E-commerce Software Reviews & Comparison: Choosing The Best Fit For You

An Unbiased Comparison Of Wholly Focused E-Commerce Software Solutions

Below is our comparison spreadsheet assessment of the major shopping carts for small business. We are comparing focused E-commerce software solutions intended for a pure ecommerce website. To make the best choice for your website make sure to read the full reviews we create on each E-commerce platform as each software solution meets different needs.

For an explanation of our ratings click here

3dcart Bigcommerce Volusion Shopify Magento Go
Client Size 10,000 50,000 40,000 80,000 Unknown
Store Ratings
Quality of Templates & Themes
6/10
8/10
5/10
10/10
7/10
SEO Friendliness
8/10
9/10
6/10
7/10
8/10
Support Quality
6/10
2/10
1/10
9/10
6/10
Coding & Development
8/10
9/10
6/10
8/10
7/10
Customization Options
8/10
9/10
3/10
7/10
6/10
Marketplace Apps
7/10
9/10
7/10
9/10
6/10
Free Features & Tools
9/10
9/10
9/10
7/10
3/10
Shipping Options
10/10
7/10
9/10
7/10
8/10
Payment Options
10/10
9/10
9/10
8/10
7/10
Back End Ease Of Use
6/10
9/10
7/10
9/10
5/10
Overall Score
9/10
8/10
5/10
7/10
7/10
Features
Approved Payment Processors 140+ 50+ 40+ 5+ 5+
Free Website Templates 24+ 100+ 80+ 20+ 11+
Responsive Design Options Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Marketplace Apps Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Friendly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Point Of Sale System None Yes (Extra Cost) Yes (Free) Yes (Extra Cost) Yes (Extra Cost)
Remarketing Functionality No Yes Set Up Fee Yes Yes
Store Certified Experts No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pricing
Transaction Fees None 2% on lowest Plan Only None Up to 2% None
Maximum monthly price $130 $199.95 $135 $179 $125
Minimum monthly price $20 $34.95 $15 $29 $15
Specials & Coupons

Explanation of our Ratings

  • Client Size– This is the amount of ecommerce stores running on the particular platform based on the publicly released information available from each software solution provider.
  • Quality Of Templates & Themes - Our assessment of the available themes or templates available to download. This is important if you do not not have a budget for web design and will be working off your own template. For web design quotes you can always contact us.
  • SEO Friendliness - Here we are rating all the ability to optimize the website via the E-commerce solutions back end login. There are a number of extremely important factors with On-Site SEO which we cover in more depth on the full reviews of each ecommerce platform.
  • Support Quality - Here we are rating the quality of support and the public comments out there for each platform. Most of the E-commerce stores provide 24/7 support, however some are more difficult to get a hold of then others and a few require payment for full support. Shopify is the clear winner with 24/7 phone support ,even on weekends.
  • Coding & Development - The coding and development is a very important factor. The more clean the code the better the website's performance in SEO. Additionally, complicated development platforms, like magento, require more development time - so you can expect web designers to charge more for designing a site on a platform with a low score. Bigcommerce & 3dcart win here with good clean code and better ease of use for developers.
  • Customization Options. - Being able to customize your design, product options, and the layout of your website may or may not be important to you. Many E-commerce platforms limit the ability to edit their templates or list products with various options (think size, color, and add ons, shipping options, etc). Bigcommerce & Magento are the clear winners with the most options for customizations and additional fully integrated web apps.
  • Marketplace Apps - All the major platforms come with extra apps, usually requiring payment, that enable additional options. For example, you can purchase an app to integrate your store with quickbooks or to customize your shipping needs. However, some platforms have less available apps than others. Bigcommerce, Shopify, & Magento have the most apps available, however Magento rates poorly as they require many many apps to meet the baseline’s that Shopify and Bigcommerce provide right out of the gate. Free Features & Tools - Bigcommerce & 3dcart come with the most options, features, and free tools right out of the gate. While you can do almost everything with Shopify and Magento that these two stores do, you’ll need to pay for it with via App’s and customization time. We highly recommend planning out what requirements your store has ahead of time and reviewing the specifics of each
  • Shipping Options - A vastly under measured metric on most of the other E-commerce comparisons out there. Being able to ship products out at an accurate price can become complicated if drop shipping from multiple locations, using various shipping companies, etc. 3dcart & Volusion stand out with the most options. This may be the largest issue with Bigcommerce as the shipping options are extremely limited. - MagentoGO and Shopify both cannot assign multiple warehouse locations same as big commerce. These types of platform would work best with companies that only have 1 warehouse location and stock inventory themselves
  • Payment Options - It can not be overstated how important it is to make paying easy for your would be customers. Allowing them to pay with multiple options; their debit card, Paypal, Amazon checkout, etc, is key. Additionally, Shopify is the only E-commerce platform that easily integrates your offline store with your E-commerce store. It’s an extra $49 a month but for a real brick and mortar store with a website, this may be a necessity and a deal killer for the other E-commerce solutoins out there., Shopify can power both your offline and online stores under one centralized system. Only 3d cart supports amazon payments from our list - here is a list of other providers we could look into adding to our reviews as well https://payments.amazon.com/business/solutionproviders
  • Back End Ease Of Use – Here we review how easy it is to use the back end login of your online storefront. This is a complicated review as web stores with more options like Bigcommerce or Magento provide more in the way of options but are a tad more clunky to use then say Shopify. Overall Shopify has the easiest platform to use, however Bigcommerce does a great job of tying in many more options into the back end.
  • Overall – Scores are based on average of scoring above – You should not base your decision solely on the average scores as there are many qualitative / subjective factors that you should consider prior to deciding. Our scoring is to help you narrow your choices, then you should always test out at least 2 of the website builders to see which one you are comfortable with before investing your time and money. We highly recommend you read our detailed reviews for each website builder as we cover each builder in much more depth in those reviews.