37 Shopping Cart Options for Developers

If you’re building an e-commerce website or adding a small store to an existing website, you have plenty of options to choose from. With so many different options and so much variety from one to another, there is no right or wrong solution, just different choices that may work best for you in different situations.

You may want to choose an open source option that you can learn well in order to build a number of different client websites. Or, your client may want to go with a hosted or licensed option that can be up and running quickly. In this post we’ll look at more than 30 different options, provide some basic details, and point you in the right direction for getting more information to make a good decision.

If you don’t already have a preferred e-commerce system to work with, be sure to do some homework or experimentation before making any important decisions that could be difficult to change later.

Recommended Shopping Carts and E-Commerce Platforms:


Shopify is a hosted solution with prices that start at $24 per month. There are tons of features and ease of use is emphasized. They have a number of free templates that users can choose from, or you can purchase a template of get a custom design.


For further reading:


Highwire is another hosted option. It also includes the ability to sell your products on Facebook and Ebay in addition to your own site. A free plan is available and paid plans start at $19.95.

Open Source Shopping Carts and E-Commerce Options:

There are a number of open source options that are popular with developers.


shopping carts / e-commerce

Magento is a leading open source solution. It is a full-featured e-commerce platform with lots of options for users.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

osCommerce is one of the most popular open source shopping carts. osCommerce was started in 2000 and has a community of over 200,000 users. Others like Zen Cart and CRE Loaded are based on osCommerce.

For further reading:

Zen Cart

shopping carts / e-commerce

Zen Cart is a popular free, open source shopping cart.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

PrestaShop is a free, open source shopping cart (PHP).

For further reading:

Other Open Source Options:

Agora Cart

shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce

Free Shopping Carts:

In addition to the open source options, these shopping carts will keep costs to a minimum.


shopping carts / e-commerce

PayPal provides a very popular free shopping cart system (they take a percentage of sales with no monthly fees). You can create “Add to Cart” or “Buy Now” buttons and accept payments from credit cards as well as payments from PayPal balances.

For further reading:

Google Checkout

shopping carts / e-commerce

Google Checkout is payment processing system (can be used with other shopping carts or with their own) that is free to use for AdWords users. There are small per-transaction fees for those who aren’t using AdWords.

For further reading:

e-Commerce WordPress Plugin

shopping carts / e-commerce

Websites and blogs powered by WordPress can download the e-commerce plugin. It doesn’t offer all of the features of a complete e-commerce solution (although it does have quite an impressive feature list for a plugin), but it may be ideal for smaller stores.

For further reading:

eShop WordPress Plugin

shopping carts / e-commerce

eShop is another option for WordPress users.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

FatFreeCart is a free option from the makers of E-Junkie. It works with PayPal and Google checkout and does not require installing anything.

Other Free Shopping Carts:


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce

Virtue Mart (for Joomla and Mambo)

shopping carts / e-commerce

Hosted and Licensed E-Commerce Options:

Many clients may not want to go with a free or open source option. Here are some of the leading choices for hosted and licensed e-commerce.

Network Solutions

shopping carts / e-commerce

Network Solutions standard costs $50 per month, and the pro version costs $100 per month.

For further reading:

Yahoo! Small Business

shopping carts / e-commerce

Yahoo! Small Business’s starter e-commerce plan costs $40 per month.

For further reading:

CRE Loaded

shopping carts / e-commerce

CRE Loaded pricing starts at $50 per month, or you can download and host it yourself for a one-time fee of $295.


shopping carts / e-commerce

E-Junkie provides shopping carts and buy now buttons for selling downloads and tangible goods. They automate the transfer of files and codes if you are selling downloads. Prices start at $5 per month.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

CubeCart is a feature-rich PHP and MySQL shopping cart. The price ranges from free to $180.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

3DCart’s prices range from $20 to $100 per month for its hosted shopping cart.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

Interspire costs $295, $995 or $1,795, depending on which edition you want.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

X-Cart is a PHP and MySQL shopping cart. X-Cart gold costs $229 and X-Cart Pro costs $575.

For further reading:


shopping carts / e-commerce

FoxyCart is free during development and then $15 per month. It aims to make the process of designing and developing an e-commerce site easy.

