The 24 Best Shopping Cart Solutions for Your Business [Infographic]

by 165 05/17/2013

Building a website doesn’t automatically give you an online business. Whether you sell a product or service, your website needs to generate income.

Which means you likely need an eCommerce solution that works for your business model and needs.

How do you decide which one is right for you? Start by reviewing this list of the top 24 shopping cart solutions.

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And now, for your linking pleasure, here are those services again (with some excerpts from their sales copy)…


Fully loaded with over 50 features, Content Shelf has everything needed to sell and deliver digital products.


Create a website store with all the bells and whistles.

  • 100+ professional themes + mobile themes
  • Or design a custom store
  • CMS + blogging platform
  • Social sharing


Website, store and hosting combined:

  • All-in-one ecommerce solution
  • Mobile and Facebook store included
  • Average 3x more online sales

  • Great designs
  • Built-in set-up wizard
  • Email marketing + analytics


All-in-one eCommerce solution

  • Fully customizable storefront design
  • Online product catalogs
  • Upsell and autoresponder features

CS cart

Fully customizable eCommerce platform for medium-sized businesses:

  • More than 70 payment gateways
  • Build-in affiliate program
  • On-page checkout

WP eStore

A lightweight shopping cart plugin that integrates with membership and affiliate plugins to give you advanced features without a tech guy by your side.

  • No monthly fees. You buy it, you own it
  • Elegant product display
  • Detailed training videos and support

King Cart

TURN-KEY solution to your e-commerce needs – featuring Domain Name registration, Page/Site Hosting, Merchant Account, Gateway and Shopping Cart in one complete package. Cost depends on your sales.

Shopping Cart Elite

Shopping Cart Elite allows you to push your products in various marketplaces including eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and many others. It uses your existing product database and allows you to create templates that resemble your product page.


With this e-commerce software and intuitive interface, you can have a store online in 15 minutes. Your online store won’t outgrow our shopping cart, and you will not need expensive add-ons in order to have a fully functioning store.

Tomato Cart

TomatoCart is open source ecommerce solution developed and maintained by a number of 64,000+ users from 50+ countries and regions. It’s free to download and share.


Offers flexible, feature-rich solutions that address a wide range of business sizes, needs and budgets.

OS Commerce

Provides you the tools to set up your very own complete and self-hosted online store website for free.


Free, fully scalable, open-source ecommerce solution. Offers enhanced features, higher speed, and an easy-to-manage back office.

Zen Cart

Zen Cart® is a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software. The ecommerce web site design program is being developed by a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think ecommerce web design could be and should be done differently.


OpenCart is feature-rich, easy to use, search-engine friendly, with a visually appealing interface.

  • Unlimited Categories and products
  • Multi Currency/Language
  • Product Reviews/Ratings
  • Templatable
  • Automatic Image Resize
  • 20+ Payment Gateways
  • 8+ Shipping Methods


Spree is a 100% open source e-commerce platform powered by the popular Ruby on Rails framework. It was designed to make customization and upgrades as simple as possible.

Lite Commerce

  • Free, open-source e-commerce solution (OSL 3.0)
  • Can work like a Drupal 7 module and as a stand-alone web application
  • Pre-built Ecommerce CMS package installing both LiteCommerce and Drupal
  • Clean and smooth user interface with AJAX enhancements
  • Quick and easy one-page checkout
  • Highly customizable modular architecture with the automatic upgrade function
  • Code optimized for high performance


Right out of the box you can use this WP e-Commerce Plugin to make a beautiful online shop.

  • Multi-tier pricing for quantity discounts.
  • Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • 100% customizable
  • One-page checkout


ShopperPress is a Premium WordPress theme that transform WordPress into a fully functionality online store with shopping cart functionality.

Fat Free Cart

FatFreeCart is a free shopping cart developed by the team behind E-junkie shopping cart. It works inside your website or blog and will even work from your MySpace page. It is simply a copy-paste cart and does not require you to register with us or install anything.


Everything you need — CRM, e-commerce, social media and email marketing — in a single, powerful system that automatically converts leads into new customers and grows sales from existing ones.

3d Cart

Easily build, edit, and maintain your online shop, and collect orders without any programming or HTML knowledge.

  • Pick a template or customize
  •  Upload your logo
  •  Upload your product images
  • Add descriptions & pricing


One of the fastest checkouts available. Its unique and innovative checkout is fast, conversion optimized, and profitable. Get reduced time to market, lower implementation costs, lower long-term costs.

