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CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is an on-premise eCommerce marketplace software. It allows users to open an online marketplace, where the user is the admin, and all the others—invited sellers. Each seller has his or her own micro-store with a customizable storefront, categories,...
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What is CS-Cart?

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is an on-premise eCommerce marketplace software. It allows users to open an online marketplace, where the user is the admin, and all the others—invited sellers. Each seller has his or her own micro-store with a customizable storefront, categories, filters, and search. Just…

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What is CS-Cart?

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is an on-premise eCommerce marketplace software. It allows users to open an online marketplace, where the user is the admin, and all the others—invited sellers. Each seller has his or her own micro-store with a customizable storefront, categories, filters, and search. Just like in Amazon.

In the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor marketplace platform, managing vendors is designed to be simple: invite individual sellers, give them access to a marketplace, and they showcase and sell their products in a marketplace platform. The user receives commissions from their sales. They can also offer subscription plans for sellers with different conditions and prices. This marketplace builder also features a payment distribution system that allows for automatic money distribution among vendors and the marketplace admin.

The CS-Cart Multi-Vendor marketplace software boasts over 500 eCommerce features. The vendor says users get a mobile-friendly storefront, powerful SEO, marketing tools, 80 built-in payment and shipping services, and an easy-to-understand admin panel. This solution is an on-premise CMS for the marketplace.

They further state over 1,600 marketplaces work on the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor marketplace CMS.

CS-Cart Features

Online Storefront Features

  • Supported: Product catalog & listings
  • Supported: Product management
  • Supported: Bulk product upload
  • Supported: Branding
  • Supported: Search & filter
  • Supported: Mobile storefront
  • Supported: Product variations
  • Supported: Subscriptions & downloads
  • Supported: Website integration
  • Supported: Visual customization
  • Supported: CMS
  • Supported: Customer service tools

Online Shopping Cart Features

  • Supported: Abandoned cart recovery
  • Supported: Tax calculator
  • Supported: Shipping calculator
  • Supported: Integration with eBay
  • Supported: Checkout user experience

Online Payment System Features

  • Supported: PayPal integration
  • Supported: Returns & refunds
  • Supported: Single-click checkout
  • Supported: eCommerce security
  • Supported: Credit card transaction fee
  • Supported: B2B features

eCommerce Marketing Features

  • Supported: Promotions & discounts
  • Supported: Personalized recommendations
  • Supported: SEO
  • Supported: Product reviews
  • Supported: Social commerce integration
  • Supported: Customer registration

eCommerce Business Management Features

  • Supported: Multi-site management
  • Supported: Order processing
  • Supported: Inventory management
  • Supported: Accounting
  • Supported: Shipping
  • Supported: Custom functionality

Additional Features

  • Supported: Admin roles and privileges
  • Supported: Loyalty system (reward points and VIP user groups)
  • Supported: Subscription plans for sellers
  • Supported: Fully customizable checkout page
  • Supported: Warehouses
  • Supported: Customer-to-vendor communicaton
  • Supported: Built-in notification and message center

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CS-Cart Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac, All Unix-based systems
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesWorldwide
Supported LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Slovak, Polish, Italiano and 15 others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adobe Commerce (Magento Commerce), Mirakl Marketplace Platform, and Yo!Kart are common alternatives for CS-Cart.

Reviewers rate eCommerce security and Custom functionality highest, with a score of 8.9.

The most common users of CS-Cart are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).