For further reading:

Other Hosted and Licensed Options:

Big Cartel

shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce

K eCommerce

shopping carts / e-commerce

AWD Commerce

shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce

CS Cart

shopping carts / e-commerce

Miva Merchant

shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce


shopping carts / e-commerce

If you’re interested in seeing some well-designed e-commerce sites, please see:

Published March 2nd, 2009 by

Looking for hosting? WPEngine offers secure managed WordPress hosting. You’ll get expert WordPress support, automatic backups, and caching for fast page loads. Visit WPEngine.

Join Our Newsletter!

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter chalked full of useful tips, techniques, and design goodies. We have 20,000+ loyal readers and counting! We’ll even send you a free e-book (Freelance Designer’s Guide to Multiple Income Streams) and a $10 discount on our most popular product the Freelance Starter Kit.

152 Responses

Comments are now closed on this post.

  • great article thanks for the useful list..

  • Brandon, March 3, 2009

    Great list, but what about Shopify? I can’t believe it’s not on your list:


    Highly recommended!

  • New Standard, March 3, 2009

    I’ve worked with a few of these, oscommerce being one of my favorites. I’ve worked a lot with virtuemart as well, but only because of it’s support for Joomla, it tends to be pretty buggy.

  • Andrés, March 3, 2009

    Thanks! this is very important for my job… i try Magento, Prestashop, oScommerce… i will try the new options ;)

  • Timothy, March 3, 2009

    I might actually need one of these soon. Thanks for the list!

  • Kevin, March 3, 2009

    Avoid OSCommerce at all costs. I haven’t looked at Zen Cart, but the underlying code in OSC is remarkably amateurish. Last time I checked, it was storing CC numbers in clear text…

  • Matt, March 3, 2009

    I worked on a zen cart site for a client once. It’s a bitch to theme, but even worse to upgrade, they actually suggest using a diff program. We ended up just dropping it because it was limited in other ways as well.

  • AndyW, March 3, 2009

    So which is the best?

  • Jonathan Kong, March 3, 2009

    If you’re starting out, I think this list will prove helpful. Agreed with Brandon, Shopify should have been listed into the list. It’s really easy to set-up, the default themes are attractive enough and practically fast to start selling very soon.

    Another good one is GoodBarry. It’s a ecommerce CMS with CRM, email marketing and analytics all rolled into one. Essential if you wish to have everything under one box for easy control and accountability.

    We uses Zen Cart and happy with the features so far. It has great forum support from developers and users alike.

  • David Airey, March 3, 2009

    I don’t even do web design / development and I’m bookmarking this. Thanks, Steven.

    There’s no doubt I’ll pass this on in the not-too-distant future, and the fact that recommendations are coming via comments is even better.

  • Vandelay Design, March 3, 2009

    Thanks, I just added Shopify. I meant to include it originally, but obviously I forgot it.

  • Craig, March 3, 2009

    I’d love to see a poll on this to see which is the most common (translated: easy to learn) as there are a lot more shopping carts out there than i realised.

  • Scott Mackenzie, March 3, 2009

    Yep. Shopify is my favourite. They’re always refining the system and adding new features. They’ve also focused on making the admin easy to use.

  • Quick Colorado, March 3, 2009

    OS Commerce – Lose modifications when upgrading. Easy to skin with STS template system

    ZenCart – Easy to upgrade, mods aren’t lost. Much more configurable than most. Easy to wrap with header and footer.

  • Tim, March 3, 2009

    I’ve been using OSCommerce for years and I’m sorry to say it’s days are numbered. It takes forever to do alot of the things that only take a few seconds with Magento and it needs many addons to look somewhat respectable.

    We’re in the process of switching to Magento and I must say it’s the best thing we’ve ever done. Design wise and architecturally it’s the best thing we’ve ever done for our business (assaultshirts.com)

    Should only take me a few weeks what took me months with OSCommerce. Big ups to bigcartel too, they’ve got a great thing going there.


  • Ben, March 3, 2009

    Another interesting shopping cart worth looking into is http://www.pinnaclecart.com. I’ve used it for a few sites and have enjoyed working with it.

  • Matt, March 3, 2009

    This is a great article. Thanks Steven! You are the man.

