Magento Community edition is a free open source ecommerce platform that has the power of many of paid shopping carts. It has been said to be one of the fastest growing shopping cart platforms on the market with over 600,000 downloads. We find that believable, but most likely less then a quarter of those who downloaded the platform are actually using it.
Big Commerce is quickly becoming one of the most popular ecommerce platform around for small businesses, and for good reason too. In our short BigCommerce review, we find their shopping cart incredibly easy to set up as you can literally get a store up in running in a matter of minutes. Choose from pre-made template from bigcommerce.com or fully customize your own template by changing nearly every visual aspect of the site.
Shopify stores look nice and probably have some of the best free themes available to ecommerce merchants. It is easy to use and get up and running quickly. This makes for a good cart for people who only need to sell a few products where presentation is key and budget does not allow for custom design. The pricing on Shopify is a bit deceptive though, so be careful. They have monthly plans in which they charge you a percentage of your transactions. Not cool! You already need to pay for transaction fees with your credit card company.
Volusion has been around for ages and you can definitely feel the antique vibe when looking at their templates. They are probably the worst of the worst as far as aesthetically pleasing site designs go. Seriously. They are still using nested tables for their designs for crying out loud. If you can think back to mid 90's geocities days then you have an idea of what Volusion's offerings of templates look like. Utter trash and they shouldn't even promote that they offer 100 or whatever number of free templates they offer.
OSCommerce is almost synonymous with ecommerce as it has been around since 2000. They are like the pioneers of internet commerce. The concept seems great; an open source, free shopping cart software that is continually updated and maintained by a community of programmers. For a time this was an excellent way to offer an online shopping cart. But times have changed since 2000 and OS commerce seems to be stuck in a time warp.
3d Cart has been around a long time, since about 2001 they have been making their cart available for consumers. It has a lot to offer for customers and is priced comparatively to the rest of the market. A few things to highlight just by going to their site and checking things out is that 3d cart looks like an attractive solution. They have numerous templates, while not great are not as terrible looking as Volusions' and they offer some "premium" templates for around $200, which are decent enough.
It looks like Amazon is flexing its branding might into the ecommerce shopping cart site business now with its new Amazon Webstore. The webstore platform is set up to be an integrated shopping cart solution such as Shopify or Big Commerce, except that you need to pretty much rely on Amazon for everything, including payment gateways and security solutions. I have a feeling this is not going to turn out well for business entrepreneurs, but let’s see...
We have found Drupal to be one of the most SEO friendly platforms available for SEO. So how does it this SEO friendly platform do when it comes to ecommerce? We’re going to have to explore this module and see how well it does compared to dedicated ecommerce solutions such as big commerce and magento.
The Drupal module Ubercart is hailed as the best ecommerce platform on Drupal. This was definitely true in Drupal 6, but now in Drupal 7 there is another contender called Drupal Commerce. So how does Ubercart hold up? I guess it all depends on your specific needs, resources and energy devoted to creating your ecommerce shopping cart. We’ll explore further into the ins and outs of Ubercart and see how good this cart is for storeowners.