CS-Cart Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)40%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)50%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)5%
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This marketplace software is easy to use their support is great, timely new updates with twigs. Highly recommend for seller with large inventory. With a few add on you can sell almost all products in today's market. The apple and google app performance is great and easy and user friendly. They need to improve a bit on shipping and return interference.
  • Easy to use
  • No third party control
  • Great support
  • Lost of [an] add-on to make it [a] more vast platform
  • Can sale [almost] any product
  • Back office and inventory must build strong
  • Shipping friendly
  • [The] upgrade process need[s] to be smooth
  • Certify only add-on which really works with cs-cart and make sense
I find it very suitable for a marketplace for small vendors, selling unique brands locally. it's not a platform yet to sell globally due to its limited shipping and returns software capability. Overall it's great software involved with a great team. Support is anytime fast and responsive. With cs-cart, you don't need to depend on other big e-commerce platforms, be your own boss, and lost of avenue to enhance your business to be a global brand.
S.M. Mamunur Rasid | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have been using CS-Cart Multi-Vendor since the beginning of 2018 with a big vision. This feature-rich most intuitive e-commerce software is being used for creating a most sophisticated online marketplace and it helps to make this happen without hiring a developer with the easy to use and customize functions. This is our core software to manage products, sellers, inventory and everything to source and sell products online. From setting up a marketplace to marketing and selling products, all these tasks are being running smoothly without having major complicacy.
  • Very good number of backend features to manage stores
  • SEO friendly with very clean design
  • Frequent update release which keeps store up to date
  • Wide range of third-party add-ons are available on their marketplace
  • Fast, secure and stable system
  • When calculated at the end of the year, it may seem [more] expensive than other platforms in upgrading the software, annual subscriptions, support ticket, third-party add-ons etc. Some essential add-ons are also very expensive which are available in other platforms at low cost or even free.
  • Marketplace for third-party add-ons should have a common payment system, organize and monitor them under a strict policy by the authority.
  • I believe it still has a scope to work more for speed up the site comparing others
For quickly setting up a most intuitive online marketplace, CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is the best one. The software is very well suited for those who have some basic knowledge about backend customization, installation, server setup, proper server configuration etc. Though I'm sure the support team will get you up and running. Only few third-party service providers are very professional, provide honest service and will help you to run your business smoothly. I would highly recommend to use CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform for retailers and as a marketplace platform across our whole organization. Technically speaking, it can be used by almost all levels of people or organizations. I had one problem: in order to use the mobile app (so customers can order from a mobile phone), we need to pay a quite high extra cost.
  • The system is very stable.
  • It's very user-friendly interface.
  • Their technical support is super, quick response and friendly.
  • PWA can be improved for more flexibility, it's better free of charge or not too expensive.
  • Support ticket price quite expensive for small company.
CS-Cart has many options for single use or for a big marketplace. It's also good for all kinds of businesses.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
For ease of use, getting CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform and installing it was not bad at all. The reason I chose CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform was for the ability to expand a single shopping cart to another model as we grow. Currently we're using it to sell goods to create earned income for the purpose of investing into custodial IRAs.
  • Upgrades
  • Tech support
  • Payment integration
  • Shopping cart product management
  • Upgrade costs over time
  • Business model changes (have not yet been implemented)
CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform is well suited for those who have the ability to manage hosting and installation. You will need some technical knowledge to get this implemented, though I'm sure tech support can get you up and running. Sale of goods is appropriate.
I've had very good support over the years. They've helped solve some issues here and there that were difficult to track down. Thumbs up.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are currently a small start-up with big plans, and CS-Cart is making it easy to realise those. We are utilising the multi-vendor functionality to quickly and easily create a marketplace with hundreds of thousands of products spread amongst an equally large number of categories. Though we are launching in a single (English-speaking) country, soon after launch we plan to take advantage of the multi-language capabilities to expand easily to other regions.
Technically it has been very easy to learn, extend, and style, and the marketplace has an amazing selection of both paid and free add-ons that we have also utilised. The page designer is extremely easy to use, and the REST APIs make it very easy to work with data, though I feel like these could be further enhanced for greater flexibility as they are an easy way to work with bulk data. Though the admin interface seems to struggle a little with the large number of categories and products (we haven't looked into any optimisation yet) the caching options on the client-facing side mean that the site will still be extremely fast.
One thing I would like to see added to the core product is the option to store media in a cloud PaaS offering such as AWS S3 bucket or Azure blob storage as we have many hundreds of GB of media, but for now this is a customisation we can look into in the future.
  • Quick and easy set up of a multi-vendor marketplace
  • Very easy-to-use page designer
  • Huge marketplace of add-ons to cover pretty much anything you need
  • Struggles a bit with 1 million categories / product with dozens of categories assigned
  • Default MyISAM tables meaning conversions is required to move to cloud options like RDS
  • No default option to use cloud storage for media (eg. S3 Bucket / Azure blob storage)
Great for a quick and easy setup of a multi-vendor solution, supporting multiple stores / languages / payment options. Will probably need some tuning if you have 1 million products or so. Great if you have a PHP dev or team, probably not the best option if you don't know the language and need to customise backend logic.
Very easy to get in touch with CS-Cart support and good partner network active on the forums and marketplace
  • no training