  • Frank, March 3, 2009

    Did you already had a look at OXID eshop? It’s a very developer-friendly Shopping Cart system available also Open Source since a few months. Shops like menessentials.com are based on it: http://www.oxid-esales.com/en

  • Vandelay Design, March 3, 2009

    No, I had never heard of OXID. Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  • David, March 3, 2009

    A great option for Java developers is SoftSlate Commerce. You can use the free version to start out with and for a very reasonable fee you can get the full source code.

  • osCommerce Templates, March 4, 2009

    I go for the open source such as Magento, osCommerce, CRE Loaded, and ZenCart.

    It is very cost effective and easy to work with.

  • web development, March 4, 2009

    I can’t beleive! It is really a very nice list as given with details and very useful to me and i will recommend to many of my friends and colleagues, thanks a lot!

  • Ken the tech, March 4, 2009

    So far Paypal is the best. But for a wordpress e-commerce blog of course you will choose that wp plugin.

  • Mitch, March 4, 2009

    I’ve been testing with OpenCart. I noticed that its not listed here, but not a bad system to work with and its open source as well.

  • Frank, March 5, 2009

    i just saw they add UTF-8 support in the next release:


  • Amelia Vargo, March 5, 2009

    With so many to choose from, you are bound to find one which works for the desired purpose. I’ve done some work with osCommerce and ZenCart as well as Big Cartel and Paypal. All have their problems, but on the whole I haven’t really been tearing my hair out on any of them. I hear excellent things about Magento so, I know I need to check it out at some point.

    Thanks for the list, it is a really great resource.

  • Betty, March 5, 2009

    Okay thanks alot, now i really don’t no what to choose. Who thought there were so many! Still using OScommerce and i think i like it. Cheers! Betty

  • Andrew, March 5, 2009

    Thanks – some great suggestions here.

    Another one that should be on the list is Trading Eye. XHTML/CSS with PHP/MySQL and accessible.

    Great thing about Trading Eye is it’s very easy to mod for those products that aren’t quite as simple as ‘apples and pears’.


  • Jehzeel Laurente, March 5, 2009

    oh.. I don’t know about magento. I should try that one. So far, I only used zencart and oscommerce on my e-commerce web projects. I never knew that there are so many options to create an ecommerce website in a snap!

    Thanks once again for this useful list. This post is really bookmark-sticky. yay!

  • Laurent, March 5, 2009

    Thank you for this very usefull list…
    Even if I still thing that sometimes it’s easier to code something byourself instead of integrating a premade CMS+Cart within proprietary architecture :D

  • Jan, March 5, 2009

    if you wanna use social web in a shop you can’t live without ubercart. i tried almost all the other ones.

  • WebDesign Quote, March 5, 2009

    We have been using OScommerce for long but We’re in the process of switching to Magento and I must say it’s the best thing we’ve ever done.

  • Chuck Green, March 5, 2009

    Want something super-simple? I have used VirtualCart http://www.vcart.com/ for the last three or four years without any major glitches.

  • Vandelay Design, March 6, 2009

    Thanks everyone for additional suggestions. It’s appreciated.

  • I have done a test run with a few of these and ended up with the MIVA cart. The main drawback with MIVA is that it needs lots of modules to really customize your site, however, most of the modules are really inexpensive.

  • Rhett, March 8, 2009

    FreeWay is another that is open source, and it puts an emphasis on event, booking, and service purchases that other options don’t have. http://www.openfreeway.org

  • Sameul Jesse, March 9, 2009

    Great list, was looking around for this exact thing.

    I get the impression that Shopify is the best? Does it integrate in to WordPress easily?

  • LeapGo Web Design, March 10, 2009

    Put my vote in for Magento. An excellent product with lots of promise. Not the easiest to learn but once you do the possibilities are endless.

  • Travis Collins, March 10, 2009

    ChargeWell.com is a unique shopping cart system. There’s no software to install on your server, and no developer required. Just paste 5 lines of JavaScript into your website, and you’ll have a full working shopping cart. Includes Google Checkout and Paypal support.

  • Tom, March 10, 2009

    Look at the forums for all. Count the posts. For the open source products you’ll be needing as much background as you can get. For the paid software, you are at the mercy of ‘support’.

  • Richard, March 10, 2009

    Magento is definitely very feature-rich (perhaps a bit too overloaded if you’re after something simple). Will take a look at some of the others listed.