You know you have a good eCommerce site when…

…it generates:

  1. More trust
  2. Repeat customers
  3. Higher conversions
  4. More engaged users
  5. Higher search engine ranks
  6. Word of mouth

Do you agree with our list? What have we left out? Add your favorites in the comments below.


Kathryn Aragon is editor of The Daily Egg, and offers advanced training for content marketers at Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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Great article and graphic.I’ve been trying to find a good solution to tigh into word press and I’ve been working with Woocommerce lately and like what I see. THere’s lot’s of documentation. has a full tutorial and it seems to be very rich in features. Did you review this wordpress plug-in solution? I would be interested in any feedback for WP solutions.

May 18, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Paul. I’ve used ContentShelf and WP eStore and can recommend them both. ContentShelf lets you build an online store, complete with its own URL, but you can link to it from your own website. It’s really professional lookings. WP eStore is a plugin that you install on your WP website–and it coordinates with affiliate and membership plugins to give you a really nice solution without monthly fees. I like the way it shows off my products, but without an SSL certification, you’ll have some challenges. (Nothing you can’t work around, but challenges nonetheless.)

    May 18, 2013 Reply


      Thanks Kathryn, I’ll take a look at them.

      May 19, 2013 Reply


    I have my online store with shopify, what I like most is that the platform is very easy to use and also the have payment plans that allow me to grow with my business, when I was selling 20 products I did pay less, and the when the business was growing I start to pay more, but my store was doing much better. I started for free i share you the link, click it or copy and paste it in your browser:

    May 24, 2014 Reply


Fantastic infographic comparing all the basic features of the major E-commerce solutions.

But there is one glaring ommision. What happened to “big commerce”?

It is one of the most user friendly and powerful platforms. With great support too. Would have thought it would have got a mention.

June 9, 2013 Reply


Hi, Try Zeuscart Advanced Open Source Shopping Cart Software to create your store.

June 24, 2013 Reply


Great post Kathryn. I was looking to implement a cart with a site I’m working on and found this graphic gave a nice, easy to follow way of understanding all my options. That said, I’m going with WordPress :)

July 17, 2013 Reply


Hi Kathryn,

Great infographic. One to add to the list is Cashie Commerce ( Full disclosure is that I am a member of the Cashie Commerce team. We help small businesses easily sell on their blogs or websites, a good portion of which are using our WP plugin. They can also quickly setup storefronts on Facebook and mobile devices.

July 18, 2013 Reply


Hi Kathryn,
If I already have a website but just want to add a small cart for a few products, can you please recommend a shopping cart that can allow me to use my current website layout? I am looking at Paypal but want to see other options available as Paypal has some restrictions in shipping method that Im trying to contact them but no one has replied me. Thank u

July 27, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Winny. I use WP eStore and love it. Before that, I used Content Shelf. Content Shelf is primarily digital products, but they offer a really attractive online store for a small monthly fee. WP eStore is a one-time purchase and integrates really well with your existing website layout and email provider. I set it up in just one afternoon–and use PayPal as my payment processor on it. Check it out. I think you’ll like it.

    July 27, 2013 Reply


Don’t forget nopCommerce e-commerce solution. We provide design for nopCommerce stores, very easy to manage also has multi-store feature and Open Source nopCommerce themes

August 4, 2013 Reply

    CJ Rhoads

    I was considering nopCommerce, but my hoster (GoDaddy) had it marked as incompatible? Does anyone know why?

    August 8, 2013 Reply


      nopCommerce requires good hosting resources, VPS is the best choise.
      I think if you are in e-commerce, you must have a min. good hosting provider. Godaddy for light weight sites only. nopCommerce has everything you need to get started in selling physical and digital goods over the internet. nopCommerce offers unprecedented flexibility and control. You can see a demo store based on our nopCommerce photo video theme

      September 24, 2013 Reply

Jan Brown

CS-Cart 4 is really the best one out there. It has some really cool new features like relatime theme editing. So you can easily change colors/images/fonts and other style elements of your site without any programming skills. Another one is speed. I have more than 15000 products in my store and it is really fast. I bought my licence from:

August 22, 2013 Reply

Jimmy W

I am consulting for a B2B distributor in Taiwan, which is looking to launch a shopping cart to help with their retailers to efficiently place their wholesale orders online.

Link to an example we are working on:

Which e-commerce solution do you recommend: help link the Orange (add to cart button) to a reliable shipping cart. Is it better to add a shopping cart solution to link to or create product pages within the whole new e-commerce store like Volusion / Yahoo Store? One requirement i will also need is to make sure the page load times will be fast for customers based in Asia. Thank you in advance for your help.

September 9, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Good questions, Jimmy. Since your client sells physical products, you need to take that into consideration when selecting your shopping cart. I chose WP eStore for my personal website because it is a one-time purchase, not a monthly payment. It’s easy to use and looks very professional.

    Here at Crazy Egg, we also love anything by MPMU Dev or Woo. You might consider Woo Commerce or MarketPress eCommerce.

    I like having a product page for each product, where you can give a detailed description of the product. But I also like giving people a choice as to whether they view it or not. I set mine up like this: The product name and image both link to the product page. The Buy Now button links directly to the shopping cart.

    September 9, 2013 Reply


How optimizely we are using the resources are matter!. There are many ideas but it comes true only when you start and wait patiently.There are thousands of open source applications available in Internet. just need to find the suitable one for your business or services.

September 16, 2013 Reply

Shopping Cart Software Solution

Thanks for great Post !!!

September 24, 2013 Reply


Interesting article !!
Visit there is an impressive comparison between major E-Commerce Platforms which I found very interesting and helpful.

Thanks for sharing post and keep posting !! :)

September 25, 2013 Reply

Clint Box

This is a very useful post… I wonder, do you know of an open source shopping cart that allows users to sell their own goods on your website? I’m currently testing Zen Cart but I’m finding there are a few features that I can not find… a user/reseller feature is just one…

Also, would said cart have the ability to filter manufacturer, price, category in a side-box style?

September 30, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Wow. Good question. Wish I could help, but I’ve never used the open source shopping carts, so I’d lead you wrong. Readers? Does anyone else have a recommendation?

    September 30, 2013 Reply

Robert zomi

Integrate Magento e Commerce to make your eCommerce website more powerful and manage your online shopping cart more easily.

October 2, 2013 Reply

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Thank you for sharing

October 5, 2013 Reply


Hey Kathryn! This was a really helpful article. I’m currently researching to figure out what shopping cart is best for my website. I am new to building websites, and am using the Adobe Muse to build the site (without coding) and their Business Catalyst hosting platform. My site is kind ocompleted the design, but am having trouble figuring out which ecommerce shopping cart to pick from. I would prefer a free one. I also need to use the cart to either create an invoice for another part of the business that can be emailed to clients that is secure or I need a way that a client can insert the amount they need to pay in almost a “donation-type” set up. Do you have any suggestions in what might be the best shopping cart to choose? I was looking at using as the credit card processor. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

October 17, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Penny! I’ve used ContentShelf, which is easy to use and attractive, and gives you a professional shopping cart at a reasonable monthly price. Recently, I moved to WP eStore. It’s a one-time purchase price and offers some nice functionality. Both are really good options. I’ve also used AuthorizeNet with PowerPay. Great option, if you need credit card functionality. Good luck!

    October 17, 2013 Reply


Recently I like AbanteCart because of the code it outputs and it has so many great features. It has great UI, rather secure with a fantastic layout. Also installation of extensions is very easy.
I also tried CS-Cart. It is easy to set up and manage it. There are much more features in comparing with other shopping carts.

October 22, 2013 Reply

Tim Lopezz

Great write up Kathryn! I am surprized you missed Abantecart. It is voted #4 on for ecommerce apps and I see good review in many other shopping cart review sites.
With all respect to pionnier oscommerce, Abnatecart is better than some other that made to this list. Not only my opinion :)

October 22, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks, Tim. I didn’t weed out candidates for this list. In all honesty, I’ve never heard of Abnetecart. But I appreciate the lead. I’ll have to check it out.

    October 22, 2013 Reply

Kata OS

I start working with AbanteCart. I needed to import the data from osCommerce to the cart. I found good and quick tech support on the forum. So I can set up pages and blocks very easily and manage each product separately. I wish for more extensions, but I see they are adding them. Everything work well. Thank you for advice, John!

October 23, 2013 Reply

Jeff Fleisher

I’m a small startup company that sells one-of-a-kind woodworking tools and I currently use osCommerce as my store. It has a very powerful backend for handling inventory, taxes, shipping, etc but I’m disappointed in the front-end display of inventory. I’m looking for a replacement. My inventory is such that each tool in unique so when purchased it needs to disappear from the display of available products. I’d also like to make it easy for someone to see all products in a grid format which I cannot do in osCommerce. Since I’m a startup a free package would be nice. Any suggestions?

