The Goods on the best shopping cart:
I know you are all here for one primary reason: to find out what the best shopping cart is! Well without further delay, here is the list as it stands now:
- BigCommerce – Extremely easy setup, full design customization, rapid dev, best SEO, great support in Austin
- Magento CE – Fully programming access, stable core, good plugins
- Shopify – Overpriced, lesser version of BigCommerce
- Volusion – Getting better, but important features are still lacking
- ZenCart – Full of security holes, but you can custom program anything
- NetSuite – Massively overpriced
- Magento Go – New platform. You can’t custom design it very well yet.
- 3D Cart – Hokey at best
- Yahoo Merchant – Bad solution that locks you into their platform
- X-Cart – Overpriced, underdelivers on features & integrations
- Prostores – who? 😉 Don’t waste your time even clicking that link.
- WordPress plugins/ customizations
Who am I to recommend a shopping cart platform?
I am a web designer & developer who owns a company of 16 full time designers & programmers who focus almost exclusively on ecommerce shopping cart development and marketing. In the last six months my company, Coalition Technologies, has built over 140 ecommerce shopping carts on a wide variety of platforms. We have built sites on BigCommerce, Magento, ZenCart, Magento Go, Shopify, NOPCommerce, NetSuite, OSCommerce, OpenCart, Amazon Webstore, Yahoo Store, WordPress as well as completely custom programmed shopping carts.
Coalition is a certified Google partner, certified Magento Go Partner, certified Shopify partner, and certified BigCommerce partner.
Coalition does high end web design & search engine optimization work for ecommerce sites ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies with tens of millions of dollars in monthly revenue.
Why did I choose to publish a full ecommerce review?
My primary goal is to help save everyone out there researching what platform they want to use a LOT of HEARTACHE & PAIN that I have had to go through. In order to accomulate the knowledge and experience you see below in this post, I had to build dozens of websites on shoddy platforms that made my life not very fun. My own ecommerce website, Digital Auto Gauges, has languished on ZenCart, OScommerce, and Shopify before I brought it to BigCommerce.
I also want to encourage weak shopping cart platforms to get better quickly. We primarily develop on BigCommerce and Magento, but it would be great if some new competitors came along or other players stepped up their game.
Shopify Vs BigCommerce Vs Magento
I will start my analysis with a direct comparison of the three best shopping cart competitors. BigCommerce and Shopify are hosted solutions, meaning that they provide hosting & SSL certificates themselves. Magento CE is just a software download that you can install on any hosting environment of your choice.
What is the best shopping cart? BIGCOMMERCE
Do you need a great web designer/developer for your shopping cart?
Call my team and I at Coalition Technologies at 888.800.9101. We have a 90 day guarantee after your website goes live that anything that is broken (and within scope) will be fixed by us for free. Our team has extensive experience in driving traffic to ecommerce sites through SEO, PR and other online marketing work and can make sure that not only is your website built extremely well, but it will drive traffic & convert visitors into sales.
A few of Coalition’s recent ecommerce website designs: