopping cart for your eCommerce store. These design patterns cover editing, removing and updating cart items.

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Should you save the shopping carts?

Aug 24th, 2015

Save the contents of an abandoned cart, just in case the shopper returns in a day or two. Specify on the cart page how long you will retain their selection. It is possible that they might forget their selection when they visit your website again. Greet the shopper with the old items added in the previous session along with changes in the price or availability so that the user will not be surprised to see unexpected items during checkout.


Should you save the shopping carts?

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Let the shoppers easily remove items from cart

Aug 21st, 2015

Provide a clear text link to remove an item from cart and name it remove instead of delete. Also allow the user to set the quantity to zero to remove an item from cart. Once the user clicks the remove link, instead of removing the item immediately ask if the click was intentional.


Let the shoppers easily remove items from cart



Let the shoppers easily remove items from cart

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Allow the user to edit cart items

Aug 4th, 2015

Allow your customer to easily edit the quantity or the product options on the cart page itself without having to navigate to the product page. If inline editing is not allowed, then provide a quick look feature in the cart page so that the users don’t have to navigate to the product page to edit it.


Allow the user to edit cart items

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Notify when an item has been added to cart

Jul 30th, 2015

When a shopper adds an item to their cart don’t make them guess whether the item has been added or not, provide a prominent confirmation message. You can either provide the confirmation message on the same page or redirect them to the cart page. When you keep the shopper on the same page, provide product recommendations along with the confirmation message so that they can buy more.


Notify when an item has been added to cart

If most of your shoppers buy only one item at a time or if you sell high priced items, then redirect them to the cart/confirmation page after they add an item to cart.


Notify when an item has been added to cart

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