November 2, 2013 Reply

    Clint Box

    After my initial comment, I downloaded and started testing with OpenCart. It’s free, easy to install, and the interface is pretty nice. Also, template management seems to be pretty easy. I tested OS Commerce many years ago so you’ll probably find OpenCart a little nicer. Just my opinion… Anyway, it’s worth trying.

    November 2, 2013 Reply


Opencart is good, but I choose Abantecart over it. I think Abnatecart has more to offer. Oscommerce should go to history books.

November 11, 2013 Reply


    Ken, what kind of things can Abantecart do that can’t be done with Opencart, or would be more difficult with Opencart? I’m just curious because I’ve been testing Opencart and if there is a better “free” solution then I’m all for testing that solution too. And thanks for mentioning Abantecart because I had not heard of it…

    November 23, 2013 Reply


      Clint, Abantecart can do more. It is also free and more fun to use. I like UI, extensions and features that are not present in Opencart. like language translation handling or convenient search of anything in the admin. Just install and try. No harm with tring, right?

      December 9, 2013 Reply


We use PrestaShop to build online stores for our customers and find it providing nice solution for both developer and end user point of view.

December 12, 2013 Reply

samiul is an easy to use service for selling and promoting digital content. Music, photos, eBooks, apps, games, anything! If it can be downloaded, you can sell it.

January 11, 2014 Reply


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January 22, 2014 Reply


Hi Kathryn,

Fantastic infographic, some really great shopping carts included in the list. One which you have missed which is quite popular accrss the glob is Ashop Commerce we offer a highly cost effective shopping cart solution for business –

But overall thanks for putting the list together, I hope we can feature on the next one =)


February 6, 2014 Reply


Hi Kathryn, When its time to refresh your infograph, please give us a test drive at We believe you will love what you see and experience as we are “Making Online Businesses Click!”

All our best for your success,


February 6, 2014 Reply


i made my store on interspire and i am glad to use this worthy shopping cart. Thanks

February 8, 2014 Reply

Chris Bridges

Hi Kathryn,
Im very frustrated, maybe you can help shed some light. I have spent days reading review after review of many (there are sooo many) ecommerce platforms and so far am still at square one. I have read many articles by many reviewers, such as yours, and am still left feeling that we have not heard the real story about some of the more popular ecommerce platforms.
I continually see negative comments from e-store owners regarding hidden fees, poor customer service and resolution, website downtime, etc.. from platforms such as Big Commerce, Volution, Shopify, 3DCart, to name a few.
So I do my due diligence and call these companies up and they all deny these problems exist.
So I ask, who do I trust? Do I have to spend thousands of dollars and countless frustrated hours on hold to find out who NOT to sign up with? The information available suggest two extremes – reviewers that paint a pretty picure of these companies while any negative reviews come from customers who have actually used them and are steaming mad.
While it’s true that many of these platforms offer a free trial, usually a 2 week trial. Why would I spent a week, or more, setting up the website when it takes weeks to really see how it performs? How do we get an honest review of a platform, and Im not talking about features, Im talking performance. Can you offer any insight? Im sure many people would find this helpful.

February 13, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hey Chris. You make a good point. The idea of a trial ecommerce platform is almost ridiculous since you have to set it up and sell some products before you can know if it works. I’ve heard good things about Infusionsoft–if you have a big budget. I’ve used Content Shelf and WP eStore. Each has good points, but I love the way Content Shelf looks and the usability is terrific. It also does a good job of upselling the customer. WP eStore is a little more clunky for my customers, but I like the eCommerce page it puts on my website. As for service and support, I’ve never had anything that needed more than a phone call or email and I’ve always received the help I needed. I know it’s a pain to try something, but at some point you’ll have to jump into the deep water. I recommend picking the one that seems closest to what you need (features and support) and giving it a try. But not a trial. Give it time to see how it works. If, after a year, it isn’t working, you can try something else. Good luck!

    February 13, 2014 Reply


      Hi Kathryn,

      You really provide a great list here. I have decided to go with WP eStore and will be launching my store this month. I note that you say that it is a bit clunky. I was wondering if you could explain what you mean by this.

