Best shopping cart platform

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What is the best shopping cart platform?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dong Lee
    PrestaShop - Is really great platform to start your e-shop bussiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author tronsmith
    I would recommend Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author max4web
    shopify is also good option.
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  • Profile picture of the author Travis Wade
    It really depends on your needs, how many products you have, functionality required, payment gateways, etc. Each cart has it's strengths and weaknesses. I personally use magento, opencart and creloaded. Each one I have had someone write scripts to customize them for my needs. Just make sure you do plenty of homework. The last thing you want to do is switch carts after getting it all set up and going live. I did that once! Never want to do it again! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author GoBlog
    Vote for Prestashop too but if you consider to use WordPress, I would recommend to use WooCommerce.
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  • Profile picture of the author frogjy
    I like zen cart....
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  • Profile picture of the author IMPower5
    I highly recommended WooCommerce. WooCommerce is an open source WordPress plug-in that lets you build a fully functional e-commerce site easily. It's free to download and comes loaded with features. Combined with WooThemes, WooCommerce will get your store online quicker than any other e-commerce plug-in on the market.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeye
    I just came across this recently - Premium Web Cart. They have a feature & price comparison chart on their website with other major shopping carts, including InfusionSoft, 1ShoppingCart, and Nanacast.
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  • Profile picture of the author abhishekcis
    Originally Posted by joshenfhmack View Post

    What is the best shopping cart platform?
    well i guess zen cart is best platform for this...it comes with some handy seo plugins
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    If you are completely new, I recommend PrestaShop. Some of the extras are a bit pricey but usually worth it but they aren't usually necessary if you just want to get a site up and running. You can list things up in the same way you would on eBay and when you want to get a little bigger, you can do a .csv upload which Prestashop doesn't make all that easy for you.

    For more advanced stuff, like running multiple stores from the same database, I recommend Magento. My feelings is that 99% of the people with Magento don't actually need it for its capabilities and would probably be happier with something like Prestashop.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbrettoncm
    There are many shopping cart platforms as many have suggested but it would be wise to choose one which would meets your requirement specifically. As you have not stated your requirements, we can suggest the most commonly used ones like Magneto, Shopify, cart2mobile, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author hipspy
    I have looked at the major ones in the last few months. I looked at:

    Magento - Needs more than shared hosting. Lots of complexity. Expensive.
    Prestashop - Loved it but it has a bug with setting up product that has not yet been addressed.
    Opencart - Has tremendous market growth in the last year. VERY POPULAR. The founder is not know for great customer service, but I am using it anyway.
    Ubercart - Based on Drupal. I wanted something geared specifically for eCommerce.
    Virtuecart - Based on Joomla. Same as above and I don't care for Joomla.
    Zencart - Terrible backend design and very dated.
    OSCommerce - Same as above.

    I installed and tried everything except Magento because of the many comments I found that said it is a resource hog and does not work well with shared hosting.

    In the end, I wanted to use Prestashop, but I had to use Opencart because of a bug with the products feature in Prestashop. If / when Prestashop fixes the product bug, I may use it in the future. Opencart was fun and easy to setup. Also, the modules are less expensive than Prestashop, and I found more feature rich modules for Opencart. I found modules that are 25 and for the same thing in Prestashop, it cost over 150. I found this numerous times for different types of modules. The modules in general are better with Opencart. My only hesitation with Opencart was the founders reputation for being rude.
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  • Profile picture of the author abbeynism
    my vote for prestashop. Simple and easy to understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author jrgattison
    Although I recommend OpenCart sites for ecommerce, I also have found that there are some other platforms that are sufficient in getting the job done like Magneto, Zen Cart, Prestashop(found it not to be user friendly in the initial setup but it could be me), Wordpress using a plugin(I wouldn't use it for a real full ecommerce store yet).

    All of these solutions have a lot of flexibility in designing your store. I use Opencart sites primarily because you can use themes like wordpress, they have plugins/modules like wordpress and it is easy to use like wordpress. The benefit is it is way ahead of wordpress as far as Ecommerce goes and you can get a much cleaner, fully functional store with integrated shipping, different payment processing and tons of other features that make it my platform of choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryshark
    Bigcommerce and Corecommerce are easy to use and offer lots of options
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  • Profile picture of the author bsbear
    Most people tend to like magento these days.. personally I stick with wordpress + plugins that integrate with paypal.
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    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Hi joshenfhmack,

      Asking this question they way you asked it, is like asking "what is the best vehicle?"

      There is no one correct answer, someone might say that it is a Buggatti because it is the most expensive, while another might say it is Toyota, because it is the best selling, and for some people those might be the right choice. However, what if the reason you need the vehicle is to haul steel rebar for a construction company? Or to transport dozens of passengers? The point being you need the right vehicle for the primary objective.

      There are shopping cart platforms built for large ecommerce stores with thousands of SKUs, and there are platforms built for single product. There are platforms that include hosting, and there are platforms that are self hosted, there are platforms that are easy to setup, and there are platforms that are extremely flexible. It just depends on what your specific needs are.

      Since this is a forum, why not share what your specific needs are so that you can get some practical advice?
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  • Profile picture of the author bijan814
    Go with Magento, its the best one, and its very SEO friendly
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  • Profile picture of the author IMPower5
    There are a lot of ecommerce platforms to choose from and as you can see, everyone has their favorites. When deciding on a platform, be sure to research the capabilities and match them to your own personal needs. All have the same basic features, so it will come down to price and additional features.
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  • Profile picture of the author MiniBay
    You could give these a try, looks like they give free web hosting and free ssl certificate for the social ecommerce store + they also do web & more importantly mobile webstore - Social Mobile Ecommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author Cash Maker
    I use and would recommend Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author chullos
    You can choose from a lot of eCommerce platforms, of course everyone has their favorites. Anyway from my personal experience I would suggest Magento or PrestaShop, both are very easy to mange and also very SEO friendly.
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  • Originally Posted by joshenfhmack View Post

    What is the best shopping cart platform?
    Hello Joshen!