  • atomata, March 15, 2009

    Great list thank you, another option is WOSCI

  • k&t, March 15, 2009

    We just started testing out Viart (http://www.viart.com). We were attracted to it because of the plethora of excellent marketing features it offers and so far we’re pretty happy. Any reason it’s not on this list?

  • Frank M., March 17, 2009

    Great list, very usefull!
    We work with Magento. Simple and powerful.

  • Larz, March 18, 2009

    Great list. I wished GoodBarry was on that list though :)

  • auscart, March 21, 2009

    I highly recommend CS-Cart (www.cs-cart.com). Great price, responsive Devs and a great community. Free trial available. You can get it for a discount at my reseller site (www.auscart.com.au)

  • ECStewart, March 21, 2009

    I’ve just discovered citymax.com and absolutely love it. It’s a must include in your next review.

    Although I’m dismayed I didn’t know about WordPress’ opportunities. I’ll have to employ them when I need a second store that allows me to sell nudes that citymax will not.

  • Igor, March 22, 2009

    Interesting list of cart options! I don’t know about many of this.

  • PHP outsourcing, March 25, 2009

    Ya, you have a choice there. From simple wordpress plugin to powerful commercial solutions.

  • Bill, April 1, 2009

    New Australian based hosted cart solution:


  • ivan, April 8, 2009

    i think eshop, a plugin for wordpress is quite powerful for ecommerce and they are (currently) total open source unlike wp-commerce that limit some extend to get people buy the upgrade.

    we created a theme using eshop, and its quite satisfying

  • Lee, April 17, 2009

    Another commercial option, which also has a limited free one is the Cart32 cart.

    Available as both a hosted or licensed solution, it is fairly easy to use and PCI compliant. The hosted version is hosted in a fully PCI environment.

    Note, I do work for Cart32 but this is my personal opinion / suggestion and I have not been asked to post this by Cart32.

  • Knoxville Website Design, April 25, 2009

    I hate shopping around for e-commerce solutions. I still have not found one that I love. I’m interested in seeing how the WordPress related plugins develop this year though.

  • CS-Cart Templates, April 28, 2009

    Great list and is nice to know what all is out there in the shopping cart world.

  • James, May 2, 2009

    You have a very nice list, i also personally recommend Crown Cart. the shopping cart software is very simple to use and they also offer a free website design to each customer which is unbelievable. :) I have actually already saved hundreds if not thousands with them since they offer free site designs and not just any designs but very good looking ones.

  • Ed, May 5, 2009

    Anyone have an opinion on ecommerce templates? i.e., the shopping cart behind the templates, not the templates themselves. http://www.ecommercetemplates.com

  • John Dawson, May 7, 2009

    Hi, has anyone used Magento lately? I messed around with it a while back and it was so cumbersome and slow that I couldn’t stand it. The platform had amazing functionality but was like 18mb of PHP files just to install and run.

  • WebDeveloper22, May 9, 2009

    We are about to launch another ecommerce site and have used nothing but Yahoo Stores until 2007. Then we started to develop sites in osCommerce for sites with high-priced items that wanted to avoid Yahoo’s revenue share.

    Now, Smashing Magazine’s recent article on Magento has us stopped in our tracks wondering if we should give it a try. The server requirements are a concern, plus I not keen on having to “get up to speed” with something new and am trying to decide whether it’s worth the ramp up time.

  • freelance net programmer, May 25, 2009

    thanks for the shopping cart list. however it would be better if you would tell what is the best specially for newbies. i think oscommerce is the easiest specially for new comers. what you think?

  • freelance net programmer, June 4, 2009

    I think it’s an ideal site for making own e-commerce website or an online store. Most wonderful thing is of this site is to make choices,where is no wrong or right exists, only different choices.

  • WebDeveloper22, June 5, 2009

    Vandelay, you’ve got a nice thing going here. How about posting a poll? Or better, how about a big comparison grid listing features, degree of difficulty, server requirements, etc.?

  • Lesya, June 5, 2009

    There’s really what to choose from!!! New shopping carts appear on the market constantly. More and more often we switch shopping carts in search of better platform. For those of you guys who are in search of smth new and want to switch – there’s new tool, web service cart2cart. It automates data migration from shopping cart to shopping cart (http://www.shopping-cart-migration.com)
    Hope it’s helpful for anybody

  • Vandelay Design, June 5, 2009

    That would be nice, but it would take a ton of time that I don’t have right now. But thanks for the suggestion.