      March 13, 2014 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Great choice, Carthage. The interface behind the scenes is very basic–nothing fancy. The product descriptions on my website look fantastic–but the shopping cart is still pretty basic. I used another shopping cart that was beautiful at every touch point. But with WP eStore, there’s no monthly charge. Have to admit, I like that.

        March 13, 2014 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Great choice, Carthage. WP eStore doesn’t have the sleek user interface behind the scenes, and the shopping cart is a bit basic, but otherwise, it works great. And with no monthly fee, which is a definite plus.

        March 13, 2014 Reply



          Thanks for the response. I chose eStore because of the one time fee, it appears to do everything I need to do at the moment and they seem to offer good support. I have had all of my pre-sale questions answered promptly.

          Unfortunately, the tax rules for online sales change in EU next year and I will need a cart capable of handling all of the different tax rates. WP eStore will not be able to do this so i will have to consider another option for that. I think I will go with Opencart at that stage. While eStore is working for me, I will be able to build and test Opencart on a subdomain and have it ready for action by the end of the year.

          March 13, 2014

          Kathryn Aragon

          So glad you figured that out before buying! Good luck with Opencart. Let us know how it works for you.

          March 13, 2014

Stella Maris

Nice blog. Thanks for sharing this with me.

February 17, 2014 Reply


That’s really great information for us to compare different shopping cart system :-)
I try using opencart for my web store and really user friendly.
Most of the store information can be manage from the admin by click, click, click haha

March 3, 2014 Reply


Hi Kathryn what a nice useful blog especially for people out there who just start to build their own business i think most of the mentioned shopping cart they have all good product to offer the question is which one will suits your need as a rockie in this fields i trust Opencart to handle all the necessary needs of our business, feautures are great and the main point is its easy to use so less pressure on me so i recommed Opencart for all the people outhere who need less stress to their everyday life when they deal to their business.

March 4, 2014 Reply


PCI Compliance is the most important factor yet it is never mentioned.
A hosted PCI Compliant solution which reduces the scope of compliance to a minimum is the only sane choice when choosing a solution for smaller business. Be sure and understand PCI compliance and your payment/merchant flow and processes, and SAQ requirements etc when choosing. The penalties and fines as a result of a breach of your entity, site, cart, gateway, methods etc. will wipe out most small businesses. End of Game.

March 11, 2014 Reply


Hey Kathryn,

Awesome infographic!

I’ve tried quite a few on that list. One more you might want to consider is

It’s a shopping cart similar to Shopify, Bigcommerce or Volusion, but it also has a marketplace where online stores can sell their products – it’s an alternative to eBay or Amazon in that respect.

Great list though, hopefully you include Ashop on your next one!


March 11, 2014 Reply

Krishnakumar K A

Thanks for the info. Thanks for all comments also, coz many solutions are shared here. Another plus point Author is patiently replying to everyone :). I am using AbanteCart another open source cart solutions.

March 22, 2014 Reply


Thank you for the info. Anyone know if any of the mentioned systems herein can use points, rather than direct sales? I’m looking for an ecommerce system whereby users can purchase points. Then use those points to download digital products, something like what iStock photo uses.

March 23, 2014 Reply


Hi, here you can find Joomla Ecommerce Comparision, maybe it could help you:

April 2, 2014 Reply


First of all thanks for share.your blog is amazing and unique also..

April 3, 2014 Reply

Josh Jones

I really like the article and as a shopping cart developer of the WP EasyCart system, would love to be included in any 2014 reviews you do of online shopping cart systems. As WordPress really is growing as a web platform, so are the tools to sell online.

We make a low cost shopping cart plugin that offers live payment gateways, live shipping calculators, subscription services, and a lot of really powerful features that may be much easier for beginning customers who have existing WordPress style blogs and sites.

I see a few WP based shopping carts here in the review, but would love to be included if you do any revisions or a 2014 based review.


April 4, 2014 Reply

Mrs Fields

hi there seems Opencart promising a lot now a days i choose Opencart beccause the code it outputs and it has so many great features has wide range of benifits they have very flexible E commerce flatforms is good for the small business for the user like me who can’t afford its express features.

April 8, 2014 Reply


Abantecart is the best , i like its system , its easy to use and manage and better than opencard , i really love it :) and wish more themes for it <3

April 13, 2014 Reply


    Nagwa, glad you like it. Thanks for the feedback and for reading :)

    April 13, 2014 Reply

Karen Little

Add Cart32 to your list. It has been around for several years and appears very reputable.

