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3dcart

6 Ratings

PrestaShop

16 Ratings

3dcart

6 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

PrestaShop

16 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.

PrestaShop

Prestashop is ideal for a simple store and does not require many changes in the template that has been selected.

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.3
PrestaShop
6.4
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
8.1
Product management
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
7.0
Bulk product upload
3dcart
10.0
PrestaShop
6.1
Branding
3dcart
7.0
PrestaShop
4.2
Mobile storefront
3dcart
7.0
PrestaShop
6.3
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
6.2
Website integration
3dcart
5.0
PrestaShop
7.6
Visual customization
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
3.9
CMS
3dcart
5.0
PrestaShop
8.5

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
8.2
Checkout user experience
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
8.3
Abandoned cart recovery
3dcart
PrestaShop
8.0

Online Payment System

3dcart
9.0
PrestaShop
7.5
eCommerce security
3dcart
9.0
PrestaShop
7.5

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
7.5
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
7.5
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
7.0
PrestaShop
7.3
SEO
3dcart
9.0
PrestaShop
7.6

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
6.8
PrestaShop
5.7
Order processing
3dcart
8.0
PrestaShop
7.6
Inventory management
3dcart
5.0
PrestaShop
7.3
Shipping
3dcart
7.0
PrestaShop
6.4
Custom functionality
3dcart
7.0
PrestaShop
4.4
Multi-site management
3dcart
PrestaShop
2.9

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.
  • Administration panel is easy and essential
  • Product configuration is ready to go and product page comes with lots of information
  • It doesn't require huge server resources

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.
  • Documentation and support needs to be updated and expanded. There's a lack of books, and the only support aside from the forum is official prestashop support, which is not cheap. The system is too massive to have such little support.
  • Too many things can go wrong with too little explanation as to why. Too much time is wasted trying to figure out why prestashop isn't working as intended because of this. Seems that most of the questions online are people fumbling around with vague issues and errors and no explanation.
  • Code should either be organized more intuitively, or there should be more help outlining what is going on during runtime for debug purposes. Why is there not a built in way to display the tpl that is being loaded in each section? I tried figuring out how to do it myself using the documentation but gave up. Instead I have to swim through the entire code to figure out how to do it myself. Should not be this complicated.
  • Too many things can go wrong when transferring or copying the website, which essentially breaks everything. Again, too little help and messages explaining why things don't work. Internet search shows that this is a common issue.

Likelihood to Renew

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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Alternatives Considered

I found 3dcart to be the most cost effective and easiest to use for my smaller to medium sized business clients.
We did not select it, the team before us selected it because it was free. All development was outsourced to a prestashop team.

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.
  • Not sure, it is the only e-commerce platform we have used.

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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

PrestaShop

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