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3dcart

6 Ratings

Magento

138 Ratings

3dcart

6 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

Magento

138 Ratings
Score 7.6 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.

Magento

Magento is great for anyone looking for a shopping cart and is selling products. I have steered away from it for a single services company, since it is more geared towards product sales. It does an amazing job out of the box and the administrative management is simple. 5 gold stars.

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.3
Magento
7.3
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
Magento
8.0
Product management
3dcart
8.0
Magento
8.2
Bulk product upload
3dcart
10.0
Magento
7.1
Branding
3dcart
7.0
Magento
7.0
Mobile storefront
3dcart
7.0
Magento
7.4
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
Magento
7.7
Website integration
3dcart
5.0
Magento
7.4
Visual customization
3dcart
8.0
Magento
6.9
CMS
3dcart
5.0
Magento
5.6

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
8.0
Magento
5.8
Checkout user experience
3dcart
8.0
Magento
6.0
Abandoned cart recovery
3dcart
Magento
5.7

Online Payment System

3dcart
9.0
Magento
8.0
eCommerce security
3dcart
9.0
Magento
8.0

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
8.0
Magento
7.3
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
8.0
Magento
8.3
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
7.0
Magento
6.7
SEO
3dcart
9.0
Magento
6.9

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
6.8
Magento
7.9
Order processing
3dcart
8.0
Magento
8.2
Inventory management
3dcart
5.0
Magento
8.2
Shipping
3dcart
7.0
Magento
7.7
Custom functionality
3dcart
7.0
Magento
7.2
Multi-site management
3dcart
Magento
8.2

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.
  • Reliable
  • Scalable
  • Secure

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.
  • Magento is A HUGE PAIN to modify. Compared to alternatives (like Woocommerce) it is very hard to change things. Mostly because of how it's built with the Zend Framework and 20,000 files. If you would like to change a comma, good luck. It's going to take a whole day. The waterfall model on the theme helps, but it's very, very hard to change behaviors on the platform.
  • Developer community is very small compared to alternatives (again, Woocommerce). There aren't that many plugins, devs, and in general a community to ask for help. It's expensive and plugins (which are called extensions) are not very well maintained. Also, templates are hard to find. You have Ultimo (we used that and support is great) but besides that, there's not that much.
  • Updating Magento is SO painful. You never know what will happen. Expect anything.
  • Creating static content is hard to manage. At least I couldn't find any plugin for easily managing banners or blog pages.
  • The interface is so old and overwhelming at the same time. There are SO many options, but it's hard to find what you want. At least for me, it wasn't comfortable. You can get used to it, but it wasn't great.
  • The API was not that easy to manage. We had some troubles connecting with it.
  • Trying to debug an error is impossible. Good luck finding documentation on Stack Overflow.

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.
Magento9.8
Based on 8 answers
Seamless upgrades.Good support.Great integration with other applications such as PayPal, Ebay, XIP, SAP and so on.Has all the features we need.

Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Magento9.0
Based on 1 answer
Magento offers lots of templates and themes to customize the look and feel of the store, and even optimize it for mobile phones. The have an extensive library of forms and templates.

Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Magento8.0
Based on 1 answer
The technical service was impeccable. They were on point and were very knowledgeable.

Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Magento8.0
Based on 2 answers
Great value for an flexible, open source platform.

Alternatives Considered

I found 3dcart to be the most cost effective and easiest to use for my smaller to medium sized business clients.
Magento:
  • Scalable
  • Expensive to maintain and modify
  • Inflexible and hard to manage
  • Eats servers (maybe we did something wrong there, but that was our experience)
WooCommerce:
  • HUGE community
  • Lots of free plugins (SEO, optimization, referrals, coupons)
  • Lots of developers and themes
  • Lots of performance-optimized and cheap hostings
  • Hard to scale (but possible, we did it).
It would be my choice by far.Shopify: For what we needed (more than 15,000 products), it wasn't the best choice. But if I didn't know much about software and need to go to market very quickly, I would go with this. PrestaShop is the poor brother of WooCommerce. I wouldn't go with it because it's similar but worse, with a smaller community and less plugins.

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.
  • We could reduce the number of services we had, using almost a single platform for doing everything we need (except printing labels for shipping and high level accountancy).
  • It results in a cheaper management, but we increment the hours of development for custom features.

Pricing Details

3dcart

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

Magento

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