April 14, 2014 Reply

Alex S.

Awesome infographic! With so many e-commerce platform builders out there, this article really helps the average business owner compare a few of the big ones out there. What are your thoughts on I’ve been using them for a year now after I made the switch from Prestashop and love it. It was really easy to set up when I switched over and have not had any issue with it so far!

April 30, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks, Alex! I’ve never used Ecwid, but I love the look and feel of it. Your thumbs-up goes a long way. Thanks for sharing.

    April 30, 2014 Reply


Your way of presentation about Shopping cart solutions is much good. Infographics is chanceless. Good innovative design delivered from you.

May 5, 2014 Reply


Good infographic. Thanks Kathryn!

I’ve used Volution before and like it. I’m currently using Shopify and love the simplicity and clean design. Both good systems and companies to deal with.

I’d advise people to stay away from Shopping Cart Elite. I tried them at one point and the system itself was decent. However, the company is not one I felt comfortable working with. Lots of big get rich quick promises and high pressure sales techniques. The whole thing felt spammy. In fact, they continue to spam my e-mail more than a year later (even though I’ve unsubscribed on more than one occasion). Each time it’s from a new domain (I’ve gotten seven in the last 48 hours) sent through Amazon SES. I assume they have to keep jumping from domain to domain like other spammers because the complaint rate is so high. So on that note – I’d warn others to NOT give them your e-mail address.

Lots of other good options out there though!

May 16, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Great tips, David! thanks for sharing your experiences. :)

    May 16, 2014 Reply


    David, glad we could help. Thanks for reading through :)

    May 18, 2014 Reply

Kylie Hines

Wow, thanks Kathryn for the infographic, I had no idea there were so many options for shopping cart software out there – and I actually ended up with a service that you don’t even list!

It’s called Ashop – I think they’re based in Australia. Have you come across it before?

May 27, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    No, I haven’t, Kylie. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the tip.

    May 27, 2014 Reply


Hi Kathryn. Appreciate the infographic. Not sure if you have ever tried or heard of LemonStand before. I use it for my eCommerce projects. Cheers!

June 5, 2014 Reply


    Alicia, thanks for the feedback. I haven’t heard of it but I am sure Kathryn has :)

    June 6, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks for the tip, Alicia. I hadn’t heard of LemonStand, but it looks like it’s worth exploring. Have a nice weekend!

    June 6, 2014 Reply


I use Bigcommerce and very happy with it.
My store was with OSCommerce but I do not prefer it because too many time in programming and technical things, rather than marketing.
With hosted solution, I can focus on selling. :)

June 9, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    That’s a good point, May. Sometimes the extra cost of a hosted solution frees us to do the things that make more money and more than pays for the solution. Thanks for your input.

    June 10, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    May, awesome! thanks for the feedback :)

    June 10, 2014 Reply

Kathryn Aragon

GC, all of the shopping carts listed here are trustworthy, and many of them offer a free trial. I’d pick 2 or 3 that seem like the best fit and give them a try. Good luck!

June 12, 2014 Reply


I need to speak with people and none of these companies listed answer their phones nor e-mail me back…I need a shopping cart for my website please tell me which one of these companies will asnwer me back.. I can’t believe the top 5 companies never answer their phones..

June 12, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    GC, they get so much volume but that’s definitely not an excuse.

    June 12, 2014 Reply


I believe in using open source shopping cart programs because they are free and easy to customize. I love Zen Cart. OSCommerce is ok but Zen Cart is more intuitive. If you are WordPress user you can use WooCommerce, but it is very basic so you will end up buying more plug-ins.

June 20, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Great input, Anita! I’ve never tried to set up an open source shopping cart, so it’s good to hear from someone who has.

    June 20, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Anita, thanks for the share. Great insights :)

    June 22, 2014 Reply

Bree Cairo

Really Great Post.
Thanks for the detailed Infographics.
I’ve created my online store with Shopio, what i like most is that the solution is easy to use and offers free plans that allow me to grow my business.
You should try Shopio:

June 28, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    I’m glad you like the infographic, Bree. Thanks for the tip about Shopio.

    June 29, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Bree, glad you liked it. Glad we could help :)

    June 29, 2014 Reply



We are looking for a shopping cart for our new website. We are selling digital products – membership site and downloads. We are looking for a shopping cart that’s easy to set up, allows upsells and has an excellent analytics system. Can you suggest any?

