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

by Kathryn Aragon

Last updated on February 18th, 2018

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.

The 24 Best Shopping Cart Solutions for Your Business

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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.



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Kathryn Aragon is the former editor of The Daily Egg. She's a content strategist, consultant, and author of The Business Blog Handbook. Learn more at Follow her on Twitter.


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  1. Anonymous says:
    July 2, 2016 at 2:48 am

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  2. Anirudh says:
    April 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Realy great Article awesome it is top most shopping cart solutions given by you. Keep on Going with this .Thank Q

  3. Paul says:
    April 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    It really bothers me that you guys would promote Shopping Cart Elite in this article. They are known for being the worst kind of spammers. My company gets emails from multiple different accounts every single day about their product. They have been banned from Reddit, and have had many of their accounts banned on Quora as well.

    Please don’t reward a company with shady business practices by promoting them on a respected site.

  4. Daljeet Kaur says:
    March 31, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for sharing this amazing list of top shopping cart solutions. All these eCommerce solutions are known for their unique features and audience. As you have shared your expert insights on these eCommerce platforms, I recommend you also check and review YoKart ecommerce solution that is specially developed for startups. It is hosted as well as self hosted solution. There are no additional plugins required to manage online store developed with the same.

  5. Christian says:
    December 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Kathrin, great overview of available shopping carts. What kind of shop would you recommend for photographers? The idea is to allow customers to view and donwload their pictures (password protected). It should also allow customers to order further products like framed pictures, etc.
    Do you have and idea?

  6. Jenny Brown says:
    September 21, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Check out Merchium. It is created and stored in the cloud. All you need to do is register for a free trial period. It is completely non-binding and you do not need to fill in your credit card information. If after the trial you choose to continue, you can choose from four different packages – including a free solution.

  7. adi says:
    June 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Thanks a lot of your solutions about shopping cart for online shop, but actually I use magento, opencart, prestashop, and wordpress to build my e-commerce.

    They are easy to use although we must be know about little and simple code. But, many plugins that we use.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      June 10, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Great selection, Adi. I’ve never used them, but they looked interesting.

  8. Jim Tierney says:
    May 17, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      May 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

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

  9. Dan says:
    April 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      April 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks for the addition, Dan.

  10. Shopsy says:
    March 14, 2015 at 3:07 am

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


    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      March 14, 2015 at 9:15 am

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

  11. Frank says:
    February 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      March 1, 2015 at 9:02 am

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

  12. yashraj says:
    February 25, 2015 at 1:28 am

    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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      February 25, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Nice tip, Yashraj. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Comedy Bangladesh says:
    February 8, 2015 at 8:11 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      February 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

      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!

  14. SEO Bangladesh says:
    February 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      February 7, 2015 at 9:57 am

      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.

  15. Tolet Bangladesh says:
    February 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    what about magento

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      February 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Tolet. Good one.

  16. Duno says:
    January 18, 2015 at 5:34 am

    This is a great collecion. Thank you for sharing

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      January 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

      You’re welcome, Duno. Glad you found it helpful.

    • Neil Patel says:
      January 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Duno, glad you found it helpful.

  17. David says:
    January 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      January 14, 2015 at 8:45 am

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

    • Neil Patel says:
      January 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

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

  18. Alexis says:
    January 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      January 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks, Alexis. Appreciate the feedback.

  19. Clint says:
    December 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    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?

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      December 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      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.

      • Clint says:
        December 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

        What are scads?

        • Kathryn Aragon says:
          December 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

          lol. It’s slang for “lots.” Sorry for the confusion.

  20. Gaurav says:
    December 1, 2014 at 4:52 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      December 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Thanks, Gaurav. Appreciate the addition.

  21. Shawn McAskill says:
    November 6, 2014 at 6:42 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      November 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

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

  22. Chris Charette says:
    October 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      October 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for the heads up, Chris.

  23. Rooz says:
    October 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm


    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      October 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks for the addition, Rooz. We’ll check it out.

  24. John Turner says:
    September 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    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


    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      September 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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

  25. Nancy says:
    September 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm


    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!

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      September 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      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.

  26. Farhan says:
    September 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

    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.



  27. Christine crook says:
    August 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

    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!.

    • Neil Patel says:
      August 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Christine, glad you found the article helpful. Appreciate the feedback 🙂

  28. Lori says:
    August 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      August 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      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.

  29. Iskandar says:
    August 3, 2014 at 3:41 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      August 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

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

    • Neil Patel says:
      August 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Iskander, glad you liked the post 🙂

    • Neil Patel says:
      August 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Iskandar, let us know how it works out 🙂

  30. Williams says:
    July 31, 2014 at 2:52 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      July 31, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Your welcome, Williams. And thank you for your kind words.

  31. Naina says:
    July 18, 2014 at 12:54 am

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

    • Neil Patel says:
      July 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Naina, glad we could help 🙂

  32. James says:
    July 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm


    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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      July 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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

  33. Bree Cairo says:
    June 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    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:

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      June 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

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

    • Neil Patel says:
      June 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Bree, glad you liked it. Glad we could help 🙂

  34. Anita says:
    June 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      June 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      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.

    • Neil Patel says:
      June 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Anita, thanks for the share. Great insights 🙂

  35. GC says:
    June 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

    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..

    • Neil Patel says:
      June 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

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

  36. Kathryn Aragon says:
    June 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    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!

  37. May says:
    June 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      June 10, 2014 at 9:24 am

      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.

    • Neil Patel says:
      June 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      May, awesome! thanks for the feedback 🙂

  38. Alicia says:
    June 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    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!

    • neil says:
      June 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      June 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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

  39. Kylie Hines says:
    May 27, 2014 at 12:02 am

    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?

