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3dcart

6 Ratings

Shopify Plus

30 Ratings

3dcart

6 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

Shopify Plus

30 Ratings
Score 8.9 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.

Shopify Plus

Well suited for growing mid-sized to large businesses who want to remain flexible and agile and are OK making compromises here and there. Not well suited for large corporations that have very traditional requirements for what e-commerce should look like; Shopify is on the cutting edge of e-commerce and they seem to tailor their product to the tastes and preferences of millennials.

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.3
Shopify Plus
8.8
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.4
Product management
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.3
Bulk product upload
3dcart
10.0
Shopify Plus
9.3
Branding
3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
8.8
Mobile storefront
3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
9.6
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.7
Website integration
3dcart
5.0
Shopify Plus
7.7
Visual customization
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.4
CMS
3dcart
5.0
Shopify Plus
8.1

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.7
Checkout user experience
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.6
Abandoned cart recovery
3dcart
Shopify Plus
9.8

Online Payment System

3dcart
9.0
Shopify Plus
9.8
eCommerce security
3dcart
9.0
Shopify Plus
9.8

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.4
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.1
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
6.9
SEO
3dcart
9.0
Shopify Plus
9.3

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
6.8
Shopify Plus
8.2
Order processing
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.9
Inventory management
3dcart
5.0
Shopify Plus
7.7
Shipping
3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
8.0
Custom functionality
3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
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.
  • From a web perspective, it's really fast and has great out-of-the-box SEO benefits.
  • The user interface is very, very easy to navigate. Very intuitive.
  • Reporting is built in, allowing you to build customize-able reports for at-a-glance KPIs.
  • Amazing support.

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.
  • API - unfortunately, given the amount Shopify talks about the ability to customize, they conveniently leave out the fact that their API is notoriously weak and also undocumented. It makes building custom solutions on top of Shopify cumbersome.
  • Advanced Product Options - simple things like adding additional images into products with multiple variants doesn't exist! You have to install Apps to get some of this done. Inventory management is very basic and things like collection organization are light years ahead of other systems but can still use improvements.
  • Mixing product and content - Surprisingly, Shopify isn't as strong here as you'd think. Oftentimes, people use entirely separate programs like Squarespace and Wordpress to run their content section of the website. This is fine except they are missing a critical component of linking the content to the product. I think Shopify should focus on this A LOT going forward.

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.
Shopify is definitely more intuitive and easier to get running than Magento. Think of it as Shopify being built for the user and Magento being built for the developer. Overall, they both have similar capacities but I would choose Shopify every time over Magento. Brightpearl has no eCommerce built in functionality but we used to use it similarly to how we use Shopify and FarApp and we run into the same issues (although the product sync is a built more stable on the FarApp side).

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.
  • It's definitely made it easier for us to manage the website and their SEO appears to be strong which is great since we have changed our website so much. Also, allowing integration with Paypal and Apple pay seamlessly has definitely made a positive impact.
  • The ability to sync with Shipstation and CreateSend has definitely improved business efficiencies.
  • The poor API has hurt us with our integration software, FarApp, fairly significantly as it takes longer to push products online.

Pricing Details

3dcart

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

Shopify Plus

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