  • Awesome..All are in one place..Great work Steven!!

  • Lav, June 19, 2009

    This list is the best and most comprehensive I have seen so far. Thanks a lot!

  • Jeff, June 25, 2009

    That is quite a list of Shopping Carts…Developers definitely have a large selection, the only thing that I found to be annoying (when I was at one point looking for one for a website I was making) was that all of them require you to have a full catalog listing of products — which isn’t always needed…which is why I developed my own Shopping Cart that allows the developer to create the Add-to-Cart buttons themselves and simply embed a simple HTML form into pages they wish to sell their products, and now I’ve made it available to others as well, because I’m sure I’m not the only developer who has come across this same problem.

  • Paul, July 4, 2009

    Anyone tried to access magneto website today – does not load X_X.

    Tried installing it last night – went ok until it downloaded more files during install – then when i went to click on continue button it threw up an error page. So i checked file permissions and server requirment. Still nothing.

    So im Downloading opencart trying that out. Also having a look at Ubercart too.

    Os Commerce is ok. Lots of support many mods.
    Virtuemart isn’t all that great.
    ZenCart crashed on me last week.

    Some one start a poll and link it or i’ll start one up!

  • Joy, July 7, 2009

    Which of these allows a non-developer to update the cart products themselves? Looking for something similar to Adobe Contribute. I have been told Ubercart can do this. What are other carts that can be updated easily by laymen? Thank you.

  • Justin S, July 7, 2009

    tiger commerce seems to work well, and it’s low cost. http://www.tigercommerce.co.uk

  • Rick, July 24, 2009

    this is really great i never knew it.. i always wanted the listing of the small stores.. but i always ended up with the some not so useful search results thanks for it

  • Samalah, July 29, 2009

    OpenCart is definitly a worthwhile addition to your list – it’s a great little cart!

  • Andrei, September 10, 2009

    You can also review popular nopCommerce shopping cart – http://www.nopCommerce.com . nopCommerce is an open source e-commerce solution that is ASP.NET 3.5 based with a MS SQL 2005 (or higher) backend database.

  • Mike, September 15, 2009

    I use Avactis.com shopping cart for my projects, it is great shopping cart for developers and web designers. It is SEO friendly, secure and easy to upgrade.

    One of my favorite features in the Avactis is that I can really easy and fast integrate it into an existing website or blog.

    Avactis is integrated into your website design!

    It is great feature for me.

  • Sam Taylor, September 15, 2009

    Great e-commerce news, trends and reviews


  • WebDeveloper22, September 15, 2009

    We have a client that wants to build a new site to sell their antique furniture. One of the main purposes of the site will be to display their products and prompt customers to come in or call. They will probably only have 50 or less items at a time and the products will never repeat. Once they sell it, it’s gone forever. There’s no such thing as a quantity over one.

    I’m accustomed to working with osCommerce and Yahoo Store but don’t think something that big would be necessary. Can anyone recommend another way to approach this? Thanks!

  • Mark, October 5, 2009

    Thank you so much for this great list! I was looking for something like this…

  • Magento Developers, October 26, 2009

    Excellent article on different type of shopping cart at one place. We deal with x-cart, magento and Zencart. After read your article i will try to get expertise in others shopping cart solutions.

  • Indy, November 6, 2009

    Hi, I have tried many, many shopping carts before and must say one:

    I love CS-Cart, I moved to X-Cart 2 moths ago but have recently decided to go back to CS-Cart after much reviewing of another scripts.
    Interspire SC was my second choice, and there are still a couple of features that I would love to see in CS Cart.

    1. (and I know this is a big mod) proper order management and partial shipping of orders/individual item shipping. This would then allow for proper back orders, part payment of orders, etc etc.

    2. The order process in the admin is excellent. Select customer or new customer or anon customer first, then on same page add products using ajax seach on SKU or description. Very clean process, very fast (important when you have a customer on the phone).

    3. Tracking numbers for all orders (haven’t found this yet in CS).

    4. Allow customer to buy product? Checkbox. When unticked, an option becomes available to display price or message to customer (useful as sometimes there are products available offline only but still want them in the store).