Many thanks

July 4, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi James. I sounds like Content Shelf would be a good option. Check them out. I think you’ll like them.

    July 4, 2014 Reply


Hey!!! Thanks for this informative infoghraphic. I have a shopping cart and I am moving it to prestashop. Thanks…

July 18, 2014 Reply


The best information in this post, i love this post to much. Thanks for the best infor!

July 31, 2014 Reply


Too many options to choose. think i have to try one by one to see which one suited for my need.

August 3, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    That’s the best plan. You only know what’s right for you by trying them yourself. Best of luck!

    August 3, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Iskander, glad you liked the post :)

    August 3, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Iskandar, let us know how it works out :)

    August 3, 2014 Reply


Hi Kathryn,

Thank you for this. The main thing I’m looking for is API access to import product information and also export orders into the our suppliers system. At the very least it should have the ability to easily upload products from a spreadsheet. This way is slight more time consuming, but not nearly as time consuming as having to add them all manually.

We will probably have about 15,000 products.

Do you have a recommendation for this?

Thank you

August 7, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Lori. I’m glad you found it useful. I don’t have a specific recommendation for you (sorry). Maybe one of our commenters will.

    August 7, 2014 Reply

Christine crook

Hi can anybody advise the best cart for listing products with multiple buying options ie different length chains and different options to add to the product to tailor make it to your specifiaction. I have paid for 2 carts already and the interface doesn’t seem to work or has glitches including loaded 7 and Ecwid.

Appreciate any advice…Thank you!.

August 9, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Christine, glad you found the article helpful. Appreciate the feedback :)

    August 10, 2014 Reply


Hello All,

Its an interesting infographic. I am looking for a low cost mobile cart solution. Something similar to Magento Cart where I can have an e-commerce website as well as an Android & iOS apps. Your support will be highly appreciated.



September 4, 2014 Reply



I’m completely new at this and have spent alot of time reading reveiws–wow, it seems to kleave me more confused…….lol! I want to sell physical products and digital , that can be instantly downloaded…”How To” ebooks etc. Do all shopping carts (were yo build your web page ) offer that capability or just some? I am also working with very little money. I already ha a domain name but no site yet. Thanks! Nancy

Also can some one explain to me what PCI, SAQ, API is? I don’t understand the lingo!

September 22, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Nancy. Welcome to digital marketing! Don’t worry about the lingo. You can set up without knowing what PCI, SAQ and API are. There are lots of great comments on this page about the different shopping cart options out there, but I lean toward ContentShelf for ebooks. It was designed for digital downloads, it’s easy, and it looks great. Plus, it’s one of your most affordable options.

    September 22, 2014 Reply

John Turner

I am using a quick shopping cart. I have been unable to use the data feed to import into Google merchant center as well as dod emall. I have been looking for the best option to replce my QSC.
The thought of starting from scratch again is a painful one. I would like the best approach to doing it right. Any help would be great. Glad I found your blog


September 27, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi John. A lot of people have been chiming in. Hopefully someone will have a tip for you.

    September 27, 2014 Reply



Excellent post but you forgot to mention it has social commerce (facebook commerce) built in feature features as well which is a must have for any website/store owner these days.

October 16, 2014 Reply

Chris Charette

Hi Kathryn,

Here is a submission for a different kind of shopping cart. BuySellFast is an up and coming mobile-only hosted ecommerce solution for smaller shops that don’t want to install, configure, or manage a big shopping cart. Each seller has their own storefront equipped with banner, policy documents, and products that are globally searchable. It has a social networking integration. More features are getting added each month. At the moment I see it being useful for boutiques or home-based business owners that have a tight network of loyal customers. Even if someone has a shopping cart, it’s another channel to cultivate sales. It’s virtually free ($1/yr) with a few up-sells (ad placements, and product notification to store followers). Visit our website for more info.

October 29, 2014 Reply

Shawn McAskill

Thanks For Sharing A Nice Information About Best Shopping Cart Solutions.From Now On Words I’m Also Try These Shopping Carts.

November 6, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    I’m glad you found it useful, Shawn. Let us know your favorites.

    November 6, 2014 Reply


Thanks for this blog. According to me the platform that is going to be integrated for the ecommerce site should be easy to use from the users end. An efficient ecommerce web designing company can help any business house to get higher conversions, high ranks in search engine result, more visitors, etc. Which open-source shopping cart software is the best for designing the store, according to you?