    First off, we need to know what you are using the shopping cart for? Will you be selling strictly..

    1. Online?
    2. Amazon
    3. ebay?
    4. Other marketplaces?
    5. What features do you need?
    6. Will you have hundreds or thousands of products?
    7. Open source or hosted? Open source is better for larger web sites

    The reason I ask is, all different types of carts have different capabilities. You will want to go with a cart that's most beneficial to YOUR BUSINESS.

    But from what I can suggest from experience here's a breakdown.

    Magento - Magento is probably the most robust cart out there and with the most support out of all the open source shopping carts. It has the largest community and has the most developers. It integrates with eBay and Amazon using m2epro.

    Cons? - It takes up a lot of resources, it isn't the easiest cart to use, and it's not the fastest.

    Prestashop - Prestashop is a great cart as well. It is fairly faster then Magento, it has a large community and a lot of plugins available. The community isn't as large as Magento, but it is definitely growing. It takes up less resources on the server compared to Magento and also supports multi-sites

    Cons - Doesn't really integrate well with other marketplaces (amazon, ebay) compared to Magento, but it can be done with some programming. Also there are a lot less developers for prestashop compared to Magento.


    Open Cart
    Fast, easy to work with, and a very new and upcoming cart. It also supports multi-sites, but the community again isn't are large as Magento and Prestashop, but it is rapidly growing. This cart is perfect for smaller companies or for people who are new to the e-commerce world. It is very easy to use and the backend is very user friendly.

    But if you are looking to build a large web site with a lot of features and looking to expand, I would go with Magento.

    Also, please stay away from hosted carts, just because in my opinion you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. At least with a open source shopping cart, you can have more control over your store and also choose your own hosting provider.

    Hope this helps!

    -Carlo
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    • Profile picture of the author darkheaven
      Originally Posted by outsourcingphilippines View Post

      Hello Joshen!

      Also, please stay away from hosted carts, just because in my opinion you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. At least with a open source shopping cart, you can have more control over your store and also choose your own hosting provider.

      -Carlo
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy777
    I personally use 3DCart.com

    For something cheaper, take a look @ OpenCart.com
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  • Profile picture of the author marketman007
    "There are literally thousands of eCommerce sites but just a handful stand out. For me, these are:
    1. Magento - this is an open-source alternative with some additional modules that you can install. It's so straightforward and clean and easily integrates with third party apps
    2. Prestashop - this runs on MySQL and PHP framework and allows orders for product returns, tracking packages, etc.
    3. OSCommerce - setup for this pretty easy and fast. What I like about is its smooth backup system.
    4. Zen Cart - so user-friendly and it's an open-source. It provides different payment and shipping options
    5. Open Cart - this is based on PHP and is relatively easy to use, as well. "
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  • It should be depends upon your needs. I like OS commerce and Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author kimjoshi
    I recommend zen cart or Magento development for the the shopping cart service as they are the most secure shopping cart platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willy921
    I might be late to the party, but I think that OutsourcingPhilippines really has the right approach. There is no such thing as a single "best" shopping cart; it depends on what you're trying to do. First identify what's most important to you and then identify a handful of options that seem to meet these needs and do some deeper research.

    I appreciate the comment about staying away from hosted carts, but I disagree. Ultimately you'll encounter a number of trade-offs and there may be other functions overshadow having the cart hosted elsewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author marquinho
    I definitely recommend Magento as the best eCommerce solution - but if you're looking for some alternatives, there's also OSCommerce and ZenCart
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  • Profile picture of the author crescendo
    Magento is the best shopping cart platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author hisnibbs
    Can I give a +1 for Wordpress and the plugin Easy Digital Downloads. I am not an affiliate :-) and anyway it is free!

    It's extremely well coded and easy to use, and I have been playing with it for a month now and it's now powering all my downloads.

    But if it's a CMS platform you are after Magento is probably the best coded out the box.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Carl
    It depends upon which type of online store you are having and what are the functionality you need. Popular shopping carts are,

    - Shopify
    - MagentoGo
    - X-Cart
    - Zen Cart
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  • Profile picture of the author Hrkjds
    Always choose shopping cart that suits your need. Try and look at the features of every shopping cart as many are free. Try shopify, magento, zen cart...
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  • Profile picture of the author HammerNiko
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  • Profile picture of the author khairul6355
    woocommerce is the best
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    • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
      Originally Posted by khairul6355 View Post

      woocommerce is the best
      Why is it the best? What are the benefits? How long have you used it and for what type of sites? What are you comparing it to?

      However, to simply say something is "the best" with no reasoning whatsoever is completely useless.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisDouthit
    There is no best, it really depends on what you are trying to do with it. All carts have certainly strengths and weaknesses. The best is really the one that fits your specific needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I will Recommend you to go with Cubecart. It is very Light (Not a Big Size) So, It will not put pressure on your server, You can manage through any shared hosting. The admin Panel is very simple and settings are not so complicated. Just try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author infoway
    I am using Prestashop. It is a very good option. You can definitely go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author gpsonline
    ditto.. Prestashop. Forums, functionality and support are second to none... and not top heavy like some. Highly recommended. No joke.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigd213
    Originally Posted by joshenfhmack View Post

    What is the best shopping cart platform?
    One question, so many answers... I guess the answer is that there is no one size fits all solution... yet...
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