Comparing eCommerce – Finding the Best Shopping Cart

This is a comparison of eCommerce Shopping Cart software to help you decide which one is best for you. At this time we are evaluating 5 different shopping carts and will be adding more in the future. Please note that although vendors of shopping cart software will sometimes indicate some features are available it is also difficult to integrate the features or customize them to your liking. Our statements below do not reflect the vendor statements where we find that these features are difficult to integrate and customize.

For purposes of this comparison, we are comparing the   mid level tier of each system, roughly $50-80 per month for approximately 1000 product and more.

Here are the carts we are comparing:

FEATURE
  • Price
  • SEO GRADE 1-10
  • Products
  • Fees
  •  TEMPLATES
  • Multiple Images
  • Scripts Allowed
  • Blog Ability
  • Contact Form?
  • Shopping Feeds
  • Ebay Integrated
  • Large Ecoms
  • Bandwidth
  • Year STARTED
  • Developer level
Big Commerce
  • 79.95
  •  9
  • 1000
  • NO
  • 125+
  • Yes
  • Offsite
  • Yes
  •  Module
  • Basic

Miva
  • 49.95
  •  9
  • unlimited
  • no
  • 15+
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Module
  • Module
  • NO
  • Yes
  • 10GB
  • 1999
  • Advanced

Shopify
  • 59.95
  •  9
  • 2500
  • no
  • 150+
  • Yes
  • Unlimited
  • 2006
  • Intermediate

Volusion
  • 65.
  •  9
  • 1000
  • no
  • 350+
  • Yes
  • 5GB
  • 1999
  • Intermediate

ProStores
  • 49.95
  •  5
  • 5000
  • .05%
  • 100+
  • Yes
  • No
  • Offsite
  • NO
  • Yes
  • Yes
  •  Upgrade
  • 50GB
  • 2009
  • Basic

These shopping cart reviews are basically done from our experience with hundreds of retailers who use them. While you can find additional cart reviews around the internet, you’ll find that most of them are slanted according to the amount of “affiliate revenue” being earned by the reviewers. When you go to use new shopping cart software, you’ll want to look at the longer term, up to 2-3 years for most people before you start dismantling or upgrading to a new shopping cart.