    If you want to make a business then must have a little bit of money for begin. My experience with the all free open source carts is not the best. Sure they cost nothing, but if you need a help…. Yes your help desk is the Google only. I have a few online business sites and my last (and must say the best) choice was CS Cart. The price is full acceptable and you get all features, the best support with 20 free points or 30 days(the Interspire is a nightmare) and 1 year free upgrades, all what a online store need. I buyed it from a reseller page CS Cart, they sell it for $217, the CS Cart price is $265, and they have often a special prices, you can get $20 off the price.

    Yes guys, the TIME is money and if you want a free cart, then must spend 100+++ hours with setup, design, bugs, and, and, and….

    I am very satisfied with my CS Cart and trust me, if you want to make a serious business and want many of customers and visitors, then you need a serious tools to do it.

  • Joy, November 6, 2009

    Does anyone have experience with ‘Business Catalyst’? Their DIY version was ‘GoodBarry’. The company was bought by Adobe. We are about to develop a site using BC because our client wants to be able to update their products themselves with a very easy interface. Does anyone have an opinion about BC? Thanks.

  • srisoftwarez, November 18, 2009

    Thank you so much for this great list! I was looking for something like this…

  • Jennifer Hudson, November 22, 2009

    Great list of e-Commerce options!

    After implementing a e-Commerce website I wanted to suggest you check out http://www.facebook.com/ShopTabApp where I work. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Visit the page above for more details but with Facebook ShopTab you can upload from your e-Commerce data feed your website products and create a Facebook Shop Tab that drives more traffic to your website and where the customer would complete their transaction so Facebook ShopTab is a compliment to the shopping cart options discussed in this blog post.

  • Top Draw Web Design, December 17, 2009

    Very comprehensive list of shopping cart options. There are some great ones there like Magento, WordPress eShop, VirtueMart, OSCommerce to name a few. All in all we’ve used about 10 of them depending on the needs of our clients and their e-comm sites.

    I’d certainly recommend doing your duediligence though. No need to pick a beast of a shopping cart solution like, like Magento, when you only need to house 5-10 products.

    Thanks for providing a great resource!

    Ken Jurina
    President, http://www.topdraw.com

  • Betty, February 12, 2010

    Tested some you mentioned and and came to the conclusion that OScommerce is what i prefer. The basic design is not great but you can buy beautiful themes! Cheers, Betty

  • John, February 12, 2010

    BigCommerce has been making a lot of noise lately, one of the better products out there: http://www.bigcommerce.com

  • Wholesale Pages, February 16, 2010

    Great & Nice list of 37 Shopping Carts for all web developers who are interested to develop a B2B or Online Shopping web Portal.

    Among all Shopping Carts PayPal is a very popular and Reliable Shopping Cart and most preferred by all people from all over the world.

  • Patrick McGovern, March 5, 2010

    3DCart is garbage. They constantly go down and take days to address their own errors.
    CSCart, on the other hand (not a hosted solution) is insanely easy to install & configure. Awesome features as well.

  • i am just crazy about magento .Magento is one of the best e-commerce platform around us. very user friendly and easy to integration. thanks for sharing great example of e commerce platform

  • Calvin, March 8, 2010

    I’ve started using Magento as well and am struggling a bit wrapping my head around how to customize the Blank SEO design.

  • Rick, March 11, 2010

    I am a designer but new to e-commerce… I have a customer that wants to sell only 1 product from his site that I am designing. Do I have to use the templates by these companies or can I design the site and just use some of the code to create a shopping cart?

  • Chris, April 12, 2010

    Maybe Bakery will do the trick. Limited features – easy configuration – kiss. Works as a WebsiteBaker module:

  • John Watty, June 3, 2010

    Hi folks We always recommend to use Os-Commerce, it takes some time and some knowledge of php but on the upside it’s free and once you have learned it you can so much to the design and its very stable. Score 8/10 from Dream Media Design, Manchester :)

  • Brett, June 3, 2010

    We’re about to build a new site using osCommerce, but I’m dreading having to install all the contributions just to make it functional. It would be nice if you could easily configure it to include all the essential contributions including UPSXML, Google XML Sitemap, Ultimate SEO URLS, Header Tags SEO, Featured Products, etc. We might shift gears and give Magento or ZenCart a try.

  • Angela, June 24, 2010

    Nice and helpful list. Thank you for your information. What about TomatoCart? It is a free open source shopping cart too.

