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Shopping cart types. Pros and Cons


Shopping Cart comparison: pros and cons of the most popular shopping cart. See advantages and disadvantages and choose the most suitable shopping cart for you. Use Cart2Cart to migrate you store to the shopping cart of your dream. Cart2Cart is an online shopping cart migration service which helps you move data from your current shopping cart to a desirable one automatically.

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									  Shopping Cart Types

       Main features,
advantages and disadvantages

       Prepared by Cart2Cart Team
            November, 2012

1. Shopping Cart Types
 ● Open Source Shopping Carts
 ● Hosted Shopping Carts
 ● CMS + eCommerce Plug-in

2. Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

3. Cart2Cart Migration Service
Shopping Cart Types
              Shopping Cart Types

Shopping cart is software used in e-commerce to
assist people making purchases online.
Shopping Cart Types:

1.   Open Source
     ○ Free

     ○ Paid

2.   Hosted

3.   CMS + eCommerce Plugin
      Open Source Shopping Carts

1.   Full access to source code
+ Customizable and flexible
- Difficult to manage without programming skills
2. Free
+ Low or even zero costs
+ Big variety of extensions, modules, templates
- Support is often available for extra money
- Known for issues with upgrades, bugs and data security
3. Paid
+ Support charges are already included
+ High data security
- Paid solutions may cost up to several thousands of US dollars
- Lack of extensions
          Hosted Shopping Carts

Turnkey solution

+ No hosting and installation issues
+ Easy to use
+ Flexible design opportunities
+ Simple upgrade process, high stability
+ High data security
+ Professional Support

- Paid
- Less customizable
- Small number of extensions (most of them are paid)
         CMS + eCommerce Plugin

Content Management System (CMS) is the application that
allows to manage, add and modify the website content.

+ Open Source
+ eCommerce plugin inherits all the
advantages of CMS (integration with
templates, SEO, admin panel,
integration with other extensions)

- Lack of top end features (multi-
store, separate admin zone for
vendors, affiliate programs, Social
Media Marketing tools, etc.)
      Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

                                     - Founded in 2008 by Varien (USA)
                                    - Powers over 125 000 stores
                                    - Open source (free and paid editions)
    - Recently released own hosted solution Magento GO
Advantages                                   Disadvantages

●    Flexible and customizable                ●   Difficult to use (even for
●    Fully loaded with features                   programmers)
     (product management,
     inventory, marketing,SEO,etc)            ●   Resource consuming (slow)
●    Multiple storefronts,                    ●   Buggy, full of errors
     languages, currencies, taxes
●    Numerous payment and                     ●   Official support and some
     shipment options                             features are available only
●    Big community, huge number                   with paid editions
     of extensions
   Shopping Cart Pros and Cons
                         ●   Initial release 2007 (France)
                         ●   Downloaded more than 2 000 000 times
                         ●   Powers 125 000 Internet shops
                         ●   Open source (totally free)

Advantages                            Disadvantages

● Has all the same features as         ●   Not stable after major
  Magento but much easier to               upgrades, buggy
● Less resource consuming              ●   Some important extensions
  and faster than Magento                  available only for additional
● Large number of extensions,              costs (social media,
  modules and addons                       mCommerce)
● Support available
    Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

          ● Launched in 2001 (Russia)
          ● 25 000 online stores are using X-Cart
          ● Open source solution, offers both hosted and self-hosted
            solutions (unlimited trial period)

Advantages                                Disadvantages
●   Customizable (PHP and                 ● Advanced features available
    WYSIWYG)                                with highly priced plans
●   Fits any type of business               (MailChimp, Google
●   Security, shipment, payment             Analytics, SMM)
●   CMS capabilities                      ● Lack of top end features
●   Almost no bugs, new editions            (multi-store, multi-vendor,
    are stable                              etc.)
                                          ● Requires some technical
                                            expertize to set up
     Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

                          ●   Started in 2004 (Russia)
                          ●   30 000 users
                          ●   30 days free trial
                          ●   Open source (only paid)

Advantages                                   Disadvantages
●   Fast due to use of AJAX technology
●   Mobile commerce                           ● Lack of extensions
●   Multi-Vendor Store
●   Multiple storefronts                      ● No SMM options
●   Block management
●   Support main payment and shipment         ● Closed Community
    gateways                                    Edition
●   Reasonably priced, support and data
    Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

                            ● First released in 1999 (Germany)
                            ● Joomla native
                            ● Open source (free)

Advantages                           Disadvantages
●   All the benefits of Joomla        ●   Lack of advanced
    (advanced CMS, user-friendly,         eCommerce features
    SEO, etc.)
●   Customizable                      ●   No support
●   Great localization options
●   Feature-rich                      ●   May not meet all the
●   Big number of extensions              demands of middle-large
●   Payment/Shipment                      scale business
●   Coupons and discounts
Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

                           ● Founded in 1999 (USA)
                           ● Powers 40 000 stores
                           ● Hosted paid solution (14 days free trial)

Advantages                            Disadvantages
●   Easy to use, intuitive             ●   Has less customization
●   Feature rich (cross-sells,             options than OS
    discounts, SEO, etc.)
●   eBay and Facebook integration      ●   No user-friendly template
●   Free templates (120)                   editor (only HTML and CSS)
●   Security and support
●   Reasonable pricing                 ●   Small number of extensions
●   No extra fees
    Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

                      ● Date of inception 2005
                      ● More than 30 000 stores
                      ● Hosted paid solution 30 days free trial

Advantages                            Disadvantages
●   100+ free templates                ●   1-2% extra fee for each
●   Themes can be customized via           transaction
    user-friendly editor and
    CSS/HTML files                     ●   Lack of free extensions
●   Feature rich
●   CMS capabilities                   ●   Less customizable than OS
●   Mobile commerce
●   Security and support
     Shopping Cart Pros and Cons

                                 ● Started in 2009 (USA)
                                 ● Serves 25 000 shops in 65 countries
                                 ● Hosted paid solution (15 days free trial)

Advantages                                 Disadvantages
●   Intuitive and user-friendly              ●   Pricing
●   One of the most feature-rich
    hosted carts (SEO, marketing,            ●   Some advanced features are
    product management, SMM,                     absent
    mobile commerce, design, save
    abandoned carts, etc.)                   ●   Less customizable
●   Security, support, extensions
●   Stable, no bugs
●   Built-in business analytics +
    integration with Google Analytics
        Cart2Cart Migration Service
                            ●   Automated shopping cart migration service
                            ●   Launched in 2009 (Ukraine)
                            ●   More than 11 000 of successful migrations
Advantages                                 Disadvantages
●   User-friendly (no software to            ●   Do not migrate website
    download, no programming skills)             design
●   Allows products, orders and clients
    data transfer from and to 40+            ●   Do not migrate customer
    shopping carts                               testemonials, news and other
●   Sell even during the migration               site content
●   Numerous additional options
●   Reasonable pricing
●   Free Demo Migration
●   Total data security and free

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