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3dcart

5 Ratings

X-Cart

3 Ratings

3dcart

5 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

X-Cart

3 Ratings
Score 8.6 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

X-Cart

X-cart uses Smarty Templates in a PHP environment which means there are many developers who could probably pick it up relatively quickly to provide new features. The smarty template engine is very robust and well documented, and the cost of x-cart is very low which makes it easy for anyone to get started with their e-commerce business.It is a really great e-commerce software and suitable for every business. I actually cannot find any serious objection to what it does. They regularly update it, add new features, fix flaws, offer support. The software itself offers many integrations for shipping and payments, everything you need for sales. Although it covers many things, there will always be something missing, because many things happen in between customer visit and final delivery. Therefore, if you plan to expand your business, also plan to expand your X-Cart - but do not worry, it won't be hard.

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.0
X-Cart
7.7
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
8.0
Product management
3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
9.0
Branding
3dcart
6.0
X-Cart
10.0
Mobile storefront
3dcart
6.0
X-Cart
6.0
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
9.0
Website integration
3dcart
7.0
X-Cart
8.0
Visual customization
3dcart
6.0
X-Cart
10.0
Bulk product upload
3dcart
X-Cart
4.0
CMS
3dcart
X-Cart
5.0

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
9.0
X-Cart
9.5
Checkout user experience
3dcart
9.0
X-Cart
10.0
Abandoned cart recovery
3dcart
X-Cart
9.0

Online Payment System

3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
10.0
eCommerce security
3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
10.0

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
7.5
X-Cart
8.7
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
10.0
X-Cart
10.0
SEO
3dcart
5.0
X-Cart
6.0
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
X-Cart
10.0

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
9.2
Custom functionality
3dcart
8.0
X-Cart
10.0
Multi-site management
3dcart
X-Cart
10.0
Order processing
3dcart
X-Cart
7.0
Inventory management
3dcart
X-Cart
9.0
Shipping
3dcart
X-Cart
10.0

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.
  • For everyone. From small to huge business you get everything out of box. Just setup company details, payment and shipping methods and you are ready to go.
  • Upgradable. There are many plugins one can integrate with X-Cart. Over time, many of them became part of the software, and you are one click away to enable them.
  • Well organized code. It uses Smarty template engine, which I find great, specially for debugging (famous Webmaster mode).

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.
  • Creating new plugins the way X-Cart wants is maybe not complicated, but hard to implement because there are no hooks. One has to manually change each file. This is similar to patching the core and therefore one has to know basics of web development.
  • Even if you get everything styled correctly with base skin, there is a bunch of unused styles you have to cope with. Start skin should be much cleaner. You may find thousands excess lines of code.

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

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.
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Return on Investment

  • Enhanced customer service with ticket system.
  • Was able to quickly set up shop and get started on the web.
  • Flexibility in presentation as well as functionality
  • Full open source software allows for unlimited possibilities with the store function, though some developers who create modules do encode their modules which have errors in their code which therefore can't be fixed
  • A fully functional professional level application at a fraction of the cost of similar applications such as magento.

Pricing Details

3dcart

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

X-Cart

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details