  • I highly recommend TomatoCart. I have viewed all Carts listed in this post, but ONLY TomatoCart integrates DESKTOP admin control page, that is veeeeeeery easy-to-use, even for the non-technical users.

    Another rocks, the feature set contains all features you need, and countless promotion tools that can bring to more extra orders for you. Besides, it is customizable, stable, and easy to installation.

    To everyone’s surprise, it supplies coooooool and amazing free templates, (yes, FREE..!), offering better user experience and functionality.

    TomatoCart(http://www.tomatocart.com) is
    Totally Free, multilingual(49+languages), easy-to-manage, amazing design, full-featureed, active community.

  • SEO Cart, July 31, 2010

    Thanks Steven for sharing the list of online shopping cart software providers!

    This is a good article.

  • Rent a Website, August 23, 2010

    I tend to use WordPress for my ecommerce site designs lately.. I love the flexibility I can get by using it.

  • April, October 19, 2010

    Great list, but what about Miscake Stores? I can’t believe it’s not on your list:


    Highly recommended!

  • Jay, December 5, 2010

    I’ve tried e-junkie with a lot of success.. did not know they made a free wp plugin as well..

  • mike, December 21, 2010

    Thanks! this is very important for my job…
    Thanks for sharing great example of e commerce platform

  • Doug N, January 3, 2011

    One thing this article didn’t talk about was PCI-DSS and PA-DSS compliance for credit card security. Some PCI compliant hosted solutions are: 3dCart, CoreCommerce, Volusion, and Go Daddy Quick Shopping Cart. In addition, Paypal and Google Checkout are PCI compliant solutions.

    There are currently only 20 PA-DSS certified carts. PDG software, a licensed cart, is one of them. It is also fully integrated with Quickbooks.

    Check out https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/index.php for more info.

  • ertan, January 23, 2011

    I think magento is best. but too complex for customization.
    I don’t like prestashop and oscommerce.
    I will check another solutions in this list.

    thank you.

  • Dan, February 12, 2011

    What would you suggest for a multi cart option?

  • Isadora, March 27, 2011

    Great information -

    I have a retail client with 3 product lines and about 100 products total who insists on a closed source solution. What would you recommend?

    Shopify or CRE Loaded or something else?


    • Vandelay Website Design, March 28, 2011

      It depends on the details of the situation. I like Shopify if a hosted solution is a good fit. I don’t have much experience at all with CRE Loaded. Magento is a good open source option.

  • James, May 18, 2011

    Missing from this ecommerce software list is http://www.speeda.co.uk

    Amazing ecommerce software with point and click template modification.

  • Rachael, May 27, 2011

    As everyone has said – great list! (Though it seems that http://www.vendio.com was left off – definitely worth a look :)

    One thing we’ve received good feedback on recently that I didn’t seen in the comments is the ability to integrate inventory to sell on Facebook. The concept of social commerce is still somewhat new, but it is very interesting to see how ‘selling on Facebook’ is becoming a hot topic of interest within our user base.

  • Brett, June 7, 2011

    OpenCart should definitely be on the follow-up article to this. As an open source solutions, I like it so much more than osCommerce and ZenCart.

  • jamie, June 25, 2011

    Magento looks like a champion ecommerce cart.
    Its XML way so handling design layout and its Hint system make template integration easy.

    For unique design for magento you can check http://www.2jdesign.co.uk

    Great input in this thread.

  • Tim, July 13, 2011

    ZenCart is my favorite one. Easy to install and easy to handle. Not to mention is very easy to customize, plenty of templates out there and most of all is VERY SEO friendly!
    Also PHPStore is a simply basic e-commerce platform I would recommend for less experienced people. Thanks for the article, you spotted almost all e-commerce platforms available out there.

  • Web Design Malaysia, July 21, 2011

    We love building shopping sites using the magento ecommerce platform! Really easy to customize, heaps of extensions as well!

  • Atra, September 16, 2011

    I am hopefull for http://www.marvikshop.com I loved Oscommerce and Joomla. It’s so easy to make a webshop with the benefits of both platforms. I hope 2.0 come soon.

  • Thomas, September 20, 2011

    I’m a big fan of zencart but there are some limitations, magento is decent as a hosted platform but for some of my smaller clients the price is too high.

    I found a new one, solidshops, does someone have some experiences with that platform? The price seems to be right but what does it offer?