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      May 27, 2014 at 7:37 am

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

  40. David says:
    May 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    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!

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      May 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Great tips, David! thanks for sharing your experiences. 🙂

    • neil says:
      May 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      David, glad we could help. Thanks for reading through 🙂

  41. marvin says:
    May 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      May 5, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Glad you like it, Marvin. Thanks for stopping by.

    • neil says:
      May 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Marvin, thanks for the feedback. Thanks 🙂

  42. Alex S. says:
    April 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    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!

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      April 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      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.

  43. Karen Little says:
    April 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      April 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks for the addition, Karen!

    • neil says:
      April 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Karen, thanks for the tip 🙂

  44. Nagwa says:
    April 13, 2014 at 5:02 am

    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

    • neil says:
      April 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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

  45. Mrs Fields says:
    April 8, 2014 at 3:17 am

    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.

  46. Josh Jones says:
    April 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

    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.


  47. Marcia says:
    April 3, 2014 at 6:15 am

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

  48. Scott says:
    March 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    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.

  49. Krishnakumar K A says:
    March 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      March 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks, Krishnakumar. 🙂

  50. Jenny says:
    March 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    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!


  51. Salem says:
    March 11, 2014 at 3:14 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      March 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

      That’s a good reminder, Salem. Thanks.

  52. krystala says:
    March 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    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.

  53. fulam says:
    March 3, 2014 at 2:47 am

    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

  54. Stella Maris says:
    February 17, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Nice blog. Thanks for sharing this with me.

  55. Chris Bridges says:
    February 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      February 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      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!

      • Carthage says:
        March 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

        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.

        • Kathryn Aragon says:
          March 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm

          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.

        • Kathryn Aragon says:
          March 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

          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.

          • Carthage says:
            March 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm


            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.

          • Kathryn Aragon says:
            March 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

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

  56. Fawwad says:
    February 8, 2014 at 5:15 am

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

  57. Vance says:
    February 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    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,


  58. Kelly says:
    February 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

    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 =)


  59. StellaMaris says:
    January 22, 2014 at 4:28 am

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  60. samiul says:
    January 11, 2014 at 12:15 am 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.

  61. Verkkokauppa says:
    December 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

    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.

  62. Ken says:
    November 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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

    • Clint says:
      November 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      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…

      • Ken says:
        December 9, 2013 at 7:52 am

        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?

  63. Jeff Fleisher says:
    November 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    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?

    • Clint says:
      November 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      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.

  64. Kata OS says:
    October 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    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!

  65. Tim Lopezz says:
    October 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    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 🙂

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      October 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      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.

  66. John.Doe1974 says:
    October 22, 2013 at 5:08 am

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      October 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Great reviews, John. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Penny says:
    October 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    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!

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      October 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      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!

  68. Anonymous says:
    October 5, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Thank you for sharing

  69. Robert zomi says:
    October 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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

  70. Clint Box says:
    September 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

    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?

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      September 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      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?

  71. Elisa says:
    September 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    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 !! 🙂

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      September 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Elisa.

  72. Anonymous says:
    September 24, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Thanks for great Post !!!

  73. worthfor_com says:
    September 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    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.

  74. Jimmy W says:
    September 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      September 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      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.

  75. Jan Brown says:
    August 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

    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:

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      August 22, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Wow! Impressive. I’ll have to check it out.

  76. Alex says:
    August 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

    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

    • CJ Rhoads says:
      August 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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

      • Alex says:
        September 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        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

  77. Winny says:
    July 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

    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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      July 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

      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.

      • DON ASHLOCK says:
        June 13, 2015 at 10:43 am

        Do you know if eStore has subscription product options?

        • Kathryn Aragon says:
          June 13, 2015 at 10:59 am

          I’ve never worked with them, so I don’t know. Sorry.

  78. Anjali says:
    July 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    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.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      July 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Cool! Thanks for the tip, Anjali.

    • DON ASHLOCK says:
      June 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Hi Anjali and Kathryn,
      Some good stuff here. It would be nice to have some comparison information. I am using CashieCommerce now but trying to find a good solution to migrate too. I have not had good luck getting reliable customer support with their chat service, e-mail or phone. Just silence to repeated attempts to reach someone. I also need a subscription options so when I sell something with a monthly charge I don’t have to get my customer info and enter it for them every month or send them back to the site. I am also needing customer letter responses for each product without having to use a paid mail service. I also need more information to deliver the product and while I can create customer fields I don’t need that on every product and some don’t seem to come through with the order information. All to say there must be others like me who are facing needs that are not working with their existing solution. Hopefully this post will help pull some of that up into the dialogue. Thanks for what you have done so far.

      • Kathryn Aragon says:
        June 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

        Unfortunately, to do sophisticated marketing/sales, you need to coordinate some paid services. A few years ago, I was using MailChimp with ContentShelf. They worked well together, giving me the shopping cart and email/autoresponder support. You can use MailChimp free if you have a small list and don’t use autoresponders, otherwise it’s a small monthly fee. ContentShelf does subscriptions, btw, and I got great support from them when I was using it. You might look at them first.

  79. Quinton says:
    July 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    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 🙂

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      July 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Good choice, Quinton. I like that one, myself.

  80. sridevi says:
    June 24, 2013 at 5:53 am

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

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      June 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Great addition, Sridevi. Thanks!

  81. Bren says:
    June 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    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 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

      That’s good to know. Thanks for filling the gap, Bren!

  82. Paul says:
    May 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    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 at 2:44 pm

      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.)

      • Paul says:
        May 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

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

    • july says:
      May 24, 2014 at 12:30 am

      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.

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