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CS-Cart Multi vendor software is being in our organization for the e-commerce platform. Our team members understand that the cs-cart multivendor consists of several advanced features including powerful backend settings and also, the front end design is very user friendly to all kind of users for our online sales portal. The software is being designed for the public for buying and selling items through our online portal.
  • Powerful backend configurations and Front end design is a very user friendly for the customers
  • Good support on the Forum
  • Decent inbuilt features for SEO
  • Good architecture for the customization on the addon
  • Frequent update for releasing the ecommerce features based on the modern world
  • Easy installation
  • More third party addons are available for the software
  • Very good competitor software to improve for e-commerce business
  • High cost of customization, third party addons and themes
  • CS-Cart license cost and upgrade cost are expensive
  • Subscription plan for the license, addons and themes
The CS-Cart Multi vendor is a well option, if you are looking for improve your business on the e-commerce platform. The software consists of powerful inbuilt addons and helping us to improve our sales silently without much advertisement. There is One page checkout which is a very good option in the software. Similarly, you can get more features on the cs-cart to improve your business.
CS-cart support is expensive but there is a forum to clarify our questions freely which is a good thing to small level of business. CS-Cart company can reconsider to reduce for the support cost based on the country. Some countries people could not pay more amount in USD for the support on CS-Cart multi vendor.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Multivendor as a marketplace platform for factories to sell directly to consumers. It is our only platform in use.
  • It has a pretty comprehensive manual for install and configuration.
  • It is supported well by both CS-Cart and the community forums
  • It seems to have a decent amount of skins and templates to choose from (both native and aftermarket), although I am yet to use an aftermarket template.
  • Multi-Vendor doesn't appear to have a manual that shows Vendors how to use the product. This would be useful for admins to learn the vendor side also. I think it would be handy to have a manual that could be white-labeled by an MV Admin for their vendor customers.
  • I would like to see Geolocation added to the experience as a native option whereby the site augments to show the most appropriate pricing currency and shipping options (like a pre-filled address) that are relevant to the particular region that the user is browsing from.
  • The bulk product import function is clunky and not user friendly. It is also not clear about loading images and the documentation seems to be slightly dated.
  • It isn't obvious how to bulk upload multiple images for a product.
It's a good product but very expensive for what it is. I really wanted it for a classifieds website but unfortunately, it was too difficult to get it working properly. It is also pretty slow compared to competitors (Shopify).
When I was in the support period, the service was excellent! The forums are also very good.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use CS-Cart Multi-Vendor as our core software to build a Multi-vendor Marketplace where we have multiple sellers selling to multiple buyers. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is used to manage all of our products and which Vendor these products are sourced from. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor can also send order notifications to vendors and issue invoices to customers.
  • Manage vendor products
  • Manage vendor email notifications
  • Open source allows for customization
  • Great technical support
  • Sufficient range of plugins
  • Vendor and customer notifications by text message
  • Front-end website speed
  • Native checkout page
  • Vendor admin panel
CS Cart Multivendor is the best software to launch a Multi Vendor Marketplace. You can get started with this software within 1 week and focus more time on developing your business rather than spending too much time on developing technology. I would suggest launching a Marketplace with CS Cart instead of a custom development build.
The CS-Cart Multi-Vendor support team is great at solving small technical issues. I was able to make several small customizations to my software with the help of the support team.
Azat Seyitmuhammedov | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our entire business is built on the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor platform. Until 2020, we were an online store based on Webasyst Shop-script, selling apparels, shoes and accessories. Last year, we've made the decision to expand and become a marketplace. After a long search, we stopped at CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and do not regret it for a minute. The market of our country (Turkmenistan) still does not have a full-fledged convenient marketplace that would provide a small trading business with an additional sales channel. We really hope that CS-Cart Multi-Vendor will help us create such a platform and solve the problems of thousands of entrepreneurs in our country.
  • Content management.
  • Management of stores, goods and other vendor information.
  • Convenient user interface of both frontend and admin panel.
  • Convenient and fast mobile version of the admin panel.
  • Fast and smart tool for importing goods using ready-made presets.
  • High frequency of engine updates.
  • Large selection of additional plugins.
  • The high cost of the platform itself and plugins.
  • Unavailability of the mobile application in the basic version of the platform.
  • Relatively difficult process of installing updates if you are new to IT.
CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is well suited for building a marketplace. But if you are planning to create an online store where you will only sell your products, then you should consider other platforms as well. I want to repeat once again, one of the main disadvantages of CS-Cart is its high cost. If you're a solo startup and you're on a tight budget, it might not be for you.
The support service for this product is at a fairly high level. I put minus 2 points for the high cost of support. After the 90-day free support period ends, you will need to purchase a subscription or special points. Both cost a certain amount of money.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use CS-Cart Multi-Vendor as a niche marketplace and all companies can present their products. Companies do not have to worry about marketing, and customers can find all products from different manufacturers in one place. The delivery process and payment is also simplified for the customer and the user interface is clean designed.
  • performant
  • usability
  • functions
  • update subscription
  • 3rd party theme & addons subscriptions (its not sure that you have also updates in 2 years)
  • expensive license prices (if everything is cheaper, more peoples will buy it)
for a multi vendor marketplace, i think CS-Cart is the leader. But for a online shop, i think you will find more cheaper solutions
inside of the support subscription, they give me all the time a fast answer and you can ask in a community forum also other users.
But i miss a free support/chat like other solutions.
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