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3dcart

6 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

3dcart

3dcart works well for small to medium size businesses that want to take care of their own website and product uploads and have the time to stay on top of inventory management. It does not work as well for a business who wants to just "turn it on" and forget about it unless they are able to integrate their POS system with 3dcart to manage inventory.
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Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst is perfect when you need to create a data driven element for a site. The Web Apps element is great and not something other hosted CMS systems have. It is also a good product when someone wants to make use of multiple modules in one place such as having your website, CRM, online store and email marketing in one place. BC is fine for small sites, but is a bit over complicated and over-priced for a basic brochure-ware type site without any dynamic features. It also does not allow enough customization for a large enterprise level site with a demanding client. As a hosted solution, it has no ability for server-side development or other customization that might be needed on a very complex custom site.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.3
Adobe Business Catalyst
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Product management
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Bulk product upload
3dcart
10.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Branding
3dcart
7.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Mobile storefront
3dcart
7.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Website integration
3dcart
5.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Visual customization
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
CMS
3dcart
5.0
Adobe Business Catalyst

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Checkout user experience
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst

Online Payment System

3dcart
9.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
eCommerce security
3dcart
9.0
Adobe Business Catalyst

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
7.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
SEO
3dcart
9.0
Adobe Business Catalyst

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
6.8
Adobe Business Catalyst
Order processing
3dcart
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Inventory management
3dcart
5.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Shipping
3dcart
7.0
Adobe Business Catalyst
Custom functionality
3dcart
7.0
Adobe Business Catalyst

Email & Online Marketing

3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
WYSIWYG email editor
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.7
Dynamic content
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
Ability to test dynamic content
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
Landing pages
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
A/B testing
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Mobile optimization
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Email deliverability
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
List management
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
Triggered drip sequences
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8

Lead Management

3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Lead nurturing
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Lead scoring and grading
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Data quality management
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9

Campaign Management

3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Calendaring
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Event/webinar marketing
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4

Social Media Marketing

3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Social sharing and campaigns
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Social profile integration
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6

Reporting & Analytics

3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Dashboards
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Standard reports
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Custom reports
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2

Platform & Infrastructure

3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
API
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Role-based workflow & approvals
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Customizability
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Integration with Salesforce.com
3dcart
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5

Pros

  • SEO - 3dcart is built in such a way that even if you do no SEO work at all, as long as you use the meta description wizard on each page or product you wind up still searching pretty well in Google.
  • Product uploads - Product uploads are easy to do with 3dcart's .csv import/export feature. No need to struggle with messy simple and variable uploads like on WooCommerce, 3dcart takes the guesswork and hassle out of uploading different product types.
  • Media uploads - Media uploads are quick and simple and the uploader always works.
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  • The Web Apps element of Business Catalyst is unique among hosted CMS systems. It helps us solve unique challenges without involving heavy-duty programmers.
  • As a Hosted CMS, it has a lot of great features without a ton of cost or liability being taken on which is important to us.
  • BC has a growing developer community and has made significant upgrades over the past few years, which don't end up costing us more, and would be very expensive or time consuming in a traditional CMS
  • Our client's like that it is from "Adobe" and that it has Dreamweaver integration. This provides them with a level of comfort that helps us sell the project.
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Cons

  • 3dcart does not connect to many of the POS systems my clients use so we need to manually update inventory daily/weekly.
  • There are many modules available to do many different things, but it makes you feel like you are being tickled and died to death to get the site to do exactly what you want. Also can be confusing if you don't know what you actually need.
  • It's a little difficult/confusing to upload products with multiple variations - ie: color and size - especially if there are multiples colors and multiple sizes.
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  • Pricing seems inflexible and many times it's what makes my clients turn to other CMS systems. How can I defend spending $40 just because I want to use the BC Apps but have no use for the e-commerce function?
  • I used to have a plethora of templates that I could use as a starting point. They are now gone and I miss them.
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Likelihood to Renew

No score
No answers yet
Not applicable - as a franchisee, the franchiser took over the web site and shopping cart capabilities, so I no longer need the tool. But I would recommend it.
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Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
It's a robust and reliable product.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
Overall it is a "plug and play" interface. The majority of the work is done in other software interfaces. Managing billing, user roles and custom reports are all that you need to manage in the actual BC user interface. For my business this is an incredible benefit as I have to leave my preferred software less.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Alternatives Considered

I found 3dcart to be the most cost effective and easiest to use for my smaller to medium sized business clients.
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BC may not be as customizable as these two, but it is a much more of a secure option
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Return on Investment

  • 3dcart has enabled my clients to quickly and easily get up and running with an online store giving them an almost immediate ROI.
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  • Better customer service
  • Increased efficiency in deploying websites
  • Customer satisfaction with the system
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Pricing Details

3dcart

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details