November 21, 2014 Reply


Hi everybody! First of all, I would like to appreciate the effort that you have put in making such an informative blog. I enjoyed this post of yours and I must say that every time I come back to your blog, I always have something new and informative to read. At the same time I would like to also add that is an e-commerce platform which offers a 30-day free trial for creating online stores. It’s fast and offers a host of attractive features.

December 1, 2014 Reply


I have a friend that’s looking to add something to his website to require a subscription or log in to gain access to the site’s features. Maybe even allow a trial period, but then later charge on a recurring basis until the service has been cancelled… preferably something that will be on his site as opposed to redirecting to a site with a subscription management service. Any suggestions?

December 30, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Your friend needs a membership plugin to do that–one that allows free memberships as well as paid. I recently tried MemberPress and was okay with it. I did have some trouble making the recurring payments work. Wishlist is another that I’ve heard good things about, but there are scads on the market. WPMU has one too, I think, though I haven’t tried it yet.

    December 30, 2014 Reply


Great collection! In my opinion Prestashop is the best platform, although there are a few emerging ones who deserve more attention. Great post, thanks for sharing

January 13, 2015 Reply


Our company sells websites, but they do not include shopping carts. If a customer who purchases a website from me wants to have a shooping cart, i.e., e-cig vapor store, what shopping cart vendor would you recommend that can be added to website via a link? Our customers are very cost concious.

January 14, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    David, it really depends on the type of product. For digital products, I recommend ContentShelf.

    January 14, 2015 Reply

    Neil Patel

    David, as Kathryn mentioned ContentShelf is a good product to use.

    January 14, 2015 Reply


This is a great collecion. Thank you for sharing

January 18, 2015 Reply

Tolet Bangladesh

what about magento

February 5, 2015 Reply

SEO Bangladesh

As fer as I know, now a days some people are using wordpress for ecommerce development.

February 7, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Yes, WordPress is the type of website. Ecommerce capabilities are added with plugins and coding. The key is to find the shopping cart that works best for your needs.

    February 7, 2015 Reply

Comedy Bangladesh

What could be better solution for TV artist if they want to sell their any stage show or event?

February 8, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    No sure I understand the question, but if you are selling seats at an event, your product is a ticket. You may be able to find a vendor that sells the tickets for you, like Eventbrite. Good luck!

    February 8, 2015 Reply


I Purchased a VPS with Opencart Installed from gkwebhosting company
They also customize Header and footer of opencart along with installation for just $3 Monthly

February 25, 2015 Reply


Do your readers a favor and remove SCE – Shopping Cart Ellite from your article and infographic.

SCE is a ripoff… plain and simple. After they have your money, you will rarely get good communication from them and you will never hear from Igor again.

They advertise features that do not exist, do not work, and/or have not yet been developed. Took over 30 days, just to get login credentials. Of course, the contract states you must dispute any charges to your credit card within 15 days of the charge.

System has countless bugs/errors. Days and even weeks to get answers from technical help. Project managers trying to use Skype to manage the project would reach out to see how things were going, yet previous questions remained unanswered.

Bottom line… several thousand dollars of investment lost with no way to get a refund short of a lawsuit.

Emails to Igor complaining about lack of service and misrepresentations went with a reply at all.
Stay clear of SCE also known as Shopping Cart Elite… a complete fraud.

February 28, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks for letting us know, Frank. It helps to hear customer reviews.

    March 1, 2015 Reply


Nice post Kathryn, I guess IdeaCart & Ubercart can also be added to this list. I have used it and they are also good.


March 14, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks for the info! It helps to have personal recommendations. :)

    March 14, 2015 Reply


A big thumbs up for BigCommerce, which is missing from this list. It’s easy to setup, they have great templates to pick from, and a good support team for answering questions when needing additional help.

April 6, 2015 Reply

Jim Tierney

A review of shopping carts for downloadable products would be valuable. We switched from Miva Merchant to PrestaShop. Miva was ‘ok’ for downloadable products, but was lacking in other areas (and jacked their price up). PrestaShop is awful unless you want to write your own module. The third party modules (Presto-chango) to patch up the weak downloadable support are expensive and aren’t all that good. Very disappointing. I suppose it’s fine for mp3s or something but for software with options, serial numbers and whatnot, it’s crap.

May 17, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Jim. For digital downloads, my favorite is ContentShelf. I’m not sure it it’s what you need, but it worked for me.

    May 18, 2015 Reply

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