  • Waqar, October 10, 2011

    Personally I like Ubercart because of the flexibility it provides combined with flexibility of Drupal. But I think Ubercart isn’t for administrators who are willing to have a very User Friendly backend with only basic front-end shopping cart.

  • Michael Keay, November 18, 2011

    Great list, but don’t forget about hosted eCommerce Solutions from Webanomics. A new company offering eCommerce Solutions to SMEs in the UK.


    Highly recommended!

  • Jean, December 3, 2011

    Great list- thanks :)

    I highly recommend PrestaShop. I’ve tried Joomla, OpenCart, Miva, VirtueMart, Magento and a few others over the years. And PrestaShop is unbelievably good! Free source code with basic mods included; and many other commercial mods are available to buy as it’s an active and healthy community. Easy to use, very light footprint so sites load fast- wish I’d found PrestaShop earlier. It’s a dream after the nightmare complexity and/or poor documenatation of some of the others!

    Miva Merchant is also excellent and I’ve used it happily for years. Also highly recommended.

  • sarah, December 13, 2011

    i think google is the best in this list-
    they dominate internet! so they will become the best even if they are not yet!

  • Websiteha, February 18, 2012


    this.collection + nopCommerce + OpenCart => Complete Collection!

  • keith, February 23, 2012

    This is a great list but there are more shopping carts now available within this ever growing ecommerce & now fcommerce industry. http://www.vendorshopsocial.com offers a free Facebook shopping cart with great features such as promotion tools, digital coupons, state taxing plus many more. They also offer a subscription package & are always willing to help businesses succeed on Facebook.

    Vendorshop is definitely worth looking into if your serious about succeeding in the world of Facebook commerce.

  • I’m in the process of building an ecommerce website for our business. We hooked up with a web designer and are using Open-Cart. The back end for us seems simple and we’ve managed to upload over 5,000 products. We will have over 40,000 products when finished. We will need to be compliant for credit card security and integrated with QuickBooks. We will be drop shipping from a wholesaler and need to track our orders and back orders. One other thing that is very important to us is options… what we really need is options within options; ie ( you select a product. Within that product you have the option to choose a size. If you choose large your next option is to the colors red or white. But if you choose small the next option would be brown or yellow). Make sense?

    Our website designer understood but can’t seem to deliver. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Lisa, May 28, 2012

    Help! I use E-junkie with Paypal and while I love e-junkie I am really getting to the point where I need to integrate with a web based CRM – does anyone have any suggestions? I want to keep my website but just switch to a new shopping cart with CRM and still use Paypal….any suggestions?

  • Steven Santos, January 24, 2013

    Though there are many shopping cart framework is available but I prefer OXID because Good interaction is the important and significant to consumer commitment, and OXID eShop features different of tools to assist the procedure.

  • Rachana Dhabalia, April 12, 2013

    Good list, but it doesn’t mention the downside of each platform. For instance, Magento is very difficult to customize (specific code, that is) and requires a dedicated server in most cases.

  • DrJim, May 31, 2013

    No mention for Kartris, a widely used open source asp.net app ?http://kartris.codeplex.com

    Really love the admin console… Best I’ve seen on any cart

  • Kristenhanna, June 3, 2013

    These are good list of shopping cart options. But being a developer, I would say that Magento is one of the best shopping cart option for any ecommerce site.

  • Tarik Carver, June 17, 2013

    Magento Shopping cart is made from user friendly code too and we can also add more and more functionality to the cart without constantly upgrading Project code.

  • ?????, June 17, 2013


  • Fraser Hannah, July 1, 2013

    Now there is an OpenCart plugin for Joomla you can ditch the appalling Virtuemart and use the full power of OpenCart in a fully integrated CMS.

  • Rick, July 19, 2013

    A great alternative to Magento is LemonStand. Amazing to develop for, really well architected and powerful. But I find it much easier to develop for than Magento, and my clients enjoy it a lot more. http://lemonstand.com

  • Braxton, September 11, 2013

    I’ve used PayPal, Volusion and BigCommerce. I’d recommend avoiding BigCommerce – I’ve had bad experience with their customer service. PayPal is good if you need to get something up quickly. I recently built a cart using Volusion and really like the ease and their support – I highly recommend (also Volusion does not charge per transaction).