Top eCommerce Shopping Cart Options for Web Developers

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

You may want to choose an open source option that you can learn in order to build enhanced features. 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 for each one, and point you in the right direction for gathering more information to make an educated decision.

Recommended eCommerce Platforms:

Shopify

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.

Shopify

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Highwire

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.

highwire

Open Source eCommerce Options:

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

Magento

magento

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

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osCommerce

oscommerce

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.

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Zen Cart

zencart

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

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PrestaShop

presta shop

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

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Agora Cart

agora cart

Ubercart

uber cart

Free Shopping Carts:

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

Google Checkout

google checkout

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.

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e-Commerce WordPress Plugin

wp ecommerce

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.

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FatFreeCart

fat free cart

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:

StoreSprite

store sprite

Open Solution

open solution

Virtue Mart

virtue mart

Hosted and Licensed eCommerce 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

network solutions

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

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Aabaco Small Business

aabaco small business

Yahoo! Small Business(now Aabaco) has a starter e-commerce plan costs $40 per month.

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E-Junkie

ejunkie

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.

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CubeCart

cubecart

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

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3DCart

3dcart

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

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Interspire

interspire

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

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X-Cart

xcart

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

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FoxyCart

foxycart

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.

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Other Hosted and Licensed Options:

Big Cartel

big cartel

Avactis

avactis

K eCommerce

kecommerce

StoreFront

storefront

1ShoppingCart

1shopping cart

Volusion

volusion

eCRATER

ecrater

CS Cart

cscart

Miva Merchant

miva

ShopSite

shopsite

VP Cart

vp cart

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