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3dcart

5 Ratings

Squarespace

102 Ratings

3dcart

5 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

Squarespace

102 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

3dcart

3dcart is well suited to getting a site up and running quickly with shopping cart capabilities. The merchant account set up was easy and there are inventory and shipping capabilities, as well. It is a very powerful tool for a small business without full time IT support on staff. While I did not have many products, it seemed like a merchant with a large inventory would have to spend a great deal of time on setting up the store

Squarespace

Squarespace has great templates for displaying a portfolio or pictures. I imagine it would suit photographers and I think restaurants would benefit from Squarespace's features as well to display bold food pictures and capture attention with full screen images. For a site more focused on eCommerce another site might do better with payment, shipping, and coupon options. I do think it would be well suited for smaller businesses with interactive scrolling pages and good mobile adaptability which an individual or a small team could easily maintain

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.0
Squarespace
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
Squarespace
Product management
3dcart
8.0
Squarespace
Branding
3dcart
6.0
Squarespace
Mobile storefront
3dcart
6.0
Squarespace
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
Squarespace
Website integration
3dcart
7.0
Squarespace
Visual customization
3dcart
6.0
Squarespace

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
9.0
Squarespace
Checkout user experience
3dcart
9.0
Squarespace

Online Payment System

3dcart
8.0
Squarespace
eCommerce security
3dcart
8.0
Squarespace

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
7.5
Squarespace
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
10.0
Squarespace
SEO
3dcart
5.0
Squarespace

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
8.0
Squarespace
Custom functionality
3dcart
8.0
Squarespace

Security

3dcart
Squarespace
8.3
Role-based user permissions
3dcart
Squarespace
8.3

Platform & Infrastructure

3dcart
Squarespace
7.2
API
3dcart
Squarespace
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
3dcart
Squarespace
7.2

Web Content Creation

3dcart
Squarespace
8.5
WYSIWYG editor
3dcart
Squarespace
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
3dcart
Squarespace
8.5
Admin section
3dcart
Squarespace
8.2
Page templates
3dcart
Squarespace
8.5
Library of website themes
3dcart
Squarespace
8.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
3dcart
Squarespace
9.3
Publishing workflow
3dcart
Squarespace
8.4
Form generator
3dcart
Squarespace
8.5

Web Content Management

3dcart
Squarespace
7.2
Content taxonomy
3dcart
Squarespace
7.8
SEO support
3dcart
Squarespace
7.3
Bulk management
3dcart
Squarespace
6.6
Availability / breadth of extensions
3dcart
Squarespace
6.7
Community / comment management
3dcart
Squarespace
7.5

Pros

  • Strong shopping cart capabilities, with all types of promotions and discounting capabilities. Easy to set up the promotion and implement the campaign.
  • Integration with our email provider to be able to segment buyers based on timing of purchase.
  • Easy to use blog, was able to set up each post simply and create SEO/Meta tags associated with each post.
  • Products set up was easy and there are options for categories and classes to make setting up the store easy.
  • Easy to use for someone with no programming skills.
  • Nice templates to choose from, without needing to have any custom developers working with you. You really can toss together a professional looking website in an hour using the templates.
  • Easy to change the layout of your pages - you can drag and drop and add modules as needed.
  • Simple interface - didn't need any training to learn how to use it.

Cons

  • Using images on the site and in the blog was a cumbersome process. The upload was easy enough, but finding and using the image after upload was terrible. The navigation of the images was difficult and there were no sort functions.
  • For a simple site without the need for a log in admin or shipping, these functions and capabilities were not easily hidden or removed. You needed to have a programmer go into the code to remove them. For a tool like 3dcart, it seemed to be something they could have taken care of with check boxes in the settings.
  • While expected, the templates available were very basic and simple. To enhance the look of your site, you will need a programmer or pay for the premium templates.
  • Images - Though the gallery function is robust and able to be customized, I find that when placing images directly on to page layouts, that the software often resizes or moves the image to suit the template. I often wish I could specify the image size directly with pixel dimensions to ensure that it does not move or resize itself, which can cause lower resolution images to look blurry.
  • Sidebars - nearly all of Squarespace's current templates do NOT have the option for a sidebar included. This is something we love to use as it keeps the most current notices we wish to share visible on all pages without the need to edit every single page.
  • Folders and Indexing - Squarespace currently does have the ability to make dropdown menus by creating folders of pages. However, having a subfolder is not supported. Nor can you nest an Index, a collection of galleries or images, inside of a folder, which means that our products cannot be subdivided into their product folders. It just means we have to have a separate place for them, and our visitors to the site must look in two different places to get the complete information on some items.

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.
Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row

Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.

Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.

Alternatives Considered

Selected 3DCart based on price point and ease of getting started. Gave a two week free trial to make sure I could get it set up. Seemed easier than other options and had room to grow if I need more capabilities. It also integrated with QuckBooks, FaceBook and Auth.net which were all part of the package right from the start.
I find Wix to truly be a blank slate. The templates offered can be modified to give you more control over the finished product but the downside to this is the added step of formatting for responsive viewing. It is often overlooked by clients who want to maintain their site once the design is complete and they become frustrated. That said, I wish there was more control over the responsive elements shown in Squarespace but as a trade off, I choose Squarespace.

Return on Investment

  • Enhanced customer service with ticket system.
  • Was able to quickly set up shop and get started on the web.
  • Squarespace has nearly tripled my page views due to its baked in SEO and wonderful designs.
  • Clients continue to compliment my site's design and ease of use when accessing their media
  • Squarespace's analytics and iOS apps are worth the price of their service alone. It makes maintaining and tracking ROI a breeze.

Pricing Details

3dcart

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

Squarespace

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