Shopping Cart Comparison

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the features of each cart, however we’ve included the features most often used and requested by our clients. Each cart system is unique and have pros and cons, hopefully this will help you decide what’s best for you.

shopify ecommerce
3dcart platinum design partner
bigcommerce reseller
Shopify3dcartBigcommerceVolusion
Our rating of their supportAB-AB+
Free Trial AvailableYesYesYesYes
Pricing (per month)$14 - $179$19.99 - $129.99$29.99 - Custom$15 - $135
Setup feesNoNoNoNo
Transaction feesYes, (0.5% to 2% depending on plan), UNLESS you use Shopify Payments then there's no transaction fee.No, not on any plan.1.5% on starter plan, but none on the higher ones.No, not on any plan.
Responsive YesYesYesYes
Slideshow builderYesYesYesYes
Mobile CommerceYesYesYesYes
Bonus advertising creditsYesYesYesYes
Disk space/storage1GB - UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Bandwidth (low & high plans)1GB - unlimited2GB - 45GBUnlimited, but limits # of API calls1GB - 35GB
Email hostingNoYesYesYes
Product limitUnlimited200 for low plan up to unlimitedUnlimited100 for low plan up to unlimited
Gift RegistryAvailable for extra cost in an appYesAvailable for extra cost in an appNo, must manually integrate Wishpot.com
Wish ListAvailable for extra cost in an appYesAvailable for extra cost in an appYes
Built-in blogYesYesYesNo
Gift cards/certificatesNot on low planYesYesYes
# of payment gateways60+140+35+30+
Advanced reportsOnly on high planYesYes
Loyalty rewards programAvailable for extra cost in an appYesNot on low planYes
Customer reviewsYesYesYesYes
Affiliate programAvailable for extra cost in an appYesAvailable for extra cost in an appNo
Daily dealsNoYesNoNo
# of email accountsNone10 to unlimitedUnlimited2
SSL secured checkoutFree shared SSL, optional paid SSLFree shared SSL, optional paid SSLFree shared SSL, optional paid SSLCosts extra
Fraud scoreYesYesNoNo

Shopping Cart Reviews:

Shopify is very simple and easy to use, but it does not have as many built-in features as 3dcart. But it has a much better app store to purchase more features, as well as a POS system for those with online and brick-and-mortar stores. Because a lot of features are available as apps and not built-in, your monthly costs can go up quickly because each app typically has a monthly fee associated with it - on top of your base monthly fee. They also have transaction fees if you don’t use their payment gateway, but only on their lowest plan. Shopify is used by many very large companies and has excellent support. Overall, we like working with Shopify the best.

3dcart is easy to use and has a lot of features that usually cost extra on the other cart systems. Things like gift registry, wish list, rewards program, and more are standard in 3dcart whereas they could cost anywhere from $5-$30 each per month using an app on the other cart systems. 3dcart does have an app store, but it’s for more specialized features that typical stores wouldn’t need. One downside is their plan limits for bandwidth and number of products. The number of products usually isn’t an issue for our clients, but stores that eventually become very busy will usually end up on their highest plan due to bandwidth usage. 3dcart’s support is just “ok”, though.

Bigcommerce has an easy to use admin, as well as an extensive app store for extra functionality, however apps usually cost extra. It’s a good system and has a nice product page layout. One thing we don’t like about Bigcommerce is the transaction fee on the first plan. You would need to go up to their $79.95/mo plan to avoid these fees but when your store eventually gets very busy, you’ll be on that plan anyway. One thing about Bigcommerce is they don’t have bandwidth limits. They a limit on API calls instead, but I am honestly not sure how that translates to actual stores for clients like ours. We haven’t had any clients go over due to API calls so far.

As for Volusion, we used to really dislike Volusion’s admin, however they’ve recently made big improvements. It’s still not as nice and intuitive as the others, but much better. Their design for product, category, checkout, etc. are also greatly improved. We’ve never been a fan, but Volusion is getting better. The options in the admin are still a little convoluted and they don’t have as many default features